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Old 01-08-2015, 05:31 PM   #1
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Meet The Hamilton Express!

Hello all!
I purchased a '71 Overlander and plan to renovate the interior this winter/spring. I'll post updates as I go along and will have lots of questions as I am a newbie at this. I'm going to gut most of the interior in January and check the subfloor and frame to see what kind of shape they are in. I plan on going for a modern interior look. I welcome suggestions, comments, laughs and accolades.

I'm shooting for June to be able to take my first trip...I know I won't be done with all of it but we will see how far I can get. I'm in Akron, OH in case anyone wants to stop by and say hello. If anyone is interested in some of the original interior parts, let me know. I'm looking to replace most of them.

Why Hamilton Express? My 3 yr old French Bulldog is named Hamilton and he is excited to meet you all at a rally.

Looking forward to lots of work and fun.
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Old 01-08-2015, 06:32 PM   #2
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Hi Adam. Nice looking trailer. Welcome to the forums. You have a lot more ambition than I have. I'll be one of those watching from the sidelines, admiring your work.
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Old 01-08-2015, 07:10 PM   #3
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So cool Adam!
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Old 01-11-2015, 10:23 AM   #4
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Hey Adam!
Welcome to the forum! I too just bought a 1971 Overlander a few months ago and I'm in the process of restoration. We're keeping ours mostly original. I was wondering, are you planning on keeping the Dometic Refrigerator? Ours has a warped door that won't close, so I'd be interested in purchasing yours off of you if it still works and is in good condition. If not, I'd be interested in just the door. Good luck with your restoration. Im looking forward to following your progress!

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Old 01-11-2015, 10:41 AM   #5
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Hi Ashley. The fridge was replaced by PO w a non-RV fridge. Will prob replace w something that fits under the new counter. Can't wait to share stories and tips. Keep in touch.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:06 PM   #6
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How much for the fish?
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:19 PM   #7
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Hi, Adam! Hey, I'd be interested in any and all tambour, I have a '74 that's in dire need. Let me know your price, thanks.

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Old 01-11-2015, 12:37 PM   #8
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The trailer looks like a good find - looking forward to following the restoration.
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Old 01-11-2015, 01:25 PM   #9
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Subscribe to follow your renovation. Are you gutting the interior? What are you plans at this point?
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:19 PM   #10
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I've been working on my '72 for a little over a year now, it's a ton of fun! If you gut yours, don't be afraid to take it out and enjoy it! Consider it a really large tent, and use whatever old camping gear you have laying around. Actually living in it for short periods really helped my design, and pushed me to do some radical things to my interior that I otherwise wouldn't have thought of.

Though be warned to be sure to stock a lot of beverages. These "design meetings" can be a thirsty business!

The gory details of my project: '72 Ambassador makeover - Airstream Forums
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Old 01-11-2015, 03:59 PM   #11
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Watch me gut it in 100 seconds!
http://youtu.be/LHs96fn6EiU
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:20 PM   #12
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I would be interested in your oven and cooktop if they're pretty clean. My cooktop is decent but the oven I bought on eBay just arrived today...damaged. UGH

I would be interested is some tambour also if daved20319 doesn't take it. I found a place in MN that sells a 4x8 sheet of tambour red oak veneer for $112 and $44 shipping so I may do that and stain to match.

VetekTinCan- I have a full size fridge I'm getting rid of. Condensation/ice swelled the insulation between the freezer and refrigerator so the door won't shut. I was told it would be cheaper to get a newer model. It's light blue inside
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:29 PM   #13
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Hey Craig- Thanks so much! I just ordered a new gasket... hoping that will fix it. If not though, I'll keep yours in mind!
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:02 AM   #14
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I'm jealous, you have an indoor space to work in over the winter? Depending on skills and time available, 6 months might be a bit ambitious, generally I figure on things taking 3x as long as my original estimates, but it doesn't have to be absolutely complete before it hits the road.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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Now I've really done it....
Check out my latest blog post and see which composting toilet I chose and my grandiose plans to move the bathroom and add a bedroom. Wish me luck!
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Old 02-07-2015, 12:49 PM   #16
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Meet The Hamilton Express!

Now I've really really done it! Decided to gut the inside and start from scratch.

"There is never time to do it right....but there is always time to do it over!"
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Old 02-07-2015, 09:18 PM   #17
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More pics from today.




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Old 02-08-2015, 04:30 AM   #18
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Now I've really done it....
Check out my latest blog post and see which composting toilet I chose and my grandiose plans to move the bathroom and add a bedroom. Wish me luck!
I did pretty much what you're doing to my Ambassador, adding a rear walk-around queen and a side bath with composting toilet. I went with Nature's Head, and like it. Except for the dumping of the pee bottle, that's pretty smelly and gross. Though the truth is, we haven't put the head to it's "ultimate" use, so I can't speak to that.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:30 PM   #19
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More pics. Removed all non-essential wiring, took out Blk water tank, checked freshwater tank for leaks and she is all good, removed antenna on roof, pulling out air conditioner to make way for a new one. Ordered new LED lighting, new layout w mid-bath coming together. Two months till the Hamilton Express needs to be road-worthy!

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Old 03-15-2015, 05:56 PM   #20
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Nice project!

Wow! I am so impressed by you people-who-have-no-fear. We are in the process of cleaning up a salvaged 2009 25 ft FC and I won't let my husband take anything out, for fear of not lining things up propery. Some of us have amazing skills, some of us just have elbow grease. You have a very interesting project. Best wishes!

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