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Old 11-29-2008, 07:48 PM   #1
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overlander '65 restoration

Hello, I have been meaning to post in this section of the forums. On Nov 20 my husband and I bought a 65 overlander off Ebay. It had been sitting at a campground since sometime in the 80's. We got it for 2500 dollars and it does need a lot of work. We want to do the work ourselves. The good thing is it was being used. The PO had modified a bunch of things for park living, so we will have things to do to get it traveling. Here is a list.

Remove house type toilet
Remove and replace black tank and box
replace rear 2 ft section of floor
repair cracks in sink and tub+ paint
replace univolt
replace water heater
get new battery
get LP tanks
get foam for rear twins
get vents for 2 roof vents
new tires and brakes
Remove window AC and replace glass
and some other small things

I am going to keep a blog of the process and will link to that here when I can.

here is my blog
http://www.airforums.com/forums/blog...storation-111/

if anyone has advice for us please let us know. I have been doing tons of reading from here and other sites. But we are learning as we go. I don't even know if and what qualifies as restoration. We want to keep as much original as possible but some things we would rather update like the water heater and univolt. We also have to get a regular toilet rather than inclosed because it was removed by PO.
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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before pictures

here are the before photos you can really see how the PO cut out and modified the toilet. it was all covering a rotted floor, and bad blackwater tank. Like I said we knew there was work to be done!
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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with that list of to do's I expected something much worse looking, it doesn't look that bad! in fact a lot looks to be in great shape and the wood is incredible! BTW are you sure its a 65? I reserve the right to be 100% wrong but it kinda looks in the pictures like a 66 (the window glass, tail lights etc are all the same as our 66 was).
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:24 PM   #4
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I am pretty sure it's a 65 by the vin # and also here it looks like 66 had fewer windows, 66Overlander
The interior is in beautiful condition other than the bathroom, and I love the wood!
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:31 PM   #5
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at least they only cut the rear door and not the body (at least from what it looks like in the photo. Several of the vendors around here have reproductions of that door I think.
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If you haven't read this site, I would suggest that you at least look thru it for ideas..
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Old 11-29-2008, 08:37 PM   #7
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You are right it's only the door they cut, hopefully we can find that.

We have looked at that site, it is so helpful. One thing we aren't sure about yet is how to cut the holes in the wood for the black tank. The wood around the old holes was rotted so we can't use the template for measuring the new holes. If anyone knows how to measure for this please help.
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very cool, thanks for clarifying the 65/66 differences, both are great looking trailers. Is the bench for the bathroom the same from 65 to 66 because I have that piece sitting here and don't need it.
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You are right it's only the door they cut, hopefully we can find that.

We have looked at that site, it is so helpful. One thing we aren't sure about yet is how to cut the holes in the wood for the black tank. The wood around the old holes was rotted so we can't use the template for measuring the new holes. If anyone knows how to measure for this please help.
We have the doors and black water tanks.

Our tank for your trailer is made with fiberglass, and has a blank top. Therefore you can cut the hole wherever you wish, within reason, for the floor flange.

This article may be helpful to you.


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You are right it's only the door they cut, hopefully we can find that.

We have looked at that site, it is so helpful. One thing we aren't sure about yet is how to cut the holes in the wood for the black tank. The wood around the old holes was rotted so we can't use the template for measuring the new holes. If anyone knows how to measure for this please help.
We have all the access doors for your 65.

65's have flat ordinary glass with a metal frame around them. 66's have curved glass on the sides.

Also 66's did not have the water heater flue and furnace flue that you have.

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very cool, thanks for clarifying the 65/66 differences, both are great looking trailers. Is the bench for the bathroom the same from 65 to 66 because I have that piece sitting here and don't need it.
The rear bench is the same for 65 and 66.

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Katie, Anthony and crew, let me know if you might want to go back stock or not, can send you photos of what pieces I have.... Not sure shipping is worth it but might be for you.
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Thank you Inland Andy, I have already called and priced the black tank. We will be ordering ASAP. Is there a section or article about making old AS water tight. We know about the door in the back needing a gasket and windows too, but what about around the tail lights and up top? how can you tell and what should be done?
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Goransons please do send me photo's, we hadn't even considered this because we didn't know where we could find that bench. Do you know what kind of replacement toilet works in the bench? so I can start looking into that.
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