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Old 03-30-2010, 07:40 AM   #101
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Nice job Kevin! Well I have a radio and a clock but I have no idea if they work. Listen if you want a radio that 'looks' stock but with all the modern conveniences. Then I would go with something from these guys: RetroSoundUSA.com - Classic Radio Systems, Speakers, and Accessories

As I said earlier the radio in my overlander looks exactly like the delco radio in the old 56 Chevy I used to have. So that variant of the retro radio might be close, Then you could stencil airstream on the faceplate.

I figure if my clock doesn't work I will just replace the works with a modern battery powered kind, keeping the stock faceplate.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:51 AM   #102
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It looks like I will have to replace about a third of my belly pan. I will be taking all the way off anyway for the floor removal and frame resto. I was thinking about using these CLoc 1/4 turn fasteners instead of rivets to attach the floor plan. It might be good to have an easy way to get under there again. I think they are stainless so I would use thin rubber washers on them.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:55 PM   #103
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Thanks for the post Kevinb, the photo of your onestop looks like mine, I was wondering about the toilet, if it was original. Yours is like mine, but not for long.......
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:41 AM   #104
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The 1/4 turn fasteners you reference are clones to Camloc's. You will need a hole approaching 1/2" for the receptacle which means that the bottom flange of the cross member will have to beat least 3/4' wide to rivet on the receptacle
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:42 PM   #105
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Thanks for the post Kevinb, the photo of your onestop looks like mine, I was wondering about the toilet, if it was original. Yours is like mine, but not for long.......
It is but I'm going to replace it, the trick is finding a replacement that will fit under the bench which probably wont happen. Would like to do something like rburditt has done but probably wont look as good. Sorry getting a little ahead of the belly pan removal subject, if you go with the fasteners may want to use a nylon washer. But if Aerowood is right and I'm sure he is thats a pretty big hole!
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:56 PM   #106
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I was measuring, the Sealand Traveller light looks like it may just fit.. back to the belly pan subject.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:24 AM   #107
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Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. After an interminable hiatus from Airstream restoration I am BACK!

As of last weekend I have now officially spent more on tools than I did for the camper I plan to use them on. So new toys list:

MIG welder
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RotoZip with cutting/grinding disk attachment.

The wife rightly pointed out that we could have hired somebody to do this work for what we've paid so far. But I would rather have the tools and skills because who knows that the future holds.

Hopefully this weekend I can resume RESTO work on our Overlander. I really need to buy some replacement C channel and start practicing welding (it's been a few years). Does anybody know off the top of their head what type of C channel is in the frame of a 64 Overlander?
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:23 AM   #108
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On the RotoZip; I killed my first one exposing it to overnight dew, looked dry enough in the morning but had moisture at the brushes - threw some nice blue arcs and clobbered the speed controller. If there is one tool to baby with an indoor roost that is it.

A high-speed air powered drill makes rivet drilling much faster and possibly more accurate. Iif you have hundreds left to drill a cheap $25 tool might be a good addition.... Or fit a drill bit to the RotoZip.... hmnn, I'm going to go look at that

Beware the alloys of these stamped pieces, some aluminum alloys resist welding of any type whether from low melting temperatures or some other obstacle. Just putting that out there so you're not 5 hours in the mask wondering what you're doing wrong...
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:40 AM   #109
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It looks like I am going to have to relocate my Overlander to Yorktown, Virginia. It's a 465 mile trip. I have some misgivings about moving her at this stage in the process. I haven't had the time or money to do much to her since the last pics posted here. I need a miracle.

We did manage to get a first rate tow package put on our Toyota FJ. So the Tow Vehicle is ready to go. Hopefully I can get enough resources to get some temporary lights, and some new tires on the AS before we attempt the trip.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #110
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Hi Folks haven't been in here for some time. We still have our Airstream but unfortunately it is in South Carolina and we are in Virginia. We are trying to muster the resources to get her moved so we can get the major restoration started. I will check in once in awhile with updates.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:57 PM   #111
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Well we finally have the resources to move our overlander from South Carolina to Virginia.

Yeah, it's been a hell of a hard year. But the Airstream dream dies hard and se we've kept it in mind.

The previous owner has a guy who can pack the bearings, replace the tires, and toss some temporary lights on her and drag her up. Everybody pray for a safe trip.

As you can see from the pictures in the thread I've done a lot too her that will likely weaken the trailer overall but on the plus side she's an empty airstream with no wieght to cope with. We'll see.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #112
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #113
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:46 PM   #114
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Well after all this time we are back in business. Our poor airstream has been languishing in a horse pasture for the past two years.

We ended up going to South Carolina and picking her up ourselves. As you can see we elected to use our FJ Cruiser as our tow vehicle. I am not sure it would have been ideal for a fully loaded AS but for out completely gutted one she did just fine. We made great time getting home.

The Airstream now sit's next to our metal building awaiting us to begin again.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #115
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Congrats on getting your Overlander to its proper home in Virginia. I see that it has been a long trip.

Send me a pm with your contact info if you like. Sometimes I get over that way to visit our daughter in Chesapeake. I would love to see your Overlander.

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Old 08-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #116
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How does that Toyota tow? I always wanted one of those
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:47 PM   #117
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The FJ really impressed me on this particular task. It had plenty of power and didn't get hot. It was a real champ. I can say that we had a professional company install the towing package.

It should do even better once we get the anti sway hitch on the airstream.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:29 PM   #118
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Glad to see you got it to VA without any troubles. At least that's one problem out of your way
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Can you estimtae your mileage towing? My Excursion has been a tow beast and very comfortable, but it never goes much past 12mpg. towing
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:12 AM   #120
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Our FJ is the 6 cyl/2 wheel drive model so it get's excellent mileage. I have to be honest though, when we get our AS built out it will be considerably heavier and I probaby won't be using the FJ as the primary Tow Vehicle.

We were getting about 300 miles on a tank while towing on a 75 degree day mostly flat highway miles. Going up the east coast near sea level. The FJ tank is 19 gallons, thus: 15.78 miles per gallon if my math is correct. Without the trailer she get's about 26 miles per gallon.

I have read that the 8 cyl/ 4wd version of the FJ get's terrible gas mileage so... if you get one of those it may not be measurably better than your excursion with considerably less room and capability.

I can tell you our 2 wheel drive version has the full time limited slip differential and you can lock the rear differential with the push of a button. We were able to pull our AS out of a muddy horse pasture in the rain no problem. Not sure why I would need the 4 wheel drive frankly.

My gripes with the vehicle are mostly comfort based. It's just not a very comfortable car. The back seat is accessed from those lame half suicide doors and it's frankly a pain with a family. The seats give me back pain after a few hours on the road. If I could I would rip them out and put some leather Dodge Durango seats in the FJ, those were comfortable for hours and hours. Another grip is if you need anything out of the back hatch area you can't open the back cargo door more than about 6 inches while connected to the Air Stream. The spare tire bumps against the trailer jack thingy.
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