just picked up a 64 Overlander
Well it finally happened I got my first trailer. I have always wanted an AS but I never really thought it would be possible. I figured I would end up buying a newer, ugly, and same as everyone else's trailer that would hold my bikes and family. Never the less I am so excited about this trailer and a small dream has come true.
A big shot producer bought this trailer several years ago to keep it on movie sets. He had it cleaned up and and looks like added this horrible carpet, new tires, brakes, repacked the bearings stained the woodwork and re upholstered the couches. It then sat for a little over three years in somewhat hot conditions in California outside of LA.
I ended up buying this sight unseen well I guess I did see some pictures that were taken after the remodel 3 years ago. (see below) I think i got a killer of a deal because it was $4k under what he thought he was going to sell it for? I picked it up two weeks and have since tore the carpet out, skinned the wood work and checked the appliances. Water pump works not sure how much longer that little belt will last but it pumps. Stove works great havenít checked the oven yet figured it will work. Refrigerator does not work!!!??? I am hoping that I can get it fixed, it is in great condition. Please give advice. I also havenít checked the water heater yet. Any tips on the H2O heater
Any way I have been on this forum soon as I knew I was going to buy and have learned a lot of good info. Thanks to all of you who take the time to post. I donít have too many questions yet because I am doing things now that I am comfortable with. As I get further along this journey I know there will be no end to my questions.
I just remembered a few
1. Advise on refridg
2. Can i get a new bathroom kit? i found new ones for later models
3. good links for Ac units
4. any helpfull hints and tips from you guys would be great.
Welcome to the forum fellow Californian. I also have a '64, but mine looks so small compared to yours! That is a beautiful Airstream.
I have a working original refer in mine, and I have worked on it so am somewhat familiar. The first thing to check is if you have 110volt power at the appliance. Look in the lower exterior access hatch for the outlet. If you have power and its hooked up to the appliance the only things that could be wrong are the heater element is burned out, or the coolant is either gone or not circulating. If the element is burned out it may still work on propane. We will do a lesson on propane another time. I'm way sleepy.
just picked up a 64 Overlander
Greetings cali shine!
Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Overlander ownership!
If the water pump is the original Peters and Russell (PAR) rebuild kits are available and unless it has been the subject of serious freeze damage the pump can easily and economically rebuilt. Rebuild kits are often more readily available from marinas or boating supply outlets.
The most typical issues with the oven is getting to its LP supply valve (under stovetop) and turning it on. The thermostat is known to be a bit temperamental, but is typically rather durable.
If the water heater is the original Bowen, it is likely on it last legs. Mine had to be replaced almost ten years ago because its tank was riddled with pin holes. Many people like the large stand-out water heater covers and keep them to be installed over a new modern water heater. I went with the standard Atwood door on mine. The new water heater will be smaller than the original, particularly if you go with the six gallon -- this size difference results in a need to create a filler panel for the exterior of the coach. You can almost certainly count on spider, wasp, or mud dauber nests in the burner air supply tube or in the main burner tube given the amount of time that the coach has been inactive.
Another factor will influence your install of an air conditioner. The designed location for an air conditioner is not one of the existing vent openings -- rather a new opening is cut in the room a specidifed measurement from the first front bow -- the electric supply cable should then be found coiled near that opening. Unlike later model Airstreams, the 1964 models didn't have a condesate drain tube built-in to the wall, rather it was added at the time of the air conditioner install and was routed along the bulkhead into the overhead roof locker then down to the floor and out through the bellypan. Bracing will need to be added between the bows as well as around the opening -- there are several discussions of exactly what is needed here on the Forums.
It also looks like you have the original drop-leaf dinette table. These tables are very handy, and I have found mine to be exceptionally useful. The particle board subtrate, however, does begin breaking down now that our coaches are approaching 50 years of age. I likes mine so well that I retained the original hardware and had a new oak top built for the table -- and it actually weighs no more than the original with its particle board subtrate.
From the photos it is difficult to tell, but if you have a round outlet with a screw on cap about 8" above eye level, your coach may be equipped with the optional porch lamp -- a rather rare option that was beginning to fade from favor by 1964.
Good luck with your Overlander!
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