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Old 02-26-2006, 11:22 PM   #1
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New Restoration Project, '72 Overlander

Hello everyone,

My wife, our baby, and myelf just started a full restoration on a '72 Overlander we recently purchased. As you'll see from the photos, it needs some serious TLC. We've had it over at Inland RV where we had new Axles installed and a new A/C unit. By the way, Greg is awesome! They did a full inspection for us and found that it was in really good condition considering its age and the fact that it had been sitting in the desert for the past 10 years. We started gutting her out this weekend and plan to replace all the old Walnut laminate cabinets with warm maple and a bit of cherry. Of course, we'll paint the walls, the bathroom (ugly!), and finally finish the flooring with either a cork floor, or maybe something modern like iFLOOR.

The first thing we took out was the couch. We're planning on building a wrap around dinnete that will make about a queen size bed for us.

Here are a couple photos to show how nasty this thing is, or was. The outside is pretty good, with a few dents. If you have any suggestions, or insight for us, please pass it on! We'll keep everyone updated with pictures.

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Newport Beach, CA.

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Old 02-27-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
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Congrats

Congratulations on your new airstream!! I know you are going to have a great adventure restoring it as well as taking it on the road. I look forward to reading about all of it in future post, remember post as many pics as you can! And last, but not least, welcome to the forums
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:45 AM   #3
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Hi and Congratulations,

We're in the same boat. Just bought a 71 Sovereign that we've gutted. Ours is in a lot worse shape than yours...structural problems with the rear bath floor. And yesterday, while I was hosing out the remaining goop I found hair and teeth. But that's all behind me now.

We have big plans too. My husband used to build boats and I upholster things...that don't have teeth.

If 'n you ever get discouraged just come here to the forum. The people here are really helpful.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:54 AM   #4
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Talking Should be fun!

hi- welcome to the '72 club! I'm maybe halfway through doing a similar renovation, and there are several others here who have good threads on their re-dos. Read up on as much as you can here, get the service manual, and up the limit of all your credit cards- and have fun restoring your new American icon. See you in the threads- tim
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Old 02-27-2006, 05:32 PM   #5
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Teeth?

Thanks for the responses everyone. So far, we haven't found any teeth Daisy. That's a bit scary, but we did find a 1965 Quarter?
We'll post more pic's soon!
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:42 PM   #6
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Updated photos

I'm sure these pic's look familiar to many of you. She mostly gutted now except for the large credenza/cabinet thing. I'm going to replace all the plumbing with Pex this next weekend. Should be worth the work in the long run. I just ordered a new water heater and water pump to go along with the plumbing/pex replacement. Any recommendations? I'm not planning on using the crimp type.

After the plumbing is done, we should be ready to paint. Then finally, the fun stuff. Building new cabinets, wall dividers and the wrap around dinette!

Here are a couple photos.
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Old 03-21-2006, 05:12 AM   #7
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Good luck on your project. I'm about to bring home a 1958 Overlander and feeling a little overwhelmed. I will be watching for your pictures. Think I may be in over my head on this one.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:59 AM   #8
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Hello and welcome from another memeber of the '72 Club! It looks like you have a really fun project ahead of you. I look forward to seeing pictures of your progress.
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:45 PM   #9
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New inspirations

I just me Uwe today, who has a beautiful '63 that he has restored. He showed me around and I was totally impressed, and re-inspired to keep going forward with our restoration. The best part, is that he didn't follow the mold that most people have regarding restoring their Airstreams to the exact design that Airstream came out with. He had many challenges that he over came through his thread "A '63 for me" and has really inspired me to think outside the box. I can't wait to get past this plumming and painting stage to start re-designing. I'll keep you all posted!

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Old 03-23-2006, 06:43 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forums and congratulations on your wonderful new Airstream. Remember that your "nasty" is someone else's treasure, don't throw anything out! Either post it on the classifieds, eBay or somewhere. Many people are bringing their trailers back to original and need the parts you do not want.
I look forward to seeing more pictures when you start the renovation.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:24 PM   #11
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New updated photos of plumbing

Well it's been a few weeks, but the plumbing is finished now. I installed all new pex plumbing lines, a new Shurflo wate filter and an Atwood water heater. Here are a few photos of what's going on. Next up, we plan to paint this inside this weekend, put up some recessed lights and replace the center ceiling panels with either Stainless sheeting or Aluminum. Should be a long weekend! By the way, the pex was easy to work with!
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:28 PM   #12
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Forgot a couple photos

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Old 04-27-2006, 11:32 PM   #13
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Right on, Ron. I see that you got the color coded PEX. Very cool. Mine's all milky white...easy to confuse cold with hot. Had to do a lot of tugging and marking so as to not mix up the two.
Looking great. Good Luck!
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Old 04-28-2006, 09:45 AM   #14
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Colored pex

Thanks Uwe,
The color coded pex made things a lot easier to work with, plus my wife can figure things out easily if she needs to!
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Old 04-28-2006, 10:26 AM   #15
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Ron, what type of paint are you going to use? I assume you have the Vinyl covered walls?

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Old 04-28-2006, 10:58 AM   #16
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Paint

Good morning. I am going to Sherwin Williams for the paint. And just to play it safe, I'm bringing a sample of the interior skin with me. Uwe mentioned that they have paints designed for aluminum.
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Old 04-28-2006, 11:17 AM   #17
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Paint? You can paint the vinyl? I don't know, sounds pretty weird to me. Doesn't it flake off or look cheesy? I'd really like to see some before and after pictures of somebody who has painted the vinyl. The inside vinyl of my '72 Safari is good shape, but it does....well look like plastic. I've done a lot of faux painting in my house and have gotten pretty good at it. But, tackling something like a curved plastic wall, well, I don't know.
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Old 04-28-2006, 11:36 AM   #18
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That's kinda why I asked the question, Blu. I've read several threads here about the different methods of painting the vinyl. It has definately been done before by Forum members. The methods used range from an uncomplicated "roll some Kilz on it and then a topcoat of latex house paint" to multi-layer spray applications using specialized primers and spray guns. The later application seems to come with several pages of instructions and notes.

I just wonder who has had long term success with any of these processes. Say four or five years minimum?

Anybody out there got the answer?

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Old 04-28-2006, 12:20 PM   #19
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Paint

Sure, lot's of A/S owners have painted the inside. It looks great. Even the DIY Network used paint when they restored a 1970 Overlander. I'll have photos next week.
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Surferstyler, please PM when you put them up. I'm really anxious to see how it looks. As a forum newbie, I have a really hard time finding threads again to follow-up on something interesting I've read days later.
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