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Old 03-04-2008, 09:06 PM   #15
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As for rallies out west you have the rally of all rallies coming up - the WBCCI International in Bozeman, MT the latter part of June/early July. There's lots of info on it on the forum.

Also, the Airforums has a very active WA/OR group who rally frequently although I think they hang out mostly toward the coast so a bit of a hike for you, but still not too bad. Also, the CO group, both WBCCI and Airforums folks are a great group to get involved with. Not sure which way is easier for you, but I suspect it's the WA/OR folks.

Check out the Rally section for more info on what's coming up. Many people use their trailers while they are under construction and gain a lot of knowledge and advice from others at the rallies on what works, what you may want to avoid, and of course we are all chock full of suggestions.

Neat trailer you have. That would be a "keeper" for sure, even if you determine you need a larger one down the road for longer camping periods. You would be hard pressed to find a replacement.

It will be fun watching you transform it into your own unit. It's interesting how so many Airstreams can all look so different just based on the owners personal touches.

Keep posting pictures as you discover things.

On another note my buddy is going to be in Boise the Thursday before Good Friday picking up the '53 Flying Cloud he bought off of Craig's List. It's a ten hour travel time trek from Langley, BC to Boise.

Also, there's a Tin Can Tourists (TCT) rally in Deming, WA the 16th of August that has several forums members in attendance. It's a great place to meet people, get ideas, and get a sense of just how crazy we all are.

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Old 03-05-2008, 12:15 PM   #16
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Post some good pictures of the parts you are looking for and also check with Vintage Trailer Supply. If they do not have them, they may be able to point you in the right direction. Failing that, there are vintage hardware companies like HERE that will have something that would be period correct.
Here is a good picture of the type of latch im looking for. Its the latch that keeps the screen door shut. The vintage trailer supply site has some great stuff and I can already see my bank account going down Here is the direct link to the door latch pic Picasa Web Albums - Matt - 1952 Airstrea...
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:06 PM   #17
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You can pick up brass ones, called sash locks if I remember right, at most hardware stores. Paint them silver or leave them brass for now while you keep looking for silver/pot metal ones but in the meantime you have a proper latch to keep the screen door closed.

They are virtually identical except the color is wrong. I think the screw holes are even exactly the same.

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Old 03-05-2008, 10:22 PM   #18
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It's the latch that keeps the screen door shut.
This one is from the site I linked...close enough?

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Old 03-06-2008, 11:56 AM   #19
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This one is from the site I linked...close enough?
YOU are good.

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This one is from the site I linked...close enough?

WOW is right. That is exactly what i need. Only problem is I couldn't find it on either of the sites you linked, could you post the direct link? Thanks!!!
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Here you go!

It's in the casement window section ~

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Old 03-06-2008, 02:24 PM   #22
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Yeah, I call that picture of Maxwell "the black hole of time while polishing"...same thing!

Birdie is the black hole of Shari's purse!

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-and speaking of black holes, here's the very rare AIRSTREAM "black hole" wrench which was "custom fabricated" here at the factory yesterday:

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Eeeew!

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Old 03-06-2008, 07:04 PM   #24
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Ditto to what Shari said - and I don't see any rubber gloves laying there either ...... Eeeew some more.
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As for rallies out west you have the rally of all rallies coming up - the WBCCI International in Bozeman, MT the latter part of June/early July. There's lots of info on it on the forum.

Also, the Airforums has a very active WA/OR group who rally frequently although I think they hang out mostly toward the coast so a bit of a hike for you, but still not too bad. Also, the CO group, both WBCCI and Airforums folks are a great group to get involved with. Not sure which way is easier for you, but I suspect it's the WA/OR folks.

Keep posting pictures as you discover things.

On another note my buddy is going to be in Boise the Thursday before Good Friday picking up the '53 Flying Cloud he bought off of Craig's List. It's a ten hour travel time trek from Langley, BC to Boise.

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A question about the WBCCI rally. Can you go to these rallies if you aren't a member? I plan on going to the Westport, WA at some point this summer, so I will let everyone know and hopefully others will be in the area.

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Most Units have Buddy Rally at least once a year that encourages first-timers to visit. It's always a good idea to call the host and let them know you are coming. Also, alot of Units will allow you to come to one rally to "check it out"...no problem. But expect to be encouraged to join if you want to attend the next one. If you have a good time ~ shouldn't be a problem! The key is to get in touch with someone beforehand instead of just showing up....they usually need a headcount for meals or sites. Of course every Unit is a little different...you may not "click" with the first one you hook-up with, but you never know until you visit!

Have fun if you decide to go ~

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FWIW, there is currently a Cruisette in the forum classifieds. Nope, not mine.
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I was reading about this 51 Cruisette and it says that the VAC only knows of 8 still around? Is that true? If so, how many Cruisettes (of the 75 known made) are still around?

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Including the trailers on RJ Dial's great site I've got or seen info on about 15-16 extant Cruisettes. My instincts tell me there's likely many more still out there. Heck we didn't even know, by name, what model we had until about 10 years ago and our Cruisette (8050) has been in the family since the late 60's.
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