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.