Went to see a 1957
overlander today. I was looking for 13 panel and thought all 57's had them. Not.. But the skin is nearly flawless except for some poor patches.
It's 150 miles away and while there I was disappointed about the panels it began to talk to me on the way home. Skin other than some patches is in great shape with no clear coat. Frame while rusted is intact except for a cross member in front and maybe in the back. Forward of the door the ends of two frame cross members are rusted out including step support on that side. Amazed at how little metal was in it to begin with.
Lots of windows including a small window in the rear end cap on each side. Rare no?
It was a shock to walk into a gutted unit stripped to the exterior skin with wholes in the deck where it has been cut out between frame members. The interior is gone.
Some clean up has been done, ie grinding off of old tar has been done and sealed from inside in those areas.
The skin is still attached to frame.
Original wheels !!!!!!!! Under snow so couldn't see, but is that wild or what?
The interior walls are missing........ I was surprised how thin the rib material is and I thought it would be deeper. Anyone have figures on the rib depth. Strange what I can obsess about.
I think I'm falling for her.....
I'm looking for a trailer to fully rebuild and this seems to be on the way with alot to do. However I am conflicted.... I'm past the panel thing... I think... I cann't image replacing the interior walls with new material is fun. How does one cut the stuff without templates.
Seems trailer is abandoned by someone it was being rebuilt because the cost was going to be too much....
That it's gutted is ahead of the game for me but doesn't that still effect the value. After all other than a few of you and me who would even look at it. They're looking for 5200. Seems to me half that is more like it.
Needs frame off or is that off frame or shell off to make the frame ready for another fifty years.
Needs new Axels and wheels.
Needs all the interior stuff including skin, tanks, ect.
Needs window repair.
Could this be the next morning what did I do part of the story... Except I didn't do it. But I still might...
It has lots of windows ( none work well some broken fixed panels)
Really nice skin...... expect for patches.... but is is a California trailer so a few patches is.... well..... culturally necessary...