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Old 04-17-2011, 11:41 PM   #1
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identify me please!

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I have been admiring this trailer parked in a field for the past 8 or so years, and finally was able to speak with the owner who is willing to consider selling it to me...can anyone help identify it just from these pictures? Sorry for so little info; the owner let us take these few pics, but had zero information on the model/age of the trailer. The trailer is standing am hour away, and we thought that maybe we would be able to identify it from the pictures we took by searching online. How foolish we were. Please help, if you can! http://www.airforums.com/forums/atta...1&d=1303101351


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Old 04-17-2011, 11:54 PM   #2
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According to the VIN it is a 1957 California built 26 ft Overlander.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:56 PM   #3
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Hard with just front and rear pics, but I'd say it may be a 1957 Overlander.

Check out the vintage Airstream photo archives here: 1957 Overlander

Hopefully someone way more knowledgeable than me will check in.

I do love '57's.

And, welcome to the forums.

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Old 04-18-2011, 06:02 AM   #4
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I sold a 57 California overlander and it was a 13 panel so maybe this one is a little newer?
Looks like another great project.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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axle question

Thanks for responding so quickly! We are planning to drive back later this week, so will post more pics and hopefully have more info.

My husband is quite certain that the trailer has two axles...is this a possible modification someone has done, or could this be original? Was this an available option?

From the pictures he has been looking at, he was thinking, until you all responded, that it is a 61-63 Overlander...because of the two axles.

Also: we are totally new to this market, and would love some input on what is most important to look for when we check out this trailer. If you could give us some pointers, or direct me to another resource with a "buying a vintage Airstream for dummies" kinda feel, it would be most appreciated!!!!

Thanks again, everyone.

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Old 04-18-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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I think tandem axles were an option at that time.

You'll be getting into a major project if you buy her and you need to be realistic with yourself about that. I'm a little over 2 years into my '57 and nearly, but not quite, done. Looks like the outside skin is in pretty good shape with no major dents. That's important. Window frames are a big deal too as they are quite hard to come by if you need replacements. There's probably at least one messed up window where that air conditioner sticks out the side.

Otherwise, the inside is likely a mess. The subfloor will be rotten and there will probably be rust issues with the frame. Everything is fixable though and just takes time and money.

There are a bunch of good threads around documenting restoration projects that'll give you a good idea of what it'll take.

'57's do rock.

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Wendy work on the assumption that everything needs to be replaced. Frame, floor, all appliances, plumbing, electrical, axle(s), and two windows that I can see, etc. The shell does look to be in fair condition and that is what you are really buying. Maybe the cabinets are salvageable, that depends on how much exposure to the elements the interior has had.
Like Steve said expect to do a major renovation, most probably a shell off restoration. It will take $20K at least to do it right.
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wow.

Thanks again for the speedy response.

Any one willing to take a shot at what we should offer...? I know it's near impossible without more info, or even interior pics, but we are thinking 1K or maybe even less, given what we have been reading here...are we nuts?

My husband got a quick peek at the interior, which was almost completely filled with junk. The owner hasn't towed it since 2003.

Also: we just noticed on one of our pics that it looks like some living creature is jumping out a vent in the side. Wonder if they want extra for it?!

We just finished re-doing a 1973 Boler...maybe our Robin's Egg will have to find a new lover.

Sigh. This looks like more of a commitment, for sure.
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Not over $500.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:51 AM   #10
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Maybe it's jumping in!

[QUOTE=wendymother;980126]Thanks again for the speedy response.

Also: we just noticed on one of our pics that it looks like some living creature is jumping out a vent in the side. Wonder if they want extra for it?!

Your critter looks like a cat to me. If I'm right, it's going in, not out. Maybe that's a good thing considering what a mouse population can do to a trailer.
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I know I'm in the minority here with this attitude, but I don't think the purchase price makes that much difference. Whether you pay $500 or $1000 or $2000, it'll be a drop in the bucket compared to what you will be spending. If it's the right trailer for you, buy it.

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:28 AM   #12
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All very helpful; thanks!

Steve: I think I'm with you on this. Eight years of drive-bys should likely be telling me something! Now to figure out how to get it from there to here safely. Better catch that kitty first!

I will post some more pics when we seal the deal!

Thanks again, all!
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Wendy you say the trailer is an hour away. I would save the effort in trying to get it roadwortht where it is and just have it flatbed towed to your location.
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we have just bought a 1959 overlander paid $1600.- for it.
interior is complete with all appliances. When we bought it, we expected to do a complete renovation. this way , we are not in for any surprises.
after pulling it slowly home (4hrs at 35 to 40 mph) , we started stripping everything . exactly 24hrs of labor later, the shell was sitting in one corner and the frame totally stripped in another..
accessing the damage on it, we did not do too bad.. all appliances work. frame only needs partial repair..
overall.. if you prepare yourself for the worst, you will be surprised ,if some parts are still good.

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