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Old 06-28-2010, 09:05 PM   #1
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Have a '48-'49 Airstream - Need all the help I can get.

I registered for my brother. He bought a 22' 1948-'49 Airstream and is looking for any info, advice or help he can in restoring it. Its not in that bad of condition in my opinion. If anyone know where he can locate some of the following parts he'd greatly appreciate it.

Looking for :

Front & Rear Windows
Side Windows
Any of the Front, Rear & Side Markers
Original Propane tank
(I am sure there is more)

Photos of the Airstream can be found in my images here on the forums. Thanks for any and all help!

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Old 06-29-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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Welcome! She's a beauty.
I believe the front & rear windows are best replaced using lucite or similar material, in which case you just need to make a good template to use as a cutting guide. The propane tanks can be had from Vintage Trailer Supply. They are made by Worthington and they come in various sizes. A lot of the lights for the old trailers are still available. I would also try Vintage for those or just go to a local auto parts store. I was in Napa Auto Parts the other day and noticed about 12 different shapes of lenses on the ones they had.
It looks to be in fine shape with the possible exception of the patch above the wheel and a small crease by the door. Usually a wheel going bye-bye takes out the rearward part of the well. This looks to be something different.
What does the inside look like?

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A great rarity! I hope, he knows what he has found there. I am sure, he gets here help, I also found many suggestions for my Cruiser.
A lot of fun!
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:42 AM   #4
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Here's a link...Fred's Airstream Archives - Airstream Parks That is going to be a fun project man! This link may not be exact but it might help. Even though it opens to just this one page ...the upper menu has some places that might be a help out.
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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Nice Liner

Hi THtherton:

Your brother has found a nice Airstream Liner. For reference, look at R.J. Dial's web site for photos of other Liners, both originals and modifieds:

Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

The side windows will be difficult to find. Someone rounded the square outer corners to reduce injuries when walking into an open window. The original square corners are sharp! Your best bet for finding matching windows is an old Airstream or Curtis Wright body shell being scrapped out in a rv salvage yard, or buying windows from a vintage trailer restorer who is willing to let some go. Finding a body shell from 1947 to '49 will be challenging, so begin thinking of alternatives windows in the same style.

The side marker lights were glass lens beehive types, red rear and amber front. Prowl old car/old truck swap meets for glass lens and metal housings. You might use some new plastic potted led beehive marker lights until you gather a full set of original ones.

The original butane tank was likely a small horizontal one. Since you already have the rack for them, from a practical standpoint your brother will be better off with two small vertical ones having modern OPD valves similar to those now on there.

Move the beautiful deco AIRSTREAM nameplate from above the front window to below the rear window, where it belongs. It holes may still be there. Have fun!
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:24 AM   #6
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Very nice....

Your pictures show that you have windows (frames...the most important) , front windows and lights already. Are these photos of the Airstream in question..?

The glass is easy to replace....if you need frames, jump on this....because they will be gone as soon as folks realize what they are.
palmspringsvintage items - Get great deals on Parts Accessories items on eBay Motors!

Look in the vintage auto parts section of EBAY ...under lighting. Something always turns up there too.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:23 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the links and suggestions guys. I will forward them on to him. He is looking forward to getting it back into shape. The photos are of his Airstream. One of the windows is completely missing and someone replaced it with a mobile home window. He has contacted several local machine shops in the hopes they can reproduce the windows.

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