Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-04-2006, 01:26 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
Boy Oh Boy! my new '56 Flying Cloud!

well, i joined the forums over a year ago and i finally bought my first airstream. it's a 22' 1956 flying cloud. i picked it up in prescott, arizona yesterday. it was made in los angeles so in a sense, i brought it back home. it also has the whale tail which is very cool. i don't think i could be happier right now (that could and probably will change sometime soon).

the exterior is in great shape, especially for a 50 year old trailer. i'm going to completely gut the interior and hopefully perform a shell-on restoration if the steel frame is in good shape.

if anyone in the los angeles area would be willing to come to my house and check it out and give me some practical advice, i'd really appreciate and cook you lunch or dinner. i've been perusing the forums for over a year and pouring over them in the last few months, so i have a good general idea on how to proceed, but need some guidance on the nuts and bolts of it.

also, there isn't a category for a 1956 flying cloud in the trailer forum so perhaps a moderator could create a category and move this post there, that would be great.

you'll notice the tight fit in one of the pics below. the driveway was barely 8'-0 wide. it tooks us about 2.5 hours to get it backed in with my tahoe. i'll definately need to get a motorized trailer dolly because it's so tight. there was barely 2 inches clearance on either side when we were backing in, pulling forward, backing in, crank the wheel, pull forward, hold it...wait, pull forward....you get the idea, 2.5 hours of that.

look forward to sharing my renovation experience with everyone.

i've posted some pix:

Click image for larger version

Name:	hitching up.jpg
Views:	318
Size:	284.4 KB
ID:	28103______Click image for larger version

Name:	curbside.jpg
Views:	369
Size:	296.7 KB
ID:	28104
hitching up in arizona

Click image for larger version

Name:	streetside.jpg
Views:	324
Size:	264.6 KB
ID:	28105______Click image for larger version

Name:	whale tail.jpg
Views:	360
Size:	262.5 KB
ID:	28106

Click image for larger version

Name:	tight fit at home.jpg
Views:	300
Size:	173.9 KB
ID:	28107______Click image for larger version

Name:	new home.jpg
Views:	324
Size:	206.7 KB
ID:	28108
super tight fit & new home

Click image for larger version

Name:	interior 1.jpg
Views:	475
Size:	166.7 KB
ID:	28109______Click image for larger version

Name:	interior2.jpg
Views:	367
Size:	142.1 KB
ID:	28110
everything comes out
__________________

urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
CanoeStream's Avatar

 
2006 25' Safari FB SE
St. Cloud , Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 13,280
Images: 19
Blog Entries: 3
Fabulous find! It sure looks like a honey. Anything original on the interior? Is the cabinetry painted or was it white to begin with?
__________________

__________________
Bob

5 meter Langford Nahanni

CanoeStream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Mackhopp's Avatar
 
2005 28' International CCD
Ottawa , Ontario
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 587
Images: 10
Wow! Looks absolutely fab! Nice and bright interior.

Makes me think of an Airstream a family friend had in California - late 50s I believe. I loved seeing the pics of his outings to Baja way back then.

All in all you've got a very cool looking vintage trailer.

Have fun!

Cheers,
Michelle
Mackhopp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 03:44 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 6,972
Cool!

I really like those slanted California style wheel wells. Looks very nice. Arizona is a great place to find older trailers without as many horrible floor and frame issues as those from wetter areas.

Hope you'll document your redo on the forum. Congrats!

Paula
Foiled Again is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 03:52 PM   #5
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar

 
2002 25' Safari
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 13,618
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
You should have stopped by Brad's (flyfshr) house when you went through Phoenix. Then again, that might not have been a good idea. You might still be there!I think Brad's 59 had alot of paint on the interior. It's all gone now and the natural wood looks great. I am sure he will jump in here soon.
__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 05:52 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,754
Urbanfood,

Drop by the Malibu RV Park next Saturday. The El Camino Real Unit is having a rally and there are usually a few Flying Clouds in attendance, if you join you can become a member of the Flying Cloud Squadron.

Bill
__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

https://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2006, 11:09 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
canoe stream - i think much of the interior woodwork is original but it has been painted white and is in pretty poor shape. the stove/oven looks to be original although it's in really good shape for a 50 year old stove so i'm not sure. one thing i can save from the interior are the upper cabinets. i think they are aluminum so i'll take those out and strip them.

wkerfoot - thanks for the tip. not sure i can make though as i need to get an axle, wheels, and tires asap.
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 12:29 AM   #8
2 Rivet Member
 
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fullerton , California
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 85
Images: 9
Thumbs up Fullerton Clouds

Welcome David! And congratulations on your new obsession! My DBF, John, and I have a 55 flying cloud. There are some pictures of ours posted on these forums. They disappeared from pics under my id but still show up if you search pictures of flying clouds. Ours is the one with curbside kitchen sink and bed across rear.

We also have a neighbor that recently aquired a 56 cloud with the same layout as yours.

Happy to answer any questions if we can. Our shell is off and we are waiting for the new axle to come in. We have learned a lot from taking it apart and the great people and info on these forums.

Lynn
cloud55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 07:23 AM   #9
Vintage Alum. Enthusiast
 
flyfshr's Avatar

 
1959 24' Tradewind
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: I currently do not own a 2nd Airstream
Posts: 4,331
Images: 40
David ~

Did you drive through Phoenix on I-17 and not even let me know? Now that's disappointing. I'm four blocks off the freeway. I've completely gotten over passing on this trailer and would liked to have seen it in person. Richard's right, when I get to speaking vintage Airstreams, it turns in to a long discussion.

It is true, my interior had numerous coats of paint; the wood as well as the inner skins. We stripped it down to bare aluminum and painted it an off-white washable enamel.

Seems to me, in speaking with the PO, the bed in the back converts to a booth? He seemed to think it was original. An evidence of it being original?

Brad
FF
__________________
4CU 2699 / AIR 10 / TAC AZ-1

I'm haunted by aluminum.
Charter Member of the 4 Corners Unit.
flyfshr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 08:21 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
yukionna's Avatar
 
Massachusetts
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 1964 17' Bambi II
Posts: 4,278
Images: 18
Send a message via Yahoo to yukionna
Quote:
Originally Posted by urbanfood
well, i joined the forums over a year ago and i finally bought my first airstream. it's a 22' 1956 flying cloud.
Nice find! I have a '54 FC and my floorplan is completely different -- mine is more like a Safari layout with front galley and side dinette.
__________________
WBCCI Region One

Attitude is the only difference between ordeal and adventure
yukionna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 08:54 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
lynn - thanks for the info. the layout you have is similar to the layout i want to do, with the bed across the rear, kitchen curbside and dinette up front. what did you end up doing for your axle? did you keep the leaf springs? i leaning towards a henschen axle because it will make life a little easier. also, what are you doing about tires? i've been researching and there's not much room in the wheel well for the 225/75/r15 so i'm thinking of sticking with the 7.00 15 size. also, have you decided on your black, grey, and fresh water locations? i''d love to come out and see what you guys are up to and talk further.

brad - i thought about you as soon as we crossed the border into arizona on I-10 but we took the 60 northeast soon after so we didn't even get as far as phoenix. there is a booth kind of thing back there, it's mainly two bases though. it may be original. i've taken some pics. obviously someone has attached drawer pulls. what do you think?

the pics are of the "booth", the original woodwork beneath the paint (it looks to be an orange stained red oak and the original zolotone paint in the closet (sort of a pale green color with white speckling).

Click image for larger version

Name:	booth of some sort.jpg
Views:	241
Size:	164.4 KB
ID:	28151________Click image for larger version

Name:	booth of some sort2.jpg
Views:	231
Size:	168.1 KB
ID:	28152

Click image for larger version

Name:	original woodwork.jpg
Views:	250
Size:	106.4 KB
ID:	28153________Click image for larger version

Name:	original zolotone.jpg
Views:	241
Size:	146.4 KB
ID:	28154
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 10:13 AM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fullerton , California
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 85
Images: 9
Hi David,

I really need to start a thread with what we have done so far...instead I have been adding to other threads here and there.

We ordered a new torsion axle from Dexter. Uwe helped us do this as we didn't know how to measure for it. Even with his expertise measuring...the manufacturer made it the wrong size and we are now waiting for it to come back in. Our axle didn't look bad and we could have stuck with new leaf springs but it just seemed that if we were ever going to modify it that now was the time while we had a bare frame to work with. Putting the torsion on involves welding the bracket on our older AS's. We needed to do some welding to put in tanks anyway. We will also be beefing up the frame a bit but it turned out to be in really good shape with little rust and no real compromise.

Bought tires before we picked ours up. We didn't have a clue and needed to take them with us so we went with the original size 7.00-15LT Goodyear Workhorse.

I posted what we are doing about our tanks on NorcalBambi's thread..."55FC the Whole ball of wax" posts 68 - 70. Sorry I don't know how to add a link to this. If you have trouble finding it just look at my profile and you will find my previous posts.

You are welcome to stop by anytime. There isn't a lot to look at right now. Just a shell in the air and a frame. I will pm you with our phone #.

BTW...how is your floor? Are you going to be replacing any plywood?

Lynn
cloud55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 11:53 AM   #13
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
hi lynn-

i'm going to take out the whole floor. one of the PO's put down 3/4 ply on top of the existing subfloor. i'll cut all of that out so i can get a good look at the frame. because it seems to have lived much of it's life in the southwest, i'm hoping some sanding and POR15 will take care of it. i do need to figure out where to put my tanks and see if i need to add/remove any crossbars. i'll check your thread out. maybe i'll come out when you guys are installing your tanks.
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 12:45 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,962
Images: 108
Congratulations!

Quote:
Originally Posted by urbanfood
also, there isn't a category for a 1956 flying cloud in the trailer forum so perhaps a moderator could create a category and move this post there, that would be great.
'tis done ~

Congratulations on your new trailer! Looks like a keeper ~

Shari
__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 01:12 PM   #15
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,754
Quote:
Originally Posted by urbanfood
hi lynn-

i'm going to take out the whole floor. one of the PO's put down 3/4 ply on top of the existing subfloor. i'll cut all of that out so i can get a good look at the frame. because it seems to have lived much of it's life in the southwest, i'm hoping some sanding and POR15 will take care of it. i do need to figure out where to put my tanks and see if i need to add/remove any crossbars. i'll check your thread out. maybe i'll come out when you guys are installing your tanks.
David,

We have the same overlayment on our Liner. As a result, full floor replacement and frame repair. Also, since a 1954, no holding tanks all 120V electric and since it appears to be a park model, no water tank. Fixing all of these items.

Bill
__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

https://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2006, 03:53 PM   #16
Creampuff
 
Creampuff's Avatar
 
1957 22' Flying Cloud
1971 31' Sovereign
2014 25' Flying Cloud
Malibu , California
Join Date: Apr 2002
Posts: 515
Images: 60
FC's RULE!!

My '57 FC (#8196) has pretty much the same interior and window layout, along with the side storage compartment. If you plan on hitting the rally in Malibu, I'm just over the hill if you want to check out what a year's worth of resto. has done for it. You'll also find a few photos in my gallery.
PM me if you want.
__________________
Murray
AIR #189

"If aluminum isn't magnetic- why am I so attracted to to it?"
Creampuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 09:10 AM   #17
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
shari - thanks for creating the category and moving my post

creampuff - not sure i can make the rally as i really need a new axle and tires before i can tow it anywhere. maybe once i get that done, i'll send you a pm and bring the cloud by and check yours out. then we can just switch......
__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 10:07 AM   #18
Mom scared by aluminum
 
dmaiden's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 167
Hey David,
Congrats. It looks great. I bought my 63 FC in SoCal and hauled it to AZ. We should have swapped!

I just got mine gutted and pressure washed the inside yesterday, so it's making progress. I work in South Bay and would like to see it in person if it's not a 12 hour drive (3 miles in LA).

Dave
__________________
Dave and Joanne
1963 Flying Cloud
2005 Silverado 4x4 3/4 Ton
dmaiden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2006, 10:18 AM   #19
Addicted to Aluminum
 
A-Merry-Can's Avatar
 
1959 18' "Footer"
1964 24' Tradewind
1954 29' Liner
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,015
another beautiful whale tail! i gotta finish up MY projects so i can FINALLY get one! beautiful trailer, man! i hope teh floor's solid under all that... but that extra floor was put down for a reason, me fears!

jp
__________________

8576
there's always room for one more!
A-Merry-Can is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2006, 06:24 PM   #20
Rivet Master
 
urbanfood's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Venice , California
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 672
urbanfood's 1956 flying cloud project

hi all,

alrighty, i've started my shell off renovation of my new 1956 flying cloud, so this will be my documenting of progress page.

it took a couple of days to get everything ripped out and everything was in pretty bad shape. the only thing i'm saving are the upper cabinets. they are aluminum and light and should clean up nicely. you can see by the pix the floor the PO put down around the built-ins. there was a lot of monkeying around of things in there including a residential 6 gallon hot water heater. the floor rot is bad by the door and under the bathroom, but appears pretty solid elsewhere so i'm hoping the frame is in good shape. we'll find out soon. enjoy the pix.

Click image for larger version

Name:	exterior.jpg
Views:	162
Size:	110.9 KB
ID:	28410_____Click image for larger version

Name:	kitchen removed.jpg
Views:	189
Size:	145.6 KB
ID:	28414

Click image for larger version

Name:	height above floor.jpg
Views:	161
Size:	87.3 KB
ID:	28413_____Click image for larger version

Name:	need a dumpster.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	116.3 KB
ID:	28417
so i know the height when i reinstall the cabinets
Click image for larger version

Name:	looking forward.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	121.8 KB
ID:	28411_____Click image for larger version

Name:	view looking forward.jpg
Views:	155
Size:	85.5 KB
ID:	28418
before & after
Click image for larger version

Name:	looking rearward.jpg
Views:	174
Size:	144.7 KB
ID:	28412_____Click image for larger version

Name:	view looking rear.jpg
Views:	169
Size:	90.3 KB
ID:	28419
before & after
Click image for larger version

Name:	bathroom rot.jpg
Views:	178
Size:	106.3 KB
ID:	28416
bathroom floor rot, ick!
__________________

__________________
david

*by asking the above question,
i verify that i have already used
the search feature to the best of my ability...
urbanfood is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Flying high on a Cloud from 1958 MontanaAIR 1956 - 1959 Flying Cloud 110 01-23-2012 01:13 PM
My kids and pets get names, not inanimate objects. :: 2010 Airstream Flying Cloud FB Flying-Steve Airstream Registry Discussions 1 09-15-2011 05:45 AM
Flying Cloud :: 1958 Airstream Flying Cloud Cloud58 Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:32 AM
Iggy :: 2011 Airstream Flying Cloud 27FB Road Geezer Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:32 AM
New member w/new Flying Cloud & TV raguemoe Member Introductions 5 04-29-2011 03:45 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.