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Old 11-16-2007, 08:13 PM   #15
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Whhhhhoooooaaaaaaaa.... NICE!

What is there to be "confused" about?
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:17 PM   #16
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Thank you thank you thank you! I found this at a farm in the middle of nowhere Missouri where the photos were taken. I have moved it to the middle of nowhere Kansas where I am. I also have a place in Colorado and Grand Lake Oklahoma where I hope to enjoy my Cloud someday. It is basically gutted inside. I am working on finding the panels to replace the front dents. Also trying to find a bathroom for it and a toilet for the 66 Overlander. Doesn't everyone have a flower pot vent cover?
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:24 PM   #17
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what concerns me the most is the dent in the front curb side above the window, that is going to take some doing and probably some $$ to fix.
The nice thing about the oldies is all the panels are "flat" not complex curves like the newer ones.

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Old 11-16-2007, 08:40 PM   #18
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Jules,

That is pretty cool! It looks as though there are a few issues. what concerns me the most is the dent in the front curb side above the window, that is going to take some doing and probably some $$ to fix. The flower pot is a nice touch and I am curious to know what the Emu or Ostrich (can't tell) think about it?
If you pull the inside skin out, you may find that pushing the dent out solves a lot of the problem. Or as Shari states, they are flat panels not compound curves and therefore much easier to replace.

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Old 11-16-2007, 10:10 PM   #19
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Oh my goodness, that '50 is already shinier than my '51 and you just bought it. I just hate when that happens. Congratulations on a very neat find. As Bill notes you might be able to push those front panels out from the inside. It won't be perfect but pretty good which may work for you. Also, there's a couple of threads here where others have used heat guns and suction cups to pull out some pretty serious dents. Worth considering first unless a perfect restoration is in it's future.

A flower pot for a roof vent - what a novel idea. If it worked to keep things dry then for the time it's a good idea. It might look good later on with a plant in it beside the edge of your awning since it comes with some history.

By the way, there's a flying cloud registry on the forum where you can list your serial number. There's quite a few of us on the forum.

So welcome and we'll be watching for more pictures as your efforts progress. If you have questions don't hesitate to ask. Many of us have, or are in the midst of, redoing our Flying Clouds.

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Old 11-17-2007, 06:49 AM   #20
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Have the frame on the 50 inspected closely, I have heard stories of the center pipe pulling completely out due to corrosion where the out riggers are attached. Of course you have already towed the trailer, still safety is important. The trailer will be a show stopper. With a gutted trailer you can go with a custom interior. Dose the trailer have any tanks?
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:37 AM   #21
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When you need help.

If you need some info on where to find parts or do things like remove a pannel or other restoration items let me know. I have a good list of sources that I kept from the restoration of my 59. Also I have a lot of photos I took that may help you down the line as you move forward.

Good luck, I had a blast (4 years worth) doing mine!
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:42 AM   #22
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Wow Julie!!

What a project - oh, there is anotherone... Wow, what for nice projects!!! Great find! Welcome to the forums and THE Information and Help Source not only on the Internet but on this planet!! There is no other place like this...

Again, welcome and Karma to you for saving these Airstreams from getting forgotten...

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Old 11-17-2007, 05:00 PM   #23
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Julie, we are so excited for you! You have your dreams fulfilled, really, you will dream at night about the problems you will encounter during the day. Search out the websites also of those who have taken pictures showing how they fixed theirs. Your Airstreams have character! It is nice to have more Kansas
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:07 PM   #24
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where to start

I really don't know where to start and am having a little trouble searching for parts. I think first of all maybe I should be looking for a couple of windows that need replacing on both trailers. Then a toilet and fridge. Where is the best jumping off point? Yeah for Kansas. Not many of us out here!
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:15 PM   #25
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Oh My Julie: You are impressive. Wow! Keep your eye on the prize. If it were me I would tackle one project first, whichever is easiest; get that experience under your belt. Though sentiment says do the 50' FC. As a kid I always liked them too. Best of Luck.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:22 PM   #26
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Great find! Besides the forum for answers, it will help if you start sending emails and make subsequent phone calls to folks close to you in Kansas. Sometimes after an exhaustive search on the forums, you won't have an answer, so if you have friends you can call, it saves a LOT of time. So, a shout out to Zep, Aerowood, and Royce, who I've met thru the forums and have saved me many hours and helped me spend lots of money
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:25 PM   #27
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I just saw your last post. The first thing I would do is what I would do if this were a house I was rehabbing. I would start with the foundation and make sure the flooring and the frame are sound. It is ok to gather parts if you know what you want. What you want to avoid is having to redo what you have already done. You need a plan so that you stay in logical sequence.

There are some really knowledgeable people on this forum and I would check with them as to where to begin. Especially with the 50' don't be in a hurry. That one could be a real heartstopper.
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Old 11-17-2007, 05:29 PM   #28
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Like Jim and Brad said, the frame. Before installing things inside and making things pretty on the outside, make sure the frame doesn't need work. You'll just end up ripping the inside up again to have work done to the frame. Especially with that pipe frame.
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