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Old 07-13-2018, 09:58 AM   #1
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1967 project , THEbig fix! .

New here . Did the intro and now on to the show . Wife and I acquired a 26 overlander international a few years back . Was told it had been particularly redone . There were some new stuff done inside and had a beautiful polish job with new tires and we had been looking for so long ....... it followed us home .

Befor we got far the 7 way smoked . Pulled into a truck stop and four of the wires were going to ground . I can fix that ......long story made short , we needed major repairs . The rear bath felt spongy , but the owner told me he had replaced most of the wood . I can fix that ......

Pulled the cover off black water tank and yes it looked to be new plywood ...... who ever replaced used 1/2 3 ply deckingwith beg holes cut in it . The black tank was broke in around the connection for the pot , and someone put it back togeather with foam insulation ....

I CAN FIX THAT .

2 moths ago I started fixing thing . For now Iíll show you how it looked when we got her . Then Iíll startposting on the FIX . Itís going slow .Click image for larger version

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Old 07-13-2018, 05:39 PM   #2
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Well one of the first things I did was document where everything was . Then it was strip out the interior. Itís been really hot I Texas this summer. Working under a metal shed without insulation gets hot , so I only work til around 1pm .Click image for larger version

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Old 07-13-2018, 06:13 PM   #3
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Off with the pan

The next week a drilled all the rivets out of the bottom . I found lots of scary thing in the belly. The wiring had been ate up by rats and mice . Found dried up bodies of each as well as a 3í long skeleton of a snake . I could see lots of water damage to the sub floor as well as a rusty frame .

I can fix that .

Next day of work I started drill out the rivets that hold on the inside walls and insulation so I could get to the body bolts and such to pull some of the rotted wood . Once I got started I realized almost all of lt needed to be replaced . There was 5/8 , 3/4 , and 1/2 in there and had been ground down and filled to be sort of flat .

I would have liked to ,and should have , pull the body . I work by myself and thought I could do it with out taking the body off .

Little info on where I live . Itís a long way to anything . And itís a long way to get most supplies.

Got the subfloor out and found some bad frame members that needed work . I could get some perlins ,14ga same as cross members but no big or small angle or flat plate in town . Had to drive a ways .Click image for larger version

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Old 07-14-2018, 09:01 AM   #4
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Patching frame

Well the next week I ended up with the steel I needed . I ground all the areas I needed to repair and finished it off with a treatment of acid , and a good cleaning . Cut out all the rot back to good metal . Fitted all the new metal after I tried up frame straight and level . Tacked and checked to make sure it was still level then welded in solid and ground . I did some over lap in places that needed more support . I coated it first with weld through primer befor welding . I then wire brushed for a day and got from wheels forward clean and two coated with Por 15 .
The next day I fittedthe front three boards , coated with waterproof poly , and slid in place .
Ordered new black and gray tank . Also ordered new axels from Colin Hyde and many other parts . A before and after of frame repair .
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:11 AM   #5
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You CAN fix that! Looks like you have the skill set for it. We did a complete gut job and rebuild of interior including wiring, plumbing, and insulation, new cabinetry, new sub floor, etc, etc, etc. Not to scare you but it took us 4 years up on blocks in the back yard to get her functional and roadworthy(insurance requirement). HOWEVER, we live with winter which shut us down 6 months of the year. Now, it's 10 years after purchase and we are done, and loving it!
There are many threads here to help you, and even a thread that lists all the rebuild threads. We used them extensively to help us. Ours is : Little Girl Refurb in the 70's section.

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Old 07-14-2018, 09:59 AM   #6
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The frame is really looking good. Alpine is a long way from just about anything. I donít see how youíre dealing the the heat weíre having. You have the welding skill set I donít. Best I could do was cut everything to fit, tack it in place and sneak the frame up to a certified welder a couple of miles away. I can weld out a gate, but any parts that fall off I can find. Will you install hold down plates or a spare tire rack? Looking good, Bubba
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Old 07-14-2018, 12:17 PM   #7
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Getting caught up at lunch

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The frame is really looking good. Alpine is a long way from just about anything. I donít see how youíre dealing the the heat weíre having. You have the welding skill set I donít. Best I could do was cut everything to fit, tack it in place and sneak the frame up to a certified welder a couple of miles away. I can weld out a gate, but any parts that fall off I can find. Will you install hold down plates or a spare tire rack? Looking good, Bubba
It came with a front rack that I will reinforce.

I hope it doesnít take me four years !

The next week was making some frame changes to the rear of the frame wheels back . Put in a 8Ē Perlin across the back , then 3 more to enclose the tank areas . Came up with a design to hold the tanks with very small gaps , no mice allowed! Taking a lunch break right now and will have all my welding done before dark .
Tomorrow I will wire brush and clean , the Por 15 the rest of the frame . Hopping to install the rear sub floor Monday and start cutting holes and mounting tanks .

Also pulled the ac off , took it apart , . New unit came in , much smaller and lighter .

This catches me up to now . Will take better photos of the progress . Should go faster now as Iím not taking on any outside work till April .
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Old 07-15-2018, 09:59 AM   #8
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Yeah, well, 4 years at 6 months per year with full time jobs including travel. With no job or travel, we would have been much less like maybe a year or so.
But, we're happy with it now.
I hope it takes you much less!
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Old Yesterday, 02:26 PM   #9
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Happy Day !

Got an email today and my axels have shipped .
Finished all the welding on the frame on Saturday and ground and wired brushed before cleaning . Got up Sunday and put two coats of por15 on and now Iím ready to mount and insulate the tanks . First I need to decide on hole placement in rearsubfloor . Started on that today . Hope to get the rear board in tomorrow and start building some new sheet metal wheel cover tubs and covers for my tanks .Click image for larger version

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Also ran some conduit for the taillights before it all gets covered up , hate working on my back . The braces above the tanks in the center are2x1 1/8 tubeing and will have rigid insulation on both sides .
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