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wkerfoot 11-05-2006 01:12 PM


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.


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.


Creampuff 11-05-2006 03:53 PM

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.

urbanfood 11-06-2006 09:10 AM

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......

dmaiden 11-06-2006 10:07 AM

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).


A-Merry-Can 11-06-2006 10:18 AM

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!


urbanfood 11-09-2006 06:24 PM

urbanfood's 1956 flying cloud project
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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.

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bathroom floor rot, ick!

Fyrzowt 11-09-2006 07:08 PM

Good pictures - that always makes these progress reports come alive. You have entered a huge project as you know - these progress reports will probably help with your motivation because other members will show interest and make suggestions, or relate what they did on their project. Good luck, keep posting!

Mel 11-10-2006 08:35 AM

Good progress so far! You gotta love it when you have an Airstream that passed through the hands of a creative PO - just never quite know what you'll find. Good luck and keep posting your progress!

NorCal Bambi 11-10-2006 09:30 AM

Howdy Urbanfood, I have a 1955 FC that I've taken the shell off. My wife and I were so busy traveling in our 63 Bambi this summer that I didn't get any farther on the project. Know that it's winter I plan on getting back to it. Your trailer looks to be in much bettet shape than mine was. I plan on doing my own thing with the design of the interior when I get to it. Great pictures. Keep them coming. Have you worked on any interior plan ideas yet. I'd be interested in your ideas.

urbanfood 11-10-2006 12:52 PM

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thanks for the kind words. don, i've been following your FC post, great work. i'm hoping to get the shell off within the next week and hopefully have back on within a month.

here is the floor plan i'm going to do. i need to figure out the details of the wet bath, but it should work. the only portion going to the ceiling is the wet bath walls and the vent for the kitchen sink. i'll shroud it in metal or something cool. the wall at the end of the kitchen counter toward the bed is a little higher than the counter to give a little more privacy but keep things open (it can't go to the ceiling because of the window). the low space between the bed and wet bath can be storage. i put the kitchen curbside because i wanted the gaucho in the location i'm showing it because that's a good place to sit and look out the door and window.

here's what i have planned for plumbing/electrical locations;

black, grey, and freshwater mounted in the floor on both sides of axle.

hot water heater and water pump under the sink.

furnace under the gaucho. does that make sense?

battery box under streetside dinette w/ 2 27 series batteries with fuse box converter and other electrical stuff. one thought is to put the batteries on the tongue behind the tanks (would this make the tongue weight too heavy?). is there something i can put on the other side of the dinette to counter balance? also, what about sleeping over the batteries even though they'll have a vented box and they'll be at your feet?

i can fit a house a/c unit in the window above the gaucho for the couple of months i'd actually need it. that way i don't have to disturb the profile of the roof and i don't need permanent a/c. plus i already own the a/c.

i'm going to install a couple of fantastic fans at the existing openings at each end of the coach in the ceiling and have one for air intake and the other for exhaust.

two burner stove with convection microwave below.

the above are only my thoughts so far (and not necessarily correct) and any feedback or recommendations is welcome as this is an evolving process.

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Fyrzowt 11-11-2006 12:34 AM


furnace under the gaucho. does that make sense?
Yes, that's where many of them are, including my '72 Globetrotter.


one thought is to put the batteries on the tongue behind the tanks (would this make the tongue weight too heavy?
Some folks get nervous about putting a second battery on the tongue but I've seen it done.

also, what about sleeping over the batteries even though they'll have a vented box and they'll be at your feet?
If the battery is in a sealed box, and vented to the exterior I see no issues. Perhaps someone else sees a problem that I don't.


i'm going to install a couple of fantastic fans at the existing openings at each end of the coach in the ceiling and have one for air intake and the other for exhaust.
These are great, work good


CaddyGrn 11-11-2006 12:40 AM

I vote no on the AC in the window... We have one installed under the goucho... others have done the same. No sense in spoiling the view... But, I know how we need our AC in the summer... so sometimes we do what we gotta do...

Keep up the good work, maybe it will inspire my hubby to work on his flying cloud! (Better weather would, for sure!)

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)

CaptainJones 11-11-2006 08:19 AM

One small thought. If you reverse the hinges of your wet bath and swing the door the other way you could create a semi private space for changing clothes in the back of the trailer. With careful planning you could create a door large enough to go completely across to the opposite counter area. Your children may be small now, but they do grow up.

NorCal Bambi 11-11-2006 08:30 AM

urbanfood, thanks fot the floor plan. I like your layout. We will probably go with twin beds in the back. Crawling over someone in the middle of the night is not the best idea when one gets older. Sleeping all night doesn't seem to be an option. Don't know if you have looked at Uwe's thread yet. he put his airconcditioner under and on the inside.

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