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Old 03-15-2009, 07:49 PM   #201
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I'm Floored!

Sorry for the cheesy title! I have all of my measurements in order and I'll be ordering my Dexter axles on Monday (tomorrow.) So in the meantime while I'm waiting for the axles to come in, I decided to remove the goucho, floor tile, the bottom half of the interior wall for the front one third of the AS. The floors, while soft in a couple of spots, were not nearly as bad as I thought but still need replacing. I've been dreading this job but made really good progress today and I'm enjoying it so far.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:48 AM   #202
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I don't have any new pictures posted yet but I have decided to remove everything from the AS to do the floors all at once and take care of any frame damage. I have in addition to what you see above, started removing the storage cabinets over the twins, the Dometic fridge. It is ready to come out except for two stubborn, rusty bolts. Boy, it looks pretty wide, I hope I can get it out I scares the heck out of me to take it this far apart but after reading countless posts, I have slowly come to the realization that it is the only way to do this particular AS right. Stay tuned. It's going to be an adventure! I am also going to replace the outer shell directly behind the propane tanks as they are too corroded to buff out. I may also replace a couple of street side exterior panels due to PO water heater and furnace replacements that don't look too great. We'll see after I buy new items and rough fit them. The more I read about the ugly look of the overhead air unit, I'm also considering an alternative air/heat unit. This is getting expensive! Oh well, a new one like mine is $95K so I figure I can spend some money.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:17 AM   #203
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Hi 62-lander

I wish I could give you my new ac unit. It's referigative, and I never go anywhere but the desert and would much rather have an evaporative. I just can't afford to buy a new one right now.
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:10 AM   #204
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Me too! Well, who knows maybe I could buy it from you at some point. My restoration is going to take awhile so no hurry. What kind of unit is it?
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Old 03-30-2009, 04:59 PM   #205
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It's a Carrier. Fits in the 14x14 hole. Used less than 24 hours right now (I hate the noise, and out here, anything that dries the air is undesirable. Avg humidity is around 14%.

I had to chop the end off the faceplate so that it would clear the bulkhead to the bathroom so you might have to get a new one.

Who knows, I might get that far north in my lifetime. I do want to visit the Basin and Range northern deserts sometime, but I'm working on the Chihuahuan desert right now.

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Old 03-30-2009, 09:25 PM   #206
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My restoration is going to take some time and I'm considering either a low profile unit or a heat/air unit that would go where the furnace is so there would be no unit on the roof and I could install Fantastic Fans.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:22 AM   #207
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Well Barry, looks like you're taking the plunge into the land of the Full Monte. Ultimately, I think you'll be happiest for having done this. Now you won't be tempted to take any shortcuts, and your repairs will last several lifetimes.

Good luck, looking forward to watching your progress!

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Old 03-31-2009, 11:45 AM   #208
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Hi 62-Lander

That sounds like a fantastic idea. Do you mind telling me who makes such a thing?
Evap would be best, but not essential.

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Old 04-01-2009, 03:19 PM   #209
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Air Unit

Hi Gary,
Is your unit the Carrier unit like the one sold at Inland RV Center - The Nations Leading Expert in Airstream Innovations If not, what model is it?

I heard about the heat pump/air conditioning unit on Welcome to the Frontpage - The Vintage Airstream Podcast in one of the more recent episodes if I remember right.

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Old 05-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #210
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Bary, just found your thread last night and finished reading it today. Nice trailer. I'm looking forward to following your restoration as we are going to be stripping down our 59' Overlander beginning in June and spending the next year trying to put it back together. Have you finished your axle installation?
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:42 PM   #211
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All Good Things Must Come to an End

To all of you that have been reading my thread, I must apologize. My much beloved 1962 Overlander is up for sale. I have done no harm and in fact done a great deal of work to this trailer. I have found another project and I can only own one at a time. You married people know what I'm talking about!

What did I find you ask? I just bought a complete and very original 1955 Flying Cloud with whale tail, no dents, no smell or "apparent" water damage, birch interior with black inserts and original green Zoletone. This layout is the rear full size bed with the side bath and shower. I'll post pictures this weekend along with other information.

If you are interested in the Overlander, please contact me via PM. I am not looking to get rich. The price will be fair.

If any of you wish to give me a hard time, I deserve it. Let me have it!
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:02 PM   #212
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I certainly would give you a hard time if I didn't know what you're replacing it with. The replacement is an even better one but I won't spill the beans. I save that for you when you post some pictures. You dog...

Are you going to change your forums' name?

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Old 06-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #213
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Wow, I just do not know what to say... I am very interested in photos of the 55, but more interested in the 62....
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:15 PM   #214
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The excitement is killing me!!!! I'm planning on picking it up Saturday but I have the title so I'm not too concerned.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:18 PM   #215
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It's all there Frank, Dometic (off white) and all. Plus I have new axles (not installed yet), new TV cord, new 110 cord, and a bunch of other things that I've done that are mostly documented here.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:27 PM   #216
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Barry, congratulations! Sounds like you found a sweet Flying Cloud. I'm sure someone here will pick up where you left off with the Overlander. If Frank doesn't grab it, maybe Marcus could use another orphaned Overlander with a good forums thread
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:54 PM   #217
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Ha!

No, I only buy Overlanders that already have at least 35 pages worth. I wonder if Uwe is interested in selling...
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:56 PM   #218
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Anyway, congratulations Barry on the new trailer, sounds like a great find. I'm sure you'll find a taker on your 62 somewhere around here.
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:00 PM   #219
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Thanks Marcus! I'll post pictures soon but I'm sure they won't be as interesting to you as others in other areas of the forum. I feel like I'm switching high schools...... Ya'll stay in touch, ya hear?
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but I'm sure they won't be as interesting to you as others in other areas of the forum. I feel like I'm switching high schools.....
No way man.

My next one will either be a '55/'56 Flying Cloud or a '55/'56 Caravanner. I like the Caravanners the best, but they were all Ohio-built so I can't get one with a Whale Tail. So, I could very well end up a '55 Flying Cloud too, just like you.

And, by that time, you will be completely done with your reno and I'll be coming to you with all my questions.

I dream of the day...
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