It seems to me that I have seen a lot of Airstream posts with Hot Rods, Street Rods, or Customs in the pictures or even shown in Avatars. It appears that many Airstream owners also are gear heads with a cross over hobby that includes cars of one type or other. I was just wondering how many of you are out there.
I have a 1997 Safari 25' and, as you can see by my Avatar, I have a 1938 Chevy Coupe powered by a 350, with A/C, Cruise Control, power steering, power windows, independent end, and many other upgrades to make my street rod both dependable and driveable.
Who else is out there with an Airstream and a specialty car as well. Let's hear from you and post some pictures too.
I am posting this under lifestyles and hope it is the right place for it.
All of us need to be a little gear heads to maintain and improve our tow vehicles. Just pop the hood on your tow vehicle and see how fast another male friend comes over to help or see what you are up to. I used to build kit cars and customs but now have the hobby of keeping my rig running down the road and camping safely. The more time you spend touring, the less time you have to build big things.
Haven't decided yet if I will put a weight distributing hitch on the Corvair van/truck to tow the Bambi as I know the engines/drivetrains will, but not very quickly! A picture of the Rampside is included in the Bambi photo album, nose up high, right after we towed it off the equipment trailer.
"The difference between vintage and retro is that vintage is honestly old and cool. Retro tries to be but isn't."
1977 31' Sovereign
2005 30' Safari
Join Date: Mar 2007
This is right up my alley. I am in a family of cars and airstreams. I have a 1977 31' along with my 1981 Malibu Coupe that is almost finished from a frame off restoration, no A/C, no P/S, 450hp SBC My brother has a 1953 Flying Cloud along with a 1972 MGB, something like 75hp, and my father has a 1981 Excella and 1936 Indian Chief Motorcycle that is close to being done from a restoration.
I have a 2002 Porche Boxster, and a 2007 Screaming Eagle Harley Davidson Roadking.....Road from coast to coast and North to South for about 10 years straight....SURE WISH I COULD HAVE PULLED THE BAMBI BEHIND THE ROADKING.....
My cars aren't exactly hot rods, rather they are collector cars with modifications to dependably tow my Airstream and Argosy. My oldest car is my 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible Coupe. I purchased it as a nine-year old used car in 1974 and have owned it ever since. From the factory, it was equipped with the 383 cubic inch Wedge V8 with high-output Carter 4-BBL carburetor and dual exhaust (335 HP package), 3.90 differential, and Torque-Flyte automatic transmission. The photo below is with my first travel trailer -- a 1980 Nomad 17-foot light-weight special that I purchased new in 1980 -- I don't have a photo of the car with either of my Airstreams:
I also have a 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible that I utilize as a tow vehicle for my Airstream and Arogsy. I purchased it from the estate of the original owner in 1995, and refurbished specifically for towing my trailers. Compared to the Dodge the modifications required by the Cadillac were minimal as it didn't have to have hardened valve inserts for the heads to permit burning unleaded fuel since the Eldorado was from the first year's production where the catalytic converter was standard. The biggest project with the Eldorado was having the suspension rebuilt (front end, new coil springs, and new level-ride components), and since the 501 cubic inch V8 liked to run warm a new custom 4-row-core radiator was installed to improve cooling along with a large external Hayden Transmission Fluid Cooler. The photo below is of the Eldorado towing my Overlander for the first time in 2003:
This is a photo of the Eldorado with my Minuet that was likely taken in 2008 during my trip to Yellowstone National Park and the WBCCI Inernational Rally in Bozeman, Montana. Other than an issue with the car deciding to try to leave a trail of parts to follow home the trip was uneventful . . . the alternator burned out in Arcola, IL . . . then it was a series of soft body parts . . . bits of the left front ABS fender extension through Iowa and Nebraska . . . . bits of the right front ABS fender extension through Nebraska and Wyoming . . . bits of the right rear ABS fender extension through Montana and North Dakota . . . at that point the car must have decided that attempts at leaving a path were futile and it quit dropping parts . . . .
The Yellowstone National Park adventure is one that I will always remember . . . . there is just something special about towing an Airstream with a convertible top down through the park . . . .
Kevin D. Allen WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359 AIR #827
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)