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Old 01-21-2009, 07:26 AM   #155
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Sam,

Welcome to the forums. With a name like waharknesscaravans, do you plan to offer this for use with others, or are you a man with many caravans?

I thought about Captain Jack Harkness originally).

Again, welcome.

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Old 01-21-2009, 09:09 AM   #156
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Way to go Sam. I want to sign up along with Jim for that onion soup caravan. Sounds like this trailer is returning to it's world travelling roots.

Good Luck.
This great picture of Wally and Stel was taken on the 1956 European Caravan. The Solex bike assisted Wally in local travel and to go around the camp site to call meeting time.

Wally's favorite city in Europe was Paris. He frequently flew over to Paris to relax from his busy schedule. One morning on the 1956 Caravan he came to trailer #2 and knocked on the door. "Helen, are you up?" "Yes!" "Get dressed we are going to have onion soup."

With Wally's years of visits to Paris he had found his most favorite place to have onion soup. They had it made early in the morning, or very late at night.

Helen left her trailer. Sat on the back of Wally's Solex, holding on to Wally, and off they went to have onion soup.

What a team they made, what great friends, only an assoication that cousins have. We all thank them for the better world they gave us.

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Wally and Stel in the 1956 European Airstream.

Wally and his Solex.

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brad,
that would have been great but will not be able to make it.
i've told the folks at gooding to make sure you get a big warm welcome.
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Old 01-21-2009, 11:54 AM   #158
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Sam,

Welcome to the forums. With a name like waharknesscaravans, do you plan to offer this for use with others, or are you a man with many caravans?

I thought about Captain Jack Harkness originally).

Again, welcome.

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Thankyou Steve

The waharknesscaravans comes from my dad's business. He was probably the most respected trailer dealer ever to do business in Ireland. but has never laid eyes on an airstream, just yet. He retired a while back.

i guess i'll have more of an idea what i'm doing when i she her in the flesh.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:26 PM   #159
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Looks like your are locarted at Cookston near Tullywiggen not to far from Knockaconny somewhat near Gortalowry on Dungannon Rd. I just love the names. Better than being located at Exit 27 on I 10.
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:31 PM   #160
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Sam, thanks for the post and welcome. Now that you have revealed your excellent plan and are the proud owner of Wally's trailer you are no longer a normal guy. I am glad to see the the trailer will be restored and used on a grand adventure. Please post more about your plans and share your on going restoration with the group.

One question do you plan to recreate the script on the trailer exterior, I hope so it is the final touch.

You may have just become a European Caravan leader. I can see a line of trailers winding their way along the original route with you in the lead.

Best of luck Jim.

many thanks jim, hopefully when she arrives here we start a new thread about what to do. The polish and painting will be a though one to call, will need a good bit of debate and input before deciding.
look forward to as much help as i can get.
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Old 01-21-2009, 01:38 PM   #161
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Back on track

I am ecstatic that this thread is finally heading in the right direction again!

Sam and I have shared some emails. I am confident that he will be a great new owner. The Bubble was built to tour Europe and perhaps that is where it belongs.

This forum has so much knowledge to offer. Thank you for embracing Sam on his new journey.

Press on Sam!
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brad,
i've told the folks at gooding to make sure you get a big warm welcome.
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Thanks Sam. I did get a warm reception upon my arrival but once I went inside the trailer, a security guard came by and asked that if I took anything, to put it back and he'd turn his head the other way. No harm, no foul.

Wish I had more time with her, she's a classy unit. I'll load the pictures from the camera in a bit.

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This is a truly remarkable thread.

Sam, welcome, and good luck on the restoration. We'll be delighted to watch and read anything you choose to share with us.

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Wally's '55 Bubble

Finally got the pictures loaded and resized. Here's about half of them that were taken. My time with the trailer was cut short by the probing security guard and the fact that I had to get to work. I could have easily spent another hour or so taking pictures and studying everything.

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The axle appeared to be about 1 1/2 inches and I found that to be smaller than I would have expected since it was built for advanced excursions for the caravan to follow later. It's painted white in this picture. I was also very interested in the magnesium frame which was hard to see anywhere other than at the tongue where it looks to have surface rust. Does magnesium rust? There was also some stuff hanging from the thin axle that to me was unrecognizable. I recognize the skid plate. Any ideas?

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Interior Shots

Interior was mostly there but seemed to have been without the vent cap for awhile because the wood was delaminating directly underneath. Obviously the tiles had been redone at some point. The original 9 x 9 tiles were visible under the front cabinets. Wally sure had it set up with all of these switches to control anything and everything with the 12 volt electrical system. No evidence that a charging system wasn't ever present, probably too early for that. Note the small water tank under front window cabinet. Probably no more than 8 gallons.

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Interior Layout

I know in reviewing these pictures, it appears that there is alot of green. The counters were green but the interior walls had a slight tint of green with a little yellow thrown in. The interior layout is slightly different than I have seen and very close to the Bubble's that came along in later model years. This was designed to Wally's specifications and acted as a prototype for the later models. As you can see, the booth is in the streetside front corner along the side and the front dinette seat goes along the entire width of the interior.

I found it interesting that the stovetop hinged cover had recesses routed out for the burner grates so it would lay all the way down for traveling. The green counters appeared to be original and if they are, they have held up quite well. Over the bed, aft of the sink is what i believe to be the catch for the hinged cover from over the sink, if it had one.

No bathroom in this little gem. I didn't get the opportunity to look under the bed cabinet in the rear and it appears there may have been a furnace under the fridge.

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The axle appeared to be about 1 1/2 inches and I found that to be smaller than I would have expected since it was built for advanced excursions for the caravan to follow later. It's painted white in this picture. I was also very interested in the magnesium frame which was hard to see anywhere other than at the tongue where it looks to have surface rust. Does magnesium rust? There was also some stuff hanging from the thin axle that to me was unrecognizable. Any ideas?

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flyfshr,

Very cool that you went out of your way to take some pictures and describe the Bubble.

Fred Caldwell thought the interior was gutted, but it is actually quite intact.

The modification, post Byam, include the bathroom and hanging closet changed to adapt a refrigerator (including roof vent). I think the floors were originally covered with cork. This is evident where the tile installed some years ago is fragmented. This would also make sense given the goal of light weight. There are likely other mods that a trained eye like yours, or other forum members might spot. Exterior: the antenna was removed and a ventilation plate was installed as well as the single propane tank mount was changed to a double. The wheels and hub caps were changed to standard issue from the lighter slotted wheels originally used. Other than these mods, the Bubble is very original. In fact, the spare might actually be of the era when Wally and Stella toured Europe.

The Bubble was not really designed for long excursions, it was designed to be towed behind a VW.

The tongue is magnesium covered by steel. This explains why you see rust. I don't believe that this is the ideal combination for longevity, but the Bubble seems to have survived just fine. Where you can see the magnesium (without pulling the belly pans) is when you look in inside the wheel wells, at the rear bumper mounts, and sandwiched in between the steel on the tongue.

Thank you for posting your photos.
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