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Old 10-31-2016, 07:41 PM   #15
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Hello from Colorado. Your 67 Overlander is similar to my 66 Trade Wind, however the 67 trailers got the new bathroom. It looks like yours is an International version. That's special indeed. I'd like to follow along if I may.

Your project is going to take a bunch of time. Just keep plugging along. Full Montes weren't created in a day. It's fun to renew these old Airstreams. They are fun to travel with too. I've had mine for 4 years now. It was not a full monte project, but still a lot of work.

Here is a photo of the mouse mummy I found. I'm re-plumbing the fresh water system in my 86 due to a inaccessible leak. This critter was found in the fresh water pan under the trailer. The 86 is built differently than the 66.

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You did a great job on yours, I really hope to have a few "experienced" DIY guys to help us out of a jam.
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Old 11-01-2016, 06:56 PM   #16
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Hi chrisemike. The polish job in the late afternoon sun makes an old Airstream look better than it really is. Polishing makes a dramatic difference like painting a room in the house. Sometimes you see a polished Airstream that has nothing else done to it. They are called "polished poo" or something like that. There's the old excuse: "gee I must have been distracted by something shiny." It's true.

There are many beautifully done vintage Airstreams displayed in these Forums. I'm amazed how good the workmanship is. They are much better than mine. I think yours will be very good also. Polishing is the last step in a renovation. Start from the ground up.

Yes, Forum members will subscribe to your thread and offer all kinds of "free advice' that may or may not be helpful to you. I figure a full Monte renovation can cost in the 10k range for parts and supplies, excluding the cost of the trailer and take in the 1200 hour range. All these hours are free, no cost, of course. Since renovating an old Airstream is a hobby, we only work on them here and there. So it is not unusual to spend a couple three calendar years on them.

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Old 11-02-2016, 05:43 AM   #17
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Sorry about your window breaking-- I had my string trimmer in use one day and was near, but not right by the trailer. I had ear protection on and did not hear anything unusual of course. After I wrapped up the work, I wandered by the trailer and saw HORRORS! Broken glass on the ground. The trimmer had kicked up a rock and it shattered the side curved Corning window.. of all the luck.
I then remembered the extra piece of glass that came with the Airstream. Sure enough it was the correct size...wow was I lucky. I will use a power tool to trim anything within 50 feet of the trailer!
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #18
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Hello from Texas.

Just spent the last year bringing a 67 Overlander back to life. Darn close to full monty. Bathroom floor was rotted so everything had to come out to repair it.

Took her up to New Mexico this summer with the family to get out of the heat.

Now bringing her up to boon docking levels-adding batteries-and hooking up propane and adding a water pump and tank system.

They do shine up nice when you're done.

Let me know if you have specific questions. Lots of fantastic info on these forums but sometimes hard to find!
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:47 PM   #19
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Welcome dieselsnack. I have always admired folks that take a little diesel as a snack now and then. I figure that's why they put water separator drain valves under our diesel pickups. It's easy to pour a cold one when you need a little snack.

Thanks for the photo of your vintage Overlander. Sure looks good there in New Mexico. You need to post more stuff since you have done extensive work to your trailer.

I think you would find the "google" search function easier to find threads on a given subject. For example, Airstream Overlander water pump on Air Forums.

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Old 11-08-2016, 07:48 PM   #20
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They do shine up nice when you're done.

Let me know if you have specific questions. Lots of fantastic info on these forums but sometimes hard to find![/QUOTE]

I have to agree ,they do shine up nice! You have a very nice trailer.

I will have lots of questions. There is a lot of great information but as they say "the devil is in the details" It is those small details that are sometimes missing . The big stuff is covered but tiny details can sometimes save hours of frustration.
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Old 11-20-2016, 08:44 PM   #21
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Striptease is almost done!

We now have gotten rid of critter condo. We will be lifting the shell off soon. All of the interior skin has been removed . So far so good!

We are now realizing that we need to think about the wiring sooner than later. Most plugs and lights will be going in the same spot but we know that we want an air conditioner/heat pump on top. We would also like to add an awning light, outdoor porch light and interior lighting in or on top of overhead storage compartments.

We are also considering moving the battery placement (under our bed doesn't appeal to us) to the front of the trailer. Has anyone done this? Is there a wiring diagram out there ?
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:12 PM   #22
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You have done a lot of work to the interior of your Overlander. I'd say you're committed to this renovation.

Here is the wiring diagram for my 66 Trade Wind. It is 2 feet shorter and 1 year older than yours, meaning it is likely different. But it gives you a feel for what the factory was doing back then. Running both the 12v and 115v circuits in a gutted interior is easier, you just have to have your floor layout plan ready. For example, I added a 20 amp circuit for our 1500 watt electric heater.

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Drat... Air Forums manage attachments went down on me. I'll try again tomorrow with the wiring diagram.
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:22 PM   #23
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Okay, today the computer elites have turn on manage attachments routine again so I can post the wiring diagram.

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Old 11-24-2016, 07:47 PM   #24
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We have lift off!

The shell is now separated from the frame. Next step is taking out and saving wood floor (for paterns). We also need to send the frame for repairs. The frame will need to be rebuilt in certain sections ( door area and bathroom).
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Wow great progress! Must be amazing to be inside for projects like this! Great work on the braces too!
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:59 PM   #26
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My husband is the one who built the bracing. I will pass along the compliment. We would not be progressing well without a shelter. It is beginning to cool down. The Airstream is a great rainy \snow day project.
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Thank you for the diagram!
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:27 PM   #28
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Well, you have earned the "lift off" merit badge. You have the shell hanging in the shop and the frame much more accessible for the necessary repairs. This is the best way to refurbish a vintage Airstream.

I did not feel the need to do the "full monte" on my trailer as the floor rot was only in the bathroom, and the frame was solid.

You're doing great.

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