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Old 11-27-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Picking Up '58 Overlander In AM

A buddy and I are going in together on a very used Overlander, but it is cheap enough ($1500) that if we end up in over our heads we wont get killed. He owns an automotive interior shop and can build or cover anything. Figure if all else fails we will dress it up and sell. But as of now we plan on keeping it and fixing it up to pull behind his '52 GMC firetruck.

I will be living in it for a few months until my divorce gets finalized and I decide if I want to live in an apartment or try and get a home.

Couple of questions. Looking at various pics all the '68 Overlanders I see are dual axle, the one I am getting is a single. Was this and option? Or did someone put a trailer frame under it? Has anyone ever bypassed the black water tank and ran a drain? Any reason not to?
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:56 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. My 68 Safari is 22 feet long and has a single axel. I don't know much on the overlander, but I would think that it needs a double axel since it is longer and heavier. Then again I could be totally wrong. Use that search button as many people have been through what you are about to go through.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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I have not seen an overlander with a single axel since the early sixties. Post some pictures and we can take a look.

As far as bypassing the black tank, do you mean leave the valve open and connect to a sewer line? If so you will have problems. The solids that go into the tank will not find their way out. A problem often called the black hills.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:29 PM   #4
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I mean to by-pass the black tank completely. Will try and get pics tmrw.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:31 PM   #5
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Serial # 7579 if that helps.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:46 PM   #6
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Serial # 7579 if that helps.
That is a 1950's model Overlander/Cruiser, single axle.
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Old 11-27-2006, 06:48 PM   #7
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Picking Up '68 Overlander In AM

Greetings FastCars!

Welcome to the Forums!

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Serial # 7579 if that helps.
The serial number would actually point more toward an older, possibly 1958 coach -- see: http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...der/index.html

Some things that would helpt to identify the actual year would be:
  • 1968 Identifying Characteristics
    • Corning Tempered Glass Windows
    • No jalousie window beside door
    • Highly unlikely that coach would be anything outher than tandem for Overlander -- tandem axles were standard by 1960 (but a single axle could be special ordered as late as 1960) -- Tradewind could be had as a single axle as late as 1964 but would have been tandem thereafter.
    • Would be equipped to accept a group 24 or group 27 RV/Marine battery with Univolt.
    • Entry door would be a single solid unit with a separate screen door.
  • 1958 Identifying Characteristics
    • Entry door is a door-within-door arrangement (no separate screen door)
    • Stacked jalousie windows typically installed to right of entry door.
    • Quite possible to have single axle as the tandem arrangement became optional in 1957.
    • No Univolt would have been installed -- at least not OEM as there were two independent systems for 120 Volt and 12-volt DC -- the 12-volt battery would have been a tractor starting battery in an oblong size mounted in a box below the front window.
    • Windows would be standard household flat glass.
    • Both the furnace and water heater would have venting devices that protrude from the side of the coach nearly 3".
Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 11-27-2006, 07:00 PM   #8
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Probably a 1960 (actually built in 1958 for the 1960 selling year and someone down the road has mistaken a 0 for an 8.

Sometimes it is really hard to see the serial numbers and just someones interpretation.

You seam to be only listing a portion of the serial number if it is in fact a 58/60.

I do know in the literature for our 61 - the dual axal was still an option and not standard - so technically as Overlander64 states 1960 would be the last year (production year) for the standard single axle. Dual axels became standard in the 1961 production year.
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Old 11-28-2006, 02:24 AM   #9
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58 it is. Don't guess it really matters. In fact my buddy will be glad to hear that it is a 50s rig to go along with the 50s firetruck. We aren't going to get too crazy with rewiring or anything. I think we may hook up a new 110 line and leave the original alone.

Hot water is the only thing that has me stumped right now. Thinking about getting a small electric house unit.

Thanks for the link to the pics. I left the 0- off. "Ohio ~ O-7500 to O-7741"
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Old 11-28-2006, 03:58 AM   #10
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:29 AM   #11
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Picked it up a couple of hours ago. Will try and post some pics if it quits raining long enough to get some.
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