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Old 06-09-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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In a moment of pure insanity or brilliance (not sure which) we bought another Airstream. This one is a 1955 Cruiser Overlander. It had been gutted and has a new powder-coated custom frame, axles and floor.



You can see traces the old red letters above front window - 579. Does anyone have an old membership book that could look up the number and give us a little trailer history? We bought it from an RV dealership in Davenport, Iowa who took it as a trade-in. It appears that at some point it belonged to Tandem Tracks which is some kind of bicycle racing business.
( I guess I would not fool anyone if I said that was Wally Byam pulling his Airstream on a bicycle)

Anyhow, we are excited and looking forward to going through the process again. I am sure we will be using this forum's wonderful wealth of knowledge daily.

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Old 06-09-2014, 09:38 AM   #2
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Way to go Susan!!

Now you do your magic on this one...like the other. If you offer some more of that Wild Turkey I will come over there and be slave labor. I have the 55 Safari here that I am about to start....wanna compare notes?
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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Fast Women

I forgot to mention that one of my Airstream gal-pals went with me to pick up the trailer. We drove 1800 miles in less than 2 days.

We've been told that it is official, we are "fast women."
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You can see traces the old red letters above front window - 579. Does anyone have an old membership book that could look up the number and give us a little trailer history? We bought it from an RV dealership in Davenport, Iowa who took it as a trade-in. It appears that at some point it belonged to Tandem Tracks which is some kind of bicycle racing business.
Hi Susan:

Congratulations on a very fine looking tandem axle Cruiser Overlander. That's one sweet Airstream you have there, just brimming with potential.

WBCC number 579 was issued sometime after December 13, 1955 to Irving and Mildred Ewert of Chicago, Ill. They went on two WBCC caravans, No. 7 to Mexico in Winter 1956 and No. 12 to the Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis in Spring 1957, mostly like towing your newest Airstream. Sometime after 1960 they moved to Key Largo, Fla., perhaps to join ex-Major Frank McCloud and the Temples at the Hotel for drinks. They had not gone on any more national caravans by 1964, and by 1973 they had left the WBCCI. After getting her roadworthy, take this trailer on some more adventures as she's long overdue.
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So you finishing up the polish on mine is out the door I suppose?
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Old 06-10-2014, 07:06 AM   #6
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Sell me your trailer for a dollar

Sure I will polish the '50, just sell it to me for a dollar!

Gene, would you post a couple of photos of the inside of your trailer? We were having too much fun at the campout and I forgot to look at your trailer.

This 55 was completely gutted so we are starting to think about floorplans.

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Old 06-10-2014, 07:10 AM   #7
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Thank you 47 WeeWind

Thanks, that's great information that I will save in the trailer book. Will you be attending the vintage rally in Gunnison? If yes, we look forward to meeting you.

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Robyn,

We would love to compare notes but you are getting the short end of the stick. This is our first 1950's trailer- how many have you restored?

Anytime you want to come east just give us a shout.

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Number eight for me. When is Gunnison?
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #10
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Here is the information and a link to the website:

2014 VAC Rally Information

"The 2014 Rocky Mountain Vintage Airstream Club Rally plans are underway. Come join us as we celebrate another Rocky Mountain Rally at the Rockin' Wally-B Ranch!

We will circle the wagons the nights of July 24-27 in Gunnison, Colorado. We plan to do it the way Wally did – dry camping, no hook-ups & rustic. We will park without assignments, just park as you arrive; expect a limit of 80 spaces."
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WOW! How absolutely COOL!
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Is the shell not completely tied onto the frame floor assembly yet, hence the reason for the circumferential cargo straps?
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Sheet metal screws vs rivets

That's correct Aerowood. The guys who attached the shell to the channel used sheet metal screws in the rivet holes which as you can imagine worked their way out as we bounced down the bumpy roads. Their reasoning was that we might want to lift the shell again.

Each time we stopped we noticed that more screws were missing and my gal-pal, Janie, suggested that we use the straps. She was right, by the time we made Little Rock, Arkansas we had lost most of the screws.

I am really glad I didn't pull into my driveway with just a frame!

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Wow! Congratulations! That is an awesome find!
I know y'all will work wonders on it
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