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Old 11-15-2005, 11:37 AM   #15
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What I have found is you want a trailer is good shape - you be able to find one in the 70's to current. If you want the older ones - like 50's and back they are very difficult to find in any kind of shape - so you left with a decision - if you want an older trailer, then you have to be willing to do some major work - thats what I did when I found my 58 - a good percentage of the work has not been the most fun so far, but now I'm really in the major fun/exciting part of the rebuild as I see it starting to come together.

So this trailer looks very doable to me - all of the sheets are straight sections so fairly easy to duplicate and replace - frame is not too difficult to build

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Old 11-05-2010, 08:23 PM   #16
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I'm currently restoring a 47. Hope you don't mind a few comments. These trailers are beautiful and worth restoring. However the market is thin, and restoration is expensive. Accordingly most restorations are difficult to justify financially.

While I'm not an Airstream historian or much of an expert I quickly realized that these old pipe frame units were constructed to be towable by vehicles underpowered and under braked by today's standards. That is, they were built very light, with minimal structure.

My pipe frame had folded at the leading edge of the trailer. A previous owner had bent it back and reinforced the pipe with angle iron. I've replaced the pipe from the Chassis forward with schedule 40 pipe, and reinforced the aft pipe with a steel plate spine. It has been a pretty time consuming job, but I wanted to keep the old trailer as original as possible.

If you aren't too concerned about orignality I'd recommend that you remove the shell and find a local trailer fabricator to build a new ladder frame with modern chassis. This will save a great deal of time, and likely a few dollars.

From what I could see of the trailer, the trailer shell looks pretty good, and includes most of the interiror.

By the way, if you do buy it and don't want the old stove, let me know. I need to find one.

Best of luck

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Old 11-07-2010, 05:34 AM   #17
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Thanks Rog, I was thinking I'd offer $750 and go as high as $1000. I still have one of my Wally Byam Holidays to restore and really no place to put the Liner but I assumed the 40.s liners were pretty rare.
I also found a 49 Vagabond, a 40s some thing Zimmer, an Alma and a Spartan. What I need is a lot in the country, a warehouse as a shop and to retire so I can restore full time. I'm two years off the latter so maybe there's a glimmer of hope.

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