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Old 02-05-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Update on 1974 ??? AS Overlander

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This is a up date on the AS Overlander that i bought off a friend of mine last November. As for the vin number I will try to find it on the frame once the floor is removed. It did not come with a charging system or a rear bath room in it that is why i only paid $700.00 for it. Have removed all walls, cabinets, oven, cook top drop-in, refrigerator, heater and duct works, water pump and water heater as well as pluming pipes as well as electrical outlets both 12v and 110v as well as lights. Have also removed most of the inside panels so I can get to the mice highway that they have going from one nest to the others, they sure like the fiberglass insulation to run through. This is in preparation to remove the shell from the frame so i can replace the sub floor that has two large holes and four soft spots by the windows. We are down for the winter so will restart working when it gets warmer.

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:21 PM   #2
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The exterior skin looks pretty good there, so you have something to build on. Of course, the interior looks as one would expected for having the interior demolished.

You'll very likely need a new furnace and water heater, they rot out with age. The refer (fridge) will probably need a new "cooling unit" unless it has already been done. If the refer is in good cosmetic condition, it is worth keeping and getting the new cooling unit as a replecement will make it work like a new one.

On my '74 Sovereign there is a small plate to the right of the dor latch that has the complete serial number.

Another good item to consider replacing (if it hasn't already been) is the 120VAC to 12VDC converter. The original one boils the battery in fairly short order if you just leave it on. New ones now have a three-stage circuitry that maintains the right AC voltage to the battery to keep it in good condition.

Please be sure to post pictures as you go ahead with the interior replacement? We are hooked on watching others do that work

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Old 03-29-2015, 02:26 PM   #3
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Couple of places to look for the VIN. Plate just to the right of the door, and the data plate on the lower left hand front corner. The VIN is also stamped in the A-frame.

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:36 PM   #4
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Hi Big G and welcome to AirForums. It sounds like you are embarking on a total rebuild of your Overlander. There are several who have successfully rebuilt the Overlander. It is a very popular model for traveling. You might enjoy starting a thread in the Airstream Knowledge Base toward the bottom of the home page. Click on trailers, and then click on 74 Overlanders. Folks with the same year and model visit this section often and will be interested in your project.

I too would be interested in "watching you work". I've been working on my 66 Trade Wind for a couple of winters now. I still have quite a ways to go.

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