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Old 05-06-2006, 09:06 AM   #681
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Uwe, I'm thinking of looking at a early 60s Overlander. Carlos' idea of creating a Airstream Art studio has caught my fancy. Yes I am a madman. Could you give me any pointers to look for when I go look at this trailer. I know that it is in bad condition. That's why I am interested. Because I'm looking for something I can completely do my own thing with. And not feel any guilt about destroying a good trailer. I'm thinking of a way out 2+year project. I once asked my Dad if we had any Gypsies in the family. His response was " I'm not telling you everything". Anyway I'm thinking airbrushed graphics on the outside and a Carlos type interior. Open for suggestions.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:09 AM   #682
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Me already thinks you are a madman as well if only because your avatar keeps mouthing the word "yo."

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Old 05-06-2006, 09:13 AM   #683
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Me already thinks you are a madman as well if only because your avatar keeps mouthing the word "yo."

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Old 05-06-2006, 09:17 AM   #684
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You should. It was meant to be one.

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Old 05-07-2006, 08:37 PM   #685
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Uwe, I'm thinking of looking at a early 60s Overlander. Carlos' idea of creating a Airstream Art studio has caught my fancy. Yes I am a madman. Could you give me any pointers to look for when I go look at this trailer. I know that it is in bad condition. That's why I am interested. Because I'm looking for something I can completely do my own thing with. And not feel any guilt about destroying a good trailer. I'm thinking of a way out 2+year project. I once asked my Dad if we had any Gypsies in the family. His response was " I'm not telling you everything". Anyway I'm thinking airbrushed graphics on the outside and a Carlos type interior. Open for suggestions.
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I like a double axle trailer, they usually ride a bit smoother. If I was to do what you're thinkiong, then I would add windows to the curb side, or get a 1964, which has more windows.
Look for an immaculate as possible skin, everything else needs replacement anyways.
I think that an Overlander would make a fabulous postable studio, there's enough room for all kinds of neat built-ins.
I will post more suggestions as they arrive in my brain.
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Old 05-07-2006, 10:53 PM   #686
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Thanks for the suggestion on the 64. I'll do some resurch.
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Old 05-08-2006, 08:18 AM   #687
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Thanks for the suggestion on the 64. I'll do some resurch.
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another tought...the early Overlanders have these wonderful windows in the front area, basically doubled up top and bottom. It makes for a very light living area, but makes placements of built-ins difficult, unless you would cover the windows or make serious modifications to the skin. However, there's plenty room backwards from there...
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I love those windows... I've even thought of "adding" something like that to my trailer... but I promised myself I wouldn't change the appearance.
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Old 05-10-2006, 02:47 AM   #689
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The windows are nice, no doubt. The air flow and light they permit is amazing. It's just difficult to work around when designing an interior.
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Old 05-16-2006, 05:38 PM   #690
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Update

It's been quiet around area 63, while we're waiting for fabric and foam supplies. Did a little polishing,and found some help with the compounding. I am fiddling with the front window stoneguard, polishing the frame and replacing the original faded fiberglass with a new tinted Lexan panel. I have also started the thought process of fabricating lower segment protectors from stainless steel sheeting. I have to come up with a standoff/hinge system that makes sense. The stainless sheeting I already have, leftover from the interior work.
My lower body moldings are in poor shape. I need ideas of what could be substituted. It seems that repair might be out of the question. the pitting and all the dents have me discouraged right now. I do not want to omit the moldings, I think they look nice on these trailers.
The window frames still need to be stripped and plished as well...dang, still a lot of work, and we already camped in it a few times!
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:35 PM   #691
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Here's a link to a thread about segment protectors. Forum member Smily made his and his picture looks very good.

On edit, it's a link to a link!
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For the lower belt line I have opted to go with a solid strip 3/16" thick by 3" wide that was available from the local recycler.Just need time to install it.
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:50 PM   #693
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For the lower belt line I have opted to go with a solid strip 3/16" thick by 3" wide that was available from the local recycler.Just need time to install it.
That's a gret idea. I will search out some of that next chance I get.
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...... I am fiddling with the front window stoneguard, polishing the frame and replacing the original faded fiberglass with a new tinted Lexan panel.....
Uwe, I'd like to see how you did this when you get some time. I'm thinking of doing the same thing. The problem is that the original is curved on the ends to "wrap-around" the wing windows. This is not the best picture, but this shows the rock guard raised. It's one of those old white plastic guards that the P.O. fiddled around with some.

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Uwe, I'd like to see how you did this when you get some time. I'm thinking of doing the same thing. The problem is that the original is curved on the ends to "wrap-around" the wing windows. This is not the best picture, but this shows the rock guard raised. It's one of those old white plastic guards that the P.O. fiddled around with some.

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you need to see if the rock guard's frame can be separated somehow. If yu can remove the old material in one piece, then you would have a great template. I had a similar rock guard ( bought from inlandrv.com) on my 1971, and it was a very nice accessory.
For this application, I chose a light grey tinted lexan material, not limo dark. I figure that I can take advantage of the see through floorplan, meaning I can see through the trailer in my rear view mirror while towing, even with the rock guard down. The tint is just dark enough to filter the light so it is useful as a sunshade when it is in the up position.
I will take some pictures when it is all finished.
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.....For this application, I chose a light grey tinted lexan material, not limo dark. I figure that I can take advantage of the see through floorplan, meaning I can see through the trailer in my rear view mirror while towing, even with the rock guard down.......
Now that's a great idea. The frame on mine is in good shape, it's the plastic that needs to be replaced. It's broken in a couple of places and getting brittle with age. I think it can be removed in one piece to use as a template, as you suggest.

Is Lexan flexible enough to bend out at the ends of the frame? Mine is flat in the middle and bent slightly out on each end, back toward the camper to cover the wing windows.

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Now that's a great idea. The frame on mine is in good shape, it's the plastic that needs to be replaced. It's broken in a couple of places and getting brittle with age. I think it can be removed in one piece to use as a template, as you suggest.

Is Lexan flexible enough to bend out at the ends of the frame? Mine is flat in the middle and bent slightly out on each end, back toward the camper to cover the wing windows.

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I think that the original material is Lexan also. I imagine it would bend just fine. I grabbed the piece that I bought, and bent it to the approximate shape that you will need without a problem.
Just make sure that the frame is good, and that you can re-create a quality part. The new shields at around $ 350.00 aren't that expensive, all things considered. the Lexan in a good quality will cost you $ 100.00, probably. It is actually called Polycarbonate, Lexan is a brand name. Look for the scratch resistant kind when you buy.
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Danke, Uwe. Just what I needed.

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Interior Photos?

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Do you intend to post interior photos of the finished product?

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