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Old 09-23-2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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1970 Dodge Starcraft

Hey everyone,

Looks like I found the right place in this forum.

I just purchased this 1970 Starcraft 19'. I guess they only made 12 of these. It has 63,000 miles and is powered by a dodge 318.

The inside is gutted so I will be building it out on a budget.

I'm mechanically inclined and enjoy building old motorcycles but this is my first RV and sometimes feel way over my head with a lot of the construction aspect.

This looks like a great place to come and get some knowledge.

I just looked at the picture thread for a little motivation. Some of these vintage RV's are incredible!

My goal here is to build a very simple but nice surf coach that will eventually be reliable enough to go to Baja in. For now I'll be sticking to local beach trips.

I'm also expecting a kid in January and will hopefully rent this guy out on airbnb for a little extra income while the wifey is on maternity leave.

Here are some pics of the ol girl.
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That is a neat looking RV, Good Luck on the rebuild.
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Old 09-23-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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I love the looks.
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I'm looking forward to pictures of your progress.
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Old 09-25-2016, 02:00 PM   #5
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that is very cool, have fun reworking it. What's the return grill above the doghouse?
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What an awesome rig!
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That looks fun! It looks stout like a bulldog with the rear duals and the short wheel base.
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That looks sweet. I think I saw this for sale on CL in San Diego during August and gave serious consideration of buying it but we already have 3 motorhomes and a camper and I think my wife would kick me out if I came home with another one. Good luck with the project and post lots of pictures!
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That is awesome.

I hope you make your buildout have a vintage look, starting wth orange shag carpet which is a must!

Good luck.
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Make sure you get a rooftop a/c in there. I myself would make the interior with light natural colors, then it wouldn't seem so closed in. Make the base cabinets around 20" deep to leave more floor space. The floor could be bamboo either solid or engineered, very water resistant and hard and, reasonable in price.
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Make sure you get a rooftop a/c in there. I myself would make the interior with light natural colors, then it wouldn't seem so closed in. Make the base cabinets around 20" deep to leave more floor space. The floor could be bamboo either solid or engineered, very water resistant and hard and, reasonable in price.
Yep! You got it.

I'm going with a blonde wood or bamboo flooring. I need the floor to be water resistant as we will mostly be beach camping and using this for surf HQ.

Lots of natural wood.

I will be adding a rooftop ac sooner than later.

I'm super scared to walk on top of this thing. It seems pretty sketchy and the fact that the entire body is 1 piece of injection molded fiberglass freaks me out too. It's not like I can just get a roof replacement.

I really want to have a nice rack built for the top for surfboards and to put some lawn chairs on and hang out but I don't even know where to start. Any suggestions on someone who could help me with that in the so cal area?
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Yep! You got it.

I'm going with a blonde wood or bamboo flooring. I need the floor to be water resistant as we will mostly be beach camping and using this for surf HQ.

Lots of natural wood.

I will be adding a rooftop ac sooner than later.

I'm super scared to walk on top of this thing. It seems pretty sketchy and the fact that the entire body is 1 piece of injection molded fiberglass freaks me out too. It's not like I can just get a roof replacement.

I really want to have a nice rack built for the top for surfboards and to put some lawn chairs on and hang out but I don't even know where to start. Any suggestions on someone who could help me with that in the so cal area?
the rooftop rack could be made by any decent metal fab shop, some heavier gage aluminum tubing would work and, it would be light weight. You might buy a emt bender and some tubing and bend the rack yourself, then take it to a shop to have it welded.
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is the roof soft without much bracing? I saw another one like yours with rooftop a/c and I think there was a vent up there too
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Great looking rig. Rebuilding that should be fun. Looking forward to your progress. And pictures.

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