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Old 01-26-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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Just bought this 1951 Cruisette... still figuring out how to use the forum, but wanted to say hello. I'll probably be on here a bunch looking at what everyone else has done!
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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WOW nice, and welcome
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Old 01-26-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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Looks great any more pictures maybe some of the inside?
Welcome !!!
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:18 PM   #4
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More pics

Here are some more pictures of the Cruisette, including the interior. Based on what I could figure out, it seems like:

1) The kitchen furniture may be original
2) The cabinet/closet is likely original, as is the medicine cabinet by the entrance
3) The dinette area in the front is likely NOT original
4) The bed area seems not original

Any thoughts based on these pictures as to what is/isn't original? I'm trying to restore this to be as original as possible.

Question: The door hinges seem really rusty. I don't see this problem on many other Airstreams. Do you think this might be because it was replaced with a non-original hinge? Any good way to restore the shine to the hinge without having to go through an entire hinge replacement?

Overall, the body is in pretty good condition. I am thinking of doing a body-on floor replacement. Thoughts?
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:25 PM   #5
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The hinges on my 1954 Liner were plain steel and rusted. I had them chromed but Vintage Trailer Supply now has the hinge in Stainless Steel. About the same price I paid to have mine chromed.

The steel against aluminum is probably turning the aluminum to powder, that is what happened on my Liner and I almost lost a door leaving Glacier NP five years ago.

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Here are some more pictures of the Cruisette, including the interior. Based on what I could figure out, it seems like:

1) The kitchen furniture may be original
2) The cabinet/closet is likely original, as is the medicine cabinet by the entrance
3) The dinette area in the front is likely NOT original
4) The bed area seems not original

Any thoughts based on these pictures as to what is/isn't original? I'm trying to restore this to be as original as possible.

Question: The door hinges seem really rusty. I don't see this problem on many other Airstreams. Do you think this might be because it was replaced with a non-original hinge? Any good way to restore the shine to the hinge without having to go through an entire hinge replacement?

Overall, the body is in pretty good condition. I am thinking of doing a body-on floor replacement. Thoughts?
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:06 PM   #6
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Where did you find this? I love it!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:26 PM   #7
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This was part of an older gentleman's classic car collection -- he must have had over a dozen classic cars in a huge barn! Most of them were in perfect condition, but he had never gotten around to having this one restored...and was trying to get rid of it.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:57 PM   #8
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Would you mind sharing what you got it for via private message?
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:24 PM   #9
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What a sweetie! The interior looks a lot like our '51 FC, which I presume to be all original--same dinette, closets, etc. Only difference is the cabinet hardware (pulls and hinges). Our hinges are a bit more flimsy than yours appear to be and our closet latches are chromed metal. I'd guess that yours were probably replaced with sturdier stock? The pinch latches on the overheads are the same as ours as well. We have the original range and oven in ours, but wouldn't be shocked if the oven-less range in yours was standard for Cruisettes. We also don't have an ice box which it looks like yours does. Ours also had the Panel Ray heater by the door, but from what I understand Cruisettes were designed for desert travel so maybe it didn't have one stock? Also guessing the linoleum tiles aren't original (originals were asbestos) and probably not the Chevy hubcaps either Sierra Nevada Airstreams recently restored one of these too--I'm sure you've seen the thread already, if not it comes up on Google.

Congrats again!
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:44 AM   #10
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It looks wonderful, Cruisette51! I can't wait to see your restoration. Congratulations!
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:03 PM   #11
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Awesome and loaded with possibilities and like others I cannot wait to see your completed project. Don't think the shell on will be as easy as the shell off and with our caravel we found issues that would have been undetected with shell on. Just my opinion thanks for listening
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Old 01-30-2014, 05:31 PM   #12
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Nice Find!

I must agree with Cliff. I debated for over a year whether to do a shell-off on our 53 FC. I started a shell-on and then decided to bite the bullet and go for the shell-off. I am really glad I did. In the long run, it is a more thorough approach and I think it was way easier to do than the shell-on would have been. I think that beautiful little trailer deserves the shell-off. You never know what you will find. The pipe frame needs a thorough inspection and possibly some welded reinforcement, especially the outriggers that support that recessed step.

I will be up in the bay area in the next couple weeks. I would love to come by and discuss. Please PM me.

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Old 02-01-2014, 05:34 PM   #13
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I have struggled with the body-on vs. body-off restoration question. I might revisit the decision once I cut out the floor and see the condition of the frame. I have seen a couple of different approaches to lifting the body off the frame, primarily:

(i) bracing the body internally and jacking it up off the frame
(ii) bracing the body internally and then lifting it up off the frame via the roof vents using a chain hoist attached to a gantry crane

Any suggestions on which approach would be better here, given how small the cruisette is? I feel like (ii) would be easier, but worry that the roof vents are too close to each other to provide good front/back stability once the body is in the air.

Also, how long does each approach generally take to get the body off? I am confined to working on this on weekends, so timing is an issue. Appreciate your thoughts, especially those who have done a body-off restoration before.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:06 PM   #14
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Either one will work and takes about the same energy/time. Which ever way you decide one thing I found valuable was to put lockable rollers ( from HD ) on a couple of your cross members. Brace them well and once you have the body off (assuming you have a hard surface) you can lower it and wheel it around. This gets it out of the way and allows you so much more room to work in.
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