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Old 10-30-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
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Thumbs up SELLARS-1st Time! 1963 Flying Cloud

I just purchased my first airstream, a 1963 flying cloud (gutted). I need to change the axle, rims, and wheels first then put in flooring on the second half. The front has 5/8" plywood is that enough? Should I continue the second half with the same? I have no belly pan either. I'm a little bit over whelmed, however I am determined to see this through. Any advice and words of incourgement?
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Old 10-30-2007, 06:33 PM   #2
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congratulations and welcome to the board!

there's a ton of info here.

i'm glad to have another flying cloud in the area. you must post some pics.

i'm headed out of town for the next week and a half but would be happy to come over and see what you got cookin' upon my return. i've been working on my '56 FC on and off (more off than on) since last november.

here's a link to my thread; http://www.airforums.com/forums/f411...oud-27533.html

here's a link to the major renovations; http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ons-35399.html

enjoy all the info your about to be bombarded with, it's great stuff!
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:20 PM   #3
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Hey Sellars, welcome to the world of Airstream rejuvination. We about 1/3 the way thrugh an 85 Soverien. This is the place for info and help ( and some realy good laughs) 5/8" is the correct floorimg thickness. LJH
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:29 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome. I have been redoing my 51 Flying Cloud for almost 2 years. Although it is still a work in progress I still take it out now and then. Our first trip all we had was a mattress on the floor a fold up table and a couple of lawn chairs. enjoy the journey.
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You may want to add your cloud to the registry.

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Old 10-30-2007, 07:34 PM   #5
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Sellars - Sounds like a trailer I saw once, did you buy it in Arizona?
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Old 10-30-2007, 07:44 PM   #6
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Well maybe 5/8" is correct - you see with the floor covering (which goes under the "c" channel" it actually works out to be 3/4" - so assuming you are just using plywood under the channel that is the thickness.

However, you say you are only replacing 1/2 the flooring - in that case you are stuck witht the 5/8"

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Old 10-31-2007, 12:44 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your great choice in trailers!

We have a 1963 Bambi and hubby dear did a frame off restoration. We love it! He posted lots of pictures and explanations in his thread, so take a look:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...mbi-17925.html

Stay with the same thickness of flooring as original. That way things will match up the best and give you the least amount of trouble. The big reason not to change is the belly pan. If you had (have) a belly pan and change the size (thickness) of the flooring the belly pan won't come up to the c-channel correctly. If you don't have a belly pan at all... then you can change it!

We figured if ours lasted 20 years... we would be too old and gray to be camping 20 years from now.... our kids could re-do it again!

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Old 11-01-2007, 02:25 PM   #8
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Thank You so much!! This will Help! I will stay in touch!
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:27 PM   #9
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That will be great! I would love to see yours also and get any and all advice! Here is my phone number, Im very near you!
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:28 PM   #10
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Yes it is. The one from Tempe Arizona. What do you think?
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:31 PM   #11
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Im new to this but if I write a post to the persons box I check does it go out to every, body?
I suppose I will stick with 5/8th plywood, it souds like it should be plenty, or is it a mistake not to use 3/8 ply. The front half of the trailer is already done with the 5/8, however it does NOT have a belly pan.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:54 PM   #12
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Im new to this but if I write a post to the persons box I check does it go out to every, body?
I don't know what 'person's box' you are checking, but if it's the one thatt kinda looks like a quill and paper next to the 'Quote' button, it is posted to the thread. That's the 'Quick Reply' button...if you see your post in this string...so does everyone else - it's public.

In order to send a 'Private Message' you need to log into you mailbox area by clicking on 'Private Messages' up under where it says "Welcome Sellars". Then use it knida like email...put the name of the person you want to contact, enter your message, then send it.

If you want to quote the person's post you are replying to, (like I did in this post) click the 'Quote' button, then reply instead of the paper/quill icon which really only scrolls to the bottom of the page.

BTW, welcome to the forums!

Hope this helps ~

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Old 11-01-2007, 04:14 PM   #13
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Best of the Best!

Your first Airstream, and you managed the pick the absolute best one!!!
You should play the Lotto tonight!!

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Old 11-01-2007, 04:31 PM   #14
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It can be done to a '63!

Welcome! Here's a great thread (from one of your neighbors) of incourgement.



http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...ler-11687.html
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