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Old 02-02-2017, 04:12 PM   #1
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1953 Cruiser Restoration

Hello everyone! New member and first time post.

We just purchased a 1953 Cruiser and are ready to get to work on the restoration project. Thanks to everyone who shares their knowledge on this site to the benefit of a novice like myself. I have been reading and researching on this forum regarding many of the decisions that lie ahead.

We are honored to own and preserve a piece of history and a work of art. As you can see from the pictures, she is gutted and ready for an updated interior. My wife is an interior designer and will be making most of those decisions while I'll stick to the mechanical and electronic.

See you on the road soon (hopefully)!

Dave
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Old 02-02-2017, 04:20 PM   #2
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Excellent!

I'm one-year in and about half way done with my '57. Patience and perseverance are the key
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:06 PM   #3
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Great, still a cruiser! As an architect, I am of course very interested to see what a WOMAN is planning from the Airstream, lol ...
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Old 02-03-2017, 07:37 AM   #4
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great find, hope your restoration/ mods go well
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:03 AM   #5
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I may have somethings you would want

NICE! I love the Cruisers. Depending on you plans, I may have some things you could use. I had a 1953 Liner and recently sold it to a buyer who did not want the interior. I have a 2016 Cloud interior and all the old wood form the Liner. I also have the replacement plywood, maple, walls and new 4 x 8 sheets of the same wood. Plus, a couple truck loads of used parts from previous Airstream projects. Lots of 2024, used interior panels. If I can help give me a call. I am 50 miles north of DFW.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:27 AM   #6
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Got her cleaned out and polished up. The subfloor has been patched in places, but there are still some bad spots. The interior skins look good and I have placed them aside while I get to work. I took some video this morning to update the progress:
https://youtu.be/NBPO6AQBMks

Before we get started with the interior restoration, I want to make sure we have a "solid foundation" to build upon. I need to get a look at the frame. Any way to do this without pulling up the floor?

I would have fun doing a full shell off new floor, but I'm not able to do it myself and can't justify the assumedly high cost of having it done professionally.
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:43 AM   #7
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Nice find!
You asked about getting a look at the frame without removing the floor.
You will have to remove the belly pan. It is a good idea to do it anyway. You will have plenty of old rotten insulation and rodent stuff to remove.
Start by getting a couple of 1/8" drill bits and drill out the rivets on the rub rails, the you can see the rivets holding the belly pan sheets to the C-channel, remove them all, there will be some in the middle attached to cross members etc It may have larger diameter rivets underneath. drop the pan in sections. Wear gloves, safety glasses and a mask or respirator as you do this.
By the way thank you for the photos. Best of luck on the rebuild.

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Old 02-13-2017, 12:00 PM   #8
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I just viewed your (You Tube) link. Very nice job on the exterior polish! She is a beauty!

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Old 02-14-2017, 01:42 PM   #9
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Can you all help me confirm the year on this trailer? It was sold as a '53, but based on the 6139 serial number, it might be a '52 according to the s/n range listed here: http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...52-cruiser-25/. But, the street side windows on mine are different than the examples they have listed. On that same website, they say that the '53 models are about 6200 to ~6399.

Can anyone help me figure this one out? Was it manufactured in Ohio or California? Is it even a Cruiser? This is confusing, but I want to get it right on the front end.

Thanks!
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:22 PM   #10
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I also found this VIN spreadsheet on the Airstream website, but it is fairly confusing:
https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...dsheet_50s.pdf

Thanks in advance of your help!
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