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Old 03-12-2017, 07:55 PM   #99
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I forgot to mention the front brakes are electric and the rear are hydronic. Is that typical for the 50's or someone's upgrade
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:35 PM   #100
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Scott, I would guess that the brakes were hydraulic when the trailer was initially built because you can see some of the apparatus on the tongue in photos from the 1956 European Caravan, but someone added electric brakes to one axle at some point because they wanted some trailer brakes without modifying the hydraulics on their tow vehicle. But that's really a guess. Building the trailer with two different brake systems makes no sense to me.

Regarding a plumbing vent, I will guess the trailer never had one originally. Probably not code then, and I can confirm that a 1955 Airstream that I used to own had no plumbing vent.
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:30 PM   #101
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I'm getting closer to finishing my other project and getting it on the market and am using my couch time researching and looking for parts. Good friend gave me a nos Bargman power inlet I gave him a few years back. Does anyone have the cord end they'd sell? I know I could upgrade to modern but would rather not if I can help it!!Click image for larger version

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Old 03-19-2017, 01:53 PM   #102
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This is an amazing find, Scott and Megan. So glad it landed in loving, capable, history-loving hands. This one certainly falls into that field surgeon mentality of first, do no harm -- and if you keep the pace and attention to detail you've shown so far... it'll be a museum piece that people can learn from and appreciate for its unique place in history.

All the best in maintaining your enthusiasm and enjoyment - if it were mine, I'd have already been making romantic overtures to Jackson Center by now.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:38 PM   #103
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New toy. It's not an exact match. Wally's was a 56, but we liked aspects of the 55 better, and we wanted a 4 door with kids, so today we bought it. Good surviver runner, work to do inside and out but strong runner ready for the fun projects and am looking forward to teaching my son how a real car is worked on.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:42 PM   #104
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Goransons that's gorgeous.

I just posted a picture of our new vehicle on the "what did you get for your trailer today thread".

Ours is a 1960 Chrysler Imperial V8 engine she looks as pretty as yours does congratulations have fun.
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And it has air conditioning!

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Old 04-12-2017, 08:45 PM   #106
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Yes, well sort of, I need to put a new compressor and condenser in it but I've been working on those parts sourcing already. This was loaded, gold emblems throughout, electric 4 way bench seat, electric windows, A/C is the headliner vented (each seat has it's own louvered duct in the headliner much like an airplane). Auto dimming headlights, power brakes, power steering, and more cigarette lighter locations than all our other vehicles combined.
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Watch the gas station attendant find where the filler port is located on this vintage Cadillac. That is good for many minutes of laughter.
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Very nice, hope to see it one day.

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GREAT find!
I'll take a look to see if I still have the Plug & Receptacle but may not after deciding to upgrade the electrical.
I repaired my step without much welding. I was able to cut off a set of the pins to get the step out to straighten it and the arms. The rails had to be straightened & did need a little heat to do that. I replaced the pins that were cut off with Shoulder Bolts and Bushings. Now the step can be removed again if needed.
I have the original axle still laying around if you need some parts for yours, mine was hydraulic brake away. I decided to go with a new Dexter Axle with electric brakes
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New toy. It's not an exact match. Wally's was a 56, but we liked aspects of the 55 better, and we wanted a 4 door with kids, so today we bought it. Good surviver runner, work to do inside and out but strong runner ready for the fun projects and am looking forward to teaching my son how a real car is worked on.
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"Watch the gas station attendant find where the filler port is located on this vintage Cadillac. That is good for many minutes of laughter." My guess is a taillight. We had a '56 Chevy, but I've slept too many times since then to remember whether it was left or right.

"What's a gas station attendant?" I think it was Oregon, several years ago, that had outlawed self-serve gas stations. They wouldn't even let me open the gas cap!
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