Our '63 Avion didnt have enough origional stuff to do a restoration when we bought it. We like the origional look with the birch cabinets and colorfull appliances. And Im a little eccentric in that I think the old systems are kinda neet. The floor was in good shape, therefore we where not inclined to gut her down to the bare aluminum.
So the the choice to modernize was made easy for us: fix the available pieces and modernize the missing pieces.
What I replaced/modernized:
Replaced the rusted out Bargman 99s with LED truck lights.
Replaced the rotted out pigtail with a new 7way plug and wired it to current standards for tow vehicles.
All of the clearance lights where toasted, so they where replaced with new, teardrop lights like you can get at Vintage Trailer Supply.
Their was an empty, and charred cabinet where the water heater used to be, so that was filled with a used 10 Gallon atwood DSI.
The head wasnt origional the plastic was cracking and the P/O used a wax seal when it was installed (ew.) That was replaced with a vintage Sealand from Ebay. They still use the same rebuild kits for all of valves and seals.
The dump valve was shot, so that was replaced with a Valtera valve and bayonet fitting. I couldnt find a Y fitting that lined up right for running the gray water into the black water outlet. So I made that a seperate system and used 4" pipe with its own 3" dump valve. which gives me about 3 gallons of gray water storage so we can wash our hands and brush teeth on the road.
Installed a 30Amp ss Marinco inlet and updated the 110V breaker box with a 30amp GFCI breaker.
Ran a new 20 Amp curcuit to the middle roof vent for rooftop A/C.
Origional converter was missing, so replaced it with a used 50 amp that needed a new cooling fan, and ran 6ga wire from it to the battery.
Added a new 12V
fuse block that uses the same plastic spade fuses as my tow vehicle.
Replaced the missing bathroom vent and 110V fan with a 12V
The middle vent was not origional, so I replaced it with an older Coleman AC unit.
The under cabinet Norcold Fridge and cabinet where gone, so built new cabinet and installed a 1968
Dometic fridge for 2 reasons.
1: I found it for $75 bucks and it fit.
2: I like the 3 foot long flint striker used to light it.
My cabinetry skills are no match to the origional Avion cabinet makers, but I hope that by covering it up with enough spice racks and the like, no one will see it
Replace the compressor for the water system with a cheap $10 one. (the old one was long gone) I figured for $10 I could replace it every year if it dies from to much use.
Added a box in the closet to house the swithces for the DSI HW heater and water pressure pump.
What I was able to "keep origional":
Aside from the fridge cabinet, all of the rest of the cabinetry and furniture is in good shape. Some of its been painted and will need to be stripped.
I kept all of the origional lights that are 110V on the right side and 12V
on the left. The plastic shades for them where long gone, but I was able to make new shades from gold anodized aluminum fret, and they almost look origional.
Redid all of the supply water pipes. I stuck with the copper tubing so I could re-use the flare fittings. Also had to run new gas lines for the fridge and HW heater as they had been capped off.
I found an old streamway faucet witht a shower diverter to replace the plastic POS that was in the batroom. It only needed new washers & O rings.
Re-lubed the bushings on the 110V Hehr fan motor in the front, so I was able to salvage that.
the original LP lamp was mostly intact and I was able to order the missing parts from the current part catalog. In fact, Its amazing how many appliances and parts have not changed in the last 40 years.
The Coleman furnace is in fine working order.
The Magic Chef oven is in good shape up top, but was missing the pilot assembly for the oven. I found a NOS pilot, but still need to find a source for the 1/8" aluminum tubing that runs from the safety valve to the pilot.
The axle is the origional Leaf spring with no shocks. The 15" rims have been updated, the brakes are origional, but once again it looks like the parts havent changed for those
One of the reasons we chose this particular trailer was because I figured I could get back to being a vaible family camper with comparably little capital investment.
And so far it looks like I was right.
If I compared it to buying a 2007 Bambi.