Greetings, I looked at '67 30' Sovereign
yesterday. And again today, and probably again tomorrow. I've always loved the look of Airstreams, and for some crazy reason, now I want to buy one.
I need some help and advice. All I know about them is what I've picked up on the Internet in the past 36 hours. Lots of info out there, but I want more.
The old girl that I want to buy is just about 100% original. Supposedly hasn't been used in 10 years. Current owner has had it for 30 years. She seems to be in good shape for her age, but needs some cosmetic and mechanical work.
I've read about a frame/body problem in these rear bathroom models. This one has none of the exterior signs of this, but on the inside the partition between the bedroom/galley has poked through the interior panels, on the ceiling. I've only seen it on jacks, so the partition is in it's normal position, but I can see what has happened. I've read about a couple of bulletins and frame stiffining repairs. Can someone out there offer some insight about the cost and complexity of the repair? Both to do it myself and to have it done.
It has some other minor issues such as, A.C. (fan works, but not cold), Oven doesn't seem to work, A couple of exterior lights non-functional. Otherwise all is as it should be.
I'm also wondering about restoration vs. renovation, and its affect on value. Should I try to restore it to it's 60's charm, or can I put in granite, hardwood floors, and bring it into the 00's. Without losing the respect of the vintage people.
Any advice is greatly, and urgently needed, I may have to buy it in the next day or so.