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Old 06-26-2022, 04:36 PM   #1
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Thanks for the add. Just purchased this Drove by it for 11 years. Finally stopped. Guy said he was restoring it so l left my number. A week later l own it. Anyways restoring it is my choir. Bones are good. Outside is nice. Needs lot of TLC. Honestly it is going to take some work. Nothing l can't handle. The interior needs lots of help. Mahogany back then was used it seems. I can see the quality. Perfect size and not the double single bed across from each other model. Has air and looks original. Wonder if that was an option back in 1965 ?
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Old 06-26-2022, 05:18 PM   #2
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Well done and good luck with your new project!

AS may have used mahogany in 65 but I think the wood in your trailer is actually American Cherry, which is used for making fine furniture. Cherry wood starts out fairly light but darkens when exposed to sunlight over time into that rich mahogany color that you're seeing now. I have it my 67 Overlander and I'm doing my best to preserve it as I complete my restomod.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:07 PM   #3
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I am use to Mahogany as l have restored boats and worked with Die Models etc. Never crossed my mind it was cherry but you are correct. Cherry it is.l usually get my mahogany from LL Johnson in MI. I am sure they have cherry. It doesn't look as though they used any stain or varnish from the factory? Of course like you said it is old and dry. I will try to post some pics as soon as l figure out how to do it.
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Old 06-26-2022, 06:37 PM   #4
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Welcome Tim 65 to the vintage Airstream hobby. I've been involved for almost 20 years. It gives me something to do. Anyway many folks here feel the mid sixties trailers are very desirable, and the mid seventies not so much. I renovated a 75 Overlander 27' and can agree in some respects, and disagree in others. I think Airstream was designing and building for the stressed market place in the mid seventies what with fuel shortages, emission strangled vehicles, and high prices. So Airstream built light weight and low cost. Plastic laminates with aluminum framing for cabinets. And Airstream discovered plastics which were low cost and also light weight. The interiors didn't last as longs as the sixty trailers. There is no cherry wood in my 75 Overlander.

We have a 1986 Limited 34' that was built with hickory cabinetry It has held up very well all these years. My wife likes the Limited much better than the Overlander. Oh well, don't blame her.

I renovated a 66 Trade Wind 24', one model size smaller than your Overlander. My 66 also had a nice wood interior. I wonder if your trailer is an "International" top of the line trim. Mine was the basic Land Yacht. The renovation project was fun. I sold the Trade Wind for the Overlander project. I've also renovated a 1969 Globetrotter 21' which I am just finishing up.

I think you will find these Forums a big help to you in your project, at least I sure did. Check out the Airstream Trailer section in the Knowledge Base found at the bottom of the Forums page. Then click on Overlander, and then your year range. You and read what others have done to their trailers. You might enjoy starting a "project thread", or blog as it were. Folks enjoy following along as you plan and complete your project. All topics are covered by model here instead of scattering your project all over the forums.

Here is a photo of a 1964 Overlander 26'. I think 64 was the last year of the big window in the front room on the street side. But I may be wrong on that.
Anyway, this was a well done vintage Overlander.

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Old 06-27-2022, 07:36 AM   #5
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Well l have a million questions. I am currently restoring a 1938 Plymouth Business Coupe. I spend more time trying to find parts then working on it. I am a history buff so l go for details like you just shared with me about the 70's model airstream. Wood vs Plastic? I will take the wood. I also have restored wood boats so wood is a touch of class in my opinion. Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-27-2022, 09:07 AM   #6
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Has air and looks original. Wonder if that was an option back in 1965 ?
My parents bought a 1968 Overlander new. It had air conditioning as a factory option.
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Old 06-27-2022, 09:20 AM   #7
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Tim,
Welcome to the Forum and to your new project! We have a 66 Safari 22’ we are working on and love it! Ours also has AC if that helps.
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Old 06-27-2022, 01:30 PM   #8
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If air was an option in 68 then I guess mine was also an option. Looking at the connection to the roof it is riveted in with aluminum cover. I guess l will have to figure out how to work on it to repair.
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If your A/C unit is an Armstrong, it is worthwhile having components replaced instead of replacing the entire unit. A commercial HVAC person will have access to the needed parts. The newer A/C units are noisy compared to the Armstrongs and really do not cool any better (at least in my experience).
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Old 06-27-2022, 06:21 PM   #10
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Many folks build beautiful wood cabinets of similar design to the originals. I'm betting you will make your 65 Overlander 26' into a beautiful Airstream. Gotta watch the weight though. Granite counter tops, a grand piano, and a big hot tub would weight too much if you know what I mean.

Vintage Trailer Supply carries a 5/32 dia rivet drill which makes the job of drilling out Airstream rivets easier. Other folks get by using a center punch to dimple the head of the rivet and then drill from there. Blind "pop rivets" found in the interior are easy to drill out. They are typically 1/8" diameter.

Some folks cut a new roof opening for an Air-conditioner and keep the old roof vent fan in place. Yet other folks install a "mini split" system with the compressor outside and the evaporator inside. They are quiet and more efficient.

Here is a few photos of my 75 Overlander 27' and you can see how the interior design completely changed from 1965. Those tambour doors weigh less and cost less than wood doors. But they don't wear near as well. And the bath fixtures are all plastic. Much of the interior bulkhead walls are laminated plastic over cheap plywood. Looks like wood for a while. Many of us have laminated countertops, or tables in our homes. It works. I made new pieces in a lot a places using the old ones as patterns. Working in an Airstream is like working inside a football. Nothing is square to anything else.

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Old 06-28-2022, 06:29 AM   #11
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If your A/C unit is an Armstrong, it is worthwhile having components replaced instead of replacing the entire unit. A commercial HVAC person will have access to the needed parts. The newer A/C units are noisy compared to the Armstrongs and really do not cool any better (at least in my experience).
Interesting. If the parts are available then the original will be repaired. Rivets vs screws? I will have to get my head around that. Lol!
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Airstreams are built using bucked and blind rivets as they hold tight. Airstreams were developed by folks who worked in the aviation industry before and during WWII. Sheet metal screws have a tendency to back out, especially when towing the trailer. Airstreams were designed to flex and that helps them absorb road bumps, curves and the like.

Rivets are easy to work with and easy to learn all about them.

My former 66 Trade Wind 24' had an AC, and it might have been an Armstrong. I don't remember. Maybe this photo helps identify it.

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