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Old 05-15-2016, 10:34 AM   #1
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Cleaning Frame and Rust Proofing

Hello fellow AS lovers-

I recently purchased a 1972 International Land Yacht Overlander. I have been dreaming about this for years and ended up buying one on ebay, for $6300! The woman told me no leaks, all the wiring was good. The AS was gutted so I thought I could just star remodeling the interior, NOT! Blah, blah blah. Anyway, everything was not good. Don't you hate people like that.

Point to the story I am putting in more money than expected and am dying to get on the road. The guy I found to do some work on her seems less expensive than others but really sucks workmanship wise.

I really want to get her trailer frame cleaned and rust proofed and in need of new sub floors. Does anyone know a great person for the job that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

I am single and do not have tons of money to spend. Sold everything I own to fix her up. Sound familiar? Seriously considering just fixing the basics and sleeping on a mattress just to get on the road!


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Old 05-22-2016, 10:54 PM   #2
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I am truly sorry to hear this, but know you are not alone. I am new to the airstream forums and I don't even own one yet but I had a very similar experience two years ago with a classic mustang. I 100% understand what you're going through. You will find a way! Just remember when it gets stressful take a couple deep breaths and imagine where you'll be going in your trailer whenever it's done. I'm sure someone here knows someone in the Austin area. Best of luck to you- M

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Old 05-31-2016, 06:49 PM   #3
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Yeah, you're not alone. I am you minus the selling everything I own part.. I'll probably get there eventually to. Mine is a 72 Overlander as well. Gutted.

As for the leaks... it's a 72, and gutted, at least they did a lot of the work for you already. A 72 was bound to have some leaks.

That said, I've got mine down to the frame and it's next. Sanding, grinding, cutting, welding, and rust proofing. I decided to go at it without doing a shell off.. everything is accessible. The axles are on the short list.

Good luck.
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Old 05-31-2016, 06:59 PM   #4
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How badly rusted is the frame? if it is not too bad there are ways of cleaning it up that don't cost much but are dusty, loud and are a bit like hard work. With steel surface rust is not the issue. it's the heavy pitting and small sheets of rust coming off that are the issue. Perhaps some pictures might help. A lot of it is semi skilled labor, so if you can find "a guy" (or gal) who does "stuff" they may be able to do this. And if you get it road worthy you don't need to get the interior all pimped out a futon on the floor works pretty well.
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