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Old 03-12-2009, 06:23 AM   #29
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Mystery over on the year model I have, it is a 1958.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:31 AM   #30
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Yup, looks like a 58 to me.

I think it's a fantastic trailer. Thank you very much for sharing the family history. You're in for an enormous project, but there is actually a lot to work with there.

Thanks for sharing with us, and please continue to do so, as you work through your Major Renovation.

Good luck!
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:04 AM   #31
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You'll find frame needing replacement but also be surprised by how much is good as new. Made from real US Steel. Looks like the layout is the same as my 59 before I redesigned. You are about to join the rather exclusive Full Monty Club. The only tricky part will be the hidden rivets when you take the shell off and getting the inside end caps back on. Everything else is just time and money. I eliminated the window over the sink to change the inside layout. Do not throw anything away thinking you can get a new one until you have the new one in hand, ie, window hardware. Oh there is a trick to taking the window pane's out of the frame, look for little screws on the top in the channel. Good luck.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:05 PM   #32
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David,

I am so relieved that you decided to do it! Congrats!! Just know this...it can be a very slippery slope into full blown aluminitis.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:22 PM   #33
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58 overlander

You guys pray for me. On my way tomorrow with my new wheels and tires to retrieve the Overlander. got a set of trailer lights to hook up to the bumper, also have it registered and with its own new tag after 20 years. Got to pull the hubs and grease the bearings put the new wheels on and see if the coupler even works. Then have to cut all the overgrowth and new trees out of the way so I can get it out. Lots of growth has taken place this last two decades. If all checks out will tow it back the 200 miles to auburn at daybreak Sunday. Have a lot of work to do this weekend.
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:55 AM   #34
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Navyeod, Use a liberal amount of penetrating spray on the coupler mechanism. If it is frozen (with rust) tap it lightly with a hammer from above and below as you try to operate it. This coupler fits a 2 inch ball. I have "unstuck" at least 3 couplers on trailers that are on late 40's era units. This coupler is sort of unusual in the way that the ball is not completely hidden when you are "hooked up." If in doubt, make a visual observation that the "jaws" of the lock are secure around the hitch ball.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:16 AM   #35
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I second that recommendation... I helped a forums member get her 50's Overlander get going... it's tongue was in the dirt for YEARS... that coupler didn't seem to want to budge... oil, and hits from underneath got it going...
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:03 PM   #36
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Walk away

Got to the AS Friday, coupler wouldnt budge with PB Blaster and hammer, WD 40 even after a couple of hours. The Aluminum wheels I got for it didnt have the right size lug nuts, where the frame outriggers came into coupler looked too rusted to really pull it. Went to our motel room, expensive and disappointing and my wife and I talked about the Overlander and told her I am not going to fool with it. Had to do a lot of work around the inlaws old home site and burn a bunch of trash and kept looking and trying to figure out how to move that AS. Had to go do some running around and decide to see if I could find some bullet shaped lug nuts the right size. Found 4 total at pep boys. Decided to put the wheels on with two each just to get the trailer off the blocks. Then decided to put a jack under the coupler and see if it would support the weight. It did so . Couldnt stand it, Cut a path to get it out by removing trees and overhanging branches. Got my wife to watch the rear as I tried to move the trailer and get it into a position where I could move it out to the street later. By this time several strangers had assembled to watch. Got the trailer partially moved and the AS came uncoupled. My guess from the Drivers seat was the frame broke. got out and the coupler nd frame were intact and were into the ground. Tryed to find a lever I could use to raise the coupler back to my hitch, but no luck. Decide to see how much weight was on the tongue and to my surprise I could lift it by myself. Not one of the bystanders offered help. I got my wife to back the truck under the coupler and secured it. Tested it better this time and got the trailer just where I wanted it. Thought it would be nice to move this to the front of the house where it is open and I would not have to worry about people who were parking on the lot obstructing my getaway. The AS was obstructed till fortunately a couple got in their car and left. I put the lug nuts that were original on the rims for some insurance and pulled it to the front of the house. Was surprised how light it felt and how sweet it pulled with the single axle. I then finished all the other work I had to do around the home site and decided to come get it another day. Left it out in the open and looking good on those new wheels. I had someone ask me if I wanted to sell it within an hour. Oh btw, the coupler freed up this morning, with some more PB blaster and hammer work. That is when i decided I will see about putting the wheels under it. I have done a ton of tough restorations in the past but never have I had one I tried to walk Away from so often. I think I can trailer this thing home as is. We'll see. Today, got an 83 ford pickup running that had been sitting for two years, Decided I was going to take a chance and see if I could drive it home, two hundred miles. Put some air in the tires and checked all the fluids, let it run for a while to see if It got hot, The auto trans was really struggling to shift, but made it all the way home. (is that a sign). "there is a pleasure in being mad, that only madmen know".
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:23 PM   #37
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Woo Hoo! Don't give up... it's talking to you.. (or someone is!). So when's the next trip back, tomorrow?
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:25 PM   #38
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Sounds like a rough day, David, but you did make some real progress.

My 57 had been sitting on an island for around 35 years. New wheels and tires and she pulled home just fine.

I'm thinking your next effort will get her home.

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Old 03-21-2009, 09:48 PM   #39
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David,

I think this thread has the best start of any thread on the forums. I looked at the Globetrotter Sunday & I think it's been calling me too! You'll find this kinda funny, I'm sitting here with my left knee bandaged after having arthroscopic surgery yesterday-by an Auburn grad-thinking about that Globetrotter while wife tells me that we don't need it. Of course, my daughters & son-in-laws want me to get it.

Good luck with your Odyssey.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:20 PM   #40
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Rick, My thoughts Friday night, "go get that GT" and I could use the 425 I spent on wheels /tires on it. But it was a bit small for us and I thought I still would have to get under that belly pan and look at that frame. All these restorations I see have not addressed the frame. My gut tells me the 58 will make back as is. Logic.I know doesnt tell you that. The Bible tells you "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight" I will tell you all this, if I had believed this at 17 my life would have been a whole lot different and eternally better.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:46 PM   #41
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Steve, Thanks! Makes me lean more with that inner voice. david
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:51 AM   #42
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Recovery

On my way after lunch to see if I get the Overlander to Auburn, Alabama from Panama City, Florida to begin the restoration. You guys pray for me! Going to hook up the temporary lights, put some more lug nuts on the wheels, pull the toilet and stove, and replace some broken retaining bands on the springs that gave it up when the weight went on the wheels last weekend. All this will probably be in the rain. (help cool those hubs ;^) ) The springs are standing tall, will put some pb blaster on them to see if they will loosen up a bit. This frame and axle just needs to hold together for one more trip. Hope to be back in auburn around 8pm. If any of you are on US 231/431 from Fla to Ala today you might be able to get a great deal on an overlander. I am trying to wedge this trip in between severe weather patterns. Will try to get some pics for you guys this time. BTW the old 83 ford truck automatic transmission was fixed with some more fluid, and the battery even holds a charge.
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