Our 4 week restoration of a 1971 Safari
Ed and I (Erin) are pretty obsessed with our new project of gutting and restoring our 1971 Safari. We bought it at the beginning of February 2010 and decided to have it done to go to the Everglades at the end of March. My Dad always accused me of packing 10 pounds of **** in a five pound bag... Ed just loves when I tell him "it's going to be a piece of cake", but he has powered through a huge amount of the project to date.
Fortunately almost everything is original and in pretty good condition.
Skin, windows, door, underbelly seem excellent for their age.
Frame is assumed OK(?) as there is no buckling of interior floor(?) or belly pan- kindof just hoping....
Interior vinyl walls, bed frames are near perfect. Ed, the carpenter couldn't live with the plastic paneling dividers so they are now beautifully replaced with birch. The disgusting foam cushions and very dirty upholstery and disintigrating curtains are nicely replaced with Erin's expert sewing skills. The horrifying mouse poop encrusted carpet was replaced with period appropriate- gorgous subtle gold shag. The crumbled gold counters are replaced equally well with a very elegant crackled gold formica.
The appliances need small repairs to be totally functional- Camping World has them for now. The Magic Chef oven is the biggest problem since we can't find a model number anywhere- but we are posting for help.
Newish water heater, AC and furnace from PO still work well.
Bathroom had to come out!!! Floor at rear was the only area that needed replacement due to leaking shower/water from sink and rear leaking at frame. The ABS is going to get repaired and painted (maybe by someone else?) New SeaLand toilet is on order. PEX is going in this weekend.
Newish tires and brakes from PO- but Ed wanted to pack the bearings himself- finished in a couple of hours with new bearings as well.
The awning is Carefree, but the new Sunbrella fabric is on order for Erin to sew.
Final stuff will be replacing the few missing tambor doors on the cabinets, installing the repaired appliances and loading up for Florida!!
Pictures of the process willbe posted soon!!