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Old 05-29-2009, 04:53 PM   #1
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Looking for advice on bringing home '53 FC

First post....so many forums I wasn't sure best place to post my questions. I inherited a '53 FC and now it's time to bring it home. It has been sitting for over 20 years. I'm excitied about going to get it!!! Should be quite an adventure.....I live in Reno, NV and trailor is located near Peoria, IL. I plan on putting on new wheels/tires and repacking the bearings on site. Where is the best place to purchase/order replacement rims/tires? My brother lives in the area and is going to view the trailor in a couple of weeks to look it over. Beyond obvious frame/axel/tongue cracks; what other things do we need to consider? Are my expectations of slapping on new wheels/tires, repacking the bearing and towing her across the country after sitting for 20 plus years a little whacked or not? Appreciate any advice.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:09 PM   #2
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First post....so many forums I wasn't sure best place to post my questions. I inherited a '53 FC and now it's time to bring it home. It has been sitting for over 20 years. I'm excitied about going to get it!!! Should be quite an adventure.....I live in Reno, NV and trailor is located near Peoria, IL. I plan on putting on new wheels/tires and repacking the bearings on site. Where is the best place to purchase/order replacement rims/tires? My brother lives in the area and is going to view the trailor in a couple of weeks to look it over. Beyond obvious frame/axel/tongue cracks; what other things do we need to consider? Are my expectations of slapping on new wheels/tires, repacking the bearing and towing her across the country after sitting for 20 plus years a little whacked or not? Appreciate any advice.
Cycletahoe,

Another important item is brakes. You are considering exactly what we did in bringing home our 1954 Liner, from Florida to California. The new brakes and backing plates do not fit the 1954 drums, also we wanted to go from 5 bolt to 6 bolt wheels, so we bought new axles and springs. The axles were replaced in Florida before towing home. Our thread is here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f334/

Good luck and keep all of us posted.

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Welcome,

What a wonderful aquisition. You're on the right track with the tire/wheels, and bearings. I'd also perform a good overall visual inspection looking for loose skin, vents, hatches, windows, and lights. Be prepared to tape up, remove, or otherwise anything not deemed secure enough for transit. Also check the coupler for wear and corrosion, and check the tongue area for corrosion as well.

Be prepared to rig some temporary running lights if needed, and check the brakes.

If you see any sign of sag, body tilt, or droop when you stand back and sight the trailer, you could have some underlying frame issues that would warrant an additional look around under the belly.

She's a classic, so go slow and take your time bringing her home.

Best of luck, and post some pictures when you are able.

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Cycletahoe,

Congrats on receiving a great gift.

I took home a 53 Flying Cloud last August, and a lot of the advice given so far is good advice. My lights didn't work at all, and I wish I had brought some temp lights to use. My jack did not work, and I had to purchase a floor jack just to get the thing up enough to get it on the hitch ball. The hitch size of my trailer was originally a 1 7/8 hitch ball, and I had to buy one when I go to the trailer. My tires were completely shot, and new ones would be an excellent idea.

Please check out the link to my streaming soldiers blog below, and head to the posts from Aug 2008. This will give you an excellent idea what you are up against. We are in St. Louis, MO and would love to see the trailer on your return trip if possible.

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I think if I inherited a 53 FC ,I would put that on a car trailer,and not take a chance until everything is checked out.Dave
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:57 PM   #6
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Cycletahoe,

Another important item is brakes. You are considering exactly what we did in bringing home our 1954 Liner, from Florida to California. The new brakes and backing plates do not fit the 1954 drums, also we wanted to go from 5 bolt to 6 bolt wheels, so we bought new axles and springs. The axles were replaced in Florida before towing home. Our thread is here: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f334/

Good luck and keep all of us posted.

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Thanks Bill - great thread

'53 FC is a single axle, not sure if she has brakes or not. Another thing for my brother to look at when he checks it out. Would I need to worry about trailer brakes if we have a big enough truck to pull it home (1/2 ton Dodge Ram)?

I'll definately post trip home.

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Thanks Bill - great thread

'53 FC is a single axle, not sure if she has brakes or not. Another thing for my brother to look at when he checks it out. Would I need to worry about trailer brakes if we have a big enough truck to pull it home (1/2 ton Dodge Ram)?

I'll definately post trip home.

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Scott,

Yes, you always need to worry about brakes, regardless of the size of your tow vehicle. Although I am a Dodge fan, a 1/2 T truck is not big enough.

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Welcome,

What a wonderful aquisition. You're on the right track with the tire/wheels, and bearings. I'd also perform a good overall visual inspection looking for loose skin, vents, hatches, windows, and lights. Be prepared to tape up, remove, or otherwise anything not deemed secure enough for transit. Also check the coupler for wear and corrosion, and check the tongue area for corrosion as well.

Be prepared to rig some temporary running lights if needed, and check the brakes.

If you see any sign of sag, body tilt, or droop when you stand back and sight the trailer, you could have some underlying frame issues that would warrant an additional look around under the belly.

She's a classic, so go slow and take your time bringing her home.

Best of luck, and post some pictures when you are able.

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Thanks for the advice Kevin!

I will be sure to secure any loose pieces. My brother is going to inspect the lights and can fix any moderate issues. Otherwise we will run temporary lights.

Hopefully no sag (got my fingers crossed) - anxious to get condition report back. Been sitting in fairly humid summers and cold winters

Does the single axle '53 FC have brakes for certain (not familar enough)?

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Cycletahoe,

Congrats on receiving a great gift.

I took home a 53 Flying Cloud last August, and a lot of the advice given so far is good advice. My lights didn't work at all, and I wish I had brought some temp lights to use. My jack did not work, and I had to purchase a floor jack just to get the thing up enough to get it on the hitch ball. The hitch size of my trailer was originally a 1 7/8 hitch ball, and I had to buy one when I go to the trailer. My tires were completely shot, and new ones would be an excellent idea.

Please check out the link to my streaming soldiers blog below, and head to the posts from Aug 2008. This will give you an excellent idea what you are up against. We are in St. Louis, MO and would love to see the trailer on your return trip if possible.

Good luck,

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Thanks Steve! I will check out your blog - sounds like a great reference for my trip.

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Yes, you always need to worry about brakes, regardless of the size of your tow vehicle. Although I am a Dodge fan, a 1/2 T truck is not big enough.

Bill

Thanks again Bill! Will do
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I think if I inherited a 53 FC ,I would put that on a car trailer,and not take a chance until everything is checked out.Dave
Excellent point! May be best/safest option to get her home. I'll get condition report in a couple of weeks and may half to go this route.

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Yes, you always need to worry about brakes, regardless of the size of your tow vehicle. Although I am a Dodge fan, a 1/2 T truck is not big enough.

Bill

Bill, it's a 53 Flying Cloud, I'm sure a 1/2 ton truck will be more than enough to safely tow it. I apologize in advance if I've misread or otherwise misunderstood what you're saying.
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Bill, it's a 53 Flying Cloud, I'm sure a 1/2 ton truck will be more than enough to safely tow it. I apologize in advance if I've misread or otherwise misunderstood what you're saying.
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Mark,

I was referring to the comment about the 1/2 T truck being enough truck to tow the FC without brakes, not that the 1/2 T truck would be enough for a FC with brakes.

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I towed my 53 FC without brakes over 8 hours, and my half ton was fine. I would not however repeat the trip again.

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