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Old 08-31-2003, 10:54 AM   #15
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I don't know what lengths I'll eventually go to in fixing mine up. Since the flooring is in pretty good shape, I'll probably just redo the foam sofa and mattress and get the brakes and brake lights and other functional systems working and use it for a while as it is. I'm going to take the air conditioner out of the back window and replace the glass. There is only one soft spot on the floor that I know of, under the rear window a/c. Eventually it would be nice to take up the carpet and the tiles which are in bad shape under the carpet and retile the whole thing but I guess that would take gutting it since the tiles were put in before any thing else.
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Old 08-31-2003, 11:51 AM   #16
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I lived in Marietta with my folks way back when Jimmy Carter was president. We were off Lower Roswell Rd. Is the chicken still perched out by the four-lane?

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Then we were nearly neighbors! We moved here October of 79 when I was 13. Carter was on his second term. I lived in a neighborhood behind Parkair mall. My mom later bought a house in Indian hills. She sold it about 3 years ago and now lives off Holly springs. Park AIr has been rebuilt. The ice rink is no longer inside. It is now in it's own building behind what is now a strip mall. that still bears the name "Parkair" for the airport it was built on.

Yep the Big Chicken is still here. There was an atempt to move it that was petitioned and shot down. Nobody here would know how to get anywhere if it was gone.

KFC stipped it to the frame and completly rebuilt it and like ivesterm said they fixed the beak and eyes and they now work.
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Old 09-01-2003, 06:06 AM   #17
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The big chicken is one restoration project I wouldn't want to take on. Great to hear that it has been brought back to life.

We just missed each other, toaster. My family moved to Minnesota in '77 when I was in high school (Wheeler Wildcats!) I had friends living in Indian Hills - small world.

Michael,
I'm in over my head with this trailer project at the moment, so I say you're smart if you don't do any more than you have to on your Caravanner!
Re: your floor - We had a soft spot in the rear of the trailer that turned out to be from water entering along the top of the frame where it penetrates the shell back by the bumper. Apparently, it's a common problem with 50's vintage AS's.
If at some point, you do decide to replace your tiles, you may not need to dismantle the entire trailer. If you haven't seen it already, check out Shari's floor restoration of a 1964 Globetrotter. She worked around existing cabinets and fixtures, and it turned out well.
http://www.insideout-design.net/maxwell/

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Old 09-02-2003, 08:34 AM   #18
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Since I bought this Caravanner, it has been parked behind my parents house and they have been having the pleasure of showing it off to curious friends and relatives. They also went with me to help me tow it home originally. Now it looks like they have decided to buy the other unit that the previous owner had listed for sale with it. It is a matching 58 caravanner.

These things are really contagious.

I had originally caught the bug from my brother and his wife who were looking to buy an older tradewind.
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Old 09-02-2003, 09:57 AM   #19
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Yeah the bug bit us bad! My wife keeps looking at the pictures of yours and really want's to get started on ours. Just been so covered up this year that I didn't have time. Heck where we inherited it we didn't even have a suitable tow rig. So we sold two vehciles and bought two vehicles to get the Tow rig and a car that was going to work out better for my wife.

Going to take a week off soon and try to get the floor redone. I want to spend X-mas break on the beach in the Keys!

We have a whole list of Airstream goodies we want to buy. I want the jack plate as soon as I can find a jack wheel. We want the key rings and golf shirts. Of course we have to get the door mat from www.airstream.com I am going to get my buddy to make a Airstream sticker (owns a sign shop) for the back window of our burb that looks like the one on the camper. I'll have him put 1959 Caravanner under it. I'll get you a price if you like. Should be pretty cheap.

My wife has a ton of stuff she wants to go with the theme we decided on. It's being renamed "Chili Pepper" (My wifes user name here as well). I had picked "Toaster" when I loged on gathering information because it reminded me of my mothers old Toastmaster toaster (that I found in her basement and still works and now goes with the camper) We are going with a bunch of stuff from www.tabassco.com store to go with the theme.

Yeah its "addictive".

When I joined this board there was only one other Caravanner owner that I noticed. They have not been active here that I have noticed. They had a 70's ( I think 77). I thought we had a very uncommon model. In additin to yours another Caravanner owner has shown up this week. Bailey56 in this post. So if your parrents get the other 58 then there will be 4 of us with 50's models.

From what I gather looking at www.vintageairstream.com the Caravanner ran 56-59 then resurfaced 70-78.

I really think for the size the Caravanner has one of the best floor plans. It has outstanding storage space. I really like the perment bed. I plan to make the Goucho slide out to make a second full bed for my daughters to share. With the fold up table ours was equiped with it will give them some play room on the floor if the weather is bad. LOVE the amount of light the street side windows let in. Awsome amount of counter space when you see some of the other models lay out of the era. The 70's version is layed out more like a 60's Caravel.

The wet bath really doesn't bother me in the least. It optimizes the available space so what minor inconveinces it will cause I can live with. I'll just get a rubber doormat for the shower pan that has good flow through. Keep the kids out when it's wet.
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Old 09-02-2003, 10:40 AM   #20
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I agree about the floorplan of the caravanner. That's what drew me to it too, it's very open and light and you can still sort of separate the rear bed from the kitchen/living area for more privacy.

Doesn't your Goucho already pull out into a bed? Or maybe it's not big enough.

I had purchased the Airstream History of the Land Yacht book at Borders right before getting the airstream. The other day I got the Trailer Travel book by one of the same authors, not many airstreams in it but it has some great photos of other 40's and 50's trailers with a good many period interior shots, which will help with ideas for restoring the sofa and curtains etc.
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1958 caravanner sales brochure

We've got a 1958 sales brochure that came with our cruiser (original owner must have been looking at upgrading!). The Caravanner section is two pages, one with a streetside photo and the usual sales hype ("Giant 'Panoram' windows present a kaleidoscopic view of all outdoors"..."at home equally well in urban districts or in the wilds"..."large plastic Astro-Dome floods the living room with daylight"...), the other with a list of features and a floorplan and cut-away drawings. If you want to see it, let me know and I can fax it or maybe scan and send or post it.

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I've added some detailed pictures of a 1956 Caravanner that might be interesting. There's the concealed bedroom sink that was dropped by 58.

http://homepage.mac.com/mivester/airstream
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Now that clears up how that partition is supose to be at the end of the counter. Ours is missing. Now I know what is supose to be there. I thought it was a peice that just slid into the slot and sat on the counter. I didn't relize I'm also missing some trackts for to to slide into.

Is the other 58 the one your folks my buy?

Thanks for the pictures!
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yeah, the other 58 is the one they're going to buy. I'm going to help them pick it up tomorrow. The previous owner is really nice. He's meeting us with it half-way in Tennessee (from Kentucky). He had originally bought their unit to fix up and then bought mine because it had the fridge which his was missing but he didn't end up having the time and usually uses his Bambi, he never puts these into service in the 5 years he had them.

You're welcome to borrow my divider if you want to make a pattern for a replacement. My airstream is missing the small wooden piece that butts up into the corner by the divider and curtain, which isn't that big of a deal I guess. Since my overheads end at that divider, I'm not sure how the divider was secured when up. My parent's overheads are arranged like yours. I've already bumped my head on my overheads which extend into the living area.
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Yeah I would like to trace one of the dividers one day. Our is completly missing. It should be just like the one in your parrents.

There is a spring loaded latch simular to a screen door latch to hold it up attach to the underside of the overheads. I am also missing the slides on the end of the cabinet so want to get some measurments of those as well.

Just aranged to take off 9/29-10/3 to do nothing but work on ours. It looks like I have all the other projects that were in the way rapped up. Going to try to get in and remove some of the bath in the next couple weekends and the carpet and get a list of materials I need and get them ordered next week. If all goes well I might have the cabinets out before then. Then I can see if this is a get my buddies over and lift the body off project or not. Yeee Haaa!
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New owner-frameoff

I'm at the "do-I or don't I" stage myself.
Question for those who've done this before:
If perimeter, rear bath, doorway, water heater area, and front under the water tank are "soft", and I haven't busted out any rivets yet, what is the best way to approach a lift-off?
1. Do I take off the inside skin up to the first seam, bust the channel loose, and slide in pieces?
2. If I find more damage then expected and decide to do a frame off, is it possible to cut off the back of the shell-to-belly rivets from the inside, or do I need to drill them out from the outside?
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Unfortunaly when I was asking these same questions was where the forum lost some of the data base. I had a few good replies.

If the damage is isolated to the last or first section of deck you can slid a peice in from the end whole. The trick is to remove the inner pannels. remove the rub strip and the rivets to the first rib and then you can drop the belly pan. By putting some weght on the bumper you can get the fram to drop from the body about 2 inches and slide in a full sheet.

Once you get to the first rib the U-channel changes shape and it not really possible to slide a sheet in from the end. It eith needs to be peiced in or body off.
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