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Old 04-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Red face 1959 Flying Cloud???

I got her!!! I'm a newbie and she's brand new to me. My first. I looked high and low form craig's list to every classified ad I could find and ended up knocking on the door of a man right near home...the airstream was not for sale but after a few visits and about 8 hours of being shown all his other projects (there were a lot, and they were cool) he decided to let this project go. There are a couple funny question about her that I would love some help figuring out. First is finding out all I can from the serial # it is 22D-0264, and below that there is another # 659 stamped into the plate near the door on the exterior. The PO was pretty sure it is a 1959 Flying cloud. I think he's right, but I'm not positive. I think the "D" is for the double bed model which jives and the "0" means its California made. Is there a way to know for sure which 22' model it is? I figue the second question will be subject to Montana laws...but I have the current MT registration and title which states that this Airstream is a 1969, and I know enough to know that it could not be...it has leaf springs on the single axel, seven panels and the beautiful door within a door feature. I hope to get it changed, but don't know if thats possible. I will post some pictures tonight...but in the mean time if anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it.

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Old 04-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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Only suggestion is to luv her! What a find.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:48 PM   #3
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VintageAirstream.com agrees you have a '59 Flying Cloud, California made with a double bed.

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I think the 659 on the door tag would suggest it was made in June of '59. Our door tag has 8-58 on it, so we think it was an early unit for the '59 model year.

Can't wait to see some pictures...

Oh, and Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:09 PM   #4
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GREAT FIND! CONGRATULATIONS

You shouldn't have too much trouble changing the year designation if you can find a willing participant at the DMV to help with it. They will want to see the rig to verify its year, and having it with you at the DMV will probably generate enough interest to get some help with it.

Do post some pics, please

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Old 04-20-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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SNIP I got her!!! The serial # is 22D-0264, and below that there is another # 659 stamped into the plate near the door on the exterior. Thanks
Tyler
Welcome Tyler. You indeed have a '59 model Airstream made in June of 1959 that was made in the CA plant. Yea!!! Another '59 owner is on board. They are the best. The serial number should also be stamped in the curbside 'A' frame between where the frame goes under the shell and aft of the propane tank base. You should get the title updated if at all possible. There were a number of 22 foot models in 1959 and to determine which model you have is dependant on the interior layout nd the placement of the windows. A Caravanner, for instance has a long row of windows end to end on the streetside. Once you post your pictures, we'll get it figured out. The CA plant didn't use model name plates on their trailers in 1959 so determining model is by recognizing the identifying layout and window arrangements. Congratulations and welcome to the vast group of us with '59 models.

Did I ask you to post pictures? If not, please do and soon.

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Old 04-21-2009, 12:55 AM   #6
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Here are a few pictures. I don't have any good ones of the street side. There are three windows. One in the bathroom area, one over the sink and one near the front.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:57 AM   #7
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She fits like a glove in our funny garage.
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Old 04-21-2009, 01:01 AM   #8
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Here she is at home...
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:10 AM   #10
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From your description and the one interior picture you've shown, I'd say she closely resembles this one here from RJ's archive page. The serial number verifies she's a Flying Cloud as it falls in line with RJ's reference. She looks like a beauty and now that you've figured out how to post pictures, more pleeeeze.

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Old 04-21-2009, 08:21 AM   #11
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Tyler, Nice find.Sounds more like she found you. This forums is a great place for info and to get your questions answered. I'm a ways south of you in Lander, Wy. Still in the midst of rebuilding a 58 cruiser/overlander. If your down this way feel free to visit or PM or email me if I can help with any info. Ed
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Old 04-30-2009, 09:44 PM   #12
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I've done a little work since my last post...and I am happy to report that the title will now read correctly as a 1959 flying cloud. A signature from an officer on a title correction form and its back to the way it should be. For awhile there I thought it would be much harder to get this done.

The real work (demolition) began as well and I've made quite a mess. I have torn out the floor in the front now to match the back that the PO took care of, so there is only a section in the middle left, but its nice and solid. I've come up w/ a solution to secure the c channel to the plywood and would love some input on it. Its all in the hope that I can steer clear of a total shell off floor replacement. I have bought 1/4 twenty stainless steel bolts a matching washer w/ an outside diameter of 3/4" and a toggler snaptoggle from TOGGLER® Toggle Bolts, Anchors, Fasteners. This assembly ran me about $1.50 for each hole. My plan is to place the plywood and then hole saw 2" holes in the interior skin where I need the bolts...drill a new hole though the c channel just large enough to receive the snaptoggle contraption and then washer and bolt it down. The snaptoggle is rated to over 1000 lb each so I should be good. Then I'll go back and pop rivet some round patches over the holes.

Any thoughts or advise???

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[quote=Windy59;692841]I've come up w/ a solution to secure the c channel to the plywood and would love some input on it. Its all in the hope that I can steer clear of a total shell off floor replacement. I have bought 1/4 twenty stainless steel bolts a matching washer w/ an outside diameter of 3/4" and a toggler snaptoggle from TOGGLER® Toggle Bolts, Anchors, Fasteners. This assembly ran me about $1.50 for each hole. My plan is to place the plywood and then hole saw 2" holes in the interior skin where I need the bolts...drill a new hole though the c channel just large enough to receive the snaptoggle contraption and then washer and bolt it down. The snaptoggle is rated to over 1000 lb each so I should be good. Then I'll go back and pop rivet some round patches over the holes./quote]

I've never heard of using Toggle bolts in this way. I would be interested in reading about such an application. I've read a number of threads here where people have replaced the plywood floors without removing the shell. Why do you think this would be necessary?

Granted - the inside bottom skin would have to be removed , but I can't see how that would be that much more work than drilling and patching the skin.

Have you read some of the threads where the floor was replaced without removing the shell? I recently reread this one:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f91/...irl-31084.html

Great thread for all kinds of restoration work, and it a 50's trailer too . Start at message 104 for the floor work.

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Old 04-30-2009, 11:36 PM   #14
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No! No! No! Stop!

Please do not cut those holes in the side of that beauty. Look here thru the threads and get the right info on what you plan. Please no pop rivet scab patches....ahhhh the agony of it all.
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