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Old 03-19-2014, 04:17 PM   #29
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Are you going to remove the end caps? I see that you striped them but did not to remove them and I was jus wondering because sealing the leaks on the end caps and the insulation behind them. Looks really good so far.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:00 PM   #30
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The next day we got it stripped down to bare aluminum on the inside!




That's a lot of little scrapings... and this is after we swept most of the old stuff out:


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Great riveting. For panel replacements, is there some kind of a rivet position template to help get them this straight and even?


Some minor aluminum corrosion in here. Going to try walnut blasting (we don't want the interior aluminum to be a high gloss shine anyway)... but would 0000 steel wool work better?


Is this white patchy stuff aluminum corrosion? what's the best way to clean this?


Getting pretty close to lifting body off frame, which we are excited about. For an Airstream this short, would the "lift body with gantry crane and chain hoist" or "brace the body and jack it up from the frame" approach be better? Which gives better control for lining things back up together when rejoining body to frame?
I've been waiting for you to show up. My name is Jason, and I own number 8008. I, along with another cruisette owner, have been compiling a "census" over the last several years of how many cruisette's are still out there by serial number and photos (There is a common misconception out there that only 75 were made. There were actually 76. The serial range is from 8000 to 8075, but you have to count the very first unit, with the zero). To date there are 33 confirmed by serial number, and most have accompanying photos. There are currently 5 "mystery" units, that I have photos of but no serial numbers. You have one of the mystery units! Can you please send me an email or post it to your thread? That will make 34 confirmed with serial numbers to date. Thanks for your help.
Oh, and I feel your pain. I restored mine from the floor up, but decided on a birch interior. I had only the original upper galley cabinets to work with, so I made all-new interior cabinets and changed the layout to give it a larger feel and used vintage appliances. Here's a link to the resto photos. Airstream 1951 Cruisette
Good luck, and thanks in advance for the serial number! Jason
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:42 PM   #31
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Fantastic find and work so far! I've also got a Cruisette--#8050--(I'm the other Cruisette owner Jason refers to). Sort of the East coast census keeper vs. his West coast role. You look to have at least 80% of the interior components. Very few have survived that intact. I'll concur that I too would love to know the serial number of this gem. Keep updating your progress, its very encouraging!
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:51 PM   #32
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Was all glass original? I could not find gasket for them. I think AS stopped using these windows in 51. I also found replacing the glass quite difficult. If you figure it out let me know.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:59 PM   #33
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Was all glass original? I could not find gasket for them. I think AS stopped using these windows in 51. I also found replacing the glass quite difficult. If you figure it out let me know.
My trailer--8050 has original glass in all windows except the front & rear lower panes. Vandals broke them back in the '70s when it was parked on the street. My father replaced the glass with plexi and new gaskets. It was not easy due the the shape of the edging channel, but can be done. VTS was supposed to make a replacement gasket but haven't. I think they are selling something similar now but its grey not black. The windows in my fiberglass truck cap have a gasket that looks very similar in black vinyl. I'm planning on investigating it when I'm ready to tackle the windows on my trailer. HTH
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:13 PM   #34
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Which one of you guys is ready to sell me your Cruisette? I want one.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:48 PM   #35
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Sold.
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Old 12-18-2014, 08:56 PM   #36
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Sold.
Well I don't like the sound of that!
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:05 PM   #37
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I've been waiting for you to show up. My name is Jason, and I own number 8008. I, along with another cruisette owner, have been compiling a "census" over the last several years of how many cruisette's are still out there by serial number and photos (There is a common misconception out there that only 75 were made. There were actually 76. The serial range is from 8000 to 8075, but you have to count the very first unit, with the zero). To date there are 33 confirmed by serial number, and most have accompanying photos. There are currently 5 "mystery" units, that I have photos of but no serial numbers. You have one of the mystery units! Can you please send me an email or post it to your thread? That will make 34 confirmed with serial numbers to date. Thanks for your help.
Oh, and I feel your pain. I restored mine from the floor up, but decided on a birch interior. I had only the original upper galley cabinets to work with, so I made all-new interior cabinets and changed the layout to give it a larger feel and used vintage appliances. Here's a link to the resto photos. Airstream 1951 Cruisette
Good luck, and thanks in advance for the serial number! Jason

Hello Jason! I have just found and purchased a '52 Cruisette Serial # 8073. Yeah me!!!
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:59 PM   #38
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Congrats Kelly!! I believe that would be from Dallas Blair? He also owns 8075. Must be thinning the herd! A very interesting unit, that one, with the aftermarket overhead cabinets and the sink/stove/refrig combo. Have fun with it!!
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:50 PM   #39
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Congrats Kelly!! I believe that would be from Dallas Blair? He also owns 8075. Must be thinning the herd! A very interesting unit, that one, with the aftermarket overhead cabinets and the sink/stove/refrig combo. Have fun with it!!

It is the one you described but I bought it from a restorer, so Dallas must have sold it to them and they sold it to me. I had no idea anyone had two! I am not finding very much Cruisette renovation info here on Airforums. Some folks seem to start with sharing details then fall off. I have no idea what to do with this one so am looking for any info I can find. Any ideas on a good source of info with what others have done?
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:35 PM   #40
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Hey guys -- sorry I have been MIA for so long! Just saw all these messages. Mine is #8018, so I hope that helps take one of the "mystery airstreams" off the list of mysteries. This was a super busy year, so I didn't have much chance to make progress on it, but 2015 will be a better year. Plenty more pictures to come. Do we have a "census" of Airstreams posted somewhere? Would be great to have a Wiki or something if anyone knows how to set one up.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:53 PM   #41
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1 mystery solved! Thanks for the number and keep the photos coming during restoration.
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:32 PM   #42
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Hey guys -- we haven't made much progress since the last post because of other life obligations that have been getting in the way, so we've decided to be realistic about how much time we have to devote to this moving forward. Unfortunately for us, that means we'll be selling this Cruisette. For someone who wants to complete the restoration, this would be a great buy. Our preference is to sell to someone who wants to restore the Cruisette, and also to keep it within this community. If you have any interest, please PM me!
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