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Old 09-28-2009, 07:33 AM   #155
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Looks great! Camping by Christmas no doubt...
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:46 AM   #156
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Thanks Marcus! Hey, I do have some good news. My neighbor has a big garage with a 9' door so he said as long as I store some of his stuff in my 7' door garage, I can keep my AS in his garage over the winter! So the first thing I'm going to do once safely inside, is replace the gaskets in the overhead vents. I already have the gasket material bought but didn't want to run into any problems and have it rain.

Also, I will be camping (it sounds like) on October 8 - 11 in Altoona, Iowa. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Iowa Unit of the WBCCI. I don't belong to the club yet but it is a "buddy" event and I'm hoping to meet some other vintage enthusiasts!
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:15 AM   #157
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Wow Barry, your neighbor is a really nice guy for letting you store indoors.

We are planning to get the floor, belly pan and shell back on this weekend, so hopefully the windows and gaskets will all be done by Christmas.

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Old 09-28-2009, 10:00 AM   #158
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I do have some good news. My neighbor has a big garage with a 9' door so he said as long as I store some of his stuff in my 7' door garage, I can keep my AS in his garage over the winter!
Ah, serious envy on that here, Barry. That is really good news.

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Old 09-28-2009, 01:28 PM   #159
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I have even more good news. When I bought my Airstream back in June, I saw on the title that it said 1959 Bambi and I didn't think that sounded right but the VIN number was correct. After some investigation, I discovered that it was what we now know it to be - a 1955 Flying Cloud. To get the title corrected, I had to give my findings (email containing scan of the title, images, links to websites) to the Iowa DOT and I got a letter from him today that will allow the title to be corrected!!!
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #160
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I have even more good news. When I bought my Airstream back in June, I saw on the title that it said 1959 Bambi and I didn't think that sounded right but the VIN number was correct. After some investigation, I discovered that it was what we now know it to be - a 1955 Flying Cloud. To get the title corrected, I had to give my findings (email containing scan of the title, images, links to websites) to the Iowa DOT and I got a letter from him today that will allow the title to be corrected!!!
Barry, that's great. It sounds like these types of title problems can become a huge issue in some states. Glad you were able to take care of it so easily.

That is also very cool that you have access to a covered work space.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:08 AM   #161
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The wrong date on a title is very common on Airstreams. I have transported quite a few now and with exception of one they all were titled the wrong year or reported to be a different year by the seller than the serial number denotes. My MVA was very difficult to convince they were wrong.
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Hi Frank,
It's been awhile and I hope you're doing well. I really appreciated the guy at the DOT's help. It took me since June to get him on the phone, but once I did reach him, he issued the letter the same day. My evidence included a scan of my title, a link to Vintage Airstreams photo archives that showed a trailer the same year and listed VIN numbers and photos of my trailer and VIN number plate.
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My MVA was very difficult to convince they were wrong.

My local taxing authority couldn't have been more co-operative (small town Texas). When purchased the PO's title identified mine as a 1955 . I supplied the VIN to 'The Mothership' and they wrote a "To Whom It May Concern" letter. Shazaym - my Texas title was corrected to show it's year of birth as 1954. My bribe of a gourmet Dutch Apple Pie wasn't a factor at all .
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Hey Whitsend,
Your bribe will stay a secret with us here in the forum!

I just picked up my new plates and correct title from the DOT over my lunch hour. Sweet.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:13 PM   #165
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More window work

Well I am nice and tired! I rebuilt two windows this weekend. Doesn't sound like much but the eyebrows were toast and these windows needed a lot of attention. There are a few of the before and during pictures a page or two earlier.
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Barry,

You were quite lucky that they installed your power inlet where they did. Mine was installed on the rear street side curve, and I cannot add my marinco there since it won't lay flat. I am no considering to replace my entire rear panel along with the front panel.

Your work looks great, and one day we'll be at the cross roads where you will be doing the floor and interior, and I am moving to the outside!

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Hi Steve,
You've got to get lucky on these things once in awhile! I'm sure I'll have many of happy little surprises when I move to the floors and interior but at least I'll have my leaks all dealt with.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:47 PM   #168
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I finished up re-building the stationary window on the curb side but no pictures of that yet. I did, however, do a line drawing illustration of my 55. I'm going to whip up some sort of calling card for a rally I'm going to this weekend and thought I may include this drawing somehow. I'll post the final card design when finished.
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