Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-22-2013, 01:55 PM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
1963 Overlander Complete Renovation

Hey everyone. I'm fairly new to the forum. My fiancÚ and I are in construction and travel a lot for work, so I decided to buy an Airstream so we can bring "home" with me when we are on the road instead of staying in hotels. After doing a little reading about the different models I found a deal in OKC. I bought a 63 Overlander for almost nothing that I thought was in decent to rough shape and partially gutted. My plan is to completely gut and remodel the trailer to suit my needs for travel and work. After getting it home my fiancÚ Diane affectionately named it "The Armadillo". We will be staying in the Armadillo for a few weeks at a time throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Very rarely will we be using the trailer in the Winter, but is a possibility. Work takes us from Texas to Florida to Minnesota and anywhere in between. So I would like to make sure the Armadillo will be able to handle the heat and cold both. In our travels we have run across temps ranging from 110 F down to 15 F. I will post pics of our progress as we start the renovations. I would like this thread to serve as documentation of the process. I'm always open to learning from other's experience, expertise, mishaps, and triumphs. Feel free to comment and share along the way. Here's some pics of the Armadillo as is when I purchased it.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-887536959.jpg
Views:	227
Size:	456.1 KB
ID:	200519   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1306091389.jpg
Views:	242
Size:	412.4 KB
ID:	200520  

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-817329539.jpg
Views:	239
Size:	407.3 KB
ID:	200521   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3105917473.jpg
Views:	242
Size:	349.0 KB
ID:	200522  

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1920749751.jpg
Views:	245
Size:	367.6 KB
ID:	200523   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3102589519.jpg
Views:	228
Size:	360.4 KB
ID:	200524  

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1075110747.jpg
Views:	238
Size:	402.5 KB
ID:	200525  
__________________

Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #2
Yellamo
 
1965 26' Overlander
Windsor , California
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 6
Say good for you guys! I will be following your progress... since I to am a new Airstream owner, I think a "66 Overlander" (no papers). It appears to need alot. I'm hesitate to open the belly pan. Good luck Bryan O.
__________________

Yellamo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
Towjob1975's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
Mt. Holly , North Carolina
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 57
Welcome to the Forums, Keep us updated on your progress. These old diamonds in the ruff are truly a labor of love!
__________________
Darrel Lisa & Jesse

WBCCI 11239
Towjob1975 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 02:55 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,943
I have had that same model for 27 years, I still do not have an air conditioner on the top. I carry a blueboy instead of spending the money on a grey tank. It has been a good unit and has traveled widely.
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2013, 07:52 PM   #5
4 Rivet Member
 
calais66's Avatar
 
1951 21' Flying Cloud
Sacramento , California
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 263
Nice! Looking forward to following your progress.
calais66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 04:34 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
1984 31' Sovereign
Currently Looking...
charleton , Illinois
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 42
Images: 3
I suspect from your post that you may be a "Pipeliner"? (or similar trade) I use my Stream for my pipeline home. Beats the h#%@ of motels!
jerry d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Jerry, actually we are storm chasers. After an area gets hit by a major hail storm we go in and help those people get new roofs. Especially trying to work with the people that were denied coverage by their insurance and help them get their insurance to cover their roof.
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 07:01 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Ok so the winter weather is bad here, but we can still make some progress. None of the systems work on the Armadillo, but I fully expected that when I bought it. It's going to need new electrical, fresh water, grey water, and black water systems. The current layout with the twin bunks isn't going to cut it for us either. I've been toying around with a few layouts in my head so feel free to chime in with your opinions and experiences. We want a full sized bed. We don't need a queen. We are thinking of putting the bedroom at the rear of the trailer. With either the bed all the way back and perpendicular to the trailer. Basically covering the entire rear of the trailer. Or turning it parallel to the trailer and moving to the curb side of the trailer so that there is access on the street side. Either way I assume I'll have to make a custom mattress that matches the curvature of the rear of the trailer. Thoughts? At this point I've taken everything out of the bathroom. The sink, shower/tub, cabinet, toilet, and black water tank are all out. After removing two layers of carpet and a layer of linoleum tiles it looks like the rear foot of the floor is lost to rot. I have read that the bumper basically funnels water into the back of the trailer on these and causes it to rot out. Looks like mine is no exception. So I'm going to be replacing any rotten flooring I find along the way. I went down to the 84 Lumber and ordered a few sheets of marine grade AC plywood to replace damaged sections. Here's some pics of the current progress.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1437022742.jpg
Views:	218
Size:	403.3 KB
ID:	200574   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1169269065.jpg
Views:	215
Size:	382.2 KB
ID:	200575  

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-4149731627.jpg
Views:	229
Size:	449.9 KB
ID:	200578  
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 07:42 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwightdi View Post
I have had that same model for 27 years, I still do not have an air conditioner on the top. I carry a blueboy instead of spending the money on a grey tank. It has been a good unit and has traveled widely.
Hey Dwight. Mine doesn't have an AC or a grey water tank either. I will definitely be putting in an AC though. It hit 110 this summer at work and I want to be able to come home and get some sleep in a cool place. Excuse my ignorance but what is a blueboy?
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2013, 08:33 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
1977 31' Sovereign
1963 26' Overlander
1989 34' Excella
Johnsburg , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,943
We did take a small air conditioner, that we popped in the back window, for the International at Gillette, WY a couple years ago. It took the temperature down 20F in the trailer. A Blueboy is a portable holding tank which you hook up to the gray water discharge port or black water port if necessary. It allows you to collect waste and wheel it to a dump station. It is used where they will not allow you to put grey water on the ground or you are staying someplace long enough that you need to dump you black tank, but do not want to de-park and drag the trailer to the dump station. They come in sizes from 15 gallons to 40 gallons.
dwightdi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 03:04 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
RM66caravel's Avatar
 
1966 17' Caravel
Newport , North Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,286
Hey and welcome I have spent time slamming plywood myself but now just maintain the communications systems for atc. Looks like your armadillo has a lack of love but has found a good home. Insulation is the key to your plans and many on this site can help. Enjoy and keep us posted.
Cliff
__________________
Gotta get busy! Have a great day! Now where did I put those revits?
RM66caravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 08:37 AM   #12
KCN
3 Rivet Member
 
KCN's Avatar
 
1962 26' Overlander
Jackson , Wyoming
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 194
Well, you are in great company with this model/vintage trailer - there are several of us doing complete restorations of 58-63 Overlanders The very best group of moderators and many-rivet members watch over us and guide us....

Maybe you already found the vintageairstream.com link that has great pictures of original floor plans - one was a double bed layout instead of the twins. airstream.com has spec sheets for all the models under their service section.

Have fun!
KCN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 09:18 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
65CV's Avatar
 
1959 26' Overlander
Western , Massachusetts
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,468
Images: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal283 View Post
Ok so the winter weather is bad here...
Congratulations on your Overlander. You picked a very good vintage and size. As KCN says, there are a number of very good restoration threads on the forum. Here is a link to the 58-63 Overlander section. (You may want to ask one of the moderators to move your thread to that part of the forum -- you may get better replies to your questions.) Here is a link to the major renovations, regardless of age or size.

You're right to spot the problem with water quickly rotting the rear plywood. When Colin Hyde did ours, he treated the floor with Cold Penetrating Epoxy, then flashed it. See post 196 in this thread for a picture of how he did the flashing.

We looked at a rear queen and decided against it for a number of reasons. We plan to use a movable center support between the existing twin beds to make it into "superbed" as utee94 on this forum calls it. Placement of windows and wheel wells as well as the loss of the perfectly sound tub/shower convinced us to stay with the original design. The wheel wells prevented us from being able to use a queen that we could walk around. Neither of us wanted to be trapped against the rear wall.

You'll find a lot of great information here as well as great answers to your questions -- just don't look for sympathy about Texas winter weather from those of us from New England!
65CV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 01:47 PM   #14
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Wow!! Thanks for all the warm welcomes and helpful direction. I will talk to the moderator and see if I can get this thread moved to the Overlander section.

Does anyone know if there is going to be an issue moving the bed to the rear and the bath to center as far as weight distribution goes? Here's a pic of one of the layouts I'm thinking about. All the pieces are to scale. This layout has a wet bath. Thoughts?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1449694501.jpg
Views:	263
Size:	257.8 KB
ID:	200611  
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 02:05 PM   #15
Moderator Emeritus
 
overlander64's Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre
Anna , Illinois
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 5,484
Images: 183
Send a message via Yahoo to overlander64
1963 Overlander Complete Renovation

Greetings Cardinal283!

I doubt that you would experience anything detrimental in relocating the bath forward in terms of weight distribution. Since the tanks generally are below the bathroom location, the impact on weight distribution may be beneficial. In addition, moving the holding tank(s) forward will also lessen the likelihood that rear end separation may occur on your Overlander.

The only down-side to relocating the bathroom forward involve working around the existing windows. Relocating windows becomes an involved process if the structural ribs/bows happen to appear just where you wish to relocate the window . . . you also wind up with the dilemma what to do about an abandoned opening in terms of patching or a full panel replacement repair.

I would encourage you to search threads about wet baths before making the final decision to proceed in that direction. A wet bath is very space efficient, but living with one on an extended journey can become an unwelcome challenge as keeping the surfaces close to the toilet thoroughly dry can be a daily project. Another option that might prove a bit more practical would be a split bath with the shower on one side of the center hall and the toilet on the opposite wall . . . with this option the design can be two separate small "rooms" or a "walk-through" with doors across the hallway on either end of the bath area. Regardless of the path chosen, locating a base that can be adapted to the Airstream's curved sidewalls can be a bit of a challenge . . . sometimes a base from a later model Airstream can be adapted, but there are differences in wall curvature between the early 1960s trailers and the more recent products.

Good luck with your research! I am sure that the time spent now considering your options will pay great dvidends in the end product.

Kevin
__________________
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)
overlander64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 02:15 PM   #16
Rivet Master
 
65CV's Avatar
 
1959 26' Overlander
Western , Massachusetts
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,468
Images: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal283 View Post
...

This layout has a wet bath. Thoughts?
Is that shower right over the wheel well? I agree, wet baths do get tiring after a while.
65CV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 02:17 PM   #17
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Kevin,

I get what you're saying about keeping a wet bath clean. We also like the idea of being able to use the toilet and the shower at the same time since we will both be getting ready in the morning at the same time, so we are leaning towards a dry bath. I hadn't thought about putting them on opposite sides though, but I'm I'm going to toss that one around a bit. I had hoped to keep all the water lines on the street side for simplicity's sake. As far as a base for the shower goes, I used to work in the marine industry so I plan on fabricating whatever I need out of fiberglass. I've got a good amount of experience already from making custom hatches for boats so I don't see that being an issue.
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #18
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Quote:
Originally Posted by 65CV View Post
Is that shower right over the wheel well? I agree, wet baths do get tiring after a while.
Yes. It's directly over the wheel well. I plan on fabricating a shower pan that will fit over the top of the wheel well. Basically serving as a step in the shower. The fiancÚ loves the idea of this for shaving and such. I might want to make the shower a little bigger to provide a little more true "floor space" in there.
Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 03:09 PM   #19
Site Team
 
reinergirl's Avatar

 
1963 26' Overlander
Hollis , New Hampshire
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,642
Images: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardinal283 View Post
Wow!! Thanks for all the warm welcomes and helpful direction. I will talk to the moderator and see if I can get this thread moved to the Overlander section.
Done ! And welcome from another owner of a 63 overlander in the midst of a full restoration!
__________________
Shelly : TAC NH-6 | AIR 41359
Visit my blog!
Parts needed : Braund Antenna front tube fold down model!
reinergirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2013, 03:22 PM   #20
3 Rivet Member
 
Cardinal283's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 243
Quote:
Originally Posted by reinergirl View Post
Done ! And welcome from another owner of a 63 overlander in the midst of a full restoration!
Thanks again! You got me moved before I even had the chance to ask.
__________________

Cardinal283 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1963, 1963 overlander


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.