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Old 10-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #1
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Hi All! I just picked up an ALL 100% ORIGINAL (down to the propane tanks) 1969 Land Yacht. I am in the process of bringing her up to being usable interior wise - outside she's in good shape. I am new to trailers in general and cutting my teeth on an antique airstream. I haven;t quite figured out if that is a good or a bad thing.

Anyway, I will be putting screens in this weekend as there aren't any in there currently. Looks like the screens go in with the beading and a tool - piece of cake. But as I looked at it, I noticed that the window levers have gaping oval holes open to the outside. Mine has some glue residue around each of these holes which looks like there was something there originally, however, I can't seem to find any indication of what that may have been through my interwebs searching. I have seen screens that cover these levers, but they don't appear to be original. So, I started looking at making my own alternative.

I got a hold of a few sheets of acrylic, some door sweep refills, and a laser cutter. I made this in 3 layers - sandwiched together, and eventually screwed into place and held internally with some industrial double faced tape. I suppose it won't have to be this thick, but I wanted it to be rigid. This is just a prototype. I will fit it up this weekend and make sure it will fit.

I have decided that my theme for the Airstream will be silver and red - therefore, the production piece will be made of translucent red acrylic with the silver "brush" pattern showing - so you won't see the brush bar. I will also be removing the arms for the windows, sand blasting them down, and probably powder coating them silver as well - or red, I don't know yet. I will have to do some experimenting.

Anyway, I am sure I will be tapping this community for information once I get going on the rest of the project. Right now, I know I will need new fresh water tanks, and basically a whole new kitchen area - since the fridge doesn't work, and I can't test the heat with the 1969 tanks on there.
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Old 10-11-2014, 05:21 AM   #2
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Wow, your window lever slot covers sure look neat. Airstream used this type of slot cover for years, and most of us find the "sweeps" worn out, or the plastic trim broken up. Heck, you may even generate some interest from others wanting to replace this piece of trim in their Airstream.

Laser cutter? That ain't a tool that is in more peoples' garage! Powder coat? Most of use use rattle cans.

Welcome to the hobby of vintage Airstream renovations, or restorations. Most of these old trailers have lots of needs. The Overlander is a popular model. You have the length to build a comfortable traveler.

I think you will find these Forums helpful when you have a question. Likewise, you these Forums to post nifty solutions to problems as you invent them.

The Airstream Knowledge Base > Trailer Forums > Overlander is a good place to learn more about your specific model the the adventures of rebuilding one. This is located toward the bottom of the home page.

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Old 10-11-2014, 05:32 AM   #3
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Hi JRS, & welcome! Great find on the '69! That's a pretty slick solution for the crank slots....way out of my league! Your propane tanks are most likely aluminum, so don't do anything rash (like pitch them). You can get the fittings on top changed out to current ones at most propane companies. Great project....keep the pictures coming!


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Old 10-11-2014, 07:09 AM   #4
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welcome to the forum.
you did some nice work on those covers.. could you provide more detail on how you made those ? you might can do some custom work for a bunch of folks on here :-)
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:44 AM   #5
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Hi ,congrats on your new acquisition, I also have one & unfortunately found rot in the floors am doing repairs but any way I'm changing the floor plan & have a tank available & some other parts depending on which way I go .I,m changing the layout from the double to the twin beds so I'll have the wardrobe & vanity available & iwant tochange the goucho to the dinette in the front,which intails changing the water tank .Havent intirely made up my mind which way I,m going with the front ,but can let you know.If you make a list of what your looking for I can see if I have anything for you.Ian
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