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Old 05-14-2008, 10:27 AM   #61
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I learned to drive in a Micro Bus, red and white. The long gear shift that just wobbled around sure made everything after that seem like it was high performance. If you learn to drive using a micro bus you can drive anything including tractors.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:47 AM   #62
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If you learn to drive using a micro bus you can drive anything including tractors.
... true, just not very fast.
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:36 PM   #63
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Glad to see I'm not the only recovering VW junkie.

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Same here...

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Very cool to see those pics of Wally's Bubble with the Bugger
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:20 PM   #64
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Have we all run around leading parallel lives untill we bought our
Airstreams?
First pics are of my (no longer) '64 microbus, I"m getting ready to cook a cornish hen on the undersized engine.
Second pic is my (no longer cuz I crashed it) '65 912
Third pic is my (no longer) 78 vespa p125
Last pic is my biggest (I sold it) REGRET
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:32 PM   #65
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Wow, that's some cool cars there... love the multi window (early vista views?) on the micro bus. James Bond's car?

My good girlfriend in highschool had a later model Bus with a Porsche engine. I had great fun driving that around... surprised a LOT of drivers with it. Loved the growl too!
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:47 PM   #66
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Duhhhhhhh?

Has this thread skipped a beat?
I used to have a micro bus too....and a bug....never towed an Airstream.
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Old 05-14-2008, 06:42 PM   #67
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Have we all run around leading parallel lives untill we bought our
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First pics are of my (no longer) '64 microbus, I"m getting ready to cook a cornish hen on the undersized engine.
Second pic is my (no longer cuz I crashed it) '65 912
Third pic is my (no longer) 78 vespa p125
Last pic is my biggest (I sold it) REGRET
Aston Martin DB-5 ? It's been a long time since I've been up on these cars, but it be a tough loss!!!!!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2008, 06:49 PM   #68
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can someone give me 12k so I can buy Wally's trailer? Would someone buy it and let me restore it for them? Please.... I would be glad to make it exactly like the day Wally pulled it off the line.
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Yeah, the bus had a row of "vista views", and a sliding ragtop...the front windows opened too. It was its only form of air conditioning. And YEAH that was 1965 Aston Martin DB5. I really didn't have the kind of money needed to do that right. Those old Aston Martins were aluminum bodies over steel sub-frames.(Sound familiar?) I had never seen the shot of the Vespa loaded on the front of the Wally tow vehicle before this thread...Made me miss mine, so does $3.75 a gallon gas....One more thing to keep my eye out for.
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Yeah, the bus had a row of "vista views", and a sliding ragtop...the front windows opened too. It was its only form of air conditioning. And YEAH that was 1965 Aston Martin DB5. I really didn't have the kind of money needed to do that right. Those old Aston Martins were aluminum bodies over steel sub-frames.(Sound familiar?) I had never seen the shot of the Vespa loaded on the front of the Wally tow vehicle before this thread...Made me miss mine, so does $3.75 a gallon gas....One more thing to keep my eye out for.
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Reminds me of the old Jaguar Mk V Drop Head that I had for a while. Thought that I was going to restore it, until I found out what it was going to cost in parts, my labor, subcontracted labor and materials, etc. THAT was a real eye-opener.

Sold it to a restoration specialist in town, who promptly ripped the thing apart for a full body-off, frame up resto. Sold it for over $100K when it was finished. Of course, it was concourse when they had it done. Was about 22 years ago.........
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awesome! Man, I wish I had the cash, too! We should all chip in....



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(the Who) "every day we get into....CHUCK's MAGIC BUS!"
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:33 PM   #73
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I am brand new to the Airforum. I will update my profile soon with my 'airstream' credentials. This is a great place to learn about the legend thanks to all of your contributions. I look forward to participating.

This thread about Wally's 1955 Buble caught my eye. I am curious; does anyone know if any airstreams that were owned by Wally and Stella are in private hands? Does PeeWee know? I recall seeing photos of a Gold airstream that appears to be privately owned.
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:23 PM   #74
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does anyone know if any airstreams that were owned by Wally and Stella are in private hands? I recall seeing photos of a Gold airstream that appears to be privately owned.
The gold Airstream is parked at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, OH... and I presume it's owned by Airstream Inc.
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Old 05-21-2008, 03:26 PM   #75
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could someone please buy it for me.... please.
could someone please buy it and let me restore it for them. I plan to give huge discounts to any trailer known to be owned by Wally.
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Frank, today is the first time I've heard you mention that you're planning on starting a resto business. That sounds so freaking cool.

Any chance you'd want to start off by doing a '58 Overlander at a huge discount? If I end up closing the deal, of course. I'll pay your bonuses in brisket.

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I am brand new to the Airforum. I will update my profile soon with my 'airstream' credentials. This is a great place to learn about the legend thanks to all of your contributions. I look forward to participating.

This thread about Wally's 1955 Buble caught my eye. I am curious; does anyone know if any airstreams that were owned by Wally and Stella are in private hands? Does PeeWee know? I recall seeing photos of a Gold airstream that appears to be privately owned.
The one the thread is about is in private hands and is for sale.
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BTW I have been in touch with the owner of Wally's Airstream and he claims it has a magnesium frame.

Here is the quote.

"jim thanks for the interest. i dont want to appear as stuck up but im 60 years old and the computer doesntdo it too much for me so im going to pass on the chat but basically the trailer is in pretty good unrestored condition meanig someone hasnt screwed it upit has a magnesium (for real) and measures 15-3 from the center of the ball to the furtherest part of bumper.I stubled upon it while at a friends house to look at old fords and after about a year of thinking i purchased the trailer. thanks flathead john -associated with hot rod flathead ford v8. i left out the word frame next to magnesium,sorry about the typing skills."
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:00 PM   #79
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Technically, all Airstreams built prior to Wally's death in 1962 were owned by him at one time ~

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okay, when I officially start my resto business anyone with a pre 1962 gets an extra discount. Anyone with an actual 1962 gets an even larger discount, for that is the pinnacle year. That is my first official decree for my soon to be announced company.
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