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Old 05-11-2020, 10:34 AM   #1
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1976 31' Airstream Sovereign International complete refurbish

Hello everyone! I just purchased a '76 31' Sovereign , center bath. It was also International but reading up on that, International was just interior upgrades? Please chime in with any and all advice as I embark on this exciting journey!

Saturday I ripped out the flooring and started to remove the old a/c unit. Looks like I need to remove a bunch of rivets! Decided I also wanted to install a heating element in the new a/c and that would be best done before installing on the roof. And while I'm up there I am going to replace the skylight vents and add fans as well as paint the roof white for sun and heat deflecting.

It looks like an owner moved the shower from the center to the other side. I plan to have the shower within the same bathroom area as original.

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Old 05-11-2020, 07:32 PM   #2
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Hello from Colorado and welcome to the vintage Airstream hobby. In the 60s the International was a higher trim level including better cabinetry and other ammenities. By the mid 70s all Sovereigns were called International. The Sovereign was the biggest and most expensive Airstream in the lineup. In 76 Airstream created the "Excella 500" as the top of the line Sovereign. I think I have this right. Anyway, here is a link from the Airstream website document archives showing the floor plans for the 76 model year. I think the center bath is rather rare and desirable.

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...rplans-281.pdf

My friend and I are renovating his 76 Sovereign. We've been working on it all winter God help us. Our endeavours are discussed in the link shown below, I call it a project thread, others call it a blog whatever a blog is. You may want to do the same thing. Find the Airstream Trailer Forums near the bottom of the Forums page in a section called the Knowledgebase. Read up on Sovereigns there.

Here is a photo of the Sovereign up on jack stands as it has been all winter. It had lots of problems, but we have them mitigated and actually can see the day when we drop it down on its new axles and pull it out.

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Link to my 1975 Overlander Improvement Journal:
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Old 05-12-2020, 04:35 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for the reply David! I have already been reading your thread! I am sure I will have some questions as you are far more into the reno of your 76 Sovereign! I really appreciate your response! We are at the very beginning .. starting at the top with a new a/c and vents then painting the top with the white coat. Did you do that? What did you use?
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Big project, but if it were small....it would is still one step ay a time. Hang in there!
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Old 05-12-2020, 07:23 PM   #5
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I have not painted the exterior roof of an Airstream. I believe all new Airstreams from the factory come with a white roof. In Texas, it would have a lot of benefit in sun heat rejection. School buses have white roofs too.

I've read about the materials and process here on Airstream Forums. You might search google for painting Airstream trailer roofs white and see what pops up.

I'll follow you along on your long journey refurbishment this old Sovereign. I'll help where I can.

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Thank you all for the responses! I will be posting pictures as I go .. I am also posting my progress on Instagram.

My new vents have arrived as well as the heating element that I need to put into the new a/c unit. What sealer do you recommend for around seems .. the vents, a/c unit windows?
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:00 PM   #7
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Instagram? What's that? Western Union? Okay boomer, enough.

There is a good tread here on Forums all about sealants for various uses in Airstreams. Silicone sealants are not good for the aluminum we are sealing. I refer to it now and then. Start from the last post and read backwards until you see the summary of sealants and purposes.

So more homework for you. Quiz tomorrow.

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Instagram? What's that? Western Union? Okay boomer, enough.

There is a good tread here on Forums all about sealants for various uses in Airstreams. Silicone sealants are not good for the aluminum we are sealing. I refer to it now and then. Start from the last post and read backwards until you see the summary of sealants and purposes.

So more homework for you. Quiz tomorrow.

David

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Thank you for the reply David!!! I did find that thread after posting here. I ordered the 3M marine but will look at the list more carefully for the other projects.

I am not much of a Instagram user but I have a lot of friends wanting to follow the journey. I am a Boomer as well. Now off to research what size rivets to use when I replace the vents and a/c unit!

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Frame replacement?

If you are thinking about rebuilding or replacing your frame, I have something you might be interested in.
I built a replacement frame for my '76 31' Sovereign last year. While I had the shell separated from the new frame, a storm hit an tossed the shell around. End of project!
I used 2x6" tubing, so custom bananawraps will have to be made. It also has brand new Dexter axles and new Goodyear tires with two extra rims.
Let me know if you are interested. I can forward photos and a dimensioned drawing.

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If you are thinking about rebuilding or replacing your frame, I have something you might be interested in.
I built a replacement frame for my '76 31' Sovereign last year. While I had the shell separated from the new frame, a storm hit an tossed the shell around. End of project!
I used 2x6" tubing, so custom bananawraps will have to be made. It also has brand new Dexter axles and new Goodyear tires with two extra rims.
Let me know if you are interested. I can forward photos and a dimensioned drawing.

Greg
Hi Greg! I might be interested! please send photos and details. I am sorry your project was ended abruptly!

Looking forward to hearing back from you!

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:51 AM   #11
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Christine,

I sent a PM.

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:57 AM   #12
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Christine,

i decided to post photos and drawing in case anyone else is interested.


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Thank you Greg! I replied to your PM .. I am going to pass on the trailer but if you have other salvaged parts I would like to know! Window frames? Cabinets? anything at all ? My sovereign was gutted already when I bought her.
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