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Old 11-15-2006, 12:09 AM   #1
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late '40s liner

I was interested in a project but this may be more than I wanted. I see in the forums and on other sites the issues with the pipe frames and the need to build an new "A" frame to make it usable.
I located a late 40's airstream 22' liner. It is still able to tow. Completely gutted. Windows and vents all there and in good shape. From the top down (75% of the unit), the skin is in great shape and is straight. Around the bottom and belly are holes and dents. I can get this unit for $500. Is it worth saving this unit from scrap due to its age and rarity? It does not have any of the serial number plates or airstream name plates, does that ruin its worth?

Maybe its worth the 500 to hang onto until I could tackle a complete rebuild. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 11-15-2006, 12:25 AM   #2
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Welcome!

I'm afraid I can't help you, I know absolutely nothing about that model - is it made by Airstream?
What I can do though is give you a welcome to the forums. You will find a wealth of info here, and someone will have an answer for you shortly, I'm sure.
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Old 11-15-2006, 12:31 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Wow, a big question here! Can you post a digital photo of the trailer? If the outside shell is in pretty good condition, then I would certainly give $500 for it! When you mention around the bottom and belly plans are holes and dents... how many, how bad? Rusty or bullet holes? To redo this trailer you will need a total rebuild. I would start with the frame... either put a new frame underneath or really beef up the pipe frames in some way. New axel, etc. and on up from there. But, when finished you would have a beauty! The serial number should appear on the tongue of the trailer (I believe) embossed (probably faintly) near the body of the Airstream. If all windows and vents are there, this is very good! You can get replacement name plates, etc. Look for the serial number, post a picture and see if it actually is an Airstream. The serial number should reveal other information for you. My gut reaction is $500... heck you can spend that much on a weekend that goes bad.... so the price may be reasonable. Does it have any title or license plate that can be traced?

Good luck. Let us know what you decide!

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Old 11-15-2006, 02:47 AM   #4
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i agree! if it was on this side of the country, i'd buy it in a heartbeat! make it one of those "long-term" projects.

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If you have a way to store for the future, I'd say by all means buy it. '40's trailers are extremely rare. PM Fred Caldwell here on the forum, he is the historian of the Vintage Airstream Club and cab give you much more informaton. Also, listen to the latest installment of the The Vap at www.Thevap.com. It's all about '30's & '40's Airstreams.

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If I had a place, I would have that guy already. He definitely must be saved and not go to the junk yard.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:24 AM   #7
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I was interested in a project but this may be more than I wanted. I see in the forums and on other sites the issues with the pipe frames and the need to build an new "A" frame to make it usable. I located a late 40's airstream 22' liner. It is still able to tow. Completely gutted. Windows and vents all there and in good shape. From the top down (75% of the unit), the skin is in great shape and is straight. Around the bottom and belly are holes and dents. I can get this unit for $500. Is it worth saving this unit from scrap due to its age and rarity? It does not have any of the serial number plates or airstream name plates, does that ruin its worth? Maybe its worth the 500 to hang onto until I could tackle a complete rebuild. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Hi Lychgate:

It sounds to me worth getting and saving for $500.00. The lower outside panels and belly skin can be replaced, and if necesasary the frame can be beefed up in the future. The windows and door, and to a lesser extent the roof vents, are the hard parts to find, but Alclad 24TS sheet aluminum (or its equivalent) is still available. The deco style Airstream name plate is being reproduced, and once roadworthy, most states should be willing to assign it a replacement VIN for titling and registration purposes. Get a Bill of Sale from the seller if at all possible. If you live in the right part of town, uncoventanted and forgotten, it can also make a great storage shed in the meantime. If it proves too overwhelming, you should be able to get your money out of it. Be a saint, save a trailer.

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Old 11-15-2006, 08:28 AM   #8
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[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]...The deco style Airstream name plate is being reproduced...

do you mean the big brass ones? or the 50's aluminum ones from vintage trailer supply? i was bidding on one of the brass ones on eBay a while back. got outbid at $110!

back to the trailer, if you don't want to keep it, just buy it and list it on the classifieds here for $750 (for your trouble, of course). i bet it'll go in a week! and to a good home, at that.



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do you mean the big brass ones? or the 50's aluminum ones from vintage trailer supply? i was bidding on one of the brass ones on eBay a while back. got outbid at $110! jp
I mean the 1948+ alumunum name plates with the rounded deco style letterring, not the cast bronze (or brass) name plates which are rare and expensive when resold.
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I guess it depends on if you have a place to store it and if you want to spend a lot of time and money fixing it. It certainly sounds like it's worth $500. If you don't want it, please let me know. I think my wife could stand looking at one more project.
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......back to the trailer, if you don't want to keep it, just buy it and list it on the classifieds here for $750 (for your trouble, of course). i bet it'll go in a week! and to a good home, at that.



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Old 11-15-2006, 08:15 PM   #12
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Thank you all for the advice and for the welcome to the forum. It is an airstream from all indications, I can read the outline of the airstream name on the tail where the letters left there mark many years ago. I made the deal with the owner today. He will be out of town for a few days and we will work our way down and free the unit from the orchard that it has been hiding in for the last 10 years. I will take pictures and post them as soon as I can. I am looking forward to finding out as much as possible from the experienced folks on this forum. Thanks again, updates to follow.
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Old 11-15-2006, 10:49 PM   #13
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That trailer is a great piece of airstream history,must be rescued ! glad to know your getting it ,exciting stuff ! There was a clipper here in town sometime back .last year in the Derricks Roofing storage yard .I work now on their trucks ,but the clipper is gone .Im hoping it turns up as I wanted to buy it ,someone somewhere has it . It was in good shape ,no broken windows and had that bold black wrought iron type of lettering,might not have not been an airstream clipper ,Im thinking a curtis wright possibly .Im thinking it just said clipper on the rear only.

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Old 06-14-2007, 05:53 PM   #14
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Hi all,
I finally managed to get this trailer free from the field it was in, 8 months of phone tag, obstacles and mud. What is the best way to post pictures? Post on this thread? or in a folder in the photo section? I would like to find out as much as possible about the unit.
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