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Old 09-22-2016, 07:12 PM   #1
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New guy with old RV build

Hello every body,

New guy here looking to gain some knowledge.

I recently purchased an old RV to restore and customize. It's a 1970 Dodge Starcraft powered by a 318. They only made 12 of these!

I usually stick to building old Harley's and I was a Toyota and Porsche tech in my late teens-mid 20's. I am pretty mechanically inclined but this is my first RV. I'm always looking to learn new stuff and I try to as much work myself as I possible can.

Some things I know absolutely nothing about are solar and rv roofing. Can someone recommend a good shop in the OC area for this? Maybe someone that could provide some stereo install help as well? The body is a one piece injection molded fiberglass. I'm worried about punching holes in it or even going on the roof. I would like to leave that to the pros.

When I'm finished I'm hoping to have a nice little surf bus and maybe even airbnb it since I'm right down the street from Bolsa Chica In Huntington Beach.

I'm expecting a kid in January and I thought this would be a good way to supplement income while my wife is on maternity leave.

And now for some pics:

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Old 09-23-2016, 08:16 AM   #2
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What a beauty


That thing is beautiful and looks pretty untouched. Welcome to the Forum and RVing, it's a blast!

I would strongly recommend you go to "Vintage RV's" and read all the way through the "Total Rebuild" thread. I think you can pick up a lot of info especially if you want to do a lot of work yourself.

Just click on the "Forum" tab and it is there. I think you will enjoy it but I warn you, you will not get through it in one day.

Best of luck and enjoy yourself. Lynne

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Old 09-23-2016, 11:37 AM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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