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Old 05-24-2014, 10:37 AM   #1
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Greetings... finally got an Airstream!

Hello all.

Just wanted to say "Hi" from the West Coast of Canada. Finally got hold of a 1968 Overlander in need of just about everything.
I will be renovating it over time. I am usually flying solo, going where I want, when I want, so I am looking forward to the adventure of travel across this continent, both through Canada and America.

Happy trails to one and all! See you out there someday soon.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:35 PM   #2

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Congratulations and Welcome.

1968 is one of the easier years to rebuild. Save everything you remove, If you don't want it, someone desperately needs it.

Many horror stories about the windows, but they are not complicated to overhaul, and nearly every part is available. They're a tad delicate, but beautifully styled to the exterior form.

As you already know, early issues to address are axles, tires, brake systems, boiling battery, seal shell. sag, separation... an unending list.

I moved the battery off the tail and ahead of the wheels.
I tossed(recycled) the univolt, Breaker box, fuse panel, and "central control" for a Wifco converter. If your tank monitors are accurate, call the Pope, it qualifies as an Airstream Miracle. If you need to know the level of black tank, look in the toilet. If needed, I use a gauged stick to read level of freshwater through fill port. The "central control" analog volt and amp gauges don't read with the precision that battery management requires.

I have three years into my restoration and am very pleased. I have a lot of fun with it on and off the road. I know that it will never be "finished" so I enjoy the restoration journey.

The Airforum google search will answer every question.

'68s RULE! Lightweight, Narrow, Last year of the twinkie tail, with plenty of real wood interior.

Get Busy...
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info...

Thanks ALUMINUMINUM for the welcome and info.

It's amazing to me how many people are on here, all with stuff to share.

C ya!
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:55 PM   #4
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Welcome! We are headed your way soon on our first trip in our new 25' FC. Do you have any campground suggestions for BC and Alberta?
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:41 PM   #5
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Welcome the 60's models rock and you will have fun, cuts and a lot of time to rethink how to do stuff! Just do yourself a favor and buy a couple of high cap thumbnails and do the CSI on steroids thing with the camera you will thank me later! No matter how boring it may seem you will use the pictures later!
Gotta get busy! Have a great day! Now where did I put those revits?
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:52 PM   #6
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Welcome, you might want to check out the vintage group of WBCCI. BC is has several people with vintage.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:01 PM   #7
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Aluminum, that photo is wonderful, do u have more?
2006 Bambi CCD ("EireStream!!")
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For some perfection takes a little longer...
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:58 AM   #8

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I have photographed much of the restoration journey. As RM66caravel advises, I am often referring to them for planning, and sometimes purely for encouragement. I do study the images on rainy days, and that sometimes leads to break-through ideas.

Planning to someday explain with images, the pocket door being replaced by 15 lite Shoji screen and Ranma, installing Cozy Cabin Marine Heater, a very neat water heater door solution, plumbing tarantula manifold, dance stage......

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