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Old 12-07-2016, 02:00 PM   #29
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You are making great progress so far. I am at the point of removing interior skins/insulation but a little apprehensive since it is getting so cold out, haha. Love the shop that you built too, I'm sure its already well worth it!
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:13 PM   #30
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Work on the Airstream is about to ramp up soon. We have the frame welded and sandblasted. Tanks and new axles have arrived and so has the plywood for floors. We had a great deal on the plywood and all new cherry wood for interior cabinets. We have some extra welding to do on the frame but we hope to start painting the frame soon. I will poust photos of our progress soon.
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:01 AM   #31
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Welcome to springtime. You have some materials stocked and you're ready to start in again on your vintage Overlander. The Overlander 26 is one of my favorite vintage Airstreams. It has ample room yet still a nice size for long distance traveling. Make it just the way you want it.

I'm so fortunate to have indoor space to work on my old Airstream during the winter months. I replumbed the leaking fresh water lines on top of the fresh water tank but beneath the floor on our 86. I also repaired a soft spot in the subfloor caused by a leaking tail light. And I did quite a bit of work on the 69 Globetrotter. Both should be ready for spring travel plans.

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Old 08-07-2017, 05:24 AM   #32
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I haven't posted updates in a while. Life has gotten in the way of our progress( like it does for everyone, I imagine). We now have the shell back on. We are about to start the electrical rewiring soon ( my husband with my son's help). I am trying to clean the gunk off the window frames. Here are a few photos of our progress (or lack of it, in our defense we have fantastic progress on our new deck )
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Photo of our progress and some advice on spray foam or polish

Here are some photos of our progress. We have a lot of parts on order. We are at a critical stage right now. Do we strip and polish the exterior first or do we spray foam. My husband is trying to get everything ready to spray foam first and polish last but it seams to me like it would be easier to remove the clear coat now and polish around lights and markers and finish the job after interior is done. Help!
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:53 AM   #34
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Here is a suggestion. Put your electrical wires in plastic loom. I spray foamed mine and it pushed some of the wiring out some. So there is a possibility of taking the insulation off when you shave the foam. Get the cheapest loom. Any color will work. It's a little extra cost but worth it.
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Old 09-10-2017, 07:56 AM   #35
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I would polish last unless you are waiting on material. Forward motion is good. Losing your mojo on the project stinks. Your doing a great job. Love the pictures
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:12 AM   #36
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Here is a suggestion. Put your electrical wires in plastic loom. I spray foamed mine and it pushed some of the wiring out some. So there is a possibility of taking the insulation off when you shave the foam. Get the cheapest loom. Any color will work. It's a little extra cost but worth it.
Thank you Matt, it is nice to hear from someone who has been there and done that What type of spray foam did you use and do you have any regrets.
Thanks again for your help!
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:24 AM   #37
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I would polish last unless you are waiting on material. Forward motion is good. Losing your mojo on the project stinks. Your doing a great job. Love the pictures
My husband is of the same advice , I am the one who was thinking of striping the clear coat. We will have a lot of painted parts ei outdoor shower door. I was afraid the stripper would also ruin the paint(. Guess who has been stripping paint of Windows lol. ) Does masking off painted surfaces stop the stripper from the painted surfaces?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:53 AM   #38
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Yes masking does help. Masking plus plastic sheeting. Stripping the clear coat is a big job. Personally if it's in good shape I'd leave it and focus on the interior and sealing leaks and windows.
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:32 AM   #39
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1967 Overlander renovation (the full Monty)

No regrets on spray foam. I used 2 products and 2 methods.
1. 1st product was 2 part components- 600 sq ft coverage which only did 1/3rd of the camper. I sprayed it too thick trying to fill the whole cavity(1.75 thick). I specs where on the website not on the box on how thick to spray. That's why it did not go as far. 3/4 to 1 inch thick only.
Pros: done right there is little or no shaving of the foam. great curing and long term stability.
Cons: expensive- $800 or more. you must use safety gear (protective suit, respirator, gloves and goggles). This stuff heats up.
2nd product: great stuff in a can with a special nozzle.
Pros: cheap (I used 60 cans and 100 cans would have done my whole camper.) $3 a can. Get it from the box stores they are fresher and you get a good discount for bulk. 100 cans will do a 28ft camper for $300 to $400. Minimal protective gear-safety goggles and long sleeve shirt. Little or no shaving of foam.
Cons: time consuming (8 to 10 hrs) I had more time than money. Not as stable as the 2 component product. Not an issue for me. I think it will last the life of the trailer. It's not as UV stable. I still need to put the interior skin on
Hope this helps. My thread has pictures and descriptions. It's "argosy redo". Hope this helps
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Fans and air conditioning

Still plucking away. We have added some new "holes" on the roof for the new air conditioner and 2 fantastic fans.
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You guys are making good progress on a BIG job. You are going to have a new 67 Overlander when you are done and it will be worth quite a bit. I recommend you don't get too wild on the interior as that might make it a harder sell.

I tend to think stripping and polishing the exterior is a finishing job, done before the exterior lights and trim go on. Stripping can be done almost anytime. They don't have to be one right after the other. You have a long, long way to go before you need to think about polishing.

I stripped mine a little bit at a time, when I felt like it, when I had the right music on. Like you folks, I was working indoors and couldn't exactly spray a bunch of water around. I would brush on Aircraft Stripper (yep the strong stuff), let it work for 20 minutes, and then scrape it off with a plastic Bondo scraper. I'd put that residue in a pan, then in a container, and then to our county hazardous waste site. I would take a wet rag and wipe off the remaining residue.

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Old 11-07-2017, 05:24 PM   #42
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It has been a while since I have updated our progress. We have chickened out on the spray foam. We are going with the Reflectix insulation instead. Spray foam doesn't leave room for mistakes. We will use some spray foam around the door and windows. We have also sealed up the seams to prevent future leaks.

We now have working outdoor lights (brake lights, marker lights) and an electric tongue jack everything works! It was kind of amazing to feel like this aluminum shell will actually become our camper.

Our next step will be to complete the wiring. Put in a second layer of Reflectix and then start putting the interior skins back on (after we have stripped them to bare aluminum).
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