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Old 08-25-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
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1962 Globetrotter Found in the Bushes

Hey y'all I'm new here and new to airstreams. Figured I'd post my diamond in the rough and get opinions, suggestions, previous experiences, do's and dont's, and whatever else y'all decide to throw my way.
I just purchased this 1962 globetrotter yesterday and am ready to get started. It's a Ohio made airstream in fairly rough condition. I found it sitting back on a dead end road in a rural area one day while I was working. It had greenery grown all the way over it, and in it, till the point you could barely see it.
I stopped and talked to the lady about it and found out it had been sitting for quite some time and had not been attended to. I asked her if it was for sell and she said yes. We worked out the basics and I now own this ole girl.
I picked her up yesterday and aired up her dry rotted tires and lugged her on to the house. She went flat on me a couple of times on trip home so I pulled over and aired her up and kept a rolling. Finally made it home.
Me and my girlfriend then tore into her something awful. (As I should note at this point this has been my girlfriends dream I come to find out for quite some time; and had it not been for her we probably would not have the ole girl right now. I'm just the worker on this project, my girlfriend will be the designer and supervisor for this whole process.)
We started by cleaning out the previous owners junk that had been left in there as storage that they did not care to take out. Two and a half full size trash cans later and a full size truck bed, we were finally ready to start demo. We ripped up carpet and tore out the two beds that were in place. They were not original beds; just wood bunks. We then proceeded to clean up debris on floor then we bug bombed the trailer overnight.
So this is the point we are at now. The next stages we plan to take are to strip the inside down to original aluminium and then continue to remove the panels. We are stripping due to wanting an aluminium finish on the inside. We are removing inside panels so we can redo electrical, insulation, and piping. We also plan to reseal the seams while we are in there.
We are also thinking on redoing floor and frame so that we know what we have. Floor is still in very good shape for it's age but we are wanting to know what's beneath it.
I've got so many questions I will be asking once we get to the point we need to know. As of right now any advice would be appreciated and the one question I do have is where to start? Floors or walls? Advice and reasoning will be very appreciated.
Also I am including pictures from the condition I found her in until now. Thank y'all in advance. Click image for larger version

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:11 PM   #2
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Sorry about the second post but those pics where from how I found her till the day I loaded her up headed home. The computer wouldn't let me post anymore pics on that single post. Here is what we did the afternoon we got her home. This is state she is in now.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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What you have there is a genuine project!

Looks like you are off to a good start!

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Thank you bud. We are trying to make the best of what we have.


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Old 08-25-2014, 05:27 PM   #5
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I like your initial plan. You MUST drop the belly pan to get a look at that frame.

Look forward to watching your progress


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Old 08-25-2014, 05:35 PM   #6
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I know it will be hard work, seemingly endless at times, but I envy you and look foward to watching your progress.

BTW, please wear a respirator!
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:35 PM   #7
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Do you have to drop the belly pan first or could you just remove the flooring. I'm just curious.


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Thanks Hawkingal! Will do on the respirator. And we are in no rush just moving along at a snails pace is our plan.


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Old 08-25-2014, 05:51 PM   #9
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Yes. You can remove the floor and get to the frame. I wanted to replace all of my sub floor so I took it out first then cleaned out all of the nasty stuff in the belly pan from above before I dropped it.

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:58 PM   #10
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Thanks mike.


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Old 08-25-2014, 06:45 PM   #11
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Hello from another Mississippian!
It looks like you have a great rebuild candidate. Hang onto every little part you remove, the cabinet latches are specific to that era trailer, the trim along the top of the tub is unobtainium.

Removing the bellypan is a pickle on this vintage, it is not only riveted behind the shell, it's wrapped over the "C" channel. There are some options like cutting the pan open just inside the frame rails.

If you find that stripping the interior is too much trouble (and you just might find that out), Speciality Metals in Jackson sells 3003 alloy in 4 x 10 sheets for around $50.

Keep posting photos!!!
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Thanks hihoagrv! This info is really helpful. I will keep pics updated as we get stuff done. We are planning on keeping everything we take off, but some of the stuff we will probably get rid of. We are gonna renovate to our taste and not go back original. Also we are goin to update the fixtures and appliances. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated.


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Old 08-25-2014, 06:58 PM   #13
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Hello from yet another Mississippian!

This looks like a great find. Im jealous.. even though i have enough projects

dropping the belly Pan and removing the shell is not too bad.. I believe that is the only way to do it right. It is actually easier than you might think.. I have done several of them.
For good pictures take a look at my “1948 Liner Resurrection” Thread.

Do you plan on rebuilding it to original specs?


well, keep us updated and post plenty of pics.
And not sure, where in MS you are located at, but you are more than welcome to stop by and have a look at my Projects.

BTW, nice Tow Truck
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #14
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Thank you submariner on the info. And for praising my baby(my truck). No we are gonna update the trailer to our liking and taste. We are already planning on what we are gonna do and what we are gonna replace.


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