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Old 02-18-2006, 05:09 PM   #1
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58 Overlander interior skin

Hi everybody,

I will get my new "OLD" 58 Overlander the first weekend of April. I am currently planning the restoration process.

In these years, the interior skin was aluminum. The one I will get has had several coats of paint that are currently peeling. I am wondering own I could get to the bare aluminum? Stripping? Sand Blasting? Brushing with a soft steel wire or steelwool?

Anyone ever had this problem?

Dan
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Old 02-18-2006, 05:29 PM   #2
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Dan,

I have the original Zolatone, but I know from taking the inside skin off mine that the aluminum is Alclad.

I don't know why they used Alclad on the inside, if they were going to paint it.

But if it is Alclad, you don't want to use any abrasive, like sandblasting or wirebrush. I would stick with a stripper.
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Old 02-18-2006, 06:25 PM   #3
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[quote=markdoane]Dan,

I have the original Zolatone, but I know from taking the inside skin off mine that the aluminum is Alclad.

Is it hadr to remove the inside skin? Is it hard to put it back in the proper place?
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Dan,

You need to remove lots of cabinetry, partitions, lockers, and piping. Then drill out about 1000 pop rivets. Re-assembly is not difficult.

It's a lot of work, but it isn't hard work. I would only remove the interior skins if you are doing major electrical or insulation upgrades, in addition to having the skins professionally stripped.
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Dan,

Check out our 1958 Sovereign of the Road Web log at http://sweetsovereign.blogspot.com If I were you, I'd drive down to Colin's at GSM vehicles to check it out for yourself - he (and our trailer - along with about 20 others) are in Plattsburgh, NY. On the blog, go back to October and see the tear apart entries.

Enjoy.

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I took the interior skin out of a 58 Overlander. The ends come out as one piece, the lower sections come out separate and the top is all one piece that is bucked together then pop riveted up to the ceiling. Just remove the pop rivets and the sections will come down. It is very tough paint to remove from the aluminum. If you have an Ohio trailer your interior end caps will be fiberglass, if from California they are aluminum.
Putting it back together was not very hard just lots of rivets.
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