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Old 02-04-2008, 06:20 PM   #1
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66 Overlander Revamp in Progress

I started this project a couple of months ago and the weather went bad - real bad...

I am moving the thread here now that we know it is a 1966 ...lol and it will show my progress as I go.

Start ... how she looked the day I brought it home.

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Following up with the after gutting photos.
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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After Gutting

From yesterday:

I spent a day removing the whole interior. Don't mind the mess... I was just working around it all.

You will significant water damage, but it is all at the rear.

My plan is to do a shell-on floor replacement from the rear axle to the rear of the trailer.

Tomorrow is the floor removal time.


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Old 02-04-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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Good start for a phot log. I wish I had done better on my on going project. It looks like you still have a couple of hours work left........keep posting updates, I love looking at these types of projects. Best wishes!
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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Removing bad floor.

I spent about four hours cutting out the bad sections (a little more left to do.)

Tomorrow morning, I will finish removing the bad sections, grind off old bolts, remove the remaining interior wall panels, and have a cold one (or two).

The master plan:
~ Pull all interior wall panels and replace. Found perfect material at Lowe's. Am labeling old panels and will use them as a pattern with rivet holes as well.

~ Completely rewire while the interior wall panels are off.

~ Rear queen bed, closet from height of bed to celing at one end.

~ Stand up shower, sink, and toilet in new bathroom over the axles.

~ New stove, sink, cabinets at kitchen.

~ Traffic Master Morocco Slate flooring throughout.

~ Complete exterior clear coat stripping and polish.

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Old 02-04-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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Excellent phot log! Are you looking at one of the epoxy or reson pannels for deck or sticking with x plywood?
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:57 PM   #6
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Right now...

I am going to replace the missing pieces with 5/8 plywood. I will then seal it all up real good to help slow down further damage.

I am keeping the weight down in other areas so I think I may go over the whole thing with 3/8 or 1/4 and seal the two together.
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Old 02-06-2008, 07:32 PM   #7
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More progress

First off... I hate rivets!!!

Not really, but a few notes if you pulling the interior walls off.

~ Get a sharpie to label the back of every piece. Use up and front arrows and say it's position. Whether you are reusing the pieces or plan on using them as a pattern, you are going to need this.

~ If you don't own a shopvac. Get one! Get a big one! This is a messy job.

~ Wear eye protection and a mask for filtration. If you are doing an older trailer, you will not believe what falls out of there, not to mention 40+ year old insulation.

~ Get lots of drill bits. 1/8" is working great for me.


So, I spent all of today pulling panels. I am going to be replacing mine, so I was careful not to do too much damage so I can use them as patterns for the new material.

I am also putting all new wiring in. Good thing too, I think she would have went up in flames if I would have plugged it in as it sat. There were burns from shorting all over the place.

Wasp nests! Jeesh. If for no other reason, this was worth it to get those out of between the panels. I cringed at the thought of all of them waking up while I was camping. That would be fun, eh?

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Will update again tomorrow. I should be able to have all of the interior walls pulled by then.
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:11 AM   #8
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Layout Plan

This is a proposed layout for the finished trailer. I am already working on the cabinets which will mostly be over the wheel wells.

I welcome any comments or suggestions.

The full size bed is done. I have the 'captains bed' style box all ready to go.

The refrig is a top access style that is all stainless. It is like the supermarket style with sliding doors on top.

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Old 02-07-2008, 12:32 AM   #9
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What do you think of this idea?

Once she is finished, she'll be permanently parked at a year round rv park type resort.

I have year round electric and sewer but no water, so I will have to haul water each time I go.

I was thinking of making a miniature AS that houses a 125 gallon water tank, on a trailer. The 125 gal tank that I had in mind is 32" in diameter and 40" long. I think I could get away with making the finished size 4'long by 3'wide.

I would then just haul the small trailer up as needed and park it right next to my Overlander, hook up the water, and away she goes.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-07-2008, 12:41 AM   #10
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After further review, you have a 66 trailer, not a 67 that I previously stated.

The tail lights say that, the windows say that, and the way the furnace is mounted says that.

The bad part is the entrance door is warped. The frame is cast, therefore you cannot simply bend the door back into shape. Instead the frame must be cut, reshaped and heliarced back together. There are several posts that go into detail.

Also from your photo's it appears that perhaps the axles might be on their last leg. Checking them out can be done in less than one minute.

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Old 02-07-2008, 10:06 AM   #11
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We went through this in another thread.

And then I started this one as a photo log of my progress, so I don't want this one to end up like the last one.

But just for kicks...

1. We concluded that the year was 1965 from the plate. I have attached a photo below. Can the plate be wrong?

2. How is the door warped? Everything with the door works perfectly. What photo of the door makes you think it is warped? Opens and closes, seals tight, etc. What's wrong with it?

3. I read your thread with reference to axles and everything looked perfect, just as you said it should be.


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Old 02-07-2008, 10:22 AM   #12
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Just realized

that in my first post I listed that second 'S' as a '5'. Oops. Crow tastes like .....

It does say SI 26 S 6525
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:26 AM   #13
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HERE is the key to the code from the Airstream Inc. website.

This is how your VIN translates with one caviot

(S) California model

(I) International model

(26) length

(S) this is the mystery???

(6) 1966

(525) sequencial production number. Over 500 means it has a double bed.

One possible explaination: If you look at the decoder page you will notice that in 1966 the "S" for California is in the 1st position... in 1967 it moved to the 5th position. You may have a VIN plate that was stamped in error placing the "S" at both locations... kind of like in January when we still write the wrong year on our checks.
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:32 AM   #14
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Here we go again....lol

Well, in any case I am going out to work on my 1964,5,6,7 mystery trailer right now. More pics coming later today.

If anybody knows what the mystery 'S' means, let us all know!

Thanks. Rivet time...
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