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Old 02-18-2015, 06:34 PM   #21
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Mr. Sheppard of "Restoring a Dream" calls some polished Airstreams "polished poop". Some folks polish the exterior and worry about the bad axles and rusted frame later. Buyers beware. You gotta do your due diligence when purchasing a vintage Airstream, polished or not. I worked my Trade Wind from the ground up. The polishing is one of the last steps. I will look better than the faded clear coat and corroded gray aluminum.

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Old 02-19-2015, 08:37 AM   #22
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Mr. Sheppard of "Restoring a Dream" calls some polished Airstreams "polished poop". Some folks polish the exterior and worry about the bad axles and rusted frame later. Buyers beware. You gotta do your due diligence when purchasing a vintage Airstream, polished or not. I worked my Trade Wind from the ground up. The polishing is one of the last steps. I will look better than the faded clear coat and corroded gray aluminum.

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David,

I should have just said "heck yeah!" when talking about added value..you obviously have been around the habit long enough to know this stuff

I was totally convinced that I'd wait on polishing, as you described. We've done a lot of major floor/frame repair, especially under the front and, and have a ton to go on the inside (although it's mostly cosmetic stuff). I just saw some shiny patches that my helper and repair expert had made and, well..decided to go for it. And I'm glad I did. It has given me and the Mrs. a lot of motivation to keep going as we love the ol' turd a lot better than we used to.

Plus, now I have the arm strength to do a better and more complete job of the interior sanding and cleaning. Shower stall and bathroom and all ceilings are done. Walls-Done..closet and bed/drawer spaces-you're next
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:18 AM   #23
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Mahogany plywood ad..

Check this out. It's awesome, if not awkward, lol


But this stuff sure sanded up nicely
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Old 03-31-2015, 08:54 AM   #24
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Our first rally!

We are going to be lucky enough to go to our first rally next weekend, right in our home town of Silverton, OR. We are totally not ready, but she's a work in progress!

We went live with the water last week and hit a pretty major snaffoo. The drain line from bathroom over to the main dump drain was completely corroded and broken free, so the belly pan is dropped back there and we are working on new pipes to re-connect. The elbow right next to the large T was a toughie, but we got it unscrewed..

Now, though, I know that some day we'll have to re-floor the entire bathroom, as it is pretty bad both over and under the black tank. We sort of got the cart ahead of the horse here, but we have no poopin' plans any time soon

The Mrs is busily scrambling to make curtains and bedspreads, we have the floor down (except in the bathroom), the paint is all done, the fridge is running (got a 70s vintage 3 way) and the electricity(well, the 110V) is live again. The twin beds are back together. We have no idea if the stove works or the hot water heater, but we're planning on pretty much dry camping as the hosts take care of most of the food prep for the weekend.

I'm just a bit embarrassed as we have some of the details done whereas some of the important stuff is not-so-much done but it's all good, we just look forward to meeting everybody in the Oregon unit and seeing some Airstreams!
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Old 03-31-2015, 10:32 AM   #25
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Nice trailer. Your work progress looks great. I really like the window arrangement on the Overlanders. But, I want more photos! Interior as well as exterior. I'd love to see what your wife comes up with.

I was trying to talk my husband into attending that Rally with the sign " A Work in Progress" ( plastic over the various open roof regions), but we see that it's full.

Hope to meet up sometime!

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Old 03-31-2015, 10:41 AM   #26
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there is nothing wrong with getting more excited about your project. The polishing gives you a glimpse into the potential and makes you feel good. I polished one section of mine before I even cleaned the nasty interior...
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:02 PM   #27
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there is nothing wrong with getting more excited about your project. The polishing gives you a glimpse into the potential and makes you feel good. I polished one section of mine before I even cleaned the nasty interior...
Yeah I'm really glad we did it..and if for no other reason, it is a real motivator for all the other stuff. I'm a bit "caught" with my skills being limited to some of the mundane stuff as I wait on help for the skilled-stuff, so I look at it as progress is progress!

The same was true with painting the interior and doing the flooring. I'm fine with scraping and sanding and menial tasks
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Some updates..

More updates..the highlight of the night was getting to light some propane fixtures. The stove working was a big relief!
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:25 PM   #29
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Wow, you got your propane lamp to light. Mine is disconnected from the gas, but I plan on leaving it hang there for now.

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Old 04-01-2015, 06:45 PM   #30
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You shouldn't feel embarrassed about a thing. Just the opposite -- great job!

These old trailers take a ton of work. It's not unusual to take years.

You should be proud of what you accomplished.

One of the best compliments I've ever received is "thanks for saving that part of Americana". Let me pass that one on to you...

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Old 04-02-2015, 08:59 AM   #31
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Wow, you got your propane lamp to light. Mine is disconnected from the gas, but I plan on leaving it hang there for now.

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Yeah, that was pretty exciting. It is "fluttering" an awful-lot, not sure if that is because of a bad regulator or a smaller tank that is a long ways-away (I just connected a temporary one), but the stove burned really smoothly. Anybody have a thought on what might be wrong?
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Everybody loves pics, right!?

More updates yesterday am we had zero beds, now we have 3-4

The twins are just covered in a red zip-on cover from the factory. I unzipped and cut off about 3 inches from the 37" wide memory foam mattresses

Cindy's in charge of the real covers
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That couch looks great! I'll bet it was a challenge to slip through the door. It fits the space perfectly. It looks quite comfortable. What are the specs on that couch?

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That couch looks great! I'll bet it was a challenge to slip through the door. It fits the space perfectly. It looks quite comfortable. What are the specs on that couch?

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Thanks David,

We got it custom made by a local furniture guy..it has a folding frame that allows the back to stay back against the shelf/wall but if folds down into a flat bed. It was put together onto the "box" that is screwed into the floor once all the stuff was brought into the trailer. Then yesterday the arms were screwed onto the ends and the front piece screwed on to cover the bottom/front of the box. I know it is about 34' high at the back, it sits on a box 12" high, and it's 75" wide at the back, 84" in the front. Our plan is a 12"x12"x31" (20 gallon, I think) fresh water tank that will sit right behind the sleeper, as there is room because of the slope of the couch and the way it is right in front of the lower window sill/shelf..Hope that helps, but probably not if you're looking on guidance on where to buy it ;(

We had the choice of a cheapie 500.00 click-clack style couch or futon or this, which was 920.00, so we spent the extra and got the perfect fit and our choice of fabric
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Man, you did great. I'm paying about that much to get my 86 Limited couch (gaucho) re-upholstered in vinyl (ultra leather). It is not the most comfortable couch ever made. The back does flip forward to make the thing into a pretty nice sized bed. And there is storage drawer underneath the thing. It is original to the trailer.

Your new couch will be a center piece in your trailer for years and years to come. It looks very well designed.

Some folks have found "furniture store" couches that fit pretty well in the front of their Airstreams. I thought you found one at "Furniture World" that happened to fit so well. I didn't realize it was a custom made piece.

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Pics from our first Rally!

We had a great time with the Oregon Unit 9 group this past weekend, right in our home town of Silverton. We are very grateful that this "flash rally" was set up right down the road. Everything turned out great and everybody was so nice and fun!

It was so good to have hot water, finally. That got done just in the nick of time as I put together a couple of "Shark Bite" Ts Friday am before heading out..there was a lingering leak problem under the bathroom sink. But once that gone done, all systems (other than the toilet) were go

The Overlander was really nicely received by everybody, and I was actually shocked at how SMALL our 26 footer looked out there in the park next to all the '14s and '15's..even the Bambis looked big compared to ours, lol. So maybe the Overlanders are in fact the cute little trailers that collectors might want after all
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Thanks for the pictures. You really have a nice 59 Overlander. You will enjoy it for many years. I suppose it looks small compared to the new "wide body" Airstreams. Bigger sells new.

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Looks great
We are doing a 59 overlander single axle.
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