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Old 11-08-2014, 07:00 PM   #1
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Just wanted to post some pics and start a restoration thread for myself (to keep me accountable). If people read it, awesome!

I plan to restore this while camping in it.

I owned a '63 Bambi up until last year when I sold it and have been regretful ever since. I actually bought that one, retrofitted it to be a photobooth. I made some bucks with it and then sold it to a competitor. I've seen her on the road and man I am upset!

Well, I found this 1966 Airstream Globetrotter (Twin) for a great deal. From the VIN, she is number 8 off the line. She has some issues but is complete and I plan to resolve them as I can. The first thing I'm doing is replacing the bent out of shape trailer jack with a new one.

I've included a link to the current Airstream I own and also a separate link to what Bambi became.

I will likely be scouring the forums for answers to questions but Happy to be back in the Airstream game!

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1966 Airstream Globetrotter Photos by mannrey | Photobucket

1963 Bambi (GONE FOREVER!)
1963 Bambi Photos by mannrey | Photobucket
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:43 PM   #2
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Look$ like tool time!
Have fun, I am.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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WOW, I would have no idea where to start. Good luck with it.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:35 AM   #4
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This is great!! Looking forward to your story unfolding! Dena
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:37 AM   #5
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Very cool. Welcome back...
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:57 AM   #6
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I've been doing lots of weekend kayaking jaunts in my Airstream as I've been working on it for the past year. I've found it very beneficial to the design process, as you can test out ideas before committing to them 100%. Finding other uses for superfluous storage has really opened up the space for me.

Watching other folks interact with trailer is instructive, as well. If nearly everybody bumps their head on a cabinet, it's time to move that thing! If no one ever occupies a seat, why have it?

If you invite others in while camping, be prepared for strange reactions. Though my Airstream is perfectly comfortable for us, others see the unfinished state of things and think, "You poor, wretched man, squatting in squalor in a construction site." Then they crawl through the mud into their Kmart tent. Go figure!
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the comments everyone.
I have just made my first purchase order from vintagetrailersupply so I will update this thread soon!

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Old 11-10-2014, 07:31 AM   #8
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I'm going to subscribe and watch you work! It's a lot of fun bringing these old trailers back to life. And you will likely recover the $$$ you put into it. Maybe not the labor.

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Old 11-10-2014, 08:09 AM   #9
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Welcome back. 66 is a great year.
I work on mine and continue to camp in it. I have made some improvements and have more planned. See "dan's 66 tradewind improvements" for details.

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:57 PM   #10
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Just a quick update for those who may be interested

I put on a new trailer jack which I ordered from VTS.



I also took the window AC out of the back of the trailer and put in a plexiglass window.



It's a temporary fix until I can find an Airstream window frame that will fit. The trailer didn't come with it unfortunately.



And, I made some "panels" for the side of the Airstream where the access doors were missing.

Another temporary fix until I can (if) I find some or order replacements from somewhere. If anyone knows of a place that sells them or a window, let me know!



I also started sanding down some cabinets and cutting new pieces to fit for the counter.

I have removed the fridge and it has power when plugged in but isn't cooling. I haven't tested it on gas yet.

More fixin' to do!
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Hi there, Looks like you got lucky on your flooring. My asbestos tile had nothing to stick to. The floor is so rotted. I bumped my head three times on my upper dinette cabinet today while removing it all. I too use VTS for many of my parts. WIll you be doing any complete panel replacement?

Good luck!
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I believe the rear glass in the 66 trailers is flat tempered glass. I believe an automotive glass shop can cut you a new one. Installation is a different story as you know, the thickness has to fit the "glass bar" at the top of the window. There are threads on this type of window repair. The front and rear windows are easier than the curved side windows in our trailers.

And look for used, serviceable parts. Silver Trailer Supply had a used compartment door that I purchased. And I'm told there is an Airstream salvage yard in Waterloo, IA, (closer to me) that deals in used Airstream parts. You might find what you need.

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Hi there, Looks like you got lucky on your flooring. My asbestos tile had nothing to stick to. The floor is so rotted. I bumped my head three times on my upper dinette cabinet today while removing it all. I too use VTS for many of my parts. WIll you be doing any complete panel replacement?

Good luck!
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Hey Dena,
I didn't have asbestos tile because it appears the previous owner removed it and added vinyl tile at some point. I am not sure when that happened.

I do have some floor rot under the area where the fridge was, but I am not going to worry about it right now. I have done a full floor replacement and i feel your pain. I am not interested in doing that at this point though I know it will come eventually.

The height of the trailer definitely takes some getting used to, and I am not a tall person.

I don't plan to do any panel replacement, interior or exterior. There's a larger dent in the left corner of the bathroom of the aluminum outer shell, but I think I will remove one interior panel in that area and pop it out. I say that knowing it certainly won't be that easy.
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I believe the rear glass in the 66 trailers is flat tempered glass. I believe an automotive glass shop can cut you a new one. Installation is a different story as you know, the thickness has to fit the "glass bar" at the top of the window. There are threads on this type of window repair. The front and rear windows are easier than the curved side windows in our trailers.

And look for used, serviceable parts. Silver Trailer Supply had a used compartment door that I purchased. And I'm told there is an Airstream salvage yard in Waterloo, IA, (closer to me) that deals in used Airstream parts. You might find what you need.

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Hey David,
Thanks for that info on Silver Trailer and the salvage yard.
I am not looking for the glass, I am actually looking for the window sash. I have found them on Silver Trailer before but at a cost of $250! But to tell you the truth, now that I am writing this, I need to take a closer look at my other windows to see how they are connected, I may be in good shape after all. Actually, I just looked it up and what I am looking for is the "glass bar" and "glass bar arms" for my back window. I have the frame/sash so that is good. Thanks for the help in getting me to look closer!

If it comes down to it, I may buy one but I am hoping to get around Austin. We have a ton of gutted Airstreams around here. Everyone wants to be the next Hey CupCake (a cupcake shop out of an Airstream).

It tears me up knowing people are gutting their trailers and junking all the dang parts!
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