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Old 07-18-2008, 06:33 PM   #57
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My 1968 WBCCI Directory lists that number (6472) to paul & Thelma Ross of Seal Beach CA.
Seal Beach is right next to Long Beach. The people I got it from said they got it in Long Beach. There is one Ross listed by Dexknows in Long Beach. Not surprisingly his name is not Paul or Thelma. Guessing that Paul or Thelma would have been in their 40s if not 50s in 1963 that would make them in their 80s or 90s now. I left a message for this Ross dude. Let's see if he calls back.
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:38 PM   #58
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You know, that oval plate next to the license tag makes sense to me. Especially if it says "USA". I can see the shadow of an S there, but can't make out the rest.

Growing up near Port Everglades, I remember in the 60's some autos had an oval tag, usually on the rear near the license, that designated the country of origin if it was privately owned and had been shipped overseas or to the US. My uncle's shipped Mercedes had one designating Germany (don't remember the exact letters) when he moved back to the states.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:34 PM   #59
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In the photo of the flying bunk house there looks like a blemish or is it a reflector below the bathroom vent. In your photo of the rear 3/4 view the paint is gone and maybe a dent? Anyway they are in what appears to be the same spot to me.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:36 PM   #60
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WBCCI#8511 was also a participant on the Around the World Caravan.It was a couple from Miami FL.
The only family from Miami, Florida was McGregor Smith's. He was the author of Thank You, Marco Polo.

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:38 PM   #61
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Growing up near Port Everglades, I remember in the 60's some autos had an oval tag, usually on the rear near the license, that designated the country of origin if it was privately owned and had been shipped overseas or to the US. My uncle's shipped Mercedes had one designating Germany (don't remember the exact letters) when he moved back to the states.
Germany would be "D". IIRC, others are "GB" for England, "FR" for France, and "IRE" for Ireland. It's been a while since I've had to know this, but those are the ones I'm pretty sure about.
United States would be "USA". These oval stickers or tags would be mounted next to the license plate, so local law enforcement would know what country the tag was valid in.
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:58 PM   #62
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The trailer with the number 8511 is sitting on the ground but the bunkhouse model is in the air and is viewed from the side, can't see any of the numbers.

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On edit: The scare light on the streetside matches the one on the Burkhart book photo on page 107.
Sorry, my mistake, I was looking at one, thinking about the other. I would not a very good detective. Did PeeWee go on this caravan? If so, think he might have some info?
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Sorry, my mistake, I was looking at one, thinking about the other. I would not a very good detective. Did PeeWee go on this caravan? If so, think he might have some info?
In Thank You, Marco Polo PeeWee isn't listed as a caravanner, and the author wrote that Helen Byam Schwamborn only accompanied the group to Singapore to begin the Around the World Caravan.

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I believe I found another picture of this trailer in an earlier Vintage Advantage newsletter in an advertisement for the DVD's mentioned earlier. It sure looks like it with the CB antenna location and everything. It looks to have duct tape or some other temporary type of patch on the curbside rear.

http://www.airstream.net/members/Vin...0Issue%204.pdf

Look on page 26. I still say this is the one and it DID go on the Caravan.

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Old 07-19-2008, 04:46 AM   #65
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The only family from Miami, Florida was McGregor Smith's. He was the author of Thank You, Marco Polo.

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You are correct.McGregor and Jackie Smith.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:21 AM   #66
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In the photo of the flying bunk house there looks like a blemish or is it a reflector below the bathroom vent. In your photo of the rear 3/4 view the paint is gone and maybe a dent? Anyway they are in what appears to be the same spot to me.
I think what you see is the teardrop clearance marker light.

Doing some more stripping I can objectly say the last 3 numbers are 472 and the first is probably a 6

So it looks like this the Paul and Thelma (Ruth) Ross coach on the 63-64 world tour #6472

I think the best way to use the stripper as an Airstream History Dectiv3e in this case is counter intuitive. Instead of using a mild stripper sparingly when I used a strong stripper liberally the surface paint over the original number reacted differently than the rest of the surface making the number kind of readable.
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To keep it original, you could change your WBCCI numbers to 6472. The number does not appear in any of the recent membership directories.
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:53 AM   #68
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To keep it original, you could change your WBCCI numbers to 6472. The number does not appear in any of the recent membership directories.
My current number 12121 was picked to come close to the original number on my 71- 21212. While it doesn't have the history that 6472 does it is a neat number. I will contact WBCCI and see if there is any way to have a second number to keep the history intact. Anybody hear of WBCCI doeing this? I suppose if worse comes to worse my wife could take out a second mebership.
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I will contact WBCCI and see if there is any way to have a second number to keep the history intact. Anybody hear of WBCCI doeing this? I suppose if worse comes to worse my wife could take out a second mebership.
The only way I have heard of it happening is to pay for two memberships ~

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Cool How cool is that!

Lumatic, congrats on finding a legacy Airstream. Looks like you've got enough provenance there to support this trailer's history.
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