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Old 11-10-2009, 05:04 PM   #15
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That baby is ready to rock n roll, just needs the right home! The inside I disregard, the outside looks good!

My Christine looked worse when i got her! Wish I had taken pictures.......but. She looked so bad, I wanted her out of the way so I pulled her through a ditch just to get past her!


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Old 11-10-2009, 05:52 PM   #16
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rare find

Its getting harder and harder to find these older Airstreams. This looks like it is virtually intact, all be it in need of serious work. But the fact that no one has messed with it makes it really rare. As others have already said, restoring /refurbishing an old Airstream is a long process that requires your own personal attention and dedication to do it right. You will need the time, work space, tools, resources (Air forums) and money and more money. But it can be very rewarding. Don't start such a project until you take some time to review the Air Forum threads and sub sections to get a feel for what you are in for.

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:16 PM   #17
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What is the asking price?
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Old 11-10-2009, 06:21 PM   #18
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Wow, that little lady looks like she was "rode hard and put away wet" as my daddy used to say! She'll take some work, but eventually you'd have a real looker. If you're handy (or willing to become handy), I'd say - go for it!
Of course I'm crazy and aluminum obsessed, so I'm not exactly practical about these things! And it IS an obsession!
Have fun, and do a LOT of reading on the forums (that's an obsession too, BTW). There's a bunch of knowledgable people here that can definitely steer you in the right direction.

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:23 PM   #19
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send it to me! I'll make room for it! I've only got 4 at the moment!

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Old 11-10-2009, 06:38 PM   #20
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I will give $50.00 for the vent..........
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:52 PM   #21
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I see an awful lot of good in those pictures. Probably be a whole different trailer cleaned up. 13 panels and a seemingly pretty straight body!!!

Absolutely no denying it'll be a big project, almost certainly shell off redo. Lots of work, but sure could be a nice trailer. Time and money.

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Old 11-10-2009, 10:45 PM   #22
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Steve, sounds like there's some temptation in your voice. Everyone needs at least two... right?
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:04 PM   #23
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By your profile info it looks like it has claimed you already... A trailer like that FEW people could pencil whip with their check book, its going to take a year of 40-hour weeks to make it back into a doll house!

Looking at the wheel - looks like split rim, few will work on them so two new wheels (before 'real' road trip) and the axle spring leaf pack looks seriously (danger to even move?) decrepit so count on that assembly getting checked out before/during/after the first attempt to move the unit. Count on updating axle afterward.

Those permanent plumbed drain lines should be cut away before you move the trailer, I'd hate to think of collateral damage that could occur if one/both snagged on something. How is the entrance door? That is a vital and pricey piece of aluminum! Make a fail-safe tie off for the door assembly before you see highway speeds just in case the latch has weakened blah blah...

I'd say first major expense would be a building to 1) store removed parts in a rational order 2) work on interior section pieces and flooring carpentry 3) have dry area to accomplish shell off restoration.

http://56caravanner.blogspot.com/ <--- give you a sense of scale of your new hobby kit
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You have to ask yourself if you have the skills for this, or are willing to learn them. Are you good at this sort of stuff? Are willing to go into the unknown? Some people start a restoration and give up and I suppose you don't know until you start. If it feels like a dream you have and are excited by it, go for it. Any realistic person will have some doubts, and that's ok.

Anything like that I've tackled (house remodeling) has been quite a challenge at times, sometimes frustrating and worse, but when each part is finished, there's the pride of accomplishment. It does, as Hampstead says, take more time than you can imagine, costs more than you want, and can be well worth it. And yes, only you will see the flaws and don't tell everyone else about them, though you will find yourself strangely compelled to confess them.

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Old 11-10-2009, 11:07 PM   #25
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Steve, sounds like there's some temptation in your voice. Everyone needs at least two... right?
I'm glad it's a long long way away.

I've really got all I can handle.

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Old 11-11-2009, 06:11 AM   #26
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Definately worth it!!!

RJM---It WILL be a ton of work, but worth every minute!! The skin seems to be in beautiful shape, and just washing off the mold will improve its looks enormously!

I just finished with my '53. Check out my pics to see what the interior and exterior can look like when refinished. Don't throw away anything, or sell anything until you decide what your game plan is. Gail
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:51 AM   #27
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If you decide not to do it,I think I have 5 mounted wheels,and a full tank of gas,could be there in about 24 hrs.I have room for another project. Dave
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:06 AM   #28
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No, it definitely isn't worth doing. Don't pay any attention to EASYRIDE. I can get there and help you get it off the property before he can...

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