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Old 03-14-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Hello all, and thanks for a group filled with great information!
The wife and I had been looking for a camper for some time when I came across a 1965 Overlaner for sale locally, so we went to look at it. It was all original and had been sitting in a barn for 20 or so years. It was filthy, the curtains and bed were all dry-rotted, and it had "the funk" from sitting so long. I saw a diamond in the rough and offered the guy cash on the spot, but the wife was hesitant. She thought it needed "too much work". I told her if I we don't buy it, it would haunt me for years. I made a deal with her, if I could get the thing fixed up for our vacation (2 months later) we would keep it, if not, it would be sold. I loved the thing, and couldn't let that happen, so I brought it home a few days later and got busy.
Two monts later, The Airstream had undergone a massive renovation. I mostly gutted the thing and started over. It's a darn good thing I remodel homes for a living, and have a well equiped shop, or I may have had to honor the bargain with the wife and sell her! (the Airstream, that is) For the renovation, I really wanted to keep things as original as possible, so I salvaged whatever I could, and replaced whatever I couldn't. Plus, I made some modifications to the kitchen cabinets to make the things a little more open. Well, I was close to the deadline and was still hooking up some plumbing and gas lines the first two days of our vacation, but it passed. It felt pretty good to hear the wife say she wouldn't trade our Airstream for anything else now. I don' think I could have done it without all the good info here.
Now that camping season is almost here, I've started on the outside. I've already replaced the Nixon-era tires and rims, priced axles, stripped the clear coat, and ordered some polish! Can't wait to get started, and we are looking forward to joining a caravan soon. Thanks again, Dave and Fritzi.
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:02 PM   #2
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Welcome

Its always nice to here how and what people do to their Airstreams. I'm so glad you met your wifes deadline. When you get a little more comfortable, we would love to see some pictures of what and how you did it.
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!
And the world of vintage Overlander ownership. There are several Overlanderers (Overlandees?) here, most of us doing some kind of work on them. If you get stuck for ideas, or want to check out what others have done, you can do a forum search (the "search" button in the blue tool bar above the Google ads) on "Overlander".
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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Wow, Wow, Wow!!!!
Welcome. Once an Airstream owner, always an Airstream owner!!
I got excited just reading your post!! Good for you with your skills and furtunate to take on such a task (or crazy!) as you did. WELL DONE!! Make sure you post some pictures.

Once again, Welcome Aboard! This truly is a great Forum to be part of.

May your future trips be safe and joyfull!! )

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
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Hi Dave and Fritze. Your post made me laugh. I could just see you restoring the interion of your AS and looking at the calendar at the same time. Good luck on the exterior work. It will be better without a deadline. joe
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:38 PM   #6
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Hey Dave-

Way to go! I'd love to see some pics of the progress or at least the end result. Maybe we'll see you at a rally one day. Best of luck to you both!
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:47 PM   #7
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Welcome. Your story made me smile. I think once you see one of these old beauties, you just want to make it whole again. I'm working on getting a 1958 Overlander to keep my 78 Argosy company. No title yet, but I working on getting Oklahoma to give me a title with a Bill of Sale. Every time I talk to the DMV I get a different story on what forms I need. Up to about five so far. Hope I get my prise home like you did.
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:16 PM   #8
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Hello all, and thanks for a group filled with great information!
The wife and I had been looking for a camper for some time when I came across a 1965 Overlaner for sale locally, so we went to look at it. It was all original and had been sitting in a barn for 20 or so years. It was filthy, the curtains and bed were all dry-rotted, and it had "the funk" from sitting so long. I saw a diamond in the rough and offered the guy cash on the spot, but the wife was hesitant. She thought it needed "too much work". I told her if I we don't buy it, it would haunt me for years. I made a deal with her, if I could get the thing fixed up for our vacation (2 months later) we would keep it, if not, it would be sold. I loved the thing, and couldn't let that happen, so I brought it home a few days later and got busy.
Two monts later, The Airstream had undergone a massive renovation. I mostly gutted the thing and started over. It's a darn good thing I remodel homes for a living, and have a well equiped shop, or I may have had to honor the bargain with the wife and sell her! (the Airstream, that is) For the renovation, I really wanted to keep things as original as possible, so I salvaged whatever I could, and replaced whatever I couldn't. Plus, I made some modifications to the kitchen cabinets to make the things a little more open. Well, I was close to the deadline and was still hooking up some plumbing and gas lines the first two days of our vacation, but it passed. It felt pretty good to hear the wife say she wouldn't trade our Airstream for anything else now. I don' think I could have done it without all the good info here.
Now that camping season is almost here, I've started on the outside. I've already replaced the Nixon-era tires and rims, priced axles, stripped the clear coat, and ordered some polish! Can't wait to get started, and we are looking forward to joining a caravan soon. Thanks again, Dave and Fritzi.
Good job, buddy! I hope you and the family are enjoying your work. That is where my satisfaction comes from: enjoying it with my family. God bless!
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:38 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forums, sounds like you found a dimond in the ruf, and will soon have it looking like a fine cut dimond, Congrats..
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Welcome to the forums. Loads of great help here as I'm sure you already know. Hope to see you down the road..... Ed
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Congrats to you! What a find. Welcome to the forums.
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