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Old 01-16-2016, 09:19 PM   #1
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1953 21' Flying Cloud
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Complete 1953 Flying Cloud Redo (honest...everything)

Hi All
We have been completely restoring/rehabing/renovating/repairing our 1953 Flying Cloud for the past 2 years. We've been documenting it on our instagram but thought I would go more in depth here.
I'll start from the beginning and eventually will reach present day where I'll continue to update.

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Old 01-16-2016, 10:13 PM   #2
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Specs and Basics

Purchased October 2013 from NJtoNC, great people, the best.

Year: 1953

Length: 21' with tongue, 18' without
Width: 7' inside
Height: 6'3" inside
Weight: unknown (for right now)

Built in Los Angeles, CA
1755 North Main St.

Serial number: 05093

Original state: had been used as a chicken coop when we purchased it. Small bed in the back with a 70s era bathroom and galley, and the rest was chicken coops.

Plans: Complete rebuild to fit our future full-time lifestyle

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Old 01-18-2016, 01:15 AM   #3
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Folsom , California
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Looks like you're doing everything "right", giving it a chance at another 60 years on the planet.

Can't quite figure out your serial number though. I'm going to guess it's maybe an Ohio built trailer as they had an "O" at the beginning of the number. However I can't find any O 5XXX Models - Flying Clouds were either O3XXX (Ohio Built) or 7XXX (California Built).

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Old 01-19-2016, 10:04 AM   #4
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Exterior: When we got it

We were lucky that the exterior was in pretty good shape. Some previous damage on the top driver side of the front end cap. Looked like it had been repaired from the interior previously.
The front panel had multiple dents and dings and had a couple aftermarket outlets installed. We ended up replacing it, see future posts for photos.

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Old 01-19-2016, 12:27 PM   #5
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Interior: When we got it

The original interior had been removed and replaced with a small bed in the rear, a gopher hole style bathroom and small kitchen counter with sink. The rest of the space had been built out with 2 levels of chicken coops. I didn't get a ton of photos of the interior before we started ripping stuff out, but you can see the frame of the bed in these. In the last photo you can see the chicken coops behind the dog.

You can also see the front window was in bad shape, we ended up replacing that with one from another '53.

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Old 01-21-2016, 02:39 PM   #6
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Big project. Nice! I'll tag along.

Lots to do. Getting there.
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