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Old 08-06-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Greetings AS community,
I am new here and ready to be initiated. I bought a 1967 26' Overlander this spring. For 2 months I laid on a snuggly down comforter atop my midship gaucho, vaporizer in hand, and dreamed about how it would become the ultimate time machine and adventure craft for me and my partner.
I have been reading the forums, scouring the Internet for imagery and inspiration, researching floors and cabinets, considering multi head showers and double ended bath bowls. All this as I sank deep into the nostalgia of my childhood inside my new magic time machine. I wanted to preserve the time she was born but i knew I had to let go of the 1967 American cherry patina and the smell of my granny's old dresser ...so too have the Tartus and Dalek been upgraded.
I want her to be solid from the bottom up and I want her to be able to go where no man went before should I chose and I want her to make a killer cappuccino so I've decided to raise the shell and rebuild her from the ground up.

So two weeks ago, I began.
Everything is out and I am ready to replace the floor with marine ply. I have removed the lower interior shell to expose the c track. And now I am building the gantries to lift the shell.
Know there will be many questions to come, but now I have one question. I'm concerned about the foundation layers (deck, shell, c track and banana skin) collapsing together when i start removing rivets and then lining it all back up when re-riveting her with the new deck in place.
My understanding is that the shell and bananna skin share the same rivets with the c track which bolts to the deck.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:23 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #3
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From other posts I've seen people add in supporting frame work inside to keep the correct shape of the shell and to hold everything in place. Also it is my understanding that the c channel and the upper shell/body is set down on the floor in one solid peace, so once all of the screws and bolts are out you can lift it as one large piece. I guess you could even slide a saw all blade in between the c channel and floor to cut any sneaky screws that are still holding it together. Also more pics!!!
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:04 PM   #4
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How does the frame look?
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:16 PM   #5
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I will post more as I figure out how to create a gallery. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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How does the frame look?
As much as I can see so for it is righteous. I may like to take it in for sandblasting and powder coating while I have it out.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:36 PM   #7
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As another new member I have been reading older threads. "a 63 for me" is very detailed and still active. Likely very good for your project. Lots of great details. Some we will be doing after we get our first few traveling/shakedown in our 75 Sovereign. Some we will need to do but we want to keep ours dated to the era as much as we can.
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I see the trusses over the old girl! Good luck, keep us posted on your progress. Purman has a great thread on his shell off.
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