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Old 08-31-2014, 11:30 PM   #1
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Newbie with a $1 1992 36' Land Yacht

Hi all,

My dad and I towed home an all but abandoned Land Yacht today...and yes, the purchase price was one dollar bill.

The PO filled her up after his last trip in 1998, then parked her next to his house, where she's wilted away in the hot, but thankfully mostly dry, West Texas weather for 16 years. He wanted us to have it because he knew us and that we had the ability to bring her back to her former glory, but didn't want to tell anyone he "gave" the rig he paid lots for away... Thus the $1.

The roof is first on our list, the caps long ago began to unrivet, and multiple hail storms took out both the shower skylight and lav vents. The interior is as you can imagine... Cabinets and headliner falling down from water damage, mushrooms growing in the carpet. Fortunately my dad is a general contractor and cabinet craftsman, so once we get it dried back in, gutting and rebuilding everything inside will just be another day at work for him.

After we got it home tonight, we primed the engine and cranked it over on a whim... And it ran and drove like it'd never been abandoned, so we've already at least got our $1 of fun out of it.

I've already learned a ton browsing around here, and I'm sure I'll be picking the brains of many of you on our journey going forward.

While my dad is the skill of the operation, I'm the researcher and parts finder... And I've got a 3" Airstream binder full of manuals to start browsing tonight!

Happy Labor Day,
Sean
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:35 PM   #2
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No way!! That's awesome! What about some pics of the interior? How does it look?


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Old 08-31-2014, 11:40 PM   #3
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I'll try to get some interior pics up tomorrow. Carpet, headliner, and upholstery are toast. It's pretty rough. Shame, it was nice when it was parked, but what started as a small leak got out of hand and the PO finally realized he'd never get it all back together.

It's a total rebuild basically, but we figure we can spend thousands and thousands and still get most our money back some day.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:58 AM   #4
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Here are a few "farm fresh" photos of the interior. I'm working up a simple website to document our progress, so I'll post it later when it goes live.
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What a find! Congrats.
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Old 09-02-2014, 07:13 AM   #6
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sv34,

For what it's worth, I just came across this on eBay...thought you might be interested in having a a reference point for your unit so you don't overspend the repairs if you're planning on reselling...
http://m.ebay.com/itm/131285714265?nav=SEARCH


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Old 09-02-2014, 08:37 AM   #7
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Thanks. I'll be interested to see what that one ends up selling for. The more we dig, the more issues we've found simply due to neglect.

The roof is a total redo. The fiberglass is good, but half the rivets holding the corner rounds on are popped, and there are soft spots up top. The shower skylight was beat out by hail and has been leaking for years. Luckily we have a heated building so this winter we can open it all up and take our time getting it all right. I'm sure I'll need some advice in that from some of you that have been down that road.

The good news is that after towing it home, we found out it does run and drive, so mechanically we are hopefully just looking at all new rubber and some routine maintenance.

It's going to be one interesting adventure.
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