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Old 06-04-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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Well we finally did it. We have been looking for a vintage airstream for several years. We found our nest egg, 1966 Safari, on ebay located in a field in Michigan...we are in California. It was represented that everything worked. Actually, practically nothing worked. Throwing reason right out the window, we bought it sight unseen. We flew to Chicago, bought a 2003 Land Rover Discovery, drove to Michigan, spent two and 1/2 days putting electric/hydrolic disc brakes on, packing the bearings etc. and we were off. Pulled like a dream. No problems on the way back to California. Now begins the fun stuff. The area under the toilet is rotted out and the porcelin toilet has dropped about four inches and seems to be free floating in the back. The battery rack is rusted out and the mounting rivets broken off. The interior light circuit works but blows fuses on a regular basis. And on it goes...Nevertheless, we are looking forward to restoring this beauty. I am sure we will spend many hours of research on this sight and thank you in advance for all the information that is already here.

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Old 06-04-2006, 03:28 PM   #2
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Well it sounds like you jumped in with both feet. Unfortunately many people with an Airstream for sale either lie or plead that they don't know what works and what doesn't. I am sure will find many more surprises as the days go by. Just remember this, you will have a jewel when you are finished. They simply do not make new 1966 Safari Trailers anymore. If you want one you have to do the work or pay to have it done. It's that simple. Good luck.
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Old 06-04-2006, 03:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums Nest Egg, as the saying goes, "you have to kiss a lot of frogs." As you jumped into the swamp unaided I'm sure the reply will be, "tastes like chicken."
As long as the price was right... and you really wanted that Land Rover?????? Then all will be right and good in the end.
You're in the right spot for advise, expert and or just opinion. If it's can find it or learn it here.
Pictures are always better for us, please post yours!
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:03 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard! I'm new here too and this place is indespensable for Airstream knowledge. With every new layer I peel away from my 67 Tradewind, another major project appears!
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Old 06-04-2006, 05:10 PM   #5
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Wow, talk about intestinal fortitude!

It took a lot to take the risk you did but, that is what seperates an Airstreamer from the rest!

Welcome aboard and may the Airstream Gods be good to you.

Take care and welcome aboard ! )

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