Originally Posted by till
...The advice I'm getting at this point is to go cautionsly and investagte the damage on both trailers and procide with the better trailer...
I have personally seen the Overlander. I have seen your pictures of the Ambassador & read your posts on cracked door jambs etc.
Removing the end cap from the Ambassador, and mounting it on the Overlander sounds easy enough, but I see two problems. The biggest one is that there is absolutely no reason to think any of the rivet holes will align between the two coaches. As long as the distance between old rivet holes & new rivet holes is not less than 3D, where D is the rivet diameter, you will be okay. However, the end result is A LOT of rivets, both in old holes & new holes, tying it all together.
The second problem is the street-side skin. The Overlander's skin is damaged in the immediate area of the end cap. Grafting skin from the Ambassador, on ALL sides of the graft, has the same rivet hole problem as outlined above. Purchasing new skin would lessen this problem, but you would definitely end up with a calico appearance with all the different aluminum sources.
I am not real thrilled about the way someone treated the skin around the Ambassador's door (padlock hasp?). But, IMO, that is the only reason you may not not want to base your plans on using the Ambassador based on what I know about it.
You may want to list, and provide pictures, of the major areas of concern on both coaches. People more familiar with skin repairs may be able to offer different insight.