View Poll Results: Should I refurbish this Airstream or make it into storage?
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:21 PM   #1
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Can anyone identify what I have

Hello everyone. I am a brand new Airstream owner. I bought my trailer for $500. I do not know what exactly it is other than it is a '26 Airstream. Somebody scratched "1964" into the trailer right under the i.d tag. It has a rear bed, which I understand is a little rare. Someone has converted it (poorly) to electric. It is missing the stove, fridge,toilet,furniture,heater and a drawer or two. Someone painted over the original interior finish and I have been chipping paint for quite awhile. I was thinking of just stripping it the rest of the way and using it for storage. It has no title. It has a dent in the front right side. Does anyone out there think this trailer deserves a restoration? Or is it too far gone to save? Any i.d help and/or opinions are greatly appreciated!


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Old 09-07-2006, 09:25 PM   #2
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Hello everyone. I am a brand new Airstream owner. I bought my trailer for $500. I do not know what exactly it is other than it is a '26 Airstream. Somebody scratched "1964" into the trailer right under the i.d tag. It has a rear bed, which I understand is a little rare. Someone has converted it (poorly) to electric. It is missing the stove, fridge,toilet,furniture,heater and a drawer or two. Someone painted over the original interior finish and I have been chipping paint for quite awhile. I was thinking of just stripping it the rest of the way and using it for storage. It has no title. It has a dent in the front right side. Does anyone out there think this trailer deserves a restoration? Or is it too far gone to save? Any i.d help and/or opinions are greatly appreciated!

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Marvin,

Welcome to the forums. If you post the serial number that will help determine what you have. Also some pictures, your link does not work. You can post pictures in your message by using the manage attachments at the bottom.

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Old 09-07-2006, 09:32 PM   #3
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Can't completely make out the numbers that are stamped into the plate - is that a 6 S 55 ? More pictures of the trailer would also help.

Welcome to the forums - no don't make it a storage shed. Restore it or sell it to someone who will. Please.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:38 PM   #4
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Whoa, sorry about the giant pics. I'm havin' a heck of a time getting pics up. I think the number is 6835







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Old 09-07-2006, 09:41 PM   #5
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Hi Marvin: Welcome to the Forums! The Norwalk, Calif. plant was renamed the Santa Fe Springs, Calif. plant around 1958, so your trailer is a 1958 or earlier California built Airstream. Please post the serial number (it is not legible in the photo) and perhaps we can better identify your trailer. If the dent in the front is below the windows, it should be fairly easy to repair. Aistreams are much, much happier traveling and seeing the world than being a stationary shed.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:41 PM   #6
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Hello Marvin,welcome to the forum.. There have been worst looking a/s posted here that have made the transition back to a thing of beauty. alot of elbow grease and deturmination will produce a class A winner.there is plenty of help here in the forum.Good luck and may you have a great time..
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:58 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I have no doubt that refurbishing this trailer would be great fun and a super learning experience but for now, I am very limited financially and timewise. Heck, I don't even have enough money to buy the tires it needs Also, I don't really have anything to tow the trailer with. But I will hold on to it a little longer and see if circumstances change. Thanks--Marvin
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:06 PM   #8
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All your pictures didn't load the first time I looked. All I saw was the VIN badge. It looks like you've got a '57 Overlander - built towards the end of that production year.
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Old 09-07-2006, 10:15 PM   #9
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Where was I when they were handing out $500 1958 Airstreams? Probably under my motorhome or something.
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:05 PM   #10
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Oh, yes.... I agree more pictures! No matter what, no airstream should be for "storage".... that is what SOB's are for!

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Old 09-07-2006, 11:06 PM   #11
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Between the 7 panel end caps and the shape of the wheel wells I would agree that this is a late '57 or '58 26 footer, but with a rear bed it is probably not an Overlander, which was a pretty standard model with a mid bedroom and rear bath. I would call this unit a Custom with the rear bedroom and side bath. That floorplan was used in 26 footers up thru 1955 or so and then seems to have been phased out at the '26 Cruiser evolved in the Overlander. But Airstream still made custom trailers in the mid to late '50's, so yours isn't too surprising.

I've been looking for years for a $500 '50's Airstream, but I just can't seem to find one. Darn. But congratulations to you!
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:20 PM   #12
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Hey, I also wanted to ask you guys, there is a long hollow cylinder with an opening/closing end cap on the side of the trailer, this I'm sure is a dumb question, but what is it?



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Old 09-07-2006, 11:22 PM   #13
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Old 09-07-2006, 11:28 PM   #14
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You gotta restore that one! It would be a beauty. If you can't or don't want to do it someone here will.
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