Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
truckasaurus's Avatar

 
1960 33' Custom
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,182
Images: 25
All New Clipper 1936

Whilst toying with ideas for my next Airstream project I keep coming back to the 1936 Clipper. Googling around for a suitable candidate I keep reading the same paragraphs about how the older trailers came as a kit etc and I was wondering what the kit contained and what the customer would need to have done to get up and running?

The more I think about it if I can find a squashed or very badly treated Clipper it should be a decent sized templating job but all the panels appear to made of straight unformed sheet. New floor, chassis, windows, etc, etc. There's probably not much from the original trailer that one would need. It's even occurred to me that I may as well make a couple and take them to the ready for cabinets stage.

Kind of thinking aloud but I'm wondering if anyone built or rebuilt a shell rather than just performed repairs.
__________________

__________________
1960 Sovereign 33' Pacific Railroad Custom
truckasaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 03:38 PM   #2
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by truckasaurus View Post
Whilst toying with ideas for my next Airstream project I keep coming back to the 1936 Clipper. Googling around for a suitable candidate I keep reading the same paragraphs about how the older trailers came as a kit etc and I was wondering what the kit contained and what the customer would need to have done to get up and running?

The more I think about it if I can find a squashed or very badly treated Clipper it should be a decent sized templating job but all the panels appear to made of straight unformed sheet. New floor, chassis, windows, etc, etc. There's probably not much from the original trailer that one would need. It's even occurred to me that I may as well make a couple and take them to the ready for cabinets stage.

Kind of thinking aloud but I'm wondering if anyone built or rebuilt a shell rather than just performed repairs.
We have a 1936 in our shop, but it does not look like it was in "kit" form.

Andy
__________________

__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
truckasaurus's Avatar

 
1960 33' Custom
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,182
Images: 25
Andy, is the shell constructed the same way as say a 60's trailer? I mean does it have extruded ribs?
__________________
1960 Sovereign 33' Pacific Railroad Custom
truckasaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:10 PM   #4
Restorations done right
Commercial Member
 
Frank's Trailer Works's Avatar
 
1962 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,547
Images: 2
I am not Andy, but the ribs are laminated wood.
Frank's Trailer Works is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
truckasaurus's Avatar

 
1960 33' Custom
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,182
Images: 25
Thanks Frank. I think I might track one down and go take a look at the whole enchilada.
__________________
1960 Sovereign 33' Pacific Railroad Custom
truckasaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #6
Restorations done right
Commercial Member
 
Frank's Trailer Works's Avatar
 
1962 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,547
Images: 2
Truck, there are about 6 clippers of that era out there. You will probably search a good while before you find one.
The level of workmanship is mind boggling when you do finally see the bones.
Frank's Trailer Works is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:26 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
truckasaurus's Avatar

 
1960 33' Custom
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,182
Images: 25
...6, that doesn't give me good odds! Maybe a little flexibility on the age will help.
__________________
1960 Sovereign 33' Pacific Railroad Custom
truckasaurus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 04:57 PM   #8
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by truckasaurus View Post
Andy, is the shell constructed the same way as say a 60's trailer? I mean does it have extruded ribs?
Originally it had laminated wood.

However, we changed it out to have metal main bows and stiffners at every seam including the segment seams.

We did this for Tim Burton, but he never had us finish the job.

Someday, we will sell it, since Tim is no longer interested in it.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 06:21 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
3Ms75Argosy's Avatar
 
1975 Argosy 26
1963 24' Tradewind
Seattle , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,341
Images: 7
Hey Truck, sounds like you need another CA trip...

While not a Clipper, I think David W. had some good pics of the Wee Wind in his book and web site.. I think you'd get a good idea there? I too have wondered what it would take to build one...
Marc
__________________
3Ms75Argosy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 07:08 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
oh2bcarefree's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
House Springs , Missouri
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 622
Images: 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by Inland RV Center, In View Post
Originally it had laminated wood.

However, we changed it out to have metal main bows and stiffners at every seam including the segment seams.

We did this for Tim Burton, but he never had us finish the job.

Someday, we will sell it, since Tim is no longer interested in it.

Andy

WOW - maybe it's a good thing you still have it and he lost interest. I mean... if you've seen his movies, there's no telling what he may have done with it.

It's all good in the movies, not so much in an Airstream...


Tina
__________________
Tina and Mike
1959 Avion e-20
oh2bcarefree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2011, 07:19 PM   #11
Restorations done right
Commercial Member
 
Frank's Trailer Works's Avatar
 
1962 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,547
Images: 2
Here is one Trailer Buff did a few years ago
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2274.jpg
Views:	227
Size:	22.5 KB
ID:	141480
Frank's Trailer Works is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 10:05 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
tinyhome's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Currently Looking...
Victoria , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 20
That trailer looks awesome!
__________________

__________________
tinyhome is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1936, clipper, project

« - | Top | 1939 Clipper »

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clipper, GPS, Laptop Stand, Land Yacht masseyfarm Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 24 07-11-2015 03:16 PM
Clipper, Land Yacht, Headlights Flashing masseyfarm Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 6 02-25-2015 10:37 AM
CLipper :: 1953 Airstream Clipper 1953Clipper Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 09:31 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.