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Old 09-29-2005, 10:35 PM   #1
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Who owns a '51

I am looking for other ownersw of a 51 flying cloud. I just bought one that is really just a shell with all the interior gone. Wanting to correspond with any other owners.
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Old 09-29-2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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Capt'n Jones:

In the meantime, you can peruse some 1951 Airstreams, including a few Flying Clouds, here:

http://www.vintageairstream.com/archives/index.html

1952 & 53 Flying Clouds will be similar, so look at those too. Enjoy!
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Old 09-30-2005, 12:34 AM   #3
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I own a 51 (and a 53) Flying Cloud, so does "Safari57" and I'm sure others as well.
What is your serial number? My 51 is #7171 and is in need of a lot of work. I found this floor plan on line recently, it's apparently a 51 although it has a "rounded" end and mine does not . . . and most of the ones I've seen don't. I drew my floor plan before gutting it out, so I have that as well if you're interested.
Do you have pictures you can post, I'd love to see them.
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Old 09-30-2005, 08:44 AM   #4
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Welcome to the '51 FC fan club. My serial number is 7173 so it would be great to find 7172 to link in with Mark R's 7171.

Pictures of my '51 FC are on the Airstream Vintage website, folder #2 http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...ud2/index.html

If you need pics/measurements let me know what exactly you need and I can send them.

So you know my FC is not a Safari model, the '57 Pontiac wagon I use to pull it is a Safari. The name confuses a lot of folks.

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Old 09-30-2005, 10:23 AM   #5
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Here's a scan from another thread w/the "squared off" end like most of the 51's I've seen. I think the basic difference between the 2 was the frame type. The round ended FC had a Pipe Frame and the other had a "Ladder Frame" . . . not sure if it was a change mid year or a difference between Ohio and California built or some other factor.

I believe there were many floor plan options - basically you were able to choose the options you wanted and they built it. Mine had an original "Wet" bath that I was previously told was not available in 51 and that it had to be a modification later. I spoke to the previous/"original" owner recently (when I found something valuable under one of the beds he became a lot more "accessible" . . .), anyway he said the bath was original . . . and after removing it (carefully) I would say I believe it was.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:04 PM   #6
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Glad to hear from you guys. My Cloud is 7117. I am thinking of just trying my own interior. Right now I have stripped out the junk that was in it (and I do mean junk). I will try to post some pictures of the way it was when I got it. I am working on removing the layers and layers of paint down to the bare aluminum. I like the look. May keep it that way who knows.
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Old 10-04-2005, 09:18 PM   #7
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If it's bare inside you might want to consider having it baking soda blasted. Baking soda won't hurt the aluminum, is non corrosive, and will stirp the old paint off right down to a nice shiny aluminum finish. Then you may choose to polish the inside. It's a great look if you can get it.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:28 PM   #8
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Not too sure

I am trying to get this one. Is it a Flying Cloud? Serial starts with 7xxx. LA trailer, here in central NY.

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Old 10-04-2005, 09:43 PM   #9
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looks like a 52 Flying Cloud to me
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Old 10-04-2005, 09:45 PM   #10
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This sight should give you the info you need

http://vintageairstream.com/archives/index.html

It could be a 50 to 54???? depending on actual S/N and also dates get loused up based on when the dealer sold it how they registered it at time of the sale. My 7173 and Mark's 7171 are '51's but at one point his was thought to be a '52 which was not correct, it's definitely a '51. Does it have a pipe frame?
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It is bare now. I am stripping all the paint using a combination of heat gun and chemical stripper. Yes I like the look. I never heard of bakingsoda blasting. Would you use a a regular sand blaster? I am thinking of buying one to sand blast the frame. All the under pan is gone so I have free access to all the steel.
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CapJones, any pictures yet? . . . I'm trying to be patient . . . I'll keep trying.

bobandzoe: So far all the 51's I've seen have those kind of windows (shown in the pictures - small alum channel edge) and all the 52's have the operable sash/frame type . . . I'm not an expert though so could be a 52.
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It is bare now. I am stripping all the paint using a combination of heat gun and chemical stripper. Yes I like the look. I never heard of bakingsoda blasting. Would you use a a regular sand blaster? I am thinking of buying one to sand blast the frame. All the under pan is gone so I have free access to all the steel.
Baking soda blasting uses special equipment. It sure works and is great on anything you don't want damaged underneath, unlike sand blasting. It actually starts the polishing for you as it leaves a pretty decent shine on the aluminum that then needs to be properly polished. Wow, paint stripper and heat gun - your arms must be getting sore by now.

As with Mark, pictures would be a good thing.
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hi
I don't have a 51 Flying Cloud but have a 51 Cruiser. Better pictures of it are on the vintageairstream.com site. Safari57 wow yours looks great. The soda blasting that you are talking about is it expensive?

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