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Old 03-04-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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New guy, '67 Overlander!

Hello all.... Starting a thread as an introduction, I think this is the (a?) right place to do that. It's my second post, so all feedback welcome but please be gentle.

I'm Erich, I live in San Jose, and have loved Airstreams for a long time. I pending bit of home remodel got me looking for a way for the cat, pup and I to camp in the backyard for a while, and while looking around I found a project Overlander in my area. Being a glutton for punishment, now I have a project before the project! I mean, I COULD have bought some 80's box on wheels in somewhat better shape, but what fun would THAT be?

So my plan is to do some work on my lovely new project in the near term, make it fully weatherproof and (roughly) liveable, then take a short hiatus while temporarily using it as housing. While my pets are pretty well-behaved, I'm allowing for a bit of mayhem, so do not intend to do a full restoration until we're moved back into the house.

The Overlander is, or seems to be, a typical neglected Craigslist buy. It was listed with leaks, one missing (39" driver side) window, a cracked (12x12) skylight, and a pretty beaten up and mostly destroyed Astradome, including the unique lifters being so rusted the will not move. On the drive from the coast near Santa Cruz where I acquired it back to my place, the trailer managed to shed one tail light housing, and the main door. So, I've got some work to do. Good thing I'm handy and optimistic. I've already made my first two orders at Vintage Trailer Supply.

Before I fully turn this into my project thread, some questions for the assembled wisdom:

1. Is this the right/ a good place to start this sort of blog/restoration thread? If not, where might be?

2. I'm always open to leads on compatible doors.

3. As I am gutting what was water damaged, I figure there are at least some cabinetry/components that are in good enough shape for someone looking for vintage restoration parts- most of my cabinet doors, for example, and the upper small cabinets. Is this thread better, or the general classifieds?

4. I always ask when I start new projects or talk to experts- what don't I know (that's setting me up for a lot, I'm sure.

Looking forward to the feedback.
San Jose, CA
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Old 03-04-2019, 04:19 PM   #2
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Your in the right place . I’m 10 months into a fix up of my own . May be Abel to hook you up with a few things . I’ve got the two vent out of mine and a few other parts . You can look thru my tread on my build ,
Going camping for two weeks starting on Wednesday. Have fun and good luck . We will be watching.

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Old 03-06-2019, 06:04 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard ! I have a 68 Overlander International that is a survivor, but still needed a fair amount of tlc.....i.e. replace virtually everything....

Sorry about your door.....that is a tough one...there is another member here that had the exact same thing happen to them and they are now looking for a door......a salvage yard is the place for that.....if you see one don't hesitate.

You are in for a lot of work, cut fingers, scraping, painting, shopping, cutting, improvising, getting pissed off, and having the end you have something that everybody wants. Post some photos when you can .

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Old 03-06-2019, 06:07 PM   #4
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Images: 4 joyflea 's renovation thread.....a wealth of information with good photos. He is a fabricator and machinist and his skills can be intimidating, but don't worry about that right now.....just learn from his experience, and glean what you need.
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