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Old 01-14-2005, 09:23 PM   #15
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You guys are great! What encouraging words you have - it's sooooo nice to know I'm not in this by myself - I think half the battle here is having the guts to just go ahead and get into it! Since the weather up here is still pretty bad (I think we got something like an inch of rain today) I'll spend tomorrow putting the repaired tire back on it (it went flat in its journey out of the woods) and do some serious poking around on the floor - top side only for now - to see what I'm up against. I think the next thing I'll do after putting tarps over it to secure it against the weather will be to pull the pan off - it makes sense to discover the ultimate condition of it before the dollars start to fly....just how bad does the situation have to be before you decide it's a parts only venture? I will take photos tomorrow and will post them for all to see - It was very interesting to see Eljay's interior shots - how do you ever figure out how to put everything back in place? I'd have to take some serious notes along the way - great job cleaning up the rot! It would be great to be able to replace the glass with real Corning pieces - I will definately stay tuned on this - it may well be Spring before I start getting into window replacement. Pink Flamingos - I give you so much credit! You towed your trailer half way across the country - right? How much work does it need? How bad is the frame? Is your front window missing as well? I have to say that this forum has given me the encouragement to get this project rolling. I'm in a bit of a difficult situation because my husband had absolutely no interest in this project at all and I am totally on my own here. I've always wanted an Airstream and couldn't pass up the opportunity to get this one! I'm hoping he'll come around one of these days but in the meantime it's a mother/11 year old son project. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and help!!! I can't tell you what it means!
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Old 01-14-2005, 09:48 PM   #16
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just how bad does the situation have to be before you decide it's a parts only venture?

Did you check out Till's pictures of Shell Shock? It's ultimately a decision of resources-what do you want to have in the end and what are you prepared to do/pay? Call me ambitious but, with the help of this forum, an intact shell and frame is a do-able project . Every project will not be able to do a restoration but the potential for refurbishment seems limitless to me.

And how do I know how to put everything back? Where does everything go? Lots and lots of photos. I only post a select few. We film as we destruct. The pieces are also in some semblance of of Airstream order in our basment.

Good luck in your "poking around" I hope you have a gem.
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:06 PM   #17
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I agree with eljay. You now own a classic. Something people will stare at when you go down the road. That's what we did. Now we own one of those beautiful silver bullets. Just think of everything your son will learn doing this project. Your husband will come around. Just wait til your neighbors and friends say to him "Gee, I didn't know you own an Airstream. That's neat(great, cool, or whatever)". Just keep asking questions. We do all the time and we learn something everyweek.

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Old 01-14-2005, 10:12 PM   #18
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Just got a look at all of Till's photos. Wow. What a project! How far along are you on it and what are you going to do on the back end of it? I admire your bravado and suddenly feel like my problems are small (well, at least my dents are!) compared to yours.... Did a tree fall on it? I agree with you, eljay - it is a matter of resources and expectations. I would be happy with something that looked nice on the outside and was livable on the inside - it doesn't have to be perfect and if it just provides a roof over our heads while camping in the beginning (and if the windows don't "explode" out along the way) that would be fine with me. Getting the refrigerator and stove working would be a bonus as would the bathroom fixtures - but right now I just don't want it to deteriorate anymore than it has. Another issue I'll have to deal with before it's roadworthy is new locks all the way around. The previous owner never had keys for any locks and eventually just removed the door handle. I have it, it's just not in place. The only thing keeping the door closed is the dead bolt and it doesn't work that well. I also can't secure any of the doors on the trailer so they are duct taped shut to keep them from falling off. The concept of keeping your sights on one task at a time is a good one - if you look at the total picute it's very overwhelming!
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:40 PM   #19
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Oh, forgot to reply to Beth on the color scheme - let's see - if my memory serves me correctly, the gauchos are a green and blue striped plaid. The bath is a yellowish color with a striped yellow pattern in some areas - On the back of the pocket door? Over the sink? It's hard to remember - I know there's stripes back there somewhere...It has a yellow/gold Magic chef stove which looks correct but I don't think is original and the wood grained original Dolmetic refrigerator. All these things may or may not work. Haven't tried them out yet. 2 dents one in the curbside upper front, one in the street side lower rear. There are also a couple of tears in the area right before the curbside wheel well which occurred when they were pulling it out and snagged a rock. Could have been worse, I guess, but I wish they had been more careful. I'm psyched to go out tomorrow and get some photos to see what you all think about it!
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Old 01-14-2005, 11:37 PM   #20
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I hear it's not good to tarp an airstream, even if it's old...maybe just cover windows.


You wouldn't want to just "cover a vintage one with a tarp" either...the movement in the wind, however slight, will scratch the aluminum, especailly if it's polished!

Whatever protective covering you use should be held away from the surface of the trailer and be secured carefully.
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Old 01-15-2005, 08:43 AM   #21
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Shell shock is just a parts trailer. I have investigated the Overlander (Shell Shock) and have found that it is too far gone for my timeframe, buget, and sanity. The Ambassador (The Wreck) is the one I'm rebuilding.
The main pictures and "Interior" shots in my gallery are The Wreck. It will have to remove the shell to repair the frame.

Diane,
If the colors you say are close, you have a "Overlander" trim level. One down for the top level of trim, which is the "International" which has a Aqua bath and oven and paterned cloth and counters.
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Old 01-15-2005, 11:36 PM   #22
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Hi there Till, I just posted photos of it with a gaucho fabric close-up. If it indeed had an upgraded interior, what would a normal Safari have had? Oh, and back on the subject of windows (since this has strayed a bit from there) I checked all of mine today and to my horror discovered that one of my presumed original curved Cornings is in fact a piece of plexiglass. Live and learn!
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Old 01-16-2005, 01:32 AM   #23
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If the colors you say are close, you have a "Overlander" trim level. One down for the top level of trim, which is the "International" which has a Aqua bath and oven and paterned cloth and counters.
Actually, 'Overlander' is the designation for a 26 foot trailer, not an upgrade package. I think what Tedd meant to say was 'Land Yacht' which was the standard package and 'International' which was the upgrade package. In other words, you could have an Overlander (or Safari, GlobeTrotter, Ambassador, etc.) 'Land Yacht' or 'International' both are 26 foot trailers (or 22', 20', 28' respectively in '67) with slightly different fit & finish of features...

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Old 01-16-2005, 01:55 AM   #24
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her '67 Safari

I don't know about you folks, but from her pictures it looks to me like the buried treasure we're all looking for. The shell looks good at least from the pictures, and the interior is intact and looks relatively clean. Moogie, I think you should be feeling very good right about now!!
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Old 01-16-2005, 04:22 AM   #25
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Beautiful!

WOW! What a find! Not to say that it may not need work but your trailer looks to be nearly all original! (I see that as a potential "restore" rather than "refurbish") The thing that I see it that the cabinet hardware is missing. You are SO lucky! What a treasure for you and your son.
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WOW That trailer looks great!!!!! Sorry that one of your curved windows is plastic. What size? 39", 29" of the dreaded 17"??? It looks like you have the marker light upgrade package and maybe some reupholster. Do you have two sets of propane tanks?

Sheri,
Oh, I see what you mean by saying Land Yacht vs. Overlander. Maybe my information is off. I attached what I am using. It shows that the "I" is International, and the "O" is Overlander. I am thinking that these were trim levels. If this is wrong, I will make sure that I get the document corrected.
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BTW do any of you ever sleep????
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Old 01-16-2005, 03:19 PM   #28
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I for one have a terrible insomnia problem which is why I ended up owning the trailer in the first place...clicking around about airstreams got me into this mess!
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