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Old 11-07-2018, 12:35 PM   #1
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Good afternoon, and thanks for looking at a newbies question! I have recently inherited my Father-in-laws 1948 Airstream, and I am in search of information on it, and some "how to"'s in order to take care of some deferred maintenance. I'd like to start with just getting some idea of what I'm working with. I've hopefully been able to attach a photo of the manufacturers tag that's by the door. I think it tells me it's #110 of 1948?Click image for larger version

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Old 11-07-2018, 01:19 PM   #2
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Search ‘Vintage Airstream Photo Archives’ and look at the 48 Liner. How they explain the model/serial number is a bit confusing. But I’m sure that was a confusing time for Airstream with trying to organize the company and move to a manufacturing site. Please post pictures when time allows. There is a library of knowledge on the forums. Reach out with questions. Good luck, Bubba
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:03 PM   #3
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Hello from Colorado: Welcome to Air Forums and the vintage Airstream hobby. A 70 year old Airstream is a rare find indeed. You will have to tell us how you came upon this old trailer. Airstream was just "starting again" after the war years and had some unique build designs.

I would welcome some pictures of your Liner, both exterior and interior shots "as found". You can also meet some folks who are restoring or renovating similar vintage Liners at the Airstream Trailer Knowledgebase. Find it toward the bottom of the Forums page, and then click on Liner. Then spend many hours reading about them.

Here is a photo of a Liner at a recent vintage Airstream rally I attended. I also include a photo of a Liner like Airstream on display at the Airstream factory in Ohio. I like Liners.

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Old 11-07-2018, 08:42 PM   #4
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Your serial number should be 4-digits like "110X". You need to figure out the last digit. It sort of looks like it could be a "3" or "5" to me. In any case you have an early 1948 Liner built in Nov 47, due to the "11" in "48011". Since 1948 models started at about 1090 (exact breakpoint unknown) you have about the 10th to 20th 1948 Liner made.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:22 AM   #5
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Thanks!

OK, that's some really cool info. I know my father in law bought it at least 40 years ago, but from where is still unknown. It's sat outside pretty much its' whole life, which in South Dakota, can be pretty tough on things. It's pretty much original, except for seat covers and a few other "farmerized" things with the running lights.
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"Farmerized"? I hope it wasn't used to haul hay to the cattle. You will have a big project indeed. David
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Old 11-09-2018, 12:27 PM   #7
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No, nothing quite like that. "Farmerized" is a term that reflects the inherent ability of farmers to fix anything with wire and pliers.
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Old 11-09-2018, 11:35 PM   #9
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Hey, still use baling wire, pliers and a hammer to fix a lot of things mechanical!
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Very nice, congratulations.


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That old Liner has survived the years pretty good. It appears like someone has made some improvements to the interior through the years. It appears like the original "pipe frame" is still under the trailer.

This Liner is certainly worth the investment in time and money to make a "new" vintage camper out of it. You could do a restoration to the way the factory built it. That would be great at shows and museums but a bit rough for actually using the thing.

Study the Forums and see what others have done or plan to do with their old Liners. Here is a thread of some folks who are well on their way to a renovation of their liner.

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Nice! Enjoy~~~~~~~~~~~~then Restore! Always remember where it has been.
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