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Old 04-28-2012, 11:41 PM   #1
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Should I buy this 1965 26' overlander

Hello everyone,
I wanted to see if anyone could give me their thoughts on a 1965 26' overlander. I have always wanted to buy an old airstream and fix it up. I know someone that has this one for sale for $1500.00. I have checked it out and it doesn't seem that bad. I don't see any signs of current leaks. I'm not sure if any of the plumbing, electrical or appliances work. I know I'm getting into something that will be fun/expensive/headache but I am so excited!! I would love to get some much needed advice.

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I will post pics. I can't upload from my iPad.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:56 PM   #2
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Should I buy this 1965 26' overlander

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Hello everyone,
I wanted to see if anyone could give me their thoughts on a 1965 26' overlander. I have always wanted to buy an old airstream and fix it up. I know someone that has this one for sale for $1500.00. I have checked it out and it doesn't seem that bad. I don't see any signs of current leaks. I'm not sure if any of the plumbing, electrical or appliances work. I know I'm getting into something that will be fun/expensive/headache but I am so excited!! I would love to get some much needed advice.

Thanks

I will post pics. I can't upload from my iPad.
The asking price is certainly reasonable, and you seem to be accepting of what may be a challening project. Keep in mind that 1965 was a transition year when the door-within-a-door disappeared as well as the jalousie window(s) beside the entry door . . . and it was the year before Airstream began its three year run with curved Corning Tempered Glass windows. Your are likely correct to suspect that you will be looking at replacing most of the appliances and a total rehab. Some things to consider as you look at the coach:
  • Are there any dents, scratches, or scrapes that you cannot live with? If there are body panels that need repair, often replacement of the panel is the only way to make a repair . . . and repair panels are expensive as parts and installation is expensive is you aren't prepared to handle such repairs yourself.
  • If you have done much reading here on the Forums, you probably are already aware that the axles will almost certainly need replacemet.
  • You will also want to examine all of the perimeter of the floor that you can see (use a small ice pick to try to locate soft spots) for rot. At the price point involved, there will almost certainly be some. Small spots can be repaired with restoration consolidants while large areas will require floor panel replacement.
  • If significant floor rot is found, it also raises the possibility of rust damage to frame and/or outriggers . . . again . . . something that can be repaired but be prepared for the expense and time involved.
Good luck with your investigation and decision!

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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I agree, the price seems okay, w/o pictures or seeing it it's bought to say for sure. But check out Table C at the bottom of this website to help you estimate the expediters that may be forthcoming. Good luck if you decide to go for it!

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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$1500 is about right for a scraper. It would be hard to go wrong especially for a 60s model. Assume that nothing works. Expect to put in a lot of dough and more hours. If your approach is a labor of love you win, as an investment you loose. You can come out ahead of the money and time game by buying a vintage coach that someone else has already done the hard work.
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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I say buy it. Holly was an emotional wreck when I brought her home. A little love, a lot of attention and a few bucks turned her into a neat project.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:12 PM   #7
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If you do not buy it call me and I will!!!! It is worth that in scrap.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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Me, too. Buy it. You know you want it! And if you decide you don't - just tell us. I'd give you $1,501 at least! LOL
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