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Old 02-05-2011, 06:09 PM   #1
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Smile Pristine 64 overlander just bought- should I replace anything?

I just bought my first airstream today. Being that I am an accomplished cabinetmaker, I had planned to redo the cabinets and countertops. However, when I got into this thing, the counters look like they have never been used. The folding table is in the same condition. In fact, almost the entire trailer looks like it was parked in a barn for half it's life. The belly skin is complete and barely pitted. Almost no dents or scratches on the outside - a couple near the front on the under skin. The fridge looks brand new inside, and the bathroom is almost in the same condition.

Now, I'm a little torn. I would like to do things like put a gel coat on the bathroom, and maybe lighten the paint, but the original zolatone is almost perfect, just a little discolored. The last 2 owners were meticulous. The big 4 numbers on the outside are 2616.

The last owners pulled up the original floor tiles, so I'll have to redo the floor. The only damage is at the door where they didn't replace the weatherstripping and there is a little damage there, but that won't be a problem for me. I'll cut out that section and tie in using biscuits and polyurethane glue and put in a new floor.

The only damage I can see is that the copper line in the access panel in the back burst and someone unhooked all the copper lines - I guess to drain. I was planning on replacing all the copper with pex.

I'm open to all feedback and recommendations on what to touch and what not to touch.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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Neat find...
I suggest you start a thread in the model year specific area...
1964 Overlander - Airstream Forums

I have one on my '63
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html

And we like LOTS of photos!

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Looks like all that you have to do is some dirty work. No fun stuff.
So, are you concerned that if you change any of the original stuff that the value of the trailer will go down?
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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yes, exactly. I don't know what changes affect the value, and what don't.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
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My opinion, is to leave it be for the most part. Ive had to do a lot with mine. Wanna trade ?
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What was the finish on the mahogany cabinets in the 65 overlander? Oil,? if so what kind? I just got a overlander and the cabinets are very dirty, but they are going to clean up very good, there does not appear to be a "varnish" on them. Thank you.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:02 PM   #7
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I would leave it for a while and use it- as with original vintage cars, they're only like this once. You may come up with ideas for changes that are based on how you use it, what would be more comfortable or handy. I think (I'm biased) the '64s had a great design detail with the full overlay cabinets and the cast aluminum knobs. Its very neat and comfortable to be in, simple and makes a great contrast to the rounded aluminum- its a nice interior to be in.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:57 AM   #8
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If it were me, I would replace any original gas devices including the furnace, hot water heater, and refrigerator There is much written about the furnace from those years. Very dangerous, again, if original. Gas safety has come a long way since 1964.
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If it were me, I would replace any original gas devices including the furnace, hot water heater, and refrigerator There is much written about the furnace from those years. Very dangerous, again, if original. Gas safety has come a long way since 1964.
I think those articles were about the forced air unit in use then; if its a gravity unit, like a wall furnace, it can be rebuilt.
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