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Old 04-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
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'72 Land Yacht Ambassador restoration

Newbie's to Airstream forums, but not new to RV'ing. We'll be posting pics of our restoration project as we go along. Enjoy!
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:08 PM   #2
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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more pics of our restoration project-airpatton

some floor rot at the front door
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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and a little bit more

ripping some sections out and pulling pieces apart for closer inspection and repair
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #5
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Welcome! A lot of those pictures look familiar..... We're in the middle of our own remodel project and we feel your dust and dirt! Continued pictures are always welcome here (and kind of required if you want to stay in good with "certain" people!)

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Old 04-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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Sooooooooooo

With all the pics, you can see our work is cut out for us.
Items we're starting with first:
Taking inventory of what is destroyed, missing, needing replacement
Checking for leaks first! windows come to mind
Replacing the entire plumbing system (we're selling our fresh water tank, we do not need it)
Replacing only a few sections of flooring and beams (yes, I have seen others posts, but at this point, our budget dictates what we can do)
wiring, kitchen, tires.........
and the list goes on
am I missing anything?
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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Cool Correction, 1973 Ambassador

Boy, it's been a while! Finally after a year long struggle to get the title straight, our 1973 beauty is in the backyard---let the games begin!
We tore out the galley today, and started to remove small pieces one step at a time. Taking a lot of photos and measurements along the way. A lot of diagrams being written as well. If anyone is interested in knowing how to take out a refrigerator, as you will see from the photos 2 brackets were holding this thing in place...she wasn't going anywhere! Did manage to pick up a 2011 Dometic gas/electric fridge for $50.00 today and a 6 gallon Atwood water heater for $20.00 as well as a newer toilet for $20.00. Yes, those are the real prices, salvage yard baby! Though some may think this is too much of a risk, we are on a limited budget and heck, what a steal! Look for more photos as we go along....and happy streaming to you all!
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:56 PM   #8
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Original fridge

Did you check the fridge, was it working? Are you selling it? MPJ
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:00 PM   #9
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The old dometic I took out may work, we never got it to turn on. If you are interested in purchasing it, shoot me an email. I'm not interested in keeping it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:01 PM   #10
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Love it, keep it simple and you will be camping instead of having yard art!
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:34 PM   #11
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Thumbs up and the tear out continues....

A few pics of the continuing saga of tearing stuff out. Photos come in handy so you can jog your memory as how this beast goes back together (should you choose that route...with upgrades). I've included my find of the dometic fridge and atwood water heater. Also included what the shower walls look like when removed. Almost finished removing all walls. Ohhhhh, I just LOVE rivets and broken drill bits. Reminds me of the song..we've only just begun...thanks Karen Carpenter. Happy streaming to all!
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looks like mine almost a year ago slow when doing by your self retired and not much else to do and some day will enjoy it. good luck.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #13
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Another day spent finishing demo. Getting ready to remove the walls. We've taken pictures along the way to aid in the rebuild. We've also saved everything to use as a template if need be or to reuse. I've attached an Microsoft Excel file which may help you to keep track of expenses. We've used this to help us, so I figured I would pass it along. Now I am looking for a black water tank below the floor, a shower, a bathroom sink and a power converter. We'll be updating lights to all LED inside and out hopefully as well as PEX waterlines. Those are the plans now anyway.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #14
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Totally stripped out

Spent today completing the tear out.
As you can see from the pics, no wonder the underbelly retains so much water, the banana wrap acts as a gutter! This will be put under the skin once the frame is repaired. I dropped the entire belly pan/wraps. Removed all the insulation, pipes, etc.
Now needing some tips on removing stickers. What are the best options? I would also like to restore the international logo...any tips there would be much appreciated.
Got to love those Olympic rivets...going to go bye bye...they leak when used for exterior usage.
For those interested in what the backside of the front portion may look like, I've included that pic as well, and other stuff...and my ugly mug!
Man this thing is an obsession! Happy streaming all!
Kevin
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