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Old 08-07-2008, 01:44 PM   #15
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Torn into.....

Taking the interior out now...many of you will laugh at what I found. Stay tuned for pics...I want to see how fat this goes before posting pics.

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Old 08-07-2008, 02:09 PM   #16
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Looks great, Steve! And now that you have it home...all the many hassles along the way getting it there will fade and transform into a wonderful story to be told around campfires of the future. Good luck with it!
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:53 PM   #17
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If you are current members of the WBCCI, they can look that info up for you in Member Services. I now know the complete ownership history of my 2699 number. That doesn't necessarily mean that this number was issued to my trailer its whole life though. The trailer's history is what I really wanted to know.

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But we are not members of the WBCCI....
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:32 PM   #18
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Wow, Steve! That bed brings new meaning to the word "lumpy"!

Man, she's a beaut! Good luck on your restoration & keep them photos coming.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:49 PM   #19
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Wow, Steve! That bed brings new meaning to the word "lumpy"!

Man, she's a beaut! Good luck on your restoration & keep them photos coming.
For those of us too young to know, or have never seen a "live" specimen, most of those cushions were stuffed with horse hair... Can you say "Will-Burrr"?
Steve are you thinking of replacing the a/c unit with a vent, or letting it stay until it dies? It looks good, exept for that "back to the future" a/c.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:11 PM   #20
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Spent all day out there.

The "lumpy" sofa beds are out, and will NOT go back in. Two owners ago, they replaced large sections of the floor that had rotted out. There are other spots now that need attention. Our goal is an entire floor replacement with marine grade flooring, or something else that will not rot as easily. A huge ugly eye sore is where the old panel ray went through the roof. Since there were no tanks in this thing originally, I must find a way to vent tanks for the future....risky business. I may consider other layouts to make it work better, but there will need to be some difficult stuff to do. I see why my caravanner was done the way it was. The old panel ray heater vent became the black tank vent.

As for the AC unit...it doesn't work. None of the systems work since the electrical is out dated (Fuse box instead of circuit breakers). There is no DC power, and I would really like to have 12 v power available.

Anyone care to chime it?

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Old 08-07-2008, 06:14 PM   #21
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For those of us too young to know, or have never seen a "live" specimen, most of those cushions were stuffed with horse hair... Can you say "Will-Burrr"?
That Flying Cloud was born the same year I was... horse hair? They had cotton, too...
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Steve, an easy way to vent the tanks would be to run them up into the panel ray exhaust vent. It'll still look vintage, and you won't have to cut any more holes in the roof. I seem to remember the older trailers not having any 12 volt systems at all.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:21 PM   #23
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Spent all day out there.
The "lumpy" sofa beds are out, and will NOT go back in. Two owners ago, they replaced large sections of the floor that had rotted out. There are other spots now that need attention. Our goal is an entire floor replacement with marine grade flooring, or something else that will not rot as easily. A huge ugly eye sore is where the old panel ray went through the roof. Since there were no tanks in this thing originally, I must find a way to vent tanks for the future....risky business. I may consider other layouts to make it work better, but there will need to be some difficult stuff to do. I see why my caravanner was done the way it was. The old panel ray heater vent became the black tank vent.

As for the AC unit...it doesn't work. None of the systems work since the electrical is out dated (Fuse box instead of circuit breakers). There is no DC power, and I would really like to have 12 v power available.
Anyone care to chime it? Steve
Yeah... my crystal ball sez "Steve's going to become intimately involved with his 'new' old Airstream...

Photos, Steve... photos. This is on-line learning at it's best.

Now, where's that ice pick...?
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:23 PM   #24
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Steve,

My 1954 Liner had only 110V wiring. I strongly suggest that you remove all of the interior skins and replace the wiring. Three reasons: 1) 55 year old two wire romex with no ground, 2) splices hidden inside the skin and 3) no junction boxes or boxes at the outlets and switches. This will also allow you to add 12V wiring. That is what I did on the Liner and what RJ Dial did on his 1956 Flying Cloud. This also allows you to reseal all of the panel seams, replace the 55 year old insulation and check for leaks. A lot of work, but you are keeping this trailer, right?

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Old 08-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #25
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Terry,

According to Shari's vintage trailer sheet, everything in this model ran off of 110V. The only issue with venting out the panel ray hole, is that the hole is partially over the entry door, and you can't put a wall there. I also won't have a vent for a fridge, but I believe the new ones can use louvered panels...correct me if I am wrong.

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Amy and I discussed redoing the interior skins with new aluminum like muddy hollow just finished doing. This would allow 12v wiring, speaker wiring, etc. The insulation could also use to be replaced.

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Old 08-07-2008, 08:41 PM   #26
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It's beautiful, Medic family! (And it's nice to see what I was trying to help you get home safely!) Thanks for all of the pictures--it looks to be in VERY good shape for its age. (Kinda like some of us! )

Congrats on your cool find and I know you will have a good and educational time fixing it up. The Coll-Monster looks right at home in there!

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Old 08-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #27
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Steve,

You don't need to replace the interior skin. We reused it all. The end caps would be especially difficult to rebuild.

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Old 08-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #28
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Bill,

Do these end caps come out as a single unit, or do I need to drill each individual rivet out in the interior? My main concern right now is the venting of tanks. I don't want to work on anything until I figure out what I am going to about toilet placement.

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