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Old 11-13-2005, 03:57 AM   #43
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Hmmm...

I think they're actually the original 9" tiles... uhoh.

Brad, come over tomorrow if you can. Call me for directions

As far as the pump goes, thanks again Roger. It did look kinda sixties-ish... but i wasn't sure....
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:08 AM   #44
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After reading Brad's post... I have to agree with him on the stove. It's been too long since I've had my '57 and '61 to remember this stuff... geez! Interestingly though, I don't remember seeing any of the originally installed stoves with a back that looked like that! I'll have to go see if I can find the photos of my '57 Overlander and see what the stove looked like.

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On Edit: I found my photos... the '57 Overlander had a Princess built-in stove, so your freestanding Dixie may indeed be the original.
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:38 PM   #45
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There are also two pots and a roaster that match the enamel on the Dixie perfectly. I wonder if the old stoves came with cooking utensils, or if one of the POs was just very into matching...

I'm tearing up asbestos tiles today. Fun. Does anyone know where I can find the exact same pattern in 9" tiles to replace them with? Do they still make that pattern?
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:09 PM   #46
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I seriously hope you've taken tons of pictures before the tearing out portion began. It will never look exactly the same again.

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Old 11-13-2005, 07:42 PM   #47
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I've taken 174 pictures of the interior and exterior (mostly interior so far) including before and after shots. 142 of those photos are interior "before" photos. Close-ups of just about everything and several all encompassing shots as well.

It kind of makes me sad that it will never look the same again, but it isn't my intent to make it look the same. It's my intention with this project to return the trailer to just-rolled-off-the-factory-floor 1958 condition. That's why I've been on a witch hunt in there for non-original components (like the sure-flo water pump and the toilet which I found out is not original).

While removing the tiles I did find a few places where there is some rot. They're small, three areas in all. The largest being maybe six inches square. I'm still trying to decide if I want to replace the floor completely.
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So what kind of wood is this? Oak or birch?

Brad, I saw in another thread that you had said you found a place that sells sheets of matching veneer... are they exact matches? Can I just sand and refinish the veneer (in the places where it's not missing chunks)?

Here's a pic of my trailer at night with some little light thingies on it, too.
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ankornuta,
Looks like birch to me. If that is the case veener should be readily available.

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Cool, I do believe you're right. And I've found a lot of good resources on the forums for refinishing / bringing this stuff back to life.
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Thumbs up What-a-Dixie!

I absolutely LOVE your Dixie! I also remember reading (or seeing) somewhere that Airstream used to sell some kitchen related items such as pots and pans to match the trailer. Or am I imagining this? Very nice trailer!
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I absolutely LOVE your Dixie! I also remember reading (or seeing) somewhere that Airstream used to sell some kitchen related items such as pots and pans to match the trailer. Or am I imagining this? Very nice trailer!
The '40s vintage Clippers had matching mel-mac dinnerware that came with the trailer; a place setting for four. They were pretty cool. It all came in a wire rack over the galley.

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nice looking stove... ill bet it would cook a turkey better then my magic chef...
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Let me know what parts you are looking for - I'm on the tail end of a 58 rebuild myself - I know I have an original water pump (its really cool - has a small pressure tank on it) and an original wall heater - have a toilet but no base (thats the hardest part to find)

Anyway, if you need anything, I may have it.

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Moogie and Norbert, thanks! That stove goes up to like 600 degrees!

Ken: My trailer actually doesn't have a wall heater like many of the other '58s. It came from the factory with an under-the-floor furnace. There's a vent in the floor in the middle of the hallway for it. It looks to be in pretty good shape, too. I'd love to see pictures of your restoration, by the way.

The parts that I'm currently looking for are:

- Original toilet (and base? Not sure, I haven't removed the mid-70's RV toilet yet to see what's under it)

- A TV antenna like the one this came with from the factory. The crank is still mounted inside the trailer and the mounts and gearbox are on the front. I'm just missing the folding/telescoping aerial portion.

- Enough unused 1958 "straight-grained" Excelon floor tiles (like they came with from the factory) to cover the whole floor. Yes, I know these were asbestos, but I want it to look original and I don't think they're harmful unless powdered and inhaled. If I can't find those, I'd like to find someone who makes new 9" vinyl tiles with the same pattern as the old ones.

- The clip things for that the accordion door to the bathroom that hang it from the rail. I have just enough on there now that the door doesn't fall off, but need about 10 or 12 more, I think.

- About half a dozen of the original clear plastic clips that held the mirrors to the closet door and bedroom wall. I'm only missing a few of these.

- Original side-marker lights (some PO replaced these at some point with newer ones)

Considering everything else on the trailer is original and even the upholstery on the couch is in great shape (1958 green color) I think I did pretty well with this find.
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I'll look and see if I have any of those mirror clips - I would think you could still find them

The marker lights you can get at Vintagetrailer.com

As far as my restoration, I have it documented here - if you do a search for 58 overlander restoration - it should come up. I'll be updating soon as my new axles are done.

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