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Old 10-03-2006, 12:01 PM   #1
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We just bought a '54

We just bought a 54 Cruiser. Needs some work but overall in very good shape. Adventure #2 begins!!!!!
Pictures currently at http://www.archnevada.com/54cruiser/.

We will have to redo the kitchen, etc... but this looks like it will be a blast. We are already talking about a gray/black water tank retrofit if that can be done.

The interesting part is the WBCCI number - #128. We have been told that the trailer was used while Dave McCoy was building Mammoth Ski Resort so we suspect that he may have been the original owner of this unit. But we are still looking.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:05 PM   #2
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Congrats

Sent you some good Karma. Hope you enjoy your project - and I hope you've got a big barn to work in!

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Old 10-03-2006, 12:13 PM   #3
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That is soooo cool. Just love the whale tail! Good luck with your project - looking forward to your updates!
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:24 PM   #4
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A 3-digit WBCCI number indicates the member is/was an International Officer today. If it is indeed the original number from the 50's the trailer/member may have participated in one of Wally's caravans. Ohhh, if only they could talk!

Regardless, looks like a fun project ~

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Old 10-03-2006, 12:35 PM   #5
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Neat Airstream. According to the 1st WBCCI directory I got from Pee Wee in 1955 WBCCI # 128 in belonged to Ben and Alta Holets of Cedar Rapids and they went on the 1955 Mexico West Coast Winter Caravan. Mike might have more info.
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Old 10-03-2006, 12:47 PM   #6
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The info we've gotten from Mike Orchard, is that #128 was for Ronald and Marye Elyn Holets of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His records indicated that it was on a Mexico Caravan in 1962!

The serial number is 642-6 and is located on a single plaque under the street-side window.

Never the less, we're excited to have a real Wally trailer!
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:44 PM   #7
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Neat Airstream. According to the 1st WBCCI directory I got from Pee Wee in 1955 WBCCI # 128 in belonged to Ben and Alta Holets of Cedar Rapids and they went on the 1955 Mexico West Coast Winter Caravan. Mike might have more info.
Hey Buttercup:

Sweeeet Cruiser!! That's one very nice vintage Airstream with its great original fixtures and features. I particularly like the white glass wall light with the single twist switch in the base. I can't recall seeing another like it ... creamy smooth.

My 1960 Caravanners Directory shows Ben and Alta still owned the trailer in 1960, and it had only gone on the 1955 West Coast winter Mexican Caravan up to that time. As Mike notes, the trailer was transferred within the next two years to family members who warmed up the wheel bearing grease.

Congratulations! and welcome back to the 50s.
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Old 10-03-2006, 02:03 PM   #8
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That is such a nice project trailer. I wish you well and hope to see it down the road some day. To me there is something magical about the 50's trailers. I often wonder where mine has been.

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Old 10-03-2006, 04:07 PM   #9
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Neat trailer. Love the looks of the 50's. It's in about the same shape as mine was when I found it and with a few months of nights and weekends it came together very nicely. It's nice that you have been able to already track down some history - mine will forever be anonymous unless I can become an aluminum whisperer, and given my hearing is not that great it's doubtful that is ever going to happen. I may have to drag it to an international meet just to have someone with those skills give me the history.
We'll be watching for progress pictures.
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:52 PM   #10
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Thanks!

Thanks Mike, Shari, Dianne and Fred for the great info. Thaks to the rest of you for the warm wishes and thanks to Paula for the karma.

Our biggest thanks goes to 65GT (Leo) for giving us the heads-up on this one. We might be the serrogates for him on this one, too !

We just walked in from bringing her (him?) home. Wow, I really can't believe it. After it was parked I walked to the other side and put my hand on the front panels and whispered "your home." I know how geeky this sounds, but I have to say, like Greg (CaptainJones) mentioned, there is something special about the 50s trailers. I sort of knew this, but it didn't hit me until the we actually owned one. She is a piece of history. I can feel it.

I was so nervous whether we were doing the right thing or not by buying another trailer. But now that I look back outside and down the driveway at that 'beautiful, sort-of-shiny' wonder sitting there, I'm sooooo very happy.

We walked through it again and started a mental list of items and projects.
I think we'll start with the 2 windows that need hardware and glass... no, maybe we should begin with new hubs, tires and shiny moon hub caps, or maybe we should wash it...maybe electrical...gas...plumbing...polish...upholstery. ..window coverings...flooring...re-finish wood...clean hardware... .... ........ ... ...

Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 10-03-2006, 07:52 PM   #11
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I think I'd slap a red 128 right back on it -- you've got a real historical item there and I'm sure you'll build that history over time. You definitely found a REAL Wally trailer in this one!
Except, #128 is an active number/member assigned to a Spouse of a Deceased International Past President. Might not be good form ~

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Old 10-03-2006, 08:26 PM   #12
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Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed that slide show. You have a real piece of history there. Yeah, I'd want to keep "128" too. Could it not be put on an Airstream historical register sort of thing? There must be an acceptable way.
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:06 PM   #13
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Great trailer buttercup ,our 60 also went on that 62 mexico caravan ,as
the owner ,was on his way down when he made a stop to get his Ogden
water purifier fixed ,as it was new ,but had a leak ,He had a letter from the
president of the company ,which is really customer service.I agree on the
feel of the coach ,as I have done the same thing .I am putting the original
byam letters back on for historical value and signifigance as 65GT has said .
decided when I bought the trailer 3 years ago ,I may do them in a blue to
imply historical value ,use the red (if I ever get them, been 6 months and 110
dollars so far nothing)to cover those when doing a ralley .The historical
signifigance that comes with these trailers should be preserved if possible .
its cool to know its been on a caravan and been somewhere .

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Old 10-03-2006, 09:39 PM   #14
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Most excellent! We will be watching to see how it transforms!

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