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Old 04-29-2015, 07:36 AM   #15
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finally some positivity. I would buy it as cheap as you can get it and start working on it when you can. You have the skills that is a big plus my friend, if you have the time as well you can turn it into something you will be proud of.
A pressure washer will double the value right off...
You have plenty of pages here to read and get a plan together. Don't be fooled by those who just like to give advice however it comes out..

The aluminum alone is worth saving
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:52 AM   #16
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Many would have said this was not worth much either... but the second photo shows it after some considerable effort..

The interior was a holy mess...the outside pretty nasty, rust, etc.
Seeing past that is where the creativity comes in. All I have left to do now is enjoy it...which we do often,,(& fix the dented banana wrap in front.)
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:55 AM   #17
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Don't walk away......

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Yes, especially considering I have no less than 4 other classic projects going right now and I'm just a weekend warrior. Just hard for me to turn a cool classic down.


This trailer would make for a great resto project! You obviously have the skills to bring this trailer back to a useful life of camping and fun, fond memories. I would offer to "haul it away" for a small amount.... Say $200.00 to $400.00 and ask if they have a title laying around for it. If no title it would still make for a great shiny Spare Room or Aluminum Tent. Once you have it in your collection you can take your time cleaning and stripping it out (gutting the interior). Just think how cool an aluminum tent could be on your property even if you never travel in it! Well worth saving this iconic trailer. Should you decide to rebuild it from stem to stern and bring it fully back to roadworthy it would be perfect project to build back up from the ground. Think "Phoenix"! These Vintage shells can really be mirror shined and look grand even not going down the highway! If you pass let folks here know where it is and contact info if you are willing to share it. Someone may be looking for just a project such as this! Ed
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:45 AM   #18
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I'd sure be willing to give it a go, maybe even for a few hundred bucks. If the body is straight, everything else is reasonably fixable. It probably needs a floor and frame work, but people do that all the time. At a bare minimum, you could part it out.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:00 PM   #19
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I would pay up to $700 for it , if they wont give it to you for free. You will LOVE working and restoring an Airstream !!
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:20 PM   #20
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I say go for it! Many have paid a lot more than a few hundred bucks for trailers that need as much done to them as this one (new floor, axles, frame, etc.). If you've got welding skills and can rebuild the frame yourself, you can probably get away with bringing this baby back to being usable for few grand in raw materials (of course that cost goes up if you're looking to add all the bells and whistles). The way I see it, if you've got the space, grab it! Even if it just sits at your place it'll be an improvement on where it is now.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:22 PM   #21
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there ya go I like that attitude! There would be a lot of unloved Airstreams rotting away if we listened to all the negative comments...gotta get axles, got too much floor rot, it will have infestation,,,blah blah blah...

Bring it on and get er done!
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:22 PM   #22
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I'd start at 0 and work up to 500. It may not have a title, that may be just as big a PIA as anything else to get it titled and registered.

For sure its a shell off, new floor and probably most of the new interior cabinetry. Frame may be salvageable or maybe a pile of rust. For that matter it may not take kindly to being pulled out from where it has sat all those years. If you have the time and energy, it will probably take a couple of years of part time work and anywhere from 5 grand on up depending on how much you do and how fancy. Lots of the appliances can be bought used which will save some money. A new frame would be a couple thousand I imagine. You would need to get new axles as well.

For sure it's a challenge, but it looks like it is pretty straight overall and thats a good thing. If you can post some more pix, especially if you have any closer up or the inside.
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Wow, such a swing of enthusiasm after yesterdays bunch! I am still motivated to pursue this, hoping I can get it for the price of simply removing it from this chunk of land, and the best part is that it is less than half a mile from our property. Even if I did not bring it back to all it's towable glory I would certainly make something cool out of it for people to enjoy looking at while serving a function as well. I'll keep you guys posted. Waiting to hear back from the property owner.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:57 PM   #24
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Yes, I'm surprised at the early pessimism. I'd give it a thumbs up for a handy person like yourself. Start by tearing into it and see what you really have left of the frame. If it's well gone, you could weld a whole new one that's stronger or decide to scrap it. I'm working on my first shell off restoration, and I'm enjoying it a lot...still in the early phases though, maybe there's something I don't know! Like previously mentioned it could at least be made into a nice guest bedroom!
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She's a '63, the only year that had 7 panels on the endcaps AND had the rivet lines that extend from end cap, down the sides and to the next endcap.

If you do decide to take it on, there are lots of threads here that show the same year going thru a complete rebuild.

Fun stuff, lots of time, but neverless a fun project.
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Wow, such a swing of enthusiasm after yesterdays bunch! I am still motivated to pursue this, hoping I can get it for the price of simply removing it from this chunk of land, and the best part is that it is less than half a mile from our property. Even if I did not bring it back to all it's towable glory I would certainly make something cool out of it for people to enjoy looking at while serving a function as well. I'll keep you guys posted. Waiting to hear back from the property owner.
great idea. We all look forward to seeing photos of the inside, and the process. Best of luck to you
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