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Old 05-05-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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The '57 Overlander project

Well, folks...let the renovation begin!!! Just towed home a 1957 26' Overlander yesterday. We are keeping her at my parents home, as they have a huge barn we can work without concern about the elements. We are looking at a major renovation....feel free to follow along on our blog!
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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It should be a fun project. Looks like most of it is there and intact.

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Old 05-05-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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What a cool rig! More pictures!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:09 AM   #4
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i hope you update this thread too. i subscribed! Agree, more photos please!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:46 AM   #5
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Here are a couple of pictures from her abandoned state. Will be taking more this weekend as we either begin the washing process or the gutting process.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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As you can see, the AS was used as a storage facility/catch-all. The PO cleaned out all the stuff....my hope is to somehow keep the fridge & stove. Not sure if they even work (I seriously doubt it). If anybody has any suggestions on that, I'm all ears. That part is way down the road, though. Maybe I can upgrade the appliances but use the facing to make it look original??
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:04 AM   #7
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HA. i was going to say, if you plan to get rid of the stove / fridge i'd take it. I would absolutely keep. They are each a restoration project in themselves though. Maybe a local shop can handle it for you.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #8
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Well, the gutting has commenced. We are trying to preserve everything...quite a tedious process, but we're getting there. So far, the gaucho is out, the twin bed frames, the furnace and the air conditioner are all out. This weekend, we hope to get the kitchen completely out.

Two mice were discovered living under the gaucho, in the storage drawers. Fun times!
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Good job,Lonewolf!

Did you have much trouble getting the furnace out?
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #10
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It was a dirty ol beast, but once we finally got it loose it went pretty quick.
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Cool! That's one thing I haven't tackled on my trailer. I was nervous about forcing it out because i wanted to salvage it, but then at the vintage trailer academy I learned that old furnaces are not really worth saving (too dangerous).

I've stalled on my project temporarily- finally pregnant after trying for what seems like forever (hooray!). Once I'm out of this darn first trimester, I'm going to get back to it! By then you'll no doubt be far ahead of me! So anyway, I'll be following your thread with great interest, since following along is all I can do right now. Keep up the good work!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:45 PM   #12
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Well congrats on your pregnancy!! And I'm not so sure we won't be in the same spot by the time you feel up to tackling the 'stream again. We are only able to work on it on the weekends...so it's going to be slow going for a while until we get an extra day off or something. This Saturday we hope to completely remove the refrigerator section, and hopefully start tackling the stove & sink section. We are leaving the bathroom for dead last, because frankly....it scares us.
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What a beauty! I will for sure be following your progress..

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:11 PM   #14
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lol, I hear you on the bathroom! It really can be scary, on multiple levels! For example: when I removed the toilet, about a pound of petrified poop fell out of the base. No, I'm not joking (though I wish I was)! Then when I took out the sink cabinet, I discovered some pretty nasty floor rot... Which I found fascinating, so I kept agitating it... That is, until a small army of what looked to be fire ants began pouring out! After that, I decided to work on other things for awhile!
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