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Old 06-01-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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I have been reading for quite awhile and just now joined up. My name is John and i have recently purchased a 1966 Safari. Its in relative good shape and I am trying to decide wether to do a restore, refurb or go wacko and redo the whole thing. I hope to someday get to meet some of you folks. I am in Chico, Ca. That is about 1 1/2 hrs north of Sacramento and I am retired. Lots of time to play with the new toy. I just don't know if I can afford to tow it!

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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Welcome, your Safari looks great...
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:11 AM   #3
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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
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:12 AM   #4
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What a cool ride! I just love how so many people on this site have chosen to restore those classy older models.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:15 AM   #5
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How does the inside look to you?
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:26 AM   #6
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Welcome the the Forums...youi are in for a great time with your new baby...both getting it ready to roll and then actually rolling! Glad you joined us!

See you down the road...
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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Welcome! You have come to the right place to learn.

I have a 66 Safari also....let me know of any special questions you have
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome! I have had it for about a month. I felt the first thing to do was to make it weather tight. I rebuilt all of the window cranks and arms. Then installed new weather striping. Removed all the roof vents and rebuilt the LaDeux(?) lifters. It had the origional floor tiles covered with carpet. I have removed the carpet, popped up the tiles and bagged them up. I am assuming they are asbestos. The floor looks good so far. Today I hope to put it up on jackstands. I have removed the rear half of the belly pan for inspection and once up on stands, I will take measurements for axle replacement. While waiting for the axle, I will be tearing up the bathroom. The sink is really torn up. Looks like sun comming in thru the rear window has warped it really bad. I will need to replace the sink. Thanks again for the welcome and I will be visiting often.
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