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JFerguson 03-08-2010 09:24 PM

'64 Overlander Rescue
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Well I just bought her and guess what we are going to do first?:blink:

I've been trying to read up on this project in here. Just so I am clear the next step is to remove the interior wall panels near the deck so I can get to the C-channel right?

Oh by the way this is my first Airstream.

CanoeStream 03-08-2010 09:37 PM

Save the and mark the interior skin so you know where it was. You only have to take out the lower pieces for now.

Have you had the belly skin off to see what's hidden?

Will look forward to following this!

JFerguson 03-08-2010 09:39 PM

Long Term Goal: Ultimately nothing less than a completly restored 1968 Overlander with all the goodies they never had in 1968.

Timetable: Rest of my life I guess.

Short Term Goal: Get the rotted deck out, bring the frame back up to spec, and put a new deck in.

JFerguson 03-08-2010 09:42 PM

Some of the belly skin has been damaged...high stump maybe...dunno. It did give me a glimpse at my future. The frame is rusty but salvagable...I think.

LJH 03-09-2010 08:12 AM

You are going to keep that lovely pink interior, right?

Ambie '64 03-09-2010 08:41 AM

I think that color is called Pepto Dismal.

68 TWind 03-09-2010 08:55 AM

Welcome to the "family". I had similar good news with my Trade Wind. There are lots of posts floor repair. Yes the interior must come out, yes you need access to the bottom. Don't underestimate the time. There is alway one bolt or one rivet that takes longer to remove than the last 95. I highly recommend you check out TomW's (his forum name) web site on the restoration of his Overlander.

1967 Airstream Overlander

Best of luck

JFerguson 03-09-2010 08:57 AM

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Finishes fall under the purview of my wife. Of course she winced when she saw the pink so I think we may be headed for another color, phew!

My favorite part is the little hand painted flowers all over the back wall.:flowers: Some little girl spent a lot of quality time in here. If only she had taken better care of the plywood.

Wabbiteer 03-09-2010 09:17 AM

:wally:gee wally - take the rose-colored spectacles off before ya take the pictures, makes everything look pink...

Y'all need to put in some serious 40-hour weeks, think work gang even if its a gang of one!:bb:

NorCal Bambi 03-09-2010 09:24 AM

JFerguson, Thanks for the posts on my thread. Looks like yours is going to be a great project. Hope you keep posting pictures and progress. Airstreams and the plywood floor seems to be an interesting problem. I had a K model Bonanza aircraft for many years and it had a plywood floor. However the airplane never had the same problem as the Airstreams. Maybe there are some aircraft people out there that would add some comments on this. My one thought is that the aircraft had a lot more rivets and tighter seams to the joints. Also the drainage on the plane was better. And I think general construction methods were much greater. Anyone out there have any thoughts.

JFerguson 03-09-2010 10:38 AM

Perhaps it was because the plane was painted and Airstreams tend to go bare. Also most people I know hangar their planes.

utee94 03-09-2010 10:57 AM

Congratulations on your new Airstream. You've clearly done some research, yes floor replacement is in your immediate future. :)

You might have found them already, but if you haven't, I consider the Major Renovation threads to be required reading for anyone who is about to tackle the job that you are setting out to do. You can find them here:

There are many of them, and some of them are quite lengthy, but the amount of knowledge that can be learned from those threads is vast. They are excellent not only as a research tool, but also for inspiration, either when you're stuck with a design dilemma, or when you're consumed by despair, wondering if you will ever actually be able to use this thing. I've read all of them at least once, and several of them multiple times.

Good luck!

JFerguson 03-09-2010 11:13 AM

Thanks Marcus. The only research I've done so far was here on this board and watching a series called Classic rides on youtube. I will take your advice to heart and read as much as I can. Thanks again!

JFerguson 03-09-2010 03:57 PM

I'd like to post a correction. A member pointed out that mine was probably not a 68 because of the door within a door. After running the VIN it seems I have bought a 1964. Sorry to mislead.

JFerguson 03-12-2010 02:43 PM

Well drilling out rivets with the small wood bit in my tool box only got me so far then the bit broke. What is the ideal drill bit for zipping out these rivets?

MDSilverado 03-12-2010 02:50 PM

For the 1/8" pop rivits use a #30 bit. I think its a tad more than a 1/8". Not all stores have them...but my Ace always does. Get a'll need them.

JFerguson 03-12-2010 03:03 PM

okay I posted something here, then hit the refresh and now it's gone...strange. Basically I need to know the ideal drill bit for removing rivets on the Airstream. If anybody has some words of wisdom to impart I am all ears.

JFerguson 03-12-2010 03:04 PM

Thanks MD...any brand you are partial to?

JFerguson 03-12-2010 03:07 PM

Oh I see when I refreshed it went back to the first page thread but to me it's like my post just disappeard....jeesh.

JFerguson 03-12-2010 04:34 PM

For any interested I found a whole thread on the subject of drill bits and rivets.

Suppose I should do more reading before I ask! This site is truly amazing.

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