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Old 02-11-2007, 04:31 PM   #1
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New member of the Club - 1954 Flying Cloud

Just purchased a a '54 Flying Cloud and will start the restoration as soon as I figure out how to get her back to Austin, Texas from Nor-Cal. I'm sure I will have a million question, but hopefully can contribute to this forum also w/ my knowledge of fabrication/restoration from work I have done on vintage hotrods and kustoms. See you down the road.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:35 PM   #2
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here are some pics

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Old 02-11-2007, 04:36 PM   #3
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Hi El Jefe -- And welcome to the Forums! Beauty!! (enough for exclamation points) Do you know anything about your '54 FC's maintenance history regarding wheels, bearings & tires?
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:37 PM   #4
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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Canoe Stream I am told she has only had three owners and the last folks have had her for about 12 years. I will most likely put new tires and pull the hubs and replace the wheel bearings before I pull her back to Texas to do all the work on her. The folks I bought her from never really moved it or travelled w/ it since they owned it. It stayed at a campground and they would call the place and it would be pulled out of storage and set up in the campground for the owners to use. I want to make her road worthy and hook her up behind the '57 Caddy or '51 Mercury and hit the road.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:53 PM   #6
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Welcome to the Flying Cloud club. That is one fine looking unit. I think you will have a great time with it. I am trying to develop a database of all Flying Clouds I can locate. It is in this thread ...

http://www.airforums.com/forum...tml#post295652

I have 50 units in the list now and would love to add yours.

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Old 02-11-2007, 06:59 PM   #7
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Canoe Stream I am told she has only had three owners and the last folks have had her for about 12 years. I will most likely put new tires and pull the hubs and replace the wheel bearings before I pull her back to Texas to do all the work on her. The folks I bought her from never really moved it or travelled w/ it since they owned it. It stayed at a campground and they would call the place and it would be pulled out of storage and set up in the campground for the owners to use. I want to make her road worthy and hook her up behind the '57 Caddy or '51 Mercury and hit the road.
Be prepared for a ton of questions every where you stop when you are towing a vintage trailer with a vintage/hotrod vehicle. It's a load of fun but you seldom get into and out of a gas stop, campground, or store in a hurry. We call it our make-friends time and now include a bit on every trip driving estimate. .

Oh yeah, on the Flying Cloud registry email I read before this one I asked you to post more pics but I see you already have here so no sense duplicating. How about some pics of your cars. There's a vintage tow vehicles thread on the forum you could pop them into.

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Old 02-11-2007, 08:23 PM   #8
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Welcome to the Forums, and may I say, that's a very neat Airstream.
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Old 02-11-2007, 09:27 PM   #9
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el jefe,

welcome to the club and...

welcome to the flying cloud club!

there's several flying cloud owners on the forum here. norcal bambi has a '54 flying cloud which he is restoring and i have a '56 flying cloud (california whale tail) that i'm working on now. i just pulled the shell off two days ago and there's some good pix so check them out.

a couple of other threads to check out are uwe's "63 for me" and a-merry-can's "shell off". both will give you a good overview of the restoration process. norcal bambi also has a great thread about his bambi so check that one out too.

also, check out the VAP, vintage airstream podcast if you have the capability. good info there too.

look forwarding to hearing more about your project.
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Be prepared for a ton of questions every where you stop when you are towing a vintage trailer with a vintage/hotrod vehicle. It's a load of fun but you seldom get into and out of a gas stop, campground, or store in a hurry. We call it our make-friends time and now include a bit on every trip driving estimate. .

Oh yeah, on the Flying Cloud registry email I read before this one I asked you to post more pics but I see you already have here so no sense duplicating. How about some pics of your cars. There's a vintage tow vehicles thread on the forum you could pop them into.

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Welcome to the Forums. Also, here is a thread where you can post pix of your classic cars/hot rods. Ron Classic Cars
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Old 02-11-2007, 11:01 PM   #11
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Welcome to the Forums. Also, here is a thread where you can post pix of your classic cars/hot rods. Ron Classic Cars
I'll head there and post a couple.
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Old 02-15-2007, 12:59 PM   #12
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My adventure starts tomorrow at 6:30am. I have decided if you want the job done right do it yourself. I'm gonna head out in the morning from Austin to Calif w/ a few of my buddies who will driving their '32 Fords out there for the 75th Anniversary of the '32 Ford Spectacular at the Petersen Auto Museum which starts this coming Monday and runs thru all of next week. I will follow them to LA then peel off and head on up north to San Fran and hopefully meet my new girl on Sunday or Monday. Spend a couple of days up there getting her dialed in for the trip home,(tires, bearings, wiring,etc) and then head on back down to LA for the conclusion of the '32 week w/ the trailer in tow and then hook up w/ my pals and head on back to Texas. A couple of questions before I head out so I will be prepared, that haven't been answered yet by the seller. What size ball do those trailers use, 2", 1 7/8" or something bigger. I am sure this trailer has the original tongue so any help w/ the size would be appreciated. I am also going to get a new set of tires for the ride home, but I read somewhere on here that some of these trailers have split rims. Is that the case w/ this year and model. Is it in my best interest if that is the case to switch those out w/ new modern rims.
What about the bolt pattern? 5 on 5, 5 on 4 1/2? Anyone know that? Are the wheel bearings are an easily replaceable item that can be found at an autoparts store, if not hopefully the existing ones are in good shape and can just be repacked. Any part number info on the bearings for these hubs? And lastly, what do I need to be aware of regarding the axle? I am assuming the axle is just one piece w/ the spindles attached to each end. Is that the case or do I need to be aware of anything else?
I will take my camera and document the trip and post some pics when I return home next week, but in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed that all goes well. Adios and wish me luck.
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My information is on my 51 so your 54 may be different and others should chime in later.
2 Inch ball ( I think it was still standard on 54 model)
Leaf spring axle not torsion. ( not sure when they made the switch)
I did have split rim and were replaced with Ford small truck rims.
It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the tires and rims don't look too great to me. If you can I recommend replacing both, especially if you plan to replace later on anyway.
My bearings were not bad so I repacked and did not shop for new.

Maybe a little help. Good luck on the adventure. I must say again you have what appears to be a very nice, mostly original trailer there.
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Old 02-15-2007, 01:49 PM   #14
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Keeping my fingers crossed for you! How exciting! Don't forget those pics!
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