Hello everyone! I've been lurking on the site absorbing all of the information I can for 3 years now so I figured it's time to join and hopefully contribute.
I purchased a 66 Overlander Thanksgiving weekend 2009. Listed on Craigslist 400 miles away in Indiana, I called and the owners were nice enough to hold it for 8 hours till I arrived ! I did what everyone says not to do and pulled the trigger on the first one I looked at . I returned the next weekend with four tires, temporary tow lights, had them installed and headed north, I thought I was clear of bad weather until I passed chicago and encountered Black Ice in Wisconsin, at one point I shifted into 3rd gear and the disturbance was enough to break the rear tires of my tow vehicle loose and I proceeded to nearly jack-Knife 3x at 50 mph and by the time I regained control was in the other lane, an angel by my side that night
35 mph the last 90 miles on the interstate, fighting sway from semis doing 70 on ice ! Finally made it home safe and rather shaken up after that one, maybe driving cars on the frozen lakes when younger did teach me something ???
Needless to say the AS needed waaaay more work than I expected. I initially beat around the bush and tried to fix what was broken, think mis-guided attempts to silicone leaks and partial floor replacement patches. I ran out of warmish weather and halted progress. I realized the AS was in need of a "full monty" and procrastinated for a year !
June 11' I bit the bullet and started unscrewing everything I could on the interior. I was excited to finally start, and taking stuff apart is easy... I gutted the whole thing with no help except for removing the tub assy. which was a pain to get out the door and too fragile to try alone.
Gutting the interior took less than a week and I figured at that rate it should be going back together before the end of summer, yeah right !!