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Old 07-30-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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we are going to call to setup a time to go look at this in person. any things i should be looking for???
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:02 PM   #16
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The first thing you should look at imo, is can it be moved as is and is the title clear?
As a side note - we just finished (almost finished) an 64 overlander and figure we have about 15 K into the resto costs in PARTS and supplies. We are glad we made the investment and it's worth noting that you can spread costs out over time.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:37 PM   #17
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Janet's numbers for replacement parts are close to mine. Aquinbob is right that you can source used or sale pricing if you have the time and budget it tighter. Obviously, the more you're willing to restore with your labor, the more you'll save.

Can you move it? Check bearings and electric brakes. If it still has original split rims and/or rotten tires, replace them. Look carefully for rot where the rounded front/back segments meet the floor. If there is a gap, add plywood blocking supports as shown in this thread.

What to look for in inspection? If you're already planning to replace the floor and axles, then the skin and frame are the most critical. Look for bad floor rot and, if found, look below for significant frame rot. If you can poke an awl through, that frame member will probably need replacement. The rest of the parts / budget are listed above.

Good luck.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:55 PM   #18
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Welcome crazycuda.
66 is a great year-real wood cabinets and curved windows. I am biased though. Check out my thread- Dans 66 Tradewind Improvements.
Price is not that important, but lcheaper is better. Is this the one you want? Are the shell and windows in good shape? You will spend 10-15k for restoration, so 2 or 3k for initial cost does not matter. Buy the one you want and get the best one you can find.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:08 PM   #19
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Time predicted it will take X 4 = about the actual time.
Money predicted (even with good planning) X 2 = your cost, if you are lucky.

As others have said, it is a big project and there are lots of costs, BUT- you can have a really nice trailer and you will have a great deal of pride in having done the work. We used ours as an "aluminum tent" on several trips while I was working on my 68.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:42 PM   #20
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All of the windows are intact and the shell is in great condition. Sounds like the frame is my biggest concern. The cost won't be an issue since it will be our family camper for years in the future and we are okay using it as a aluminum tent while we buy parts. We agree this size would fit us best. having sleeping areas for at least 4 off the floor is our main requirement. We have several things we like from this site we want to incorporate like j lounge and a few other neat features
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #21
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On the other hand my 66 cost me 1000 in parts including tires, two tanks, and so . No axles yet. It rides ok as t is, but will get a pair someday. A lot of serious bargain hunting, and lots of my labor
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:34 AM   #22
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back to square one for the search. My wife was been working nights and i work days so i scheduled to go inspect the trailer this weekend and the seller just informed me someone just purchased it.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:29 AM   #23
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Sorry crazycuda. Sounds like you lost out on a good one.

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Old 03-06-2014, 02:57 PM   #24
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I have found this forum incredibly helpful! In searching for the layout of the 66 overlander, I stumbled on this thread and realized that this is the exact Airstream I just purchased last weekend in Lansing. My husband and I are excited to get working on it soon and take our family of 5 out camping. It will certainly be a labor of love with all the repairs.
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