Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your great looking Airstream!
We are only a few hours north... My hubby completely did a frame off on our 1963
Bambi and is working on our Flying Cloud. The Bambi thread has lots of information on how-to's etc. I will post his link further down... You should decide whether to keep, redo or go whacko depending on how soon you want to go camping! Lots of places not too far from you, so fuel shouldn't be a major, major issue. If it were me, I would say be sure all the safety things are in good shape, tires, axel, electrical, no water leaks, water system... then get out an enjoy it awhile. Then you can decide what you want to do after you have been in her awhile.
I also suggest trying a rally or two and seeing what others have done to their rigs. It is a great way to meet folks and get cool ideas. There is a Rally at Lava Beds in August you might be interested in. Go to the toolbar at top and click on rally schedule and click on Lava Beds Rally to get info.
Well, here is a link to my hubby's restoration thread on the 63 with lots of pics, diagrams, how-to's: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...mbi-17925.html
Good luck, and again, congrats!
Mrs. NorCal Bambi traveling in S Tardis ~ from the Great State of Jefferson