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Old 03-25-2017, 08:12 PM   #1
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Hard to believe but there is a stunning '62 Ambassador parked in my back yard.

The seed was planted a week ago and I looked at a 90's 31' first locally, then drove 500 miles with my tow rig and picked this '62 up. I skipped everything else, all the major projects, the newer models. Once I saw this older model, with most of the original appointments, I knew it was for me. It is amazing how original this thing is and how great thr condition is. There isn't a dent on the thing, just needs polishing. The floors are solid, I read that book before I purchased and researched here a lot and was able to look carefully for issues.

The projects are all pretty straightforward. Gaskets. Glazing. Seals.

I still cannot believe I just hooked on to a 55 year old trailer and made it home 550 miles with no issues. The brakes worked well and all the lights worked after some additional grounding. I stopped frequently and used my IR thermometer and checked things over. It swayed at times and I'll admit downtown Atlanta on 85 was white knuckle. It was my gnarliest trailering to date. I have tens of thousands of loaded miles hauling cattle, farm equip, and boats. Getting passed by tractor trailers on either side at very high speeds was seriously rough. I'd get some kind of sway control if I tow it more. Otherwise it pulled very nicely. Axles, bearings, and brakes were good. Here's a photo. Don't have any of inside, I'll take some in the daylight. Feeling very lucky to have found an affordable vintage airstream to adopt. I could really take this thing camping now with a few additions and I really should. But I'll take a little time with it first.
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Beautiful!!!!
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Old 03-27-2017, 10:04 AM   #3
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Very nice, we have the same one. Be excited to see the interior.
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Finally getting around to posting some pics of interior. I think it is mostly original. We havenít given it any time this last year, but my wife recently gave it a good cleaning inside and I snapped a few shots in low light last night. if I donít get pics up now I may never, and the sun has been scarce here lately. Iíll try to post better ones later.













This was originally painted by the Martinís of Green Bay, WI. Looks like they went to Bemidji gathering in 1963






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That looks nice, original and very clean. Looks camp worthy.

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That looks nice, original and very clean. Looks camp worthy.

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Hi, thanks Hittenstiehl. I should mention the PO painted the baby blue up front. Iíll work towards a zolatone finish throughout, but not a big priority. I do wish theyíd left it..... Also the fridge is a kenmore add on.

I also removed the fold-up upper bunks. Our kids are 19 and 23 so we wonít get much use directly, but good to have the option, they come out easily. Itís stained oak Iím pretty sure, all the wood.

My wife is leading the charge on the Airstream, Iím renovating the house. I do need to make a decision on what sealant to use on gutters and other places Iíd like to give attention. Itís dry on the inside, but no certainty on whatís happening behind the walls. Iím gonna seal it up like a boat.

Just wanted to post above photos as a reference, since these will be archived forever. Hopefully helpful or interesting to someone.

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