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Old 06-12-2007, 10:54 PM   #15
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You can view mine on RJ Dial's site, under 1951,
. The s/n is 7173. The '52's I've seen in pictures all resemble mine for front and rear windows.


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Old 06-13-2007, 05:13 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by 47WeeWind
It looks to me to be a late 1953 California built 21' Flying Cloud. I base that on the mid-body height of the side marker lights, which show up on 1953 Flying Clouds. Of the three having them on RJ's web site:


only one trailer has a serial number listed, 7521, which is a late 1953 model year California serial number. That trailer is listed under 53FC5. The other two, 53FC1 and 53FC4, don't have their serial numbers listed but also have mid-body height side marker lights. So going by the admittedly unreliable sample of one example, I'd say yours is a late 1953 Flying Cloud. Earlier FC's all seem to have the side marker lights very low on the body sides, just above floor level.
Captain Jones, thanks for straightening me out on the VIN series. If I'd have looked at my own photos I'd have gotten it right!

Here is a photo of two '53 Flying Clouds together, both Ohio production, and less then 30 units apart in production. The one on the left is the one T.Gray has restored so beautifully and has a VIN of "3009", note that there is no "O" in front of it. It has the low side marker lights Fred mentioned. It also had square Bargman taillights as original equipment. The one on the right had, I believe, a VIN of "O-3031" or close to that and has the higher side marker lights. Note that neither has a water tank fill neck in the same location as the one shown earlier in this thread.

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Old 06-13-2007, 10:07 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by 85MH325
Here is a photo of two '53 Flying Clouds together, both Ohio production, and less then 30 units apart in production. The one on the left is the one T.Gray has restored so beautifully and has a VIN of "3009", note that there is no "O" in front of it. Roger

Thanks for posting the photo of that early Ohio serial number plate for Flying Cloud "3009". Note the only factory address on these early Ohio trailer s/n plates is the Los Angeles factory, which makes me theorize the "O" was quickly added as a serial number preface to denote the Jackson Center, Ohio factory before new serial number plates were made that listed both factories. Once those new s/n plates arrived, the Ohio factory kept the "O" as it was now useful to distinguish the Ohio from Calif. factories that appeared together on the revised s/n plates. Besides, "O"ld habits die hard.
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Old 06-13-2007, 04:17 PM   #18
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Thanks again everybody. The amount of knowledge you bring to these forums is amazing! Now that I'm sure of what I have I can make some better decisions as to the restoration. We're going to go for a semi-custom rather than all original restore. I plan to start with doing the floor/frame/holding tank combo that many have done. It'll all be with shell on since I don't have a shop and I can use the shell as a shelter during colder months. (Nine out of 12 months could be considered colder in Alaska) I'm sure you'll see me in the other threads.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:16 PM   #19
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haven't been on this thread before. great find akas!

fred, there is no california whale tail on this one which may mean it was ohio built BUT i don't know when they started making the california whale tails. any idea?


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