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Old 01-11-2010, 12:19 PM   #925
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I just saw a '55, 17' listed in the San Jose area. No such thing as a 17', I know. I'm going to look at it later this week with the hope that it's a '55 california whale-tail bubble. The owner has no idea what it is, but he knows he wants 5k for it. I'll try to get some pics for you. anyone got an extra 5k laying around?
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:15 PM   #926
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:13 AM   #927
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That looks nice, Terry. Where is Victorville, btw?

edit: s'OK, I see it's NE of LA.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:12 AM   #929
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That looks nice, Terry. Where is Victorville, btw?
It's in the high desert, about 60 miles from us, over the mountain through Cajon Pass.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:17 AM   #930
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I just saw a '55, 17' listed in the San Jose area. No such thing as a 17', I know. I'm going to look at it later this week with the hope that it's a '55 california whale-tail bubble. The owner has no idea what it is, but he knows he wants 5k for it. I'll try to get some pics for you. anyone got an extra 5k laying around?
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Rich, I went and looked at it, it is a Bubble and it's pretty rough, ground up (shell off) restoration. I have tons of photos if you want to see them. JLMK.

I think that it is a '56 California with Whale tale.

Has a decent tear in the side near the door which has allowed years of leaking (floor & sub floor need replacing) Lots of delamination - needs windows, new tires for sure) BUT it's worthy of a full restore as everything is there.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:28 AM   #931
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I uploaded all the images to my web site if anyone wants to download them.
Warning to those on dial up, you may be waiting for a long time. (58 low res photos)
www.begoniaweb.com/images/1955_Airstream_Bubble.zip

The owner was pretty firm on his price (his words 'I didn't like the offers I got so I haven't sold it) but the nice thing is that where it's located, you wouldn't know it's there, not a 'drive by' place where it's stored and hasn't really been 'discovered' yet.

I would have loved to get it but I am lacking the skill set to restore her to full glory.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:42 AM   #932
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Hi Laurie,
I got a call from Toddster last night, and he also went to look at this one. I would kill for a little whale-tail Airstream, I just don't have anyone to kill for it!
Someone is going to get a really cool project out of this one.
I would like to see pics of it so I can drool and turn green now.

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Rich, I went and looked at it, it is a Bubble and it's pretty rough, ground up (shell off) restoration. I have tons of photos if you want to see them. JLMK.

I think that it is a '56 California with Whale tale.

Has a decent tear in the side near the door which has allowed years of leaking (floor & sub floor need replacing) Lots of delamination - needs windows, new tires for sure) BUT it's worthy of a full restore as everything is there.
Cheers,
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:43 AM   #933
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One caveat. He has no title paperwork on the trailer. Also, the license plate on the back is from Indiana. Could be a DMV challenge.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:50 AM   #934
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If you buy it I will help with the restoration. I just want to touch it.....
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:54 AM   #935
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I think like most of us, I see the hidden beauty of this gem in the rough.... Like Rich, I too have a soft spot for whale-tail Airstreams, plus it is a California trailer, the original home of Airstream

As Laurie stated, this trailer is rough and will need a full shell off restoration. After seeing it though, I now have a new appreciation for these adorable Bubbles. Such efficient use of such little space.
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Arrrggghhhh..... Rich, why do you have to make such statements??? You EVIL MAN!

Ohhhh the temptation.
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EmptyNesters, thank you for posting the photos.

Could someone please decipher the "347" number on the plate?

Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:04 AM   #938
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According to vintageairstream.com, it is the serial number.

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