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Old 08-31-2010, 04:29 AM   #1
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'53 Cruiser Where to Start?

Well, I certainly have a project now worth taking on. This weekend I got the green light from the wife to "look" for a 50's trailer. SO I took that as "find and buy." I found a great candidate only 2 hours from home.

It is a 1953 Airstream Cruiser 25' Single axle. The shell is in great shape with one dent in the curbside rear. Everything inside appears unchanged and original with the original appliances. Even the inside skin does not show any alterations or holes. Of course the floor is bad even though it seems that someone had replaced the floor in spots in the last few years.

Now that it is in the driveway, I can not sleep. I just wake up thinking about where to start. I need to have a new coupler put on since the current one was bent around the ball to keep it on the ball permanently. Then I hope to gut it and considering a shell off. But that is very intimidating.

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Old 08-31-2010, 05:07 AM   #2
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Wow, a good finding! Take him! Make a beauty from the Cruiser!
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:55 AM   #3
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Great find!!!

Your Cruiser looks to be in great shape! I have a '53 Clipper, and luckily for me, I only had to replace two sections of the floor (still not an easy thing to do), as it had been stored inside for much of its' life.
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Sweet trailer!!

Congrats Nick. It looks like a nice find. Welcome to the 50s!!

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Old 08-31-2010, 09:21 AM   #5
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thanks guys.

Yeh that is something I am wondering right now. How much to do? Do I replace the bad sections or do the whole thing, floor, frame, wiring, zoletone and know that it is complete. Shell on or take the shell off? So many questions right now I get overwhelmed. I also need to get the 69 Globetrotter up for sale since my budget office (wife) has only approved 1 project trailer at a time.
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Way to go Nick!

She's a beauty!!!
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:14 PM   #7
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Nick,

Depends on what you want. Looks pretty complete and in good shape, except for the lack of cushions and drapes. I would seriously consider, fixing the soft floor spots and having a very nice saved original trailer.

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thanks guys.

Yeh that is something I am wondering right now. How much to do? Do I replace the bad sections or do the whole thing, floor, frame, wiring, zoletone and know that it is complete. Shell on or take the shell off? So many questions right now I get overwhelmed. I also need to get the 69 Globetrotter up for sale since my budget office (wife) has only approved 1 project trailer at a time.
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Sweeet!!! Very nice. The 50s Rock!!!

Why a shell off? Is the floor that bad?
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Old 08-31-2010, 03:34 PM   #9
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Prioritize!

Get rid of the old before starting on the new.
Meanwhile start a list.
Ask the Boss what she would like to do. What she thinks.
Maybe some non-destructive inspection to determine frame condition, floor soundness, axle condition, and so on.
Go for it!!! Looks like fun. Lucky guy.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:17 PM   #10
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Started Gutting.

Well today was a good day. Spent a few hours with the wife just sitting inside the Cruiser and thinking about what to keep and what to change. She is adamant that we must share a bed and not sleep in twins. So it was nice to think about the could be's. Then I got started on the interesting part, dismantling. It was cool to see how everything was assembled. To include the serial number being written on the cabinets.

Next I need to clean out space in the shed and move everything inside. Then finish taken out the sink and bath area. Then removal all the layers of paint on the inside skin.
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Good Thinking

I like the double bed idea as well.
As I age the open concept becomes more attractive.
With kids, a curtin suffices, for just a touch of privacy.
Take lots of pictures, you might forget how things go together.
Sitting in the Airstream thinking about your plans is a joy.
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:57 PM   #12
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Well down to the shower. I have read that these were put in before the shell was finished so it wont fit out the door even after taking the rivets out and splitting in half. The shower stall is in really good shape no extra holes or tears. Should I take out the pan rivets and the lower out that way? For the top should I cut a slot near the window and try to squeeze it out? Or build a new one (which I dont know how to do)? Any suggestions?

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Old 09-08-2010, 06:25 PM   #13
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1st I heard

First I heard that... you sure if won't fit? My understanding is that everything went in and out of the door while building these things.

Or, Just take it to Frank and he'll life the shell off for you... or borrow his gantrys and do it yourself!!

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:08 AM   #14
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Yeh there is no way to take it out whole, it is about 12" larger than the opening. I split in half and still no way. Maybe if I take the rivets out on the shower pan it would fit. The shower was in place when they sprayed the zolatone because there is splash back on the side of the shower and none behind it. I guess I will just drill out the bucked rivets from the pan.
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