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Old 12-28-2010, 12:08 PM   #581
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Thanks Shari for this thread. I'm up to page 18 where you did the windows. Your posts have answered many questions for me. I also read toastie's entire thread and pbearsailor's as well. I will also have to replace some exterior skin as you did. There is a big difference between restoring my 65 GT and rebuilding a 55 Safari. Its just that those 13 panel 22 footers are so cool!
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:55 PM   #582
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Nice. You just repainted the old ones. Excellent job! My 55 Safari doesn't have that plate. I checked VTS and they don't have one either.
No big deal.

As for the missing stove & fridge. I am pondering different Ideas. Someone remodeled the trailer years ago. They put in a Norcold electric kitchen. It is a one piece cooktop,sink & fridge. I was told it still works. This was installed behind the front bathroom. I think the dinette was moved back a few feet to accomodate this. The bathroom wall & door is just painted plywood. The bathroom is just a toilet mounted over a hole in the floor. No bathroom sink. The original kitchen sink & countertop is still there, with a big opening where the fridge used to be.

I may just remodel. I don't really like the front bath. After I strip the paint. The front endcap aluminum "fan" should be beautiful. I think I will want to show it off.

Right now I'm looking at some different threads, including yours, to get ideas and courage. I'm blown away by the amazing work that people are doing.
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Thanks Shari for this thread. I'm up to page 18 where you did the windows. Your posts have answered many questions for me. I also read toastie's entire thread and pbearsailor's as well. I will also have to replace some exterior skin as you did. There is a big difference between restoring my 65 GT and rebuilding a 55 Safari. Its just that those 13 panel 22 footers are so cool!
Hi wheelerimage,
The '55 Safari did not come with the "Safari" plaque that is on Shari's '56 Safari. The '54-'55 Safaris were base, "no frills" models with almost no available options and just a toilet and sink in the bath (no shower) and the round Panel Ray heater. They had painted interiors (except for door and drawer fronts) to help keep costs down.

'56 Safari was a premium model with varnished walls in the interior, a slightly modified kitchen layout with different "in wall" Panel Ray heater, and a wet bath. I think it makes sense that the name badge came along in '56 with the rest of the "premium" changes.

You may also want to check out my thread where I am detailing the slow restoration of my '55 Safari:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f338/my-new-55-safari-45822.html

I see you note that your '55 Safari has a modified interior and that you may customize it even more. If you do so, please don't trash the old parts you may not reuse - sell them, or even give them away. There are some of us that might like to reuse some of those old parts in our restorations.

Good luck with your '55 Safari!
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Old 12-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #583
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Thumbs up Its just that those 13 panel 22 footers are so cool!

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Thanks Shari for this thread. I'm up to page 18 where you did the windows. Your posts have answered many questions for me.
Your welcome! I enjoy hearing from folks that have persevered through this whole thread and found it helpful ~

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There is a big difference between restoring my 65 GT and rebuilding a 55 Safari. Its just that those 13 panel 22 footers are so cool!
Yeah, they are different - but there are lots of similarities too! We learned alot from our '64 GT restoration that prepared us for our '56...I'm certain we would have thrown in the towel long ago if we had started with Birdy first! I doubt we would still be around...especially back before AirForums existed, which is when we did our first. Now we are going back at our '64 and finishing up &/or re-doing some things we never did the first time...learning from the second and applying it to the first. Does it ever end...?

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The '55 Safari did not come with the "Safari" plaque that is on Shari's '56 Safari.
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I think it makes sense that the name badge came along in '56 with the rest of the "premium" changes.
Interesting, I didn't know that...thanks Joe!

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Old 02-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #584
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Great job and a very nice video!
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I intend on adding a "part II" but, haven't gotten around to it. Too busy getting caught-up on all the household chores we want to get done before winter really sets in ~ I'll post it when I do.
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I can't wait to see part II! I have your theme song still going through my head from part I.
Well, I finally put together "The Final Chapter" to Birdy's restoration...enjoy!



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Old 02-18-2011, 12:56 AM   #585
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Congratulations! Job well done and . . .

five thumbs up . . .
for two people.

Time to hit the road and enjoy this year!
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Old 02-18-2011, 07:00 AM   #586
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SWEET, is right! Nice, very nice!
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:19 AM   #587
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Thanks for the final chapter, Shari! Part one has been played many times here and always inspires. Birdy is stunning!

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Old 02-19-2011, 12:00 PM   #588
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Nice find, Shari! Great floorplan. You don't see many of them! I'll be excited to see the final product.

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Roger, Are you enjoying retirement? And RAGBRI ready?

Ours is now gutted and in Buchanan County. Sure wish we could get together and you go see it. I am talking with Steve in Cedar Falls this next week as we want new electric before we put the cabinets back in.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #589
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I am so excited! Look what I received in the mail for Birdy today...

First, an Airstream 1956 22 Foot Safari RV Sales Brochure
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:11 PM   #590
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:21 AM   #593
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And finally...an Airstream c. 1953 - 1954 Safari RV Sales Brochure
So it was you that out bid me! At least it went to someone I know.

Sorry for bidding you up.
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No problem Joe, I was willing to go quite a bit higher than I ended up paying for these. I ended up winning three out of the four I bid on. Although, I have to admit I was bummed out that I lost out on the "Airstream c. 1953 - 1956 Travel Trailer RV Owner Manual"...did you win that one? It ended up going for more than my maximum at the last minute - so somebody is probably mad at me for bidding them up...wa-ay up! I'll bet it WAS you!!!

Oh well ~ eBay, gotta love it! You win some & lose some...

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:36 AM   #595
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Cool Shari! We were able to get a '64 Airstream owners manual from ebay several months ago. It's a reprint and addresses little specific Bambi II info. In fact many of the items say "except Bambi II. Still, we're glad to have it.
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No problem Joe, I was willing to go quite a bit higher than I ended up paying for these. I ended up winning three out of the four I bid on. Although, I have to admit I was bummed out that I lost out on the "Airstream c. 1953 - 1956 Travel Trailer RV Owner Manual"...did you win that one? It ended up going for more than my maximum at the last minute - so somebody is probably mad at me for bidding them up...wa-ay up! I'll bet it WAS you!!!

Oh well ~ eBay, gotta love it! You win some & lose some...

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Actually, I may have been the 3rd high bidder on the '54 Safari Brochure, but was within $5 of the winning bid. That was the only one I bid on, so unfortunately I did not win the Owner Manual you missed.
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First time out with the new tow...1500+ miles, not bad for a maiden voyage! Worked great...looking forward to many more miles to come ~

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Sweet!

Will you be bringing that combo to Du Quoin?
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Nope, not going to DuQuoin...but we will have it at the 4CU Resto Rally ~

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