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Old 10-27-2008, 10:57 PM   #29
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While I was at the factory a couple of weeks ago we took the plant tour. The tour leader noted that the gold annodized color was fading so the trailer was not on display. My memory fails me if he said it had just been moved indoors to halt the fading or if it was being reannodized to brighten the color. Guess I wasn;t totally paying attention. In any case, Airstream still has the trailer.
Just wanted to comment that "re-anodizing" is not an option. "Iridite", "Alodine" and "Anodize" are all trade names for processes that deposit aluminum oxide on an aluminum surface. Iridite and Alodine both use oxidizing acids to oxidize the surface, but Anodizing produces a thicker oxide film by making the aluminum the anode in an electrolytic cell (hence the name). The current density used in Anodizing (amps per square inch of surface area) is quite high. The cell in which the original aluminum sheet was anodized must have had a mighty big power supply! There would be no way to anodize the whole trailer. I imagine that they built it of sheet that came anodized right from the mill. I also imagine that they quickly determined that it wasn't that great an idea. The color of anodized surfaces comes from organic dyes with which the newly-formed oxide layer is saturated, and as everybody has seen, the colors fade rapidly (and unevenly) when exposed to sunlight.

And, I don't know how they could remove the anodized surface if they wanted to, since it is incredibly hard. I needed to remove an anodized surface from an aluminum plate once (in order to make good electrical contact--aluminum oxide is a good insulator) and ended up milling it off with a milling machine. And I ruined a couple of end mills before I figured out that you had to take a deep cut to get under the oxide film-kinda like machining the scale off of an iron casting!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:00 PM   #30
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Gold Airstream when New

Here is a picture of Wally's gold Airstream when it was new and towed by an International decked out for his trip to Africa. Note: on the bed signage it says "Bible Land"

The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:06 PM   #31
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The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.
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Cool! What the heck is Wally wearing around his waist--a girdle?!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:08 PM   #32
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Here is a picture of Wally's gold Airstream when it was new and towed by an International decked out for his trip to Africa. Note: on the bed signage it says "Bible Land"

The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.

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Mike,

Quite a pair of pictures, thank you.

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:12 PM   #33
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Back when America was strong....!

I was at JC back in late September and the gold trailer was on the side lot by they new units. It was kinda by where the European exports were sitting by a couple of other circa 60s units. I did not think the trailer was in bad exterior condition, my kids went ape over it after seeing it in several books.

Kinda reminds me how short life is.........get out there and have some fun!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:16 PM   #34
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Cool! Actually, there's a pic of the "modernized" trailer in the AS history book. I also noted that Pee Wee's pics show it had GOLD propane tanks! How cool is that!
Thanks for the pics!
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:22 PM   #35
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Wally's "girdle"

As I remember, it was a wide web belt that had three (3) leather buckles in the front. I assume it was part of the great white hunter's official outfit if you were going on safari.

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Old 10-27-2008, 11:45 PM   #36
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Here is a picture of Wally's gold Airstream when it was new and towed by an International decked out for his trip to Africa. Note: on the bed signage it says "Bible Land"

The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.

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THANK YOU for the way cool pics Mike! I can't decide which one I like better...you in your spiffy plaid shorts or the gold trailer & Vespa scooter on the front of the truck! Being that we just got 1963 Vespa scooters, I think it just nudges you out...sorry ~

It must have been so cool to have been on that trip...

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Old 10-28-2008, 12:17 AM   #37
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Here is a picture of Wally's gold Airstream when it was new and towed by an International decked out for his trip to Africa. Note: on the bed signage it says "Bible Land"

The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.

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To the left of Wally, behind his truck is Arthur Ruiz. You may have seen his wife Toni on History Detectives this summer. Art was our mechanic and caboose in Africa and went on with the European section of the Caravan in Europe 1960.
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Bible Land? or Near East? That is the location!

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Here is a picture of Wally's gold Airstream when it was new and towed by an International decked out for his trip to Africa. Note: on the bed signage it says "Bible Land"

The second picture is Wally in his safari outfit. I'm the youngster on the left with the plaid shorts.

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Global politics are always an "edge-of-your-seat" proposition. When the 1959 African Caravan was drawn up on paper, it was to reach Bethlehem, Jordan by Christmas.

In 1959 to obtain a visa for Jordan, you had to prove your religious belief. Specifically a baptism certificate. Well we didn't make Bethlehem by Christmas, we did arrive, and we did tour Jordan and Syria.

For political reasons Wally did a repaint on his truck to read Near East, not the Bible Land. My Scout Truck, and Arthur Ruiz's Truck also had Near East painted on each side of the truck.
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I was at the factory on 9/10 of this year, and the trailer had been moved to the SW corner of the front parking lot. I almost forgot about it, too, but at the end of the tour, I realized that I hadn't seen it. So I asked the guide, and he told me where to find it. But the gates at the factory were closing up, and I couldn't go right up to it. So, on my way out of town, I pulled into the local Dr.'s office parking lot, which abuts the AS property...walked over and snapped a couple of pics of it.
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PeeWee ~

That's quite a scout truck camper package. Looks like a center section of a trailer had flat ends put on it and then dropped onto a truck frame. I also see Wally number 1 trailer just over the hood in the picture. I take it that is this famed gold trailer too?

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Old 10-28-2008, 09:46 AM   #41
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PeeWee ~

That's quite a scout truck camper package. Looks like a center section of a trailer had flat ends put on it and then dropped onto a truck frame. I also see Wally number 1 trailer just over the hood in the picture. I take it that is this famed gold trailer too?

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Hi Brad,

The two African vehicles were made with crossmembers, skinned, and furnished. If you with a non-pointy front and rear.

The picture was taken in Nairobi, Kenya and yes you did spot Stella's Gold Trailer.

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Wow - what a piece of history. We have come a long way since then.
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