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Old 03-17-2011, 09:39 PM   #15
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I would also like to know how many years did they build the lever actuated master cylinder on the trailer? Also, what were Wally Bynum's childrens' names, or ex-wives names?
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:07 PM   #16
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I would also like to know how many years did they build the lever actuated master cylinder on the trailer? Also, what were Wally Bynum's childrens' names, or ex-wives names?
I don't have any specific information on production years for hydraulic trailer brakes, but I know they at least optionally offered them at least until 1962, maybe longer. Not sure what the first year was.

Wally Byam never had any children with either his first (forget her name) or second wife (Stella, whom he married long before your 1958 Flying Cloud was built). Wally switched Airstreams frequently between 1947 and 1957, but his last personal trailer was the unique gold annodized 22' tandem axle 1957 World Traveller that he took on the 1959-60 CapeTown to Cairo Caravan. He used this trailer from 1957 thru early 1959 to promote the African caravan. I think the chance that your 1958 Flying Cloud was owned by Wally Byam about zero regardless of the initials on the plaque. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Wally actually had his and Stellas full name painted on each trailer in big red letters, along with the locations to which they traveled. Such a simple plaque would not have been enough for Wally.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:11 PM   #17
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names..etc....

I guess my other post did not go through...does anyone know the names of Wally Bynum's wives and children? There are no numbers on the trailer, front or back, but are those numbers the same as the ones on the title? On the title it says 22-8515....Also, does anyone know which years Airstream put on the trailer the lever-actuated master cylinder.
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:15 PM   #18
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Thank you, Joe, for your info!! I didn't scroll up high enough to see your last post...we still LOVE this trailer!!
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Besides the roof and the area below the side window, are there any other places to find the serial number? Is it the same number as on the title? Thanks!!!
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The serial number, on the plaque by the door is the correct serial number and should match the VIN number on your "pink slip" DMV documents. Any numbers "on the roof"... red or otherwise, are club membership numbers. They seldom match since the club numbers are issued to the member, not the rig. If you get a new trailer, you take your club numbers to that new trailer.
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Besides the roof and the area below the side window, are there any other places to find the serial number? Is it the same number as on the title? Thanks!!!
Bevman is correct. The serial number is on the plaque near the door. For a late 1958 22' Flying cloud,a number formatted as 22-85xx is correct:
58FC

Thus your 22-8515 appears to be the correct serial number.

Later Airstreams also had/have the serial number stamped into the frame on the tongue, but I do not know if that practice was in place in 1958.

The "Big Red Numbers" (or ghost outlines of them) above the front and rear windows are membership numbers assigned by the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) that have no relation to the trailer serial number. The ghost outlines are often left after the numbers are removed if the trailer is not polished heavily because the numbers protect the area of aluminum skin under them from wear and oxidation. That difference is often obvious if the numbers were left on the trailer for any extended period of time before removal. It is the WBCCI membership numbers that I can use to identify possible prior owners. The club never kept records of the serial numbers of Airstream owned by club members.
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