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Old 07-05-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Homecoming!

Howdy again from St. Louis!

Well we found one! I am the proud owner of this 1953 Flying Cloud. Many of you have watched and read about the start of this project in SoldierMedic's post and blog,http://www.airforums.com/forums/f71/...3-a-44194.html

We will be finishing his project or at least atempting to! We have been reading and trolling in the forums for all the info we can and have found alot of very useful tips and info.

If you are in St. Louis or close I would like to hear from you. We would love to meet more addicts like us. We would like to attend a rally soon and fish for some idieas for the remodel of the inside or our trailer (Sookie is what I have been calling her).

I will continue to post our progress in the same thread that Soldiermedic started so anyone new and catch up and follow the rebuild.

I will send out thanx now to all those that I will be asking silly questions to!

and....................please forgive my speeellllling now..........there may be a spell checker in my future.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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congrats on the new purchase. based on the other thread, it looks like you got all the yucky work out of the way! lucky you.

BTW, did i miss something? any particular reason soldiermedic let this beauty go?
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Old 07-06-2010, 06:24 AM   #3
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His wife is moving and he is knee deep in his schooling so he really do t have the time to work on it.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:32 AM   #4
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Oh my

I haven't been following this restoration... but went and looked at current state? That isn't particle board flooring in this photo is it?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NhZl3dVpPo...fore+paint.JPG

Hope not.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:39 AM   #5
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wow. you lucked out. congrats!
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:19 PM   #6
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I haven't been following this restoration... but went and looked at current state? That isn't particle board flooring in this photo is it?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_NhZl3dVpPo...fore+paint.JPG

Hope not.

The flooring clearly states "advantech" on it, and looks nothing like particle board which is little more than compressed wood dust and glue.

Advantech flooring has a better moisture resistance than the the standard plywood in most airstream floors. It has a 50 year warranty on it for a reason. Look up Advantech and see the comments by the airforum member who has used it to build homes for years. After talking to him and several other AIRforum members who used it to restore their trailer floor, I decided to use it as well.

As Shane said, my wife has taken an active duty position in San Antonio, TX where she will relocate to in less than two weeks. I am going to school full time on my VA benefits from my post 9/11 mobilizations, and have no time to work on it. The reason why I am staying here in St. Louis is because the San Antonio area has only two schools that offer the degree I am pursuing, and both are not possible options at this time.

We hated to let the cloud go as it was a project that we had worked a great deal on, and the 13 panel endcaps were something we looked very hard to find. In my rare free time I have agreed to help Shane when I can so he isn't alone on this project (though with AIR who really is alone).

I'm glad it has a new home, and people that have the time to work on her.

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Old 07-07-2010, 10:27 PM   #7
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Advantech flooring has a better moisture resistance than the the standard plywood in most airstream floors. It has a 50 year warranty on it for a reason.
Steve,

It's not about moisture.. it's about strength.. sure it'll last from moisture.. Advantech....it's still just glued together chips.. with wax... plywood is much stronger of a material and I bet if exposed to constant flex going down the road with the weight of a shell on it, that it will hold up much longer and better....the floor is integral to the semi-monocoque structure of the trailer... time will tell I guess... if it's not going to be towed down the road, probably no worries.

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and if you would have read the information on the website I pasted.

"... AdvanTech's moisture resistance, design bending strength and design stiffness are superior in comparison to commodity OSB or plywood."
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Hello I live in Texas and Andy from pa said your airstream is for sale. I have been hunting a sovereign for a yr now. I live in new Braunfels. We have a 59 trade wind but with 2 kids want more room. I am interested. My cell is 830 237 6361.
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