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Old 02-02-2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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'59 Flying Cloud Restoration

We picked up our FC on Saturday! The excitement around us being able to work on this babe is starting to ease the loss of the 18 footer. We'll be removing cabinets soon in preparation to separate the shell from the frame - yippee!

For a ton of photos from the day we first looked at the trailer, go here.

We've also started a blog so that friends and family can keep track of the progress. For that, go here.

We're pretty excited to get started!

Katie and Ryan

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Old 02-02-2009, 08:47 PM   #2
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Congrats, what a great project, can't wait to see your work and follow your progress.

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Old 02-02-2009, 08:55 PM   #3
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Katie and Ryan:

Congrats on your new trailer! I've linked your blog through mine, and will be watching your progress with great interest. The very best to you and your family on this new adventure in aluminum!

"I've got aluminum fever, and the only prescription, is more AIRSTREAM!!!"

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Old 02-02-2009, 08:55 PM   #4
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Good luck and the size will be great for the family as the children can only get bigger. What a beautiful family you have! grammy g
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
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Congratulations on a great find!
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:24 AM   #6
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Congrats Katie and Ryan. I'm glad you found your "diamond". I look forward to your updates.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:39 AM   #7
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I look forward to seeing your progress on this unit. 59 is a good year (when I was born) Congratulations on finding a great looking Airstream.
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Old 02-03-2009, 06:54 AM   #8
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I am happy that you found one and look forward to the blog of everything you do to it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:01 AM   #9
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What a gorgeous family. I am so glad that you found a new AS. I know you will come to loe her as much as the late great. I still hold out the hope she will be found some day.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:09 AM   #10
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Good shape!

Roll up the sleeves there is some cleaning to do. It looks like almost everything is in its place. Does this trailer really have tow toilets? Good luck.

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Old 02-03-2009, 07:29 AM   #11
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Congratulations on your new adventure. Looks to be a great candidate for your efforts. I know this one will be even better than the previous. I'm also going to link your blog on mine so I can follow along. I see our trailers were built the same month and year. No wonder they look so similar.

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Old 02-03-2009, 09:37 AM   #12
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Glad to see you have purchased another AS. Much success with the restoration on the 59 FC. I will be following the progress. Great pics and blog.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:41 AM   #13
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Congratulations! Your attitude is amazing! We will be following your restoration. You can take a look at our 1962 22" Flying Cloud at:

Have fun!!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:58 AM   #14
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Hi Katie & Ryan
That looks like a worthy trailer for restoration. It is in great condition as it seems nothing has ever been damaged or replaced. So many trailers have been "remodelled" or "updated" leaving less than was originally there. The exterior and interior surfaces are very nice.

As you probably know the Flying Cloud floorplan was designed for two person travelling with more galley space than a Safari or Caravanner that usually had mid twin, mid double beds, and a front gaucho bed pullout.

This looks like the bath are is located off to the side/rear of the trailer?

May I suggest looking into some of the early sixties Safari floorplans with front galley, mid beds and rear bath area. This could be a way to increase sleeping areas for everyone and improve bath area from the small side arrangement.
I can tell by the way you took the photos that you know exactly what you are in for and that you have done this before. And also that it is going to be awhile before floorplans are needed.

Good luck. I will follow your project.
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gotta love the dueling toilets and cast iron pipe!

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