Originally Posted by cywylie
I am somewhat late to the discussion but my 1958
Flying Cloud is #8247 from Santa Fe Springs which would numerically be before the other Norwalk ones. It also has teardrop wheel wells and a 7 panel end. It's plate also has a picture of a man pulling the airstream with a bicycle. (Or do I have a 1957
with a replacement plate from Santa Fe Springs) I am finding conflicting information on different websites and the previous owner did not have any paperwork. I dont know if this helps your research or makes it more confusing.
My first guess is that this plate was added later because:
- The plate looks like a 1960's plate more than a late 1950's plate, but I haven't researched that detail to be sure.
- The plate is attached with pop rivets rather than bucked solid rivets.
- The pop rivets look to be steel (and rusty) rather than aluminum. I have never seen an original steel rivet on the exterior of an Airstream.
If the plate turns out to be original, the rivets have definitly been replaced at some time.
Is this the only serial number plate on your Flying Cloud? Or is there also a smaller wave type plate with the same serial number?
If both, then this most likely was a later addition (perhaps to cover a hole) since there should only be one SN plate on the trailer.
If there is not another one, I might speculate that this one may have been added in place of the original, perhaps after the original was removed (e.g. if the Airstream was ever stolen). Either that, or it is original.
Perhaps someone with more details knowwledge of late 50's California built Airstreams can provide me definitive answers.