I just found this forum and am so grateful, have been poring over it all night into the wee hours.
I just nabbed this 1964
Overlander for a song -- it's my lifelong Airstream dream come true! -- but like many dreams, I should be careful what I wish for, since it's got serious issues.
The most serious: a tree landed on it, and left some huge dents in the roof -- unfortunately, it also squished the swamp cooler, though it still works, and the roof doesn't leak, surprisingly.I don't know if it's even possible to fix these, but at present as long as it doesn't leak, I can't afford to do much right now, but would love to get an idea of what's in store for us. On the exterior sides and ends, everything but the roof looks pretty decent though discolored, with no big dings.
The interior was so full of junk I couldn't see any flat surfaces, but the bathroom looks original and not bad shape, the wood cabinets I could see throughout looked ok, the stove, oven (separate; is that the original setup?) and fridge (Elect/propane) all looked original and all work, as do the lights. No generator, but we want to put up some small solar panels.
One smallish window in the roof (in the front area) is broken and needs to be replaced. The others are all fine, though one leaks a bit at one side seam.
So my first task, I think, is the outside, because the entire roof area and about a foot down all around is covered with some kind of hideous beigeish dried crusty paint-like stuff -- maybe Snowroof or some other kind of waterproofing, perhaps?
Any suggestions on how to tackle this first? I was going to try paint thinner but if it's not paint I worry that would further damage the aluminumI'd love to get this to the buffable stage.
Thanks for any info you might offer; I really appreciate it. I'll post pix tomorrow when I pick it up.