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Old 01-19-2010, 01:46 PM   #1
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Anyone know what model?

Ive owned this rig for about 10 years and am starting a restoration on it. I know nothing about the trailers and would like to know the model and maybe a close year. Thx a bunch!
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:22 PM   #2
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Ive owned this rig for about 10 years and am starting a restoration on it. I know nothing about the trailers and would like to know the model and maybe a close year. Thx a bunch!
Welcome to the forums!

Thats is a homemade RV. The Airstream on the back looks to be between 1960-64. This is a good site for pics and years here. Vintage Airstream Photo Archives. There is even a section for Airstream oddities. Oddities.

Do you have any pics of the inside that you can share?

Airstreams have an ID plate by the entry door to the right. Post the numbers on there and we can try to give you a better answer. Assuming the ID plate is still there.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:09 PM   #3
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thx

Thanks for the welcome. I'm the third owner, have known it for 20 yrs. It has always been in New Mexico. The inside is really nice, solid, all original cabinets and appliances I believe. We took it on a couple short trips when we first got it but the dang thing is just too slow and a bit too unstable. So we have taken the International motor out and are putting in a Cummins Diesel with a 6 speed tranny and dual rear wheels. We will do the trailer rework after all the mechanics are done.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:11 PM   #4
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That is one unique camper. As Lee said above, it is a homemade model using an Airstream trailer for the building components. Its hard to tell from the photo but I suspect there were more than one trailer used as a donor to make this. Additional photos, inside and out, would really assist in identifying this.

On edit: Your pictures came up just after I posted and I believe it to be newer than 1964, at least the bathroom components look to be. I know the last year for the door-in-a-door was 1965 so I still suspect more than one trailer was a donor.

She sure is cute though.

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:22 PM   #5
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Is there a pass through into the cockpit with sleeping quarters above? How about an ID tag by the door or was that removed when being built?

The front roof section is from a 13 panel Airstream predating 1958 and the rear section appears to have either 5 or 7 panels. Any pictures of the back end?

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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Thanks for the photos. I kind of like it.

Are you going to put it back on the road?
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:47 PM   #8
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Yes we are going to get it back in shape for the summer season hopefully.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:19 PM   #9
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there are no tags anywhere on the rig that I can find. The back is 5 panels or 7 depending on how you count them.
Yes there is a pass thru from the drivers area to the back, but it's not real easy for an adult.
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On edit: Your pictures came up just after I posted and I believe it to be newer than 1964, at least the bathroom components look to be. I know the last year for the door-in-a-door was 1965 so I still suspect more than one trailer was a donor.

She sure is cute though.

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Just one year off Brad...actually, the last year for door-in-a-door was 1964. The bath is almost exactly like our '64 GT, '64 was also the first year of the "airliner bath"...my guess is the middle & rear started off as 1964 Safari Twin.

Is there also a bunk in the front? That's pretty cool! Also one on the side...very unusual to have those.

Love to know the story behind the merger...if only these babies could talk!

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:51 PM   #11
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Nice camper, are you going to paint the truck also? If so what color?
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:01 PM   #12
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The story told to me was that a fella retired from the sheet metal and duct business bought a new 1969 International pickup and a nearly new Airstream and hit the road. Just a few weeks out a hitching accident caused the truck and trailer to become one but not in a pretty way. He made what you see here and put about 35k miles on it. Sold it to a friend of mine in 1979. He had it 10 yrs and put 22k miles on it. I have had it since 1989 and put about 2k miles on it.
Yes I'm going to repaint it...not sure what color. thinking of red with new chrome or s subtle '50's color...suggestions?
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I'm kinda partial to Dodge's Atlantic Blue Pearl.....you ARE putting a Cummins in it, after all...
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Wow- that's a fun rig! It's not something I'd ever imagine and yet it turned out pretty cool! Good luck with the resto, and keep posting your progress: we all love to watch others' projects take shape. :-)
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