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Old 07-12-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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A '62 or '63 Overlander in Flagstaff!

May I introduce you to a 1962-3 Overlander in need of some serious attention. To the best of my knowledge, she's 26' of faded aluminum glory, having spent most of her life in southern Utah and Southern California. Her previous owners have all tried their best (maybe) to keep her up or bring her back up to her previous standard. They have all lost motivation however and she currently sits in a storage lot with a 12" hole in her roof exactly as she has for the past 3 years. I'll let your imaginations do the rest of the explaining on that front. The owner previous to me did a good job with the demo work, however the scope creep of the project, coupled with his being a full time student spelled out dwindling motivation. He realized that the entire subfloor needed replacing, after ripping up three different layers of additional flooring on top of the rotten plywood. Besides the gaping hole in the roof (intended for a woodstove) the windows all leak and thus it can be assumed that the ceiling vents also suffer a similar malady.

Now, it's my turn. On Monday I head down to rescue this hulking aluminum shadow of former glory from the clutches of a slowly decaying demise. My goals for her are a fairly full renovation/rebuild with intentions of living out of her as I work seasonally. Without removing the shell or belly pan, I am hoping to find a useable frame (right...) and be able to begin the rebuild from there. All of the interior siding will come out and wiring/insulation will be completely redone, as well as all water and propane plumbing as all of that is currently non-existent. I'm aiming for a modern and fairly open rebuild with a full kitchen, double bed, dinette upfront, and simple bathroom.

This is the interior as she sits currently (maybe a bit more water after recent thunderstorms.)

And ideas/thoughts/intentions are here...

Ready, set, go!

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Old 07-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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So a day and a half into the demolition side of this renovation and I've got all of the interior structures out, bathroom gutted, electrical outlets and switches removed, interior window frames removed, and temporary patches on the outside covering a myriad number of holes that range in size from 8-10 inches across to individual screw/rivet holes. I'm now starting to pull out the interior walls and am really hoping someone has a better way to remove the rivets other than drilling/prying/chiseling them. Thoughts?

Here's a couple photos from yesterday and today

Towing it up to flagstaff. A bigger truck is definitely in order...

The back end as she sits currently

And the front acting as a temporary work table as I don't have any other sort of space/workbench and it is raining every day.

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