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Old 09-26-2007, 12:04 PM   #1
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Would you give me some feedback on these photos ?

Greetings All ! My wife and I have have been studying these forums for months and are currently inspecting what may become our first Airstream. It is a 57 Flying Cloud.

Would someone experienced look at these few photos I took and give me your thoughts ? Just click the link to see them:

Flickr: Photos from joeyandtally

I took these photos of the belly skin which has opened up some revealing the frame, insulation, etc. The frame appears to have surface rust on the bottom but otherwise, from what I can see of it, seems in relatively good shape for a 50 year old. Floor seems solid except one small spot left of the entry door.

Those two long tubes underneath, (what are they for ?) are no longer secured to the frame and seem to be pulling down the skin which otherwise looks pretty good I think.

I'll be going back out to do the frame sag test and maybe take more photos.

Please let me know what you think !

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Old 09-26-2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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The tubes look like a retrofit to store sewer hose.

As far as rust, etc. the history of where the coach is from and under what conditions the coach was stored is a factor: in a building, dry vs. humid client, exposed to salt air, road salt, etc.

I can't tell from the photos if the rust is superficial or have eaten into the frame enough to weaken it. But it looks more superficial than not. I think all unrestored vintage coaches will have some frame rust.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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Thanks Marshall !

We are told that it has lived it's whole life in California, predominantly inland. If that's accurate it would be a plus.

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Old 09-26-2007, 01:42 PM   #4
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Greetings All ! My wife and I have have been studying these forums for months and are currently inspecting what may become our first Airstream. It is a 57 Flying Cloud.

Would someone experienced look at these few photos I took and give me your thoughts ? Just click the link to see them:

Flickr: Photos from joeyandtally

I took these photos of the belly skin which has opened up some revealing the frame, insulation, etc. The frame appears to have surface rust on the bottom but otherwise, from what I can see of it, seems in relatively good shape for a 50 year old. Floor seems solid except one small spot left of the entry door.

Those two long tubes underneath, (what are they for ?) are no longer secured to the frame and seem to be pulling down the skin which otherwise looks pretty good I think.

I'll be going back out to do the frame sag test and maybe take more photos.

Please let me know what you think !

D.
In my opinion the trailer looks to be in excellent condition for it's age. I have a 62 that has lived most of its life in Arizona and looks very similar underneath, just surface rust and popped rivets on the belly pan. Those tubes are like the ones on mine and were used to store the awnings. I still use them for the poles on my awnings. It seems to me that the belly pan can be re-riveted to the frame rails and the tubes re-secured in the same fashion if you intend to use them.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:58 PM   #5
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Do you have the VIN #...I thought the "Land Yacht" placque by the front of the door was just a 1960 thing...but I could be wrong. The other tell-tale age identifier is the unique wheel well shape which was only a year or two also.

Not that it makes a difference - the trailer looks good from the pics.

You might want to check the VIN here: Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

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Old 09-26-2007, 02:52 PM   #6
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I thought the "Land Yacht" plaque by the front of the door was just a 1960 thing...
Shari, when Fred Coldwell did "the '50's" on theVAP.com I seem to recall that Land Yacht was one way of distinguishing park models (110v) vs over-the-road models (12v). Did International start up the same way? Which was it?? I'd have to go back and listen. Episode 37 if I only had a brain ... or the time.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:28 PM   #7
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Yeah, I know...but that's the blue LandYacht placque by the door. The one I am talking about is the one with wally's face and the flag on the upper corner segment...I'll ask Fred to clarify, no sense in "just guessing".

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:09 PM   #8
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Thanks Louis and Sergio, we haven't looked at many in person but it seems to compare favorably to what we've seen online so far.

InsideOut, it's number is 8276, I went to Vintage Airstream Photo Archives and it does appear to check out as a Flying Cloud.

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:36 PM   #9
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Cool...looks nice, I guess I learned something today about the placque...thanks!

What's the inside look like? Original? Modified? Stripped? Do you have any pics?

Good luck if you decide to go for it!!!

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Now that is flat just teasing us How about some pics of the inside
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Now that is one sweet find. That belly pan will go right back up and the frame looks to be surface rust only. What is it the staples go into on the pictures towards the bottom? Is it the wooden floor? Interior pix pleeze.

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Old 09-26-2007, 11:45 PM   #12
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Ok, I've added some interior pics here:

Flickr: Photos from joeyandtally

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Hi, Dreamland. The bathroom isn't very pretty , but the rest of this trailer is. Inside and out looks good. Have the wheel bearings repacked, check the brakes, check the exterior lights, put brand new tires on it, and drag it home.

You like it, your wife likes it, the dog loves it; Unanamous, buy it.
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After seeing the interior, its even more sweeter. This belongs in your driveway and by that I mean right away. Everything looks original except the fridge which is to be expected. Get er home, replace the soft goods, repack the bearing, add new tires and go camping. She's a beaut!!

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