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Old 07-12-2008, 09:03 PM   #241
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utee94 said "Folks, I must admit that I've been tempted by this '55 Cruiser on Ebay.



Marcus - You're a man of very good taste. I got all excited about this one too. I spoke with the seller a couple of times, a nice guy. Yes, a good bit of exterior skin work to do, and some inside also. For my taste, ole R. Ricardo would have to go back into retirement!! But I was most concerned about the lack of a title. I visited three (count'em 3) vehicle registration offices trying to get all the info I could on how to secure a good title. One tax assessor/collector said she wouldn't touch it. She put the VIN thru the state's database & found it had never been registered in Texas. As the seller told me he'd bought it in Florida, I was just about to have a search done there when she sold at the BIN price. Oh well - The quest continues.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:47 PM   #242
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I'm glad you said "bells." Would kind of make one loose their appetite.

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Old 07-12-2008, 10:08 PM   #243
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Whitsend-- Yes, that was another major concern for me as well. But, as you noted, it has already sold at the BIN anyway, so the Search goes on for me as well.

I didn't get out to Kerrville to check out that TW today, baby issues arose. It, too, has now sold, so on we go.

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Old 07-13-2008, 08:31 AM   #244
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What Is It?

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Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Classifieds - 1957 Airstream Sovereign 30 - Powered by PhotoPost Classifieds

It's listed on the Forum classifieds as a Sovereign. But the front window fore of the entrance door is only a single-wide window, while all other SOTR's that I've seen have two windows side-by-side next to the curbside lounge area. So, is it shorter? The archives don't show an Ambassador until '59.

The cabinetry on the inside seems more like a Sovereign though-- tall cabinets fore and aft of the refer, and a tall cabinet at the end of the twins. Also, the bathroom has barn doors, like a SOTR.

I've asked the seller for more pictures, will be interesting to see what else this trailer reveals.

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Old 07-13-2008, 08:45 AM   #245
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Looks alot like this '58 Sovereign to me...it's most likely not a '57, it doesn't have the telltale 13 panels and the VIN # falls in line for an early CA model. Anothe rhint is the curbside window configuration...although the picture on RJ's site are not clear what's going on in the front, the back is pretty unique.

It could have been sold in late '57, but it appears to be a '58 model year.

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Old 07-13-2008, 09:07 AM   #246
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I agree that it looks like a California 58. The wheel wells are classic California and it has the long drip cap found on 58's.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:36 AM   #247
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Gosh that is a real long one Marcus - you would loose your kiddie and your wife in that one

Hey sorry you did not get the other one - keep looking I bet you will find that 61 Overlander after all
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Oh, one other thing...it could be an Ambassador....just because RJ doesn't list it on his archive page, doesn't mean "100% it doesn't exist", just that he doesn't have pictures of one yet. I have seen his list add new models over the years...

Although, I still think it's a '58 Sovereign.

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:11 AM   #249
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I've asked the seller for more pictures, will be interesting to see what else this trailer reveals.
How 'bout asking the seller to measure the length of the shell? That will tell you how long it is no matter what you want to call it.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:58 PM   #250
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How 'bout asking the seller to measure the length of the shell? That will tell you how long it is no matter what you want to call it.
Or better yet and more important for my application limitations, measure the length from ball to bumper.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:19 PM   #251
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Marcus, have you given any more thought to Goliath?
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:26 PM   #252
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I sure have, Terry. I traded a couple of PMs with Cat and she said that she intended to post Goliath up on the Forum Classifieds. She hasn't yet done that, so I'm wondering if she might have found some way to keep him? I'd certainly be delighted for her if she and her family have improved their situation, but if she still does need to sell, than I'd definitely consider Goliath.

I really like the way the rivet lines sync up from body panels to end-caps on the '63 models, it's so clean and straight.

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Old 07-27-2008, 07:25 AM   #253
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Found!!!

First I'd like to thank all of you who have been so helpful, either with active leads, or advice, or wisdom, or just general encouragement.

The Search has been a bit lengthy, but a lot of fun. I've learned so much about Airstreams, RVs in general, the wonderful people on this Forum, and a lot about myself as well.

So without further adieu, I'm pleased to announce that I am the proud new owner of a 1963 Overlander. But not just any Overlander, this is the one that belonged to Terry (Overlander63) in Florida, and then Catherine (katkat) in Georgia. This is the one they call "Goliath."

katkat's husband was gracious enough to meet me partway between Austin and Atlanta, in Mobile Alabama, which greatly reduced my drive-time. The trailer towed home like a dream, and I received many appreciative glances on the highway, a couple of out-the-window thumbs-ups, and two people even approached me at pitstops along the way to talk about the trailer. It was a great experience.

But the work has only just begun, and I'll be sure to post up pics when I get a chance. I've been away from my family for a couple of days and it's time to introduce them to their new camper!

Thanks again to all for your help and support. I know I've made the right decision, and it is due in most part to the guidance I've received from all of you fine folk.

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Old 07-27-2008, 08:19 AM   #254
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Utee94,
That's GREAT. Plus an Airstream that is going to stay in the Forum "Family" too. Can't wait for the pictures of your new pride and joy. I'm glad your search came to a successful end. And like you said, now the real work can begin.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:29 AM   #255
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here's to dreamin'

Congratulations Marcus! As I've said before it's been a great ride following your thread. I've learned a lot too. Looking forward to seeing photos of "Goliath" and hearing more about it. IMO this thread is a classic demonstration of HOW TO search and research for a trailer of ones dreams. BTW it seems you're no longer merely dreamin!
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:28 AM   #256
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I think that trailer needs a new name to go with the new owner. Goliath is the name I saw yesterday on an oil barge being off loaded here on Curtis Creek. I mean no offense here, others have loved that name. It just might need a new start.
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Old 07-27-2008, 09:38 AM   #257
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In this case Marcus has been a real David in the bravery of his search for this Goliath!
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776 posts, a couple hundred thousand words, well . . the warm-up is over. Looking for the new thread, the "before" pictures and an air-conditioned workshop/photography studio! (With Dad checking the smoker outside).
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Old 07-27-2008, 03:21 PM   #259
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YOU KNOW THE ROUTINE. now it is time for lots of pictures of your trailer and your big ear to ear grin. A trailer that has been loved and provided as much pleasure as this one is an honor to own. Continue the tradition and go camping soon. Lots of neat state parks near you for a quck weekend trip. Your patience has paid off for you in spades. How does the wife like it?

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Old 07-27-2008, 05:35 PM   #260
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Congratualtions Marcus! Fantastic Airstream. I am so excited that now you can join the rest of us sweating in the summer heat to restore these babes instead of just sitting in front of your computer looooking for one!

No, I am really happy for you. I traveled several hundred miles just this weekend and I am always keeping my eye out for you an AS. I guess I can stop looking now but I probably won't.

Now get to work!
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