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Old 05-25-2006, 02:57 PM   #337
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Well I just bought my second trailer a 55 Flying Cloud. I plan on restoring this trailer also. From what I've picked up on some of the threads, the 50's trailers are built different than the 63. Open to input form one and all. I'll include some pictures once I get it home.
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Don,

right on! The Flying Clouds are beautiful trailers. My friend has a 57 that's just fantastic. Another friend has a 55 that's going to be rehabbed soon, and yet another friend just bought a 55 Safari, which is somewhat similar to the Flying Cloud, at least in size.
The biggest differences I see is in the frame sizing, and tongue dimensions. The 55 Safari I saw a few days ago had a very short and very narrow tongue, making use of WD equipment questionable.
However, with your set of skills and dedication, none of that will be a problem....
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:05 PM   #338
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Well I just bought my second trailer a 55 Flying Cloud. I plan on restoring this trailer also. From what I've picked up on some of the threads, the 50's trailers are built different than the 63. Open to input form one and all. I'll include some pictures once I get it home.
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Yes, on my 1954 Liner the tongue was quite a bit shorter than my 1979 Safari and the weight distributing brackets were up against the body. I extended the tongue and replaced the 2" coupler with a 2 5/16" coupler. This also required that the frame needed to be bent to meet the angle on the new coupler. You can see a picture of the new coupler at: http://www.airforums.com/forum...07-post33.html

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Old 05-25-2006, 10:23 PM   #339
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Well I just bought my second trailer a 55 Flying Cloud. I plan on restoring this trailer also. From what I've picked up on some of the threads, the 50's trailers are built different than the 63. Open to input form one and all. I'll include some pictures once I get it home.
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Does anyone out there have any "Alumacillin"??? My husband obviously has aluminitis and needs a cure, fast! One might think from the usage of colorful metaphors one hears from time to time from the shop... that he might have his fill of aluminum. Not happening...he seems to become reinfected each day!
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:46 PM   #340
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Well I just bought my second trailer a 55 Flying Cloud. I plan on restoring this trailer also. From what I've picked up on some of the threads, the 50's trailers are built different than the 63. Open to input form one and all. I'll include some pictures once I get it home.
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Now we both have a 63 Bambi and a 55 FC! Is yours a CA model too? What is the Vin?
Very Very Cool.
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Old 05-25-2006, 11:06 PM   #341
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Now we both have a 63 Bambi and a 55 FC! Is yours a CA model too? What is the Vin?
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CA model, Vin 7937. The 55 FC is in need of total restoration. Have you posted anything on the forum about your 55. Where would I find it?
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:11 PM   #342
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I Just sense a bit of finish!

The Cushions arived today and I had to see how they look and work. The question is will any more work be accomplished?
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Old 05-26-2006, 09:23 PM   #343
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Nice, Don. My cushions and curtains will be finished in a few more weeks.
I still have to pick up the foam, so Lynn can start on the sewing project.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:02 PM   #344
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CA model, Vin 7937. The 55 FC is in need of total restoration. Have you posted anything on the forum about your 55. Where would I find it?
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Pictures of mine can be seen at http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...5FC/index.html
It is the one shown on the first page.
I am saving its restoration for "Someday". It is my favorite.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:26 PM   #345
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Today I've worked of reinstalling the kitchen. From now on it's the small finishing stuff that takes forever. I hope to laminate the new sink top tomorrow.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:31 PM   #346
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Pictures of mine can be seen at http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...5FC/index.html
It is the one shown on the first page.
I am saving its restoration for "Someday". It is my favorite.
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Thanks for guiding me to you picture site. We're going to get our first real look at our new purchase probably next Thursday. Pic to follow.
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The second attempt with the Zolatone came out perfect. The new choice in color is much closer to the original. Don
Just catching up on my reading. Gad miss a few weeks and look what happens.

Excellent Zolatone work, Don. Looks just like the inside of mine. Only better of course as I have not touched the Zolatone and it has many ouches on it due to removal of one of the gouchos. Would you consider PMing me the color choices and ratios?

Keep up the good work. You are almost ready to roll.
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Old 05-29-2006, 12:02 AM   #348
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Just catching up on my reading. Gad miss a few weeks and look what happens.

Excellent Zolatone work, Don. Looks just like the inside of mine. Only better of course as I have not touched the Zolatone and it has many ouches on it due to removal of one of the gouchos. Would you consider PMing me the color choices and ratios?

Keep up the good work. You are almost ready to roll.
Thanks for the ataboy on the Zolatone. I sprayed the inside twice. The first time was not so good. I tried to mix my own color. The color mixing is based on the paint balls inside the medium. The closest explanation to the principle I can give is the halftone technique in printing. I don't know if you are familiar with the technique. Any way I found it not to be a suitable approach. You need to pick one of their colors and stick with it. The color I used the second time is called 20-11 Apollo Gray. It has a slight green tint to it. I have sense received a large collection of color samples from Uwe. The choice is much greater than I was aware of when I did my trailer. Most automotive paint housed do not carry the full color charts. You might want to do research before you make a choice. SECOND, you need special equipment and method. I you go to the Zolatone web site there is a good explanation of technique etc. I would be willing to share more detailed information if you are interested.
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Old 05-30-2006, 07:22 PM   #349
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We get up early in the AM and head out to pick up our new to us 55 FC. Hope its a good trip.
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Hey Don, don't forget the pictures. You know how we love our pictures.

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