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Old 03-08-2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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'64 Overlander Rescue

Well I just bought her and guess what we are going to do first?

I've been trying to read up on this project in here. Just so I am clear the next step is to remove the interior wall panels near the deck so I can get to the C-channel right?

Oh by the way this is my first Airstream.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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Save the and mark the interior skin so you know where it was. You only have to take out the lower pieces for now.

Have you had the belly skin off to see what's hidden?

Will look forward to following this!
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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Long Term Goal: Ultimately nothing less than a completly restored 1968 Overlander with all the goodies they never had in 1968.

Timetable: Rest of my life I guess.

Short Term Goal: Get the rotted deck out, bring the frame back up to spec, and put a new deck in.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #4
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Some of the belly skin has been damaged...high stump maybe...dunno. It did give me a glimpse at my future. The frame is rusty but salvagable...I think.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:12 AM   #5
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You are going to keep that lovely pink interior, right?
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:41 AM   #6
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I think that color is called Pepto Dismal.
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Old 03-09-2010, 09:55 AM   #7
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Welcome to the "family". I had similar good news with my Trade Wind. There are lots of posts floor repair. Yes the interior must come out, yes you need access to the bottom. Don't underestimate the time. There is alway one bolt or one rivet that takes longer to remove than the last 95. I highly recommend you check out TomW's (his forum name) web site on the restoration of his Overlander.

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Old 03-09-2010, 09:57 AM   #8
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Finishes fall under the purview of my wife. Of course she winced when she saw the pink so I think we may be headed for another color, phew!

My favorite part is the little hand painted flowers all over the back wall. Some little girl spent a lot of quality time in here. If only she had taken better care of the plywood.
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:17 AM   #9
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gee wally - take the rose-colored spectacles off before ya take the pictures, makes everything look pink...

Y'all need to put in some serious 40-hour weeks, think work gang even if its a gang of one!
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:24 AM   #10
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JFerguson, Thanks for the posts on my thread. Looks like yours is going to be a great project. Hope you keep posting pictures and progress. Airstreams and the plywood floor seems to be an interesting problem. I had a K model Bonanza aircraft for many years and it had a plywood floor. However the airplane never had the same problem as the Airstreams. Maybe there are some aircraft people out there that would add some comments on this. My one thought is that the aircraft had a lot more rivets and tighter seams to the joints. Also the drainage on the plane was better. And I think general construction methods were much greater. Anyone out there have any thoughts.
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Perhaps it was because the plane was painted and Airstreams tend to go bare. Also most people I know hangar their planes.
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Congratulations on your new Airstream. You've clearly done some research, yes floor replacement is in your immediate future.

You might have found them already, but if you haven't, I consider the Major Renovation threads to be required reading for anyone who is about to tackle the job that you are setting out to do. You can find them here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ons-35399.html

There are many of them, and some of them are quite lengthy, but the amount of knowledge that can be learned from those threads is vast. They are excellent not only as a research tool, but also for inspiration, either when you're stuck with a design dilemma, or when you're consumed by despair, wondering if you will ever actually be able to use this thing. I've read all of them at least once, and several of them multiple times.

Good luck!
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:13 PM   #13
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Thanks Marcus. The only research I've done so far was here on this board and watching a series called Classic rides on youtube. I will take your advice to heart and read as much as I can. Thanks again!
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:57 PM   #14
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I'd like to post a correction. A member pointed out that mine was probably not a 68 because of the door within a door. After running the VIN it seems I have bought a 1964. Sorry to mislead.
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