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Old 09-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
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1962 26' Overlander

Just bought my first airstream. I think I lucked out, but I need a little reassurance. This airstream is straight out of a time warp. The outside shell in a good condition with just a few small dings from age. The inside is all original everything right down to the sink stoppers. Former owners were hoarders for many years and used it to store their junk. All cleaned out on the inside, a small amount of rot in floor by the fridge and heater that we plan to replace. So, here is my question. I like the inside... wood all around...I cleaned it up with English oil and is looks good. I want to know the value of this airstream and whether keeping it original keeps the value, or I need to upgrade all appliances to increase value? Arla
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:57 PM   #2
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Can't answer the value question. I purchased a 65 overlander " time capsule", paid way too much, needless to say $ 6500 later( not including purchase price) it is usable! Be sure to check rear floor under toilet & bathtub. Mine was completely rotted, which started the spending spree! Overlanders are great trailers, lot of storage. Make sure the axles still articulate up& down, if not it is imperative they be replaced! Ill try to post some interior renovation pics... Good luck
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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Thanks for the post. Still trying to figure out how to post pics. My 62 looks different inside than all the others I've seen. Pd 2,500 and I will replace floor by toilet.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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Have you read up on this info? http://vintageairstream.com/airstream-price-guide/
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums. You definitely didn't overpay.

If you have working appliances, upgrading them will decrease value rather than increase.

Just a caution, gaining access to properly fix the rear floor will require a good bit of disassembly. The floor is part of the support and it's critical to be sure the frame -> floor -> rib structure is solid.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:19 PM   #7
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can you post the red #'s on the outside of the trailer? A number of 62 overlander's on the ATW (around the world) trip ('62-'63).

I see original as more valuable. most folks who want to keep it original will want orig appliances. if you plan to flip it, sell it as is. clean up exterior and clean interior but dont remove anything original. if it's ATW its $$$.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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You pretty much can't loose on the $$$$ amount. Up near the top of desirable Airstreams. A word of caution though. A "set axle" can destroy one of these if driven very far and odds are near certain that these are bad. 1962 was the beginning of torsion axles on Streams and they had some issues. It will take some research to get the right weight and about $700@, but well worth the investment on this one. I agree to saving the fridge and stove but be very careful when cleaning and adjusting, parts can be nonexistent. The furnace and water heater are another matter. Usually useless and dangerous. Sounds like you've done very well indeed!
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:46 AM   #9
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I saw the three pictures you posted in the photo gallery and it looks to be in really good condition - congratulations on your purchase. Please post more pictures when you can
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:29 AM   #10
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I had read that link, and for sure it is a good deal. I will post more pics after I do a little more polishing. The walls in this airstream are dingy wonder if you have any thoughts on what to use to clean them. Also wondering what kind of paint if I should use any at all?
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:38 AM   #11
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7156 is the number that was once on it.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #12
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I posted more pictures of the appliances.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:18 AM   #13
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I cleaned our interior walls with Simple Green and a scrub brush. Of course, ours were out of the trailer at the time so it was easier. Make sure you rinse them very very very well if you're planning on painting. We used Bondz primer, and 2 coats of exterior latex paint to paint the interior. No problems so far. Some people have used automotive paint. Our walls were not sticky, but some people have had that issue. I understand waxing helps with that but I forget which wax is recommended.... I did some pretty extensive reading on the forums before I picked our paint types. Prep is the universally agreed upon key to a good paint job. But maybe just a good washing will be enough for you! Hope springs eternal....

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