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Old 05-11-2021, 01:15 PM   #1
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1967 Safari Renovation

So we just recently began this Airstream journey by purchasing a 1967 Airstream from my Grandfather. I am still digging into the history of it, but so far I am in love with this jewel. Unfortunately, the Rookie that I am lost the rear compartment panel in the drive from New Mexico to Texas. Luckily through another thread on here I was able to get information to obtain parts from VTS to fabricate one.

First order of business was to gut the Airstream so that I could install new flooring and check the state of the sub flooring. Luckily the sub flooring was in pretty good condition. I did notice that a section was previously replaced by the door. At some point there must have been some water damage or maybe it was due to age that the wood for the closets and by the pocket door is badly damaged for at least 4 inches up the wood. While I wish I had the budget or the time to do all these projects at once, it’s just not possible, as I keep reminding myself “One step at a time”!

Items already completed:
-removed old furnace
-removed old water heater(would like to go tankless so any suggestions are greatly appreciated)
-demoed bathroom sink and closet as it was damaged.
-bought replacement battery

Projects on my list right now:
-Replace kitchen countertop
-build new closet outside of the bathroom
-use Rebath epoxy product on bath/ shower
-replace toilet
-install new a/c unit
-remove vent hood from stove area
-replace tires. I noticed the tire date code is 0513
-repair/replace awning
-install new 18” vista view window where refrigerator vent was located ( in the market for one if anyone has one lying around)
-test black tank and plumbing
-test electrical
-repair belly pan (front portion came undone in the trek to Texas)Click image for larger version

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Old 05-11-2021, 02:35 PM   #2
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Welcome!

Kristina,
You have quite an adventure ahead. The thread on our little trailer is under this same group as "Jim & Jane's '67 Safari". You've listed many of the improvements and replacements needed and you will need a new axle and brakes as well. Our thread includes what we chose for an on demand tankless water heater.

Most of us can't do everything on such a daunting project at once. Consider giving first priority to safe towing and be happy with a portable aluminum tent for a while.

I learned a bunch from those who were before me, documenting their experiences and responding to questions. Let me know whenever I might be of assistance.

By the way, we lived in San Antonio for 2 decades starting in 1972. I was a partner with the architectural firm, Marmon Mok, and Jane was a time philanthropist including a stint as President of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
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Old 05-14-2021, 04:21 AM   #3
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Just an update: I finally got to Unite Lucy with Ethel! I can’t wait to get Ethel Polished up to take a photo in the country! Any recommendations for someone in the San Antonio area that does polishing would be greatly appreciated. Click image for larger version

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Old 05-14-2021, 04:53 AM   #4
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Thanks for starting your thread. I have an Ohio 22' '67 two owner Safari in waiting. Will be following. I like your idea about polishing your shell, before you get the inside back together. That way if you find an unlivable hail peck or something, you can fix it later when you've got things unbuttoned. There is a roll on finish that I saw when I searched fiberglass repair on Youtube, that a guy was using on an old sailboat, that may be of interest on your tub/bathroom floor area. It self levels and has a nice gelcoat look without buffing. Jerry
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WOW! Nice “Short”… 1960??

Can’t imagine what kind of fool would think to tow their airstream with an old Chevy truck. Oh, that would be me! 1968 K10 Suburban, factory original throughout, 327, 4spd, 4bbl, dual exhaust, 3.73 4x4 axles, cargo doors.

Dragged it home to my Hillbilly driveway in Michigan, from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Rode hard and put up wet, but got it running last year...

Old Chevy trucks and old airstreams, can it get any better??
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:22 AM   #6
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Kristina that's, Gorgeous!!! Please post again when you take it's glamour shot.
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Old 05-16-2021, 07:03 AM   #7
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Thanks for starting your thread. I have an Ohio 22' '67 two owner Safari in waiting. Will be following. I like your idea about polishing your shell, before you get the inside back together. That way if you find an unlivable hail peck or something, you can fix it later when you've got things unbuttoned. There is a roll on finish that I saw when I searched fiberglass repair on Youtube, that a guy was using on an old sailboat, that may be of interest on your tub/bathroom floor area. It self levels and has a nice gelcoat look without buffing. Jerry


That would be the perfect product. I will look into it. Thank You!
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Old 05-16-2021, 07:06 AM   #8
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WOW! Nice “Short”… 1960??

Can’t imagine what kind of fool would think to tow their airstream with an old Chevy truck. Oh, that would be me! 1968 K10 Suburban, factory original throughout, 327, 4spd, 4bbl, dual exhaust, 3.73 4x4 axles, cargo doors.

Dragged it home to my Hillbilly driveway in Michigan, from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Rode hard and put up wet, but got it running last year...

Old Chevy trucks and old airstreams, can it get any better??


It’s a 1961 Apache, with a 283. ABSOLUTELY amazing to drive!

Your Chevy looks amazing! Cant wait to see the finished project. I agree, can’t get any better than putting a Classic Chevy with an Airstream!
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