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Old 11-18-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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1960 Overlander restoration

Hello Everybody

As I said in the other post (my presentation), here a new post in order to tell you my project, the restoration.

10 years ago I fell in love US style and life... cars, music, landscapes, Airstream... and I possessed a Chevy Camaro 1988, Chevy Corvette 1985 and a Jeep Cherokee 2001 and now I hope my Airstream from Texas (AZ certificate of title).

I'll receive it in january to Zeebrugge in Belgium ! I'm very happy and very impatient to get it !
It's an 1960 Overlander (September 1960) in good condition, the shape is very good, the ch‚ssis too but it need little repair and I shall repair it and shall strengthen it.
The interior is empty but all panels are presents as I would like !
We wish to make ourselves the interior with our conveniences and practical installations adapted for Europe !

Please find few fotos while waiting the delivery !




See you soon !
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:00 PM   #2
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GaŽl,
It looks like you have a nice straight clean trailer to build your very own 1960 Airstream! We have 1963 that has been completely rebuilt and we enjoyed the process.

Post lots of photos!
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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Very nice and straight. You will be ready for travel a a few weeks.
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:34 PM   #4
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Hello !

Thanks for your replies, yes it is very clean but it needs many hours of works to have the Airstream of our dreams... !

Very good Vernon, you rebuilt a 63' ! I'll look for your photos !

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Old 12-03-2013, 09:16 PM   #5
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Gael, hope you understand, I have moved your thread to the 1958-63 Overlander forum where it will get more attention. Love the Overlanders, I have a 63. Looking forward to your restoration!
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Old 12-04-2013, 01:10 AM   #6
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Hello !

Yes, many thanks, I think you're reason !

To me, the overlander is a good idea in europe because, we can't drive too big trailers, our roads are too littles... that's why I've choose this one.

I can say too that this classified was a chance for me.

All the best and see you soon !
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:24 AM   #7
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AAAAHHHHHH yes I have one. All I have left to do is put the toilet in. A 6 month project that took 2.5 years, but it is worth it. Got the plates for it last week. Planning a camping run over Christmas.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-70006-13.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-70006-25.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...-70006-27.html


When this one is on the road. My daughter wants me to do one for her. Good luck and work through the glitches. You trailer will happen and it will look great.
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #8
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Bienvenue! Overlander...c'est un bon choix!! Did you use index to import? I've been so curious about the people doing the Airstream exports to France. I am glad you are using this forum - c'est une tres bonne idee par'ce que les moderateurs sont exceptionnelles et tres serviables! (my computer isn't doing accents - sorry)

Bonne chance!
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #9
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Hi !

Yes, I'm very happy to join this forum, it's the best !

Brian, I haven't read all the posts but as soon as I have many time, I'll read you with pleasure to discover your project !

I use Airstream connection to import it because I haven't enough time to go to USA with my wife...
5 years ago, I wanted to do it myself with good advises from an Airstream owner
Perhaps, in few years, I'll try to do it myself...? When this one will be finish !

Grrrrr...I wrote a too long post but I met a computer problem and all I wrote is disapeared !

Thanks for your posts and I tell you as soon as that I have news about my project !
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:16 PM   #10
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The Airstream leaves Texas today !
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #11
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After some reparations : brakes, tailight electricity and new main (I'm not sure for the word) :













Go to the port ! :















I'm as a very real impatient kid !
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:24 PM   #12
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Hello everybody !

Yesterday was THE DAY !

It's arrived the last week and I took it yesterday to Zeebrugge in Belgium, near my home, only 80km (50 miles).

Please find photos and video !





It's me ! :



On the road and always this very good weather like...



With the tow vehicle, it isn't the mine, it's at a friend, my new friend now since yesterday :





The interior when the Airstream was arrived in the garage, we can see the bath...! And few shelves accesories... and all interiors panels are presents :





And the little video :

Film enlŤvement - YouTube

Have a nice day an per advance a very nice weekend !

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Old 02-27-2014, 11:41 PM   #13
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Congrats! Very happy for you. Now the fun begins!
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:54 AM   #14
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Hi Gael,
Greetings from UK, Nice looking overlander, i had a 73 Overlander as my 1st trailer, i now have 1960 Avion H24, from looking at the pictures they are very similar in design and build, i was luck with my Avion that the inside is still intact so i have pattern and layout. i am re-modelling the Avion sort of mordern retro
i like the reliability and availability of modern heating/cooling/ electrics/ plumbing etc etc.
my only advice for you is do not get too carried away, first and foremost i would suggest making her watertight ALL vintage trailers leak!!! anyone who says they dont is a fibber, and you have the perfect opportunity to seal her as the skins are out.
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Glad to see that the Overlander has arrived safely at it's new home.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:28 PM   #16
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Hello !

Thank you for your replies and yes Tim, I agree about your advices and I'll try to take the better way possible in order to restore it with good ideas... with a timeless, beautiful, sober, practical inside...

Yes you're reason, an Avion looks like similar... !
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #17
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I have a number above the rear window (normally in red color) : 3965

What can I have to know about this number ?

Thank you !
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:17 PM   #18
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that is the WBBCCI Wally Byam Caravan Club member number of a former owner, you can look it up to get their name, and if you join you can use that number again. In fact they will send you new ones to go on your trailer. Not sure what good it would do for you in Europe though.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:06 AM   #19
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Yes, you're reason, it's a member number and I confirm, it isn't used in Europe...

And can I know anything about the precedents owners with this number ?
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Try here:

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