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Old 09-11-2018, 09:15 AM   #1
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Starting a full restoration-58 traveller

I am wanting to start a full restoration frame off. I was wanting to know approx how many days in total to do a project like this. Maybe a break down of time for the following steps
1). Gutting interior and taking the frame out
2). Stripping frame/new axles and repaint/ installing new floor
3). Reattaching frame to body- do I need a new belly aluminum etc
4). Wiring/ new tanks electrical etc/ build entire new interior / window seals / interior waterproofing
5). Polishing etc

Thank you for your time as I may not have enough time to do it all this year as I have a little 3 year old. So if I can get it at least frame back on and new floor would be great

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Old 09-11-2018, 12:45 PM   #2
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Very cool project.

"You may not finish it this year" ?

This year as in the 11 weeks left in 2018 with Thanksgiving and Christmas in between or 2019.
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:29 PM   #3
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I've done a couple, plan on 800-1,000 hours of labor.
Break it into thirds, 1st third should get the shell off, frame done, floor back on, belly pan and the shell installed. Next third is wiring, insulation, window seals, drain plumbing and inside skins. Final third is cabinetry, final details and a start at polishing.
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Old 09-11-2018, 02:20 PM   #4
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Depends on the quality level you will be looking for. You may not get it done as fast as you think, I think the estimate of 800-1000 hours is conservative.
Check out my restoration page of our '58 Traveler, the link is in my signature.


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Old 09-12-2018, 06:48 AM   #5
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Thank you all for your responses This was my fiirst post and it is nice to hear back from experienced people. this project will take me a bit longer than I thought but really excited and nervous to begin. I assume these projects take a lot of space aswell. I am a Canadian and had budgeted the project to cost around $16,500, should I be prepared to budget more?
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:52 AM   #6
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I’m fairly new to forums and not sure how to get to your link
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:49 AM   #7
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Hello Marc
I am glad that you are like most "beginners"! With me it was the same with the Cruiser. BUT:
with the food comes the appetite! Do you already have a planning concept? During the conversion you suddenly have the desire to install this and that, there are so many things nice to have. Problems with weight, delivery times etc. After a few years I'm on the double with the costs. Here in Europe everything is very expensive so that an American trailer receives the driving permit.
I wish you good success!
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:14 AM   #8
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I’m fairly new to forums and not sure how to get to your link

No worries, simply hover your mouse over the the blue link at the bottom of my signature, then left click & there you go. Same for the pics.


PS I don't save receipts so don't know (or care) how much $$$ invested but it was mostly labor & sure I worked for pennies per hour. My advice is to try and get an idea of the cost, then double or triple that amount, & now throw that figure away.

Time was also not considered, I wanted something that I couldn't get any other way. It took much longer than 1st anticipated but the results are rewarding!
Do NOT throw anything away!!! I saved everything while taking mine apart. The furniture panels were re-used as templates, then the skin removed & the panels re-skinned. I did upgrade the electrical simply for safety reasons.


Best of Luck, I will be following so don't forget to ask when needed...
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:24 AM   #9
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Great points made and looking forward to your renovation thread. We are finishing up our 55 renovation and owe a tremendous amount to those who have posted their experiences. Good luck and ask the questions, I did. Bubba
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:32 AM   #10
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I second the responses, more time and money than originally thought. What created the most set backs are last minute changes to mechanical pieces or layout of those pieces. Also keep in mind that electronics are constantly improving. I bought my solar components from AM Solar last summer and I already see changes that I will probably implement that will improve the investment I made.

Keep us posted, pictures are great. Best of Luck (It's not really luck its patience and endurance.)
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:30 PM   #11
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On my '63 I ended up around $15k in parts but note I dont have a furnace, bought a used fridge for $150, no money for a water heater and reused the original stove. That trailer was about 1,200 hours because it was my first shell off and polishing attempt . I did a '55 22' in 850 hours. Both were spread out over 3 year periods.

Looking forward to following your build!
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:49 PM   #12
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I am thankful for all your responses. I did underestimate the time it takes to make these classics last another 50 plus years. I will have to breakdown the project so I donít get overwhelmed. I think I should start to figure out the systems such as plumbing tans tank location, places to purchase such items. Canít figute out the electrical system which is best, and where to purchase. Iíll have to fugure our locations and compatibility. Still confused how to make a fitted shower / bathroom floor to be 100% waterproof. So many questions yet to answer but getting eager to start working.

Once again thank you all and Iíll start writing down the appropriate steps in the right order
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:20 PM   #13
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A couple of things are easy when restoring an old Airstream:
1. Underestimating the time required
2. Underestimating the cost
3. Getting overwhelmed by the number of things that have to be done

I know because I am in the middle of restoring my '56 Safari. That said, it has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding tasks I have undertaken in quite a while. Using these forums and listening to the VAP podcasts, I have discovered what I needed to know. And when it's done, it will be the basis for a whole new set of adventures.

Regarding the three items above, take your time, enjoy the journey and spread out the cost. Best advice I got was from one of the forum members was "take one bite at a time" (when asked how to eat an elephant).

Good Luck and have fun, we will be following along,
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