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Old 12-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #1
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Hi Ya'll I'm new - from Louisiana- please hel[p me find out what Airstream I've got! The serial # is LA CA #3107. It measures 15' for the body and 17 and a half feet with the tounge. I thought it might be a 17' 52 or 53 Clipper, but notice how close the windows are on the door side. The only pict I've seen that are close to mine the windows are about a foot apart. Mine they are close together. Help
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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I would agree that Clipper 2 at 53Clipper has the windows further apart. But Clipper 1 has only one window. Note the upper left corner of that webpage for the California serial #s -- 3100+. 3107 would fall into the right sequence for a '53 Clipper. We'll need the 'sperts to chime in!
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:54 AM   #3
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I would agree that Clipper 2 at 53Clipper has the windows further apart. But Clipper 1 has only one window. Note the upper left corner of that webpage for the California serial #s -- 3100+. 3107 would fall into the right sequence for a '53 Clipper. We'll need the 'sperts to chime in!
Thanks - Clipper 1 shows 3 windows on other side - mine has only 2. This is strange. C'mon 'sperts - what is it? Dave
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Old 12-04-2007, 12:08 PM   #4
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Not that I am a 'spert...but I do know where to find some additional info!

Check out the some of the catalogs, brochures & other information found here on the VAC website. What you will find is that in the '40s & early '50s Airstreams were pretty much custom ordered with different interiors at the customer's request. The length determined the model, but within a model there were different options.

I concur, that what you have based on the VIN # is a '53 Clipper...pretty cool!

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Old 12-04-2007, 12:55 PM   #5
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Not that I am a 'spert...but I do know where to find some additional info!

Check out the some of the catalogs, brochures & other information found here on the VAC website. What you will find is that in the '40s & early '50s Airstreams were pretty much custom ordered with different interiors at the customer's request. The length determined the model, but within a model there were different options.

I concur, that what you have based on the VIN # is a '53 Clipper...pretty cool!

Shari
Thanks to you too! Here is the other side. Notice this thing does not have a dent or ding on it! It had been spray painted with silver paint and I am in the process of getting that off before I polish it. Thanks again. Dave
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:58 PM   #6
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Looks nice...but I wonder why they would have painted it? Hope there's no bondo or other damage underneath ~

Is the "green" tinge algae, the paint or reflection? If algae, I would be diligent about checking the floor as the moisture levels have probably been such that there is some floor rot &/or frame rust. It's a cutie though...gotta love those 13 panels!

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Hi davidmoore59,
Now that we have the trailer identified, let me be the first to Welcome you to the forums! You are gonna love it here. Great trailer too! Good luck with the restorations/renovations. We do love pictures - before during and after.
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