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Old 04-30-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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I have a 1950 bubble

We are looking for interior pics
We have a serial number 8003
Try to restore as much as possible
Can anyone help?
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:33 PM   #2
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There's a website with photos of vintage Airstreams arranged by model and year. It may help.

Vintage Airstream Photo Archives - Vintage Airstream
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:41 AM   #3
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though not impossible, finding parts from that early will be a serious challenge. Production numbers in 1950 were very low and I doubt many parts will be floating around. You might look to some other brands of that era, since many manufactures used the same sources for parts. You might also have to fabricate things. What are you looking for?
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Also, you have a 51 or 52 Cruisette, not a Bubble.
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Strange as I have a 56 Flying cloud serial # 8003 and it's listed in the Photo archives as these numbers also
http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...ying-cloud-22/
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Here is examples of the confusion in numbers a 51-52 Cruisette #8056 1951/52 Cruisette 15' #8056 - Vintage Airstream
and a 56 flying cloud #8054 1956 Flying Cloud 22' #8054 - Vintage Airstream
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:45 AM   #7
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Duplicate serial numbers - Cruisette & Flying Cloud

Hi Doug:

Here's what happened. In 1951, the new 21' Flying Cloud began its serial number series at 7000 and the new 15' Cruisette began its serial number series at 8000. No one at the California factory foresaw any conflict because each model had 999 more numbers available to issue as serial numbers. After two years the Cruisette ended production around s/n 8075 but the Flying Cloud was popular and continued in production longer than first imagined.

During the 1956 model year the Flying Cloud had reached serial number 7999, exhausting all 7000 series serial numbers. Rather than jump to an unused 5 digit serial number, such as 10,000, the California factory continued consecutively numbering Flying Clouds into the 8000's, duplicating some 75 or so older Cruisette serial numbers. I imagine the factory thought the difference in trailer lengths would distinguish one 80XX Airstream from another 80XX Airstream, so didn't perceive much of a problem . . . or ignored it. I also imagine the California Motor Vehicle Department was not amused.

I don't think this would be much of a problem today unless one of the 80XX duplicate serial number trailers was reported stolen and afterwards the new owner of the other duplicate 80XX Airstream tried to register it. It might show up on a national data base as stolen. There'd be some 'splaining to do, but I think eventually registration could be worked out with the state motor vehicle department once they were shown the facts of the matter.
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Thanks, Fred I guess that #8003 isn't stolen as the OP here has the other one.
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No my airstream is not stolen. I'm second owner. It was made in 1950 not 51 or 52

The airstream needs to be gutted and started over everything broke down
I'm look h for the traditional colors carpet
Was looking to try to restore it much possible but if unable to restore it and I have to create a new look for it

Thank you to all those that can help me
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:51 PM   #10
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I have a 1950 bubble

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It's very very small
The registration says 1950 for the year and Airstream as the model
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:29 PM   #12
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Where does it say "Bubble"? The guy who knows more about Airstreams than anyone just said it was a Cruisette. Whatever your title or registration states does not dictate what the Airstream factory built. Once again I encourage you to look at this page. The Bubble starts in 1955.
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Cruisette, 51/52 Via Airstream

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Old 05-01-2014, 06:01 PM   #14
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Fred hit the nail on the head!

Here is Cruisette #8000 and here is #8007 yours being #8003 was built between these two. Looks like whatcha got to me....cool!

Does yours have the single sheet of aluminum at the endcaps where the ribs are expressed? If so, I believe that is a tell-tale sign it's an early Cruisette.

Also, pretty unique with 15 end cap panels...cool! I think that was a 50/51 thing too.

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It was made in 1950 not 51 or 52
I suppose, being that it is such an early VIN number (third one made), it could have been made in 1950...but it would have been called a '51 model...just like with cars.

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