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Old 12-08-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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My '65 Ambie is home!!!!!

Drove 8hrs. to pick her up yesterday.Got a great motel for $41.I was awake every hour all night I suppose with excitment( and not much excites me at 62,been there done that).
Headed over to pick her up at 7:00 am in the rain.My first Airstream,so my little brother made the trip to tow her home with his Dodge Cummins deisel.

Got there and she was a beauty.Shell great with one deep scratch on side rear panel.(fixable) Interior like walking into 1965 with even original brackets for bunks!Wood was super.Floor will need the usual,though not bad.
Refer will be replaced with a 110/lp.I was afraid the shroud had been tossed, but it was in the closet.They thought someone might need it! I do!

We drove 500 miles back in pouring rain!! I know where the leaks are now.(2 windows and 1 vent) considering the force of the rain the leaks were minimal.
Here is a peek as I found her. Start planning the resto on Mon.keeping her as original as possible.
I am a commercial photographer so more pics to follow as I move forward..These are PO pics.This is exciting stuff.
Steve
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Ambassador club. We love ours, enough room to move around but easy to tow and park. Have fun.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:40 AM   #3
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I am a commercial photographer so more pics to follow as I move forward..These are PO pics.This is exciting stuff.
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Steve.

Check to see if the furnace brand name is "International Oil Burner".

If it is, DO NOT attempt to light it as it has a great tendancy to explode.

There was a bunch of recalls on it, when it was new.

The problem with it, is the "burner log" in time, rusts and falls apart. That should have happened years ago.

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Old 12-09-2009, 09:42 PM   #4
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Explode!

Thanks Andy,
This is great safety advice.Would not have known this.Any problems with the ovens?
I am beginning by addressing the leaks.Two windows and a vent.
The front window leaked quite a bit on the way home.I have read about the D channel you sell and will probably do all windows anyway.What do I use for the front window seal?Same thing? Or is it fixed with glazing.

I am also planning to get 4 new AS wheels from Inland.(to get rid of these spilt rims)Are these just balanced with weights as usual and add Centramatix to the hub or does the hub need balance as in the Inland site pics.I would like to use baby moons with these wheels and I think I have found a source that will fit rims with no clips.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:46 PM   #5
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Sweet!

That is a nice looking Airstream!
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:50 PM   #6
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Congrats... Looks like it's in pretty good shape.

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Old 12-10-2009, 05:03 AM   #7
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Welcome to the Ambassador club...we love our "78".

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Old 12-10-2009, 08:51 AM   #8
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Hey! I didn't know there was an Ambassador club! Congrats, Steve. You've got a really nice trailer, there. So, let the fun begin!
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Thanks Andy,
This is great safety advice.Would not have known this.Any problems with the ovens?
I am beginning by addressing the leaks.Two windows and a vent.
The front window leaked quite a bit on the way home.I have read about the D channel you sell and will probably do all windows anyway.What do I use for the front window seal?Same thing? Or is it fixed with glazing.

I am also planning to get 4 new AS wheels from Inland.(to get rid of these spilt rims)Are these just balanced with weights as usual and add Centramatix to the hub or does the hub need balance as in the Inland site pics.I would like to use baby moons with these wheels and I think I have found a source that will fit rims with no clips.
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The "D" gasket is good for all your windows, access doors and entrance door.

Which vent is leaking?

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Old 12-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #10
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There is no real club, it's just that we all have the same trailer and each style has there own thread under the name (Ambassador, Bambi, Safari, etc.) here on the forum . Maybe we should start one.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #11
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Andy,
The leaking vent is the front next to the Astro.Just a drop every minute or so.Hit me on the head but hard to see.
The main concern though is the front window.I have not researched yet because of work.On the trip in pouring rain, the bottom sill was really wet and the curtains(sheet) wicked it up about half way.
I also have some moisture on one of the rear ss windows.Other than that, the back vent fan would open after I tightened each time.The vent fans will probably be replaced,but the windows especially the front are of concern.
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Welcome to the Airstream family. We are new to Airstreaming also and love it, the older ones need TLC, I know it will be worth the effort. Good luck with yours!

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Looks great Steve. Hope to see it in person this February.
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:16 PM   #14
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Steve.

Check to see if the furnace brand name is "International Oil Burner".

If it is, DO NOT attempt to light it as it has a great tendancy to explode.

There was a bunch of recalls on it, when it was new.

The problem with it, is the "burner log" in time, rusts and falls apart. That should have happened years ago.

Andy
Yes Andy it is an International! What is out there that wold be a good fit for a replacement? Is a furnace necessary? Could I go tankless on the hot water and use a low profile Carrier with a heat strip? Steve
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