you will never guess what my new 1968 restoration project is!

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  1. oldrockfan

    oldrockfan Well-Known Member

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    a vintage 1968 airstream trailer! :applause: Wife and I have wanted an airstream for years. I finally stumbled onto one that was cheap and in really good condition for its age.

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    Nice one, Matt! Got to take some interior pics too! I'll be watching this thread with interest!!!
    BTW, That would be awesome being towed behind your 'Stang!!! Really RETRO!
     
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    I'm seriously envious !
    Biddlin ;>)/
     
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    So am I.
     
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    here are a couple interior pics. I had to work on the ac first and get it going. The fan motor had shot bushings but fortunately the compressor and rest of it was fine so was a cheap 15 buck fix to change the bushings. I still need to sort out an electrical issue with one bank of 12volt lights inside and am going to have to replace the water heater and redo one water line. Have also ordered all new window gaskets and a replacement latch for the screen door and a few other little things but nothing too tough and hopefully nothing too expensive either. Can't wait to get it out and do some camping... Oh and of course I plan to take a guitar with me...
     

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    Very nice Matt! (drooling!!!)
     
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    WOW! That looks great! So classic, and cool. :thumb:
     
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    Oh, WOW!...
    Love it, enjoy that piece of history!
     
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    ORF, that's really nice, but it looks nothing like an SG!
     
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    LP = Winnebago
    SG=1968 Airstream

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    Ooh, very cool! That interior completely takes you away to another time. Well, it's a time I've seen on films at least :) Looks in great condition as far as the eye can see and if a few replacement parts are all you need to do it looks like you got lucky.

    I love camping, as long as I am not in a tent :p My parents used to take me (and my brother when he was younger) all around Europe in a little van which went through several incarnations, including an Orange VW camper which I am too young to remember. Our last one was a converted commercial van like below, but we haven't had one since 2001.

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    I keep nagging my parents to hurry up and get their new motorcaravan so I can use it, haha.
     
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    You guys are too high class for me. :rolleyes:

    I'm still using a poncho liner in the summer and a G.I. sleeping bag in the winter. If it's wet then I put up a poncho with two cut branches holding a short paracord line in an A frame arrangement. I suppose you can take the man out of the Rangers, but you can't take the Rangers outta the man huh? :hmm:

    Yup, ya'll are too high class for me. :)
     
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    A real classic. Lucky those guys from American Pickers didn't get there first.
     
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    Wade: regarding high class... if I told you how cheap the trailer was... well I will just say it was a really, really good deal. Bought it from an old retired lady who had the trailer for years and took really good care of it and said all she wanted for it was what she paid for it many years ago :)

    Sootio: re american pickers... hehe, that is exactly what my wife said. I bet those picker guys would have snapped it up in a heartbeat if they had known about it.

    Other than a few little items like ripping out the tired carpet and replacing the broken water heater, the trailer is original. It has real mahogany paneling that looks fantastic. I can't help but compare it to an old guitar where the mahogany has such nice grain to it. We are planning our first camping trip this weekend. The AC and fridge are working fine so even though the water heater is broken and a couple of the lights don't work... I think we are going to go anyway.
     
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    Matt,

    That's a lot more classy that what I live in now! :)

    Seriously, I do hope you enjoy it and you and your bride have tons of fun with it! Ya did good!

    Wade
     
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    Me too. I had an Airstream type trailer for a while...it wasn't for recreation, we lived in it!
     
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    what did I get myself into now??? My wife showed me pics of people who had polished their old airstreams to a beautiful luster and asked me if I could do that to ours. In my stupidity... I said yes. So this is 4 hours into the job and that is all I have to show for it. At this rate, I figure it will be about a 50 hour job. I admit the area I did does look really nice but man it is rough doing it out in the Texas summer sun.
     

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    Matt this is when you need some kid to do the "Wax on. Wax off" routine and claim you're teaching him to be the next Karate Kid! :naughty:
     

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