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Old 01-22-2009, 08:10 AM   #169
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Now that I have gone back and studied the interior photos, along with your comments about the post Byam modifications, I believe the green formica was installed at the same time as the addition of the fridge. The walls were probably painted then too. I did see the original green speckled Zolotone under the front window inside the cabinet though so they followed along with the green color that was originally applied by the factory. The fridge was definately a later addition because they only had iceboxes in 1955 and the fridge vent is newer as well. So were there any signs of bathroom plumbing under where the fridge is now? What was under the fridge where the square opening is?

I may have another opportunity to go and see this gem one more time before it departs Phoenix so I.m hoping to be able to take more photos and do so at my leisure and not be so hurried.

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Old 01-22-2009, 11:34 AM   #170
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I am quite sure that Wally had a small gas refer in his1955 European Airstream.

I have attached the cover of the 1954 Catalog and inside spec pages.

They offered as standard an ice/electric referigerator, or an optional gas.

They offered a wide range of self-containment items. Including a 2, 3 and 6 cubic foot gas refrigerators.

Even though, I was never in the Wally's '55 summer unit, I am quite sure he wouls specify a gas unit. Again only speculation. Read the page for the 54 Airstreams and use your own judgement.

Recently Brad posted and sent me pictures of my Mother's 26' in its current status. Without the exterior pictures, I would not have known it was our trailer, old #2.

This is so true after +50 years of what happens to classic trailers. A good example is the upside down and back-together-again treatment of the Gold Trailer after I sold it. Airstream is trying to bring it back life. (The new owner even put aluminum strips on the side of the trailer. Amazing.)

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Old 01-22-2009, 12:10 PM   #171
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hello everyone,
i'm the very very proud new owner of the wally bubble.
i'm from ireland, my wife is english and have two little daughters born in new york but we live between england and ireland at present.
not a movie star or an asian business man or a zilionare, just someone like all of you the has got the bug for airstreams and wants to live my dreams.
will keep you all posted on progress but the plan for the moment to to ship it back to our home in the south west of england. the dream would be to redo the 1955 scouting trip with her and a vw convertable and stop off for some french onion soup in paris on the way.
again will keep you posted, but at the moment just want to finalize the deal and keep her safe.
robert77 has been helping me a great deal on this and we are working out a way that without risking any damage we could let of few folks have a look before this sets sail.
again, i'm just a normal guy with a passion and living my dreams before it's too late.

Best regards,

Sam......

Hi Sam, you must be over the moon with your purchase of this bubble and I am pretty Dam excited too. I am not a rock star or Billionaire either, I live in west London (yes England) and have a 1956 Californian Bubble which I am refurbishing at present. I have 2 Airstreams and am currently driving friends and family crazy by talking about nothing else. Would love to see the Byam bub when it arrives and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way with this once in a lifetime project. Live your dreams!!! Dan
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:51 PM   #172
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Good job on the pics Brad. Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2009, 05:05 PM   #173
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Wow!

Congratulations Sam! .... I've been off the forum for some months now since my Mom passed away about the time this thread started last May ... so what a wonderful story to pull me back into the airstream family... what a great new home the Bubble is going to have.

Couple of comments - that color of green appears to be mid-60's in origin

And because I love the language as well as my airstream - the word is Provenance not Providence ... arghh I hate that I'm a spelling and grammar nazi, please bear with me - I just can't help myself!

And a quick shout-out to Marcus - glad you finally found your perfect coach!
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:29 PM   #174
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Sam,

With this Bubble going to the UK, will you need to install a metric hitch and the hand brake/new axle I see going on many airstreams into the UK?

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Old 01-22-2009, 09:45 PM   #175
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Now that I have gone back and studied the interior photos, along with your comments about the post Byam modifications, I believe the green formica was installed at the same time as the addition of the fridge. The walls were probably painted then too. I did see the original green speckled Zolotone under the front window inside the cabinet though so they followed along with the green color that was originally applied by the factory. The fridge was definately a later addition because they only had iceboxes in 1955 and the fridge vent is newer as well. So were there any signs of bathroom plumbing under where the fridge is now? What was under the fridge where the square opening is?

I may have another opportunity to go and see this gem one more time before it departs Phoenix so I.m hoping to be able to take more photos and do so at my leisure and not be so hurried.
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Flyshr I think your assesments are accurate about the updates (but definitely not upgrades)

I think PeeWee is right about the gas refer, which I beleive was originally installed under the front window next to the original bathroom wall that was removed. The plumbing for the bathroom is in the standard location (front curbside of the Bubble). If you look closely you can see where the wall for the bathroom was removed, and where the wood shelf above the window stops short due to the wall no longer being there. I think the closet where the refer is now was just a standard hanging closet (instead of the hacked up mess it is now).

My mood Sam's mood this Bubble: priceless
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:28 AM   #176
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Congratulations Sam! .... I've been off the forum for some months now since my Mom passed away about the time this thread started last May ... so what a wonderful story to pull me back into the airstream family... what a great new home the Bubble is going to have.

Couple of comments - that color of green appears to be mid-60's in origin

And because I love the language as well as my airstream - the word is Provenance not Providence ... arghh I hate that I'm a spelling and grammar nazi, please bear with me - I just can't help myself!

And a quick shout-out to Marcus - glad you finally found your perfect coach!
welcome back cowboy, looking forward to working with you and with someone with an eye for detail.
carry on camping!
cheers,
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:32 AM   #177
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Hi Sam, you must be over the moon with your purchase of this bubble and I am pretty Dam excited too. I am not a rock star or Billionaire either, I live in west London (yes England) and have a 1956 Californian Bubble which I am refurbishing at present. I have 2 Airstreams and am currently driving friends and family crazy by talking about nothing else. Would love to see the Byam bub when it arrives and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help you in any way with this once in a lifetime project. Live your dreams!!! Dan
Dan,
Fantastic! We have at least two members of the EU Bubble club.
Should be aim for the Ace Cafe or the Rock Cafe for the first meet! Central london would be fun.
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Old 01-23-2009, 06:40 AM   #178
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Sam,

With this Bubble going to the UK, will you need to install a metric hitch and the hand brake/new axle I see going on many airstreams into the UK?

Steve
Good thinking.
Need to do a bit of research on that.
I guess will just get a US hitch to tow with and keep her intact as much as possible.
I'm importing her as a 'one of kind' historical item plus because of the low weight and size there my bit a bit of give from the DVM. The lights I'll just use a temporary plate for towing and see what happens.
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....Hey Sam, I'm a Cowgirl .... ha ha ha my name's Paula and I'm happy to meet you ... I travel across the pond for business frequently - maybe I'll see you on some country lane in the future. Where will you take the Bubble once you get her all fixed up?
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....Hey Sam, I'm a Cowgirl .... ha ha ha my name's Paula and I'm happy to meet you ... I travel across the pond for business frequently - maybe I'll see you on some country lane in the future. Where will you take the Bubble once you get her all fixed up?

oops, very sorry!
i guess we'll just go camping. would be fab to drive her across america ourselves and let her set sail from new york or new jersey but that could be tricky with the hot weather and kids etc.
will keep an eye out for a cowgirl when i get her into the english countryside!
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:05 PM   #181
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You can sail her out of Baltimore too. I would be glad to help you get her to the port. I know a shipping agent that can handle all of those details. Send me a PM and I will give you his number. If you want to have her hatches batted down before she sails, have her stop through Baltimore. I would be honored to preform that work for you. If you want her restored, I would be honored to do that too.
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You may want to have the axel and brakes replaced before it is shipped, would save having to ship those items to England.
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