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Old 10-04-2006, 11:39 AM   #15
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I agree that the historical value should be preserved. We'll do our best at that. Restore as much as possible and renovate with a 54ish look where needed.

The red numbers were the one thing that I was most fascinated with when we bought Buttercup, our 77 Overlander. I was amazed that they had such historical value and sentiment. They instantly transformed me back in time to a friendlier place -- maybe not in true reality, but in my mind, does that make sense? They did imply commoraderie and true love of adventure. With Buttercup it was imperitave that we got her original numbers back to help her continue her journey. We were successful in that. She wears them proudly today.

The red numbers are not license identification. They are not a legality. They are put there for friendly identification amongst members. And they are very curious to non-members that we come across.

I realize with the new 54 that this will not be possible due to the unfortunate rules that the WBCCI has embraced over the years. No disrespect intended, but it is impossible for trailers of history to continue their journeys as their original 'names' or identifications. Somewhere along the road the powers that be lost that vision I think. Perhaps someday the history of the WBCCI will be returned to the Airstreams and they will be able to continue. I see and hear of more and more people who are interested in carrying on with their trailer's original history and id #. (Heck, they've created a whole trend in home renovation with shows like 'if Walls Could Talk.')

The blue number or other color number is a great idea. Doesn't seem to me that it would impede on anything current, but it would definitely represent and honor the historic value.

Perhaps the current owners of the 3 digit numbers could preface or follow their numbers with a P or I or T for Trustee, for instance. History could be preserved with this simple adjustment.

For now, the 54 (waiting for some more info before the name comes...) will be the ghost of the ORIGINAL #128. The TRUE 128, if you will. Her numbers will be faint but proudly worn and displayed as they were the day she first dawned them and for as long as they will last. They are so recognizable, even after 52 years. They really stand out. Almost as if she's yelling, 'hey, I'm 128 and I have a great history!'

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Old 10-04-2006, 01:29 PM   #16
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ghostly...

I like it! How about outlined RED numbers. This whole number thing is a bit outrageous - how often would you be confused with another person at a rally just because of a number? What are the chances of running into another 128?

I say wear them with pride.

I really like your 50' trailer - can't wait to read about the restoration.
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Old 10-05-2006, 01:40 AM   #17
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Just playing around but that plaque doesn't exactly fit the space on the back. But that doesn't mean that the sizes didn't vary as time went on. Still, we may just make one up ourselves and stick it on anyway!!!
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:01 AM   #18
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My '56 had a Wally Byam's Caravan sticker...I'll try to post a photo here.

It's now just a ghost of its former self.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:39 AM   #19
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Really neat; love the pictures. Hope to see her on the road soon.
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:45 AM   #20
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Ideas abound and they all involve removing a lot of parts. There has to be an easier way to install gray, black & potable tanks than those I have read about here on the forums. Maybe easier but I bet not better! Some of the work reported here is amazing and only encourages me to get into something that I may be ill equipped to finish myself.
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Old 10-05-2006, 07:22 AM   #21
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How wonderful. We purchased 1967 Globetrotter #16498 in the Wally Caravan. It is now in use. We got just one number change. #16488. This might be something you could do. Looking forward to learning of your progress. Our trotter named Ariarusello.
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Old 10-05-2006, 08:41 AM   #22
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Just playing around but that plaque doesn't exactly fit the space on the back. . .
That doesn't look too bad. Here's what the original size looked like on the front of my '59.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:43 PM   #23
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Nice trailer! Now I feel worse for recently missing a chance to pick up a '54 Cruiser near home because I had to attend to some family business. Until I find myself a vintage unit I'll have to live vicariously thru your adventures (well yours and those related to a certain '54 double door Liner).
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:32 AM   #24
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Joe, anytime you are in the area, you can live that dream for real with a wire brush in your hand....
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Old 10-10-2006, 06:27 AM   #25
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Nice trailer! Now I feel worse for recently missing a chance to pick up a '54 Cruiser near home because I had to attend to some family business. Until I find myself a vintage unit I'll have to live vicariously thru your adventures (well yours and those related to a certain '54 double door Liner).
It's nice to see that I stirred up an update on the '54 Double Door Liner: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ner-17291.html,

But I confused myself, as I have mostly been following the '58 Double Door Cruiser: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ht=double+door

I guess there's just something about double door vintage trailers that I find interesting. Both should be great trailers when their restorations are complate!
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:18 AM   #26
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It's nice to see that I stirred up an update on the '54 Double Door Liner: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ner-17291.html,

But I confused myself, as I have mostly been following the '58 Double Door Cruiser: http://www.airforums.com/forum...ht=double+door

I guess there's just something about double door vintage trailers that I find interesting. Both should be great trailers when their restorations are complate!
Joe,

Then you should have said 58 Double Door Cruiser and not 54 Double Door Liner, how could you possibly have confused them, the Liner is longer than the Cruiser.

By the way, good luck on your 54 Tim.

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Old 10-10-2006, 03:01 PM   #27
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Bill,
Not to discount your trailer one bit, but you're right, I meant to say the '58 Double Door Cruiser, because it has had the more active restoration thread. I just forgot for a moment that there were two double door restorations going on. I think I fixated on 1954 trailers for a moment.

Oh what the heck - all vintage trailer restorations are fantastic. (I dont want anyone to feel left out. )
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UPDATES?? Or have I just missed them? Would love to see how Bill's Double Door Liner is coming along. Thanks!
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