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Old 09-11-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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My first Airstream

I'm new to the Airstream world, but not to retro-dated campers, as I recently did s full restore on a 74' Apache hardside popup that sold for over $5k a couple years after it was completed.
After it was done, I came to find out I had one of the top 5 known by those who are way into Apaches. I sold it in June and have been shopping for an old Airstream since then...
I'm onto bigger and better things. Tonight, I purchased a 1961 Ambassador between "As found" and "Normal" condition.
There is one dent on the edge of the underbelly, up into the side, and a fairly decent 6 ft "Scrap", both on the left side, down low. The Curb side is literally FLAWLESS. NOT a single ding! Front and back are the same, not a single ding.
All windows work perfectly, one is plexiglass, most seals seem a little stiff tho.
Interior is 100% original, with very little moisture damage. Plastic toilet, but it's a brand new Dominic. Floor is TOTALLY solid!
I'm sure MANY people take on full restoration projects that never get finished. I have restored SO MANY things from cars, bikes, Barber chairs, Pool tables, ALWAYS sold for a nice profit once I was done with it.
Axles appear shot, along with tires and the ball hitch coupler. I doubt the breaklights work, but I didn't ask or check.
I got it for $1800, which seems fair to me, after looking at 30+ units of different sizes. I wanted something with minimal DENTS on the curb side, I lucked out and found one with NO dents on the curbside.
Anyways, I'll be picking brains, as I did when I started my Apache project, which 6 months later, I was an EXPERT, and gave as much or more advice than I received.
It's being delivered Saturday Morning.
I won't tow a trailer that isn't 100% "Road worthy".
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Old 09-11-2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard, keep us updated with lots of pictures.
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Old 09-11-2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2014, 10:29 PM   #4
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Cool! Pics please and good luck !!

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Old 09-12-2014, 05:59 AM   #5
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'61, yeah, axles finished.
But welcome to your new home for a while, lol.
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:24 AM   #6
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Welcome to the "this is how it starts brigade..." Since you've done a lot of other restorations, you already know the frustrations are far outweighed by the fun of the project itself. I've always been impressed with the helpfulness of this community and I'm sure you'll get any support you need. We also welcome you're insights as you progress.

Good luck and please keep us posted,

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