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Old 01-31-2007, 08:12 AM   #1
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Question Converting to Bubble

It seems to me that since the small (under 20') trailers are rare, expensive and far from the NE and there are lots of Flying Clouds by (comparison anyway), one might consider taking 5' out of each end of a FC to make a Bubble. It would be about as authentic as an AS turned into an office or icecream stand. I am talking about a FC with no title, gutted, not perfect skin and with probable belly and frame problems. I guess even after rebuilding and polishg the owner would be looked down upon by some AS purists. What do you think?

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Old 01-31-2007, 08:17 AM   #2
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I should have said take 3 feet out of each end. Sorry
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I have been involved with vintage car & bike restoration on and off for a looong time. Every nut and bolt had to be "correct".....baaahhh !

It's not as much fun or challenging as using your own ideas. Turn some heads ! Who knows what you might hit on ? You'll meet a lot of like minded people as well as be the center of attention at the next rally. Much more tasty than plain vanilla !

I say scrub the purists and go with your idea. It's just another man made object that in the Big Scheme of things means nuthin'.

Have some fun, " Keep Dreamin' Schemin' and Streamin "

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1. You wouldn't have a serial # that meant anything. Resale? Like always -- what the market will bear. I recall an eBay Airstream shell that had been put on a 40' or so frame -- didn't get a single bid.
2. Flying Clouds are cool as it is.
3. It'd be easier, cheaper & take less time to find a Bubble.

There was a one-off Airstream (German sounding name?) that was smaller than a Bubble -- pretty much two end caps and a door. Nobody would believe you had the second if you cut things shorter than a Bubble...

In the big scheme of things each owner has to decide what they can keep in a restoration. Outside storage, rotten floors, accident damage, furnishings either moldy or in bad shape that must be torn out... list goes on and on. There is not really a fanatical Airstream contingent setting out to approve what you must and mustn't do.

Rib location & window arrangement could make this a very suspect project.
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Please don't. I love the Flying Cloud model. At 21-22 feet many people think it is too small as it is. If you are just looking for attention a Flying Cloud will bring just as much as you would want, at least mine does every time I take it out.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:57 AM   #6
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Certainly if I could find a sub 20' '40s or '50s Airstream in restorable condition that I could get to PA for less than $3000 I wouldn't be thinking of a foreshortening.
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My first shortened vehicle

Hey Poco; thanks for bringing back a memory.I was raised in N.H., Dad owned a auto body shop. We took a VW bus and shortened it the length of the 2 swing open doors on the passenger side. Just cut that baby in 2 with the gas axe. Then welded it back together, had to get into the back thru the front seats. Painted it competition orange- a real attention getter, drove squirley tho. Sold it and the guy put in a tube frame with a mid mounted small block chevy. 40 plus years ago. So cut up whatever you want, why not shorten the AS, mid mount a big old electric motor and a few KW of batteries! That would be something!
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Ah yes doorgunner -- axle location! This would have to be handled carefully -- probably why it's proposed to removed 3' from each end?
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Bob! I guess I did not make myself clear, to much coffee. I'm talking about making a moho out of her!! Theres a few bubbles around, go for something really unique. Put rack and pinion in, quick change rear end, I better be quiet
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I saw a school bus conversion once with a VW bus welded to the roof and a VW bug from the windshield up welded on top of that. About a mile high.

There's a guy in my neck of the woods that took the front half of a Willys Jeep and the back half of a Chevy Nomad. Been for sale for years.

I also saw a guy took the front halves of 2 50's Cadillacs and welded them together, 1 facing reverse.
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There was a one-off Airstream (German sounding name?) that was smaller than a Bubble -- pretty much two end caps and a door. Nobody would believe you had the second if you cut things shorter than a Bubble...
Ding, ding, ding! I found it!

Der Kleine Prinz

I actually saw it in Springfield...cute as a button but waaaay to small to be functional for most.

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What is the stud spacing? I presume there is a stud at the end of the caps.
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Simple question

If you REALLY want a tiny airstream-like trailer wouldn't it be just as simple to build one from the frame up as to chop the ends off one and shorten it. We've certainly seen people build their own frames and replace panels. All you'd need to add would be an axle and some ribs. Grab a salvage door and hinge and voila!

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It would take me 3 days to make just ONE of those curved end panels with the nice edge on the lower side. It might be a good idea to pick up a '70s AS with some good interiors. "Vintage" may no longer be important at all now. One would need to decide on objectives.

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