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Old 10-26-2007, 07:51 PM   #1
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1948 Liner Professional restoration

Hello, I'm fairly new to Airstreaming. I bought a 1948 Liner about a year ago with the intention of doing the restoration myself. I want to do it correct the first time and have determined the pipe frame should be ditched and a ladder frame fabricated for it. Well, I don't have the space or time to do this myself. I want to enjoy my Airstream while my kids are still young and if I do it myself I'll be too late.

What I have decided to do is find a professional to do the total restore. Does anyone have any recomendations of Airstream restoration specialists? I emailed David Winick and really love his work, is his work the top of the line or is it just his fabulous photography that makes it look that much better than most? Does anyone own one of his custom works of art?

I've searched the forum up and down for answers to these questions. Thanks for your time.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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oldtrucksrul,

Besides David Winick (yes, he is the real deal)... you can contact Colin Hyde at GSM Vehicles. They do just what you're looking for.

and your right old trucks rule...
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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Very nice, did you restore that yourself?
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:31 PM   #4
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Very nice, did you restore that yourself?
Thanks! No, I did not restore it... that is why I'm doing my Airstream myself and enjoying every minute of it.

I love your red 'burb. Is it a '48... same as the A/S? Mine is a '53, I bought it from Jim Raysik in Clinton, MO.

Do you ever visit the forum at oldgmctrucks.com? Rob and the group are the best old truck guys out there.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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It's a '52, I have a '54 5 window also. I frequent stovebolt.com Is GSM the group restoring Matthew McConehegh Airstream in Airstream life?
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It's a '52, I have a '54 5 window also. I frequent stovebolt.com Is GSM the group restoring Matthew McConehegh Airstream in Airstream life?
Oldtruck,

Yes, GSM and Colin Hyde, TheVap.com, are working on Matthew's trailer. I believe that Fred Coldwell, 47weewind and VAC historian, has information on building a ladder frame to replace the pole frame in early Airstreams.

BTW, old trucks do rule. A man and his truck are a beautiful thing.

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hi oldt'

seems we saw pics of your finds back in the spring?

there are at least a dozen nice professional restoration shops.

-what is YOUR BUDGET?

-do you plan to have ALL of the work done by others

or frame/sheel/mechanicals and you do the interior?

-how far are u willing to send it for work?

-how long are u willing to wait...

could be months before they start and double that before it's finished.

as in a year total.

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Hey, now, a man, a woman, and their truck is a beautiful thing, too!

Well, unless the truck still needs restoration...


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Hello, I'm fairly new to Airstreaming. I bought a 1948 Liner about a year ago with the intention of doing the restoration myself. I want to do it correct the first time and have determined the pipe frame should be ditched and a ladder frame fabricated for it. Well, I don't have the space or time to do this myself. I want to enjoy my Airstream while my kids are still young and if I do it myself I'll be too late.

What I have decided to do is find a professional to do the total restore. Does anyone have any recomendations of Airstream restoration specialists? I emailed David Winick and really love his work, is his work the top of the line or is it just his fabulous photography that makes it look that much better than most? Does anyone own one of his custom works of art?

I've searched the forum up and down for answers to these questions. Thanks for your time.
We also are Airstream restorers, modifiers, and updaters.

If you wish to keep your Airstream within the Airstream family, then using a non-Airstream dealer company will usually cost more money, since they cannot buy anything from the factory, except at retail prices. That cost, of course, must be increased to stay in business, which passed on to you.

The other factor is how original do you want to coach to be.

Adding AC's, furnaces, water systems, water tank, power converters, modern interior and exterior lights, modern plumbing and fixtures, black and gray holding tanks, roof vents and fans, gaskets, torsion axles, disc brakes, LPG systems, furniture, drapes, carpets, wall coverings, will all change from original.

Last fall we converted a 34 Airstream trailer, for CNN to use as a mobil TV broadcasting trailer and a refreshment stand. In the past, we have restored and/or remanufactured many Airstream trailers for movie stars, as well as some for commercial applications.

One must be be very careful when major modifications or remanufacturing takes place, especially regarding proper weight and balance, tongue weights and braking ability factors are concerned.

There have been some restoration projects that are indeed, very beautiful. Unfortunately for a few of those owners, they cannot be safely towed and must be moved with a flat bed.

There are a small number of companies that do what you want. The choice depends on what all you wish to accomplish, and of course, your budget, and time element.

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Hello, I'm fairly new to Airstreaming. I bought a 1948 Liner about a year ago with the intention of doing the restoration myself. I want to do it correct the first time and have determined the pipe frame should be ditched and a ladder frame fabricated for it. Well, I don't have the space or time to do this myself. I want to enjoy my Airstream while my kids are still young and if I do it myself I'll be too late.

What I have decided to do is find a professional to do the total restore. Does anyone have any recomendations of Airstream restoration specialists? I emailed David Winick and really love his work, is his work the top of the line or is it just his fabulous photography that makes it look that much better than most? Does anyone own one of his custom works of art?

I've searched the forum up and down for answers to these questions. Thanks for your time.
this place does nice work Timeless Travel Trailers - We remanufacture your vintage travel trailer.
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Old 10-27-2007, 03:37 PM   #11
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Thanks for all of the input I'll make some calls this week.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:03 PM   #12
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Hi oldtrucksrul,

nicw truck and rig. what is the vin number and other tag numbers on the trailer? Any interior photos? I am interested in the different interior layout and designs of the 48's. I also have a 48. mIne was made in jan 48.
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Old 11-07-2007, 07:34 AM   #13
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Ron,

Thanks for the compliments. The Serial Number is 1067 and the model number is 11147, from what I understand this means Nov 1,1947 or Jan 11th, 1947 manufacture date. What is your model number? This could help me figure out the actual manufacture date (too many "1") in mine. The title says 1948. I'm the 2nd family owner of this TT, it is extremely pure it even has the original dinnerware you can see them in their holder on the wall. You can see some rough interior pictures at:

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Do you have any pictures of yours?
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We are anxious to know....did you find someone to fix it up for you?

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Old 11-07-2007, 08:24 AM   #15
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Steve,

I'm still looking, I talked to Dave Winick, what a great guy! My Wife and I are still trying to decide exactly the route we would like to follow. It's a lot of money so this decision will not be taken lightly. Any comments from anyone about dealings with any restorers will help the decision process. I live in Kansas City, so going to look at all of their shops is not possible. Do you have any suggestions?
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I bought a trailer back in May that Winick had done. He does good work, but he is a one man show. He works by himself, and has no other workers. This creates a very meticulous job, but time and money are higher in the long run.

Keep us posted.

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I have looked at several of the Timeless Trailers renovations and all I can say is Wow. I have had a complete tour of the facility and they have ample manpower and space. It would be worth checking them out if you could swing it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 12:46 PM   #18
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Aerowood,

Thanks for the advice I have a need to call list and Brett Hall of Timeless Trailer is on the top of that list. I live close enough to them that I could make a trip there to check out their facility. He returned my email quickly and very professionally. Thanks
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I too can vouch for Timeless Travel Trailer...they have a huge shop and do good work on all models of trailers. A bit pricey...but all the PROs are.

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Hi oldtrucksrul,
looks as if yours was made in nov 47, and is the 67th or 66th airstream made. mine is 1118 being the 117th or 118th made. what does your tag say? what is the location on the tag? that will tell what site it was made at and maybe when it was sold. A friend of mine has number 1026 and was one of the first produced - like the 26th made. He has a different tag on his as it was made at the first location .

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