Restoration of Scott and Kathy's 1955 Flying Cloud Whale Tail - Our California Vintage Airstream.
Airstream Restoration by Colin Hyde Trailer Restoration http://www.colinhydetrailerrestorations.com

Friday, September 24, 2010

Any Spring Left in these Leaf Springs

Our leaf springs and axle will be updated to a better riding torsion axle.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gone Fishin'

I'll post more photos and details later when internet access is better. Right now Fish Creek Pond is calling us - boondocking here we come!

And trout are waiting in the West Branch of the Ausable River.

Soft and Gooey


Oh yes. The faux-wood-look vinyl covered a bit of floor rot. The entire floor is bouncy and the right side is not secure.

Being under the trailer myself, I am better understanding what I've seen in photos of other trailers. Below is my photo taken from the ground looking up into the area normally covered by the belly pan - the underside of the plywood floor. The step should securely attach to the frame here. The step on the right is photographed from the rear of the trailer and looking forward. The 3" deep (aka tall) C-channel frame shown on the left.

Below: As expected there is floor rot at the typical 1950's segmented C Channel. The first photo shows the C-Channel flat on the floor.

The photo below shows a small strip aluminum - remaining when the rest of the belly pan was cut off and removed. This aluminum belly pan strip was pulled down through the rotted floor to below the chasis frame. On the right side of the photo is the segmented C channel.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

One Dent. Two Dent.


This dent was very obvious to me from the photos before we said "yes mine!"

The roadside lower panel that I did not see from the photos. Colin said this one can be almost erased when the interior skin is removed.

Oooo Oooo Oooo Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh - All I Want to do with you

With apologizes to the Beach Boys...
My first time to see my 1955 Flying Cloud.


And Colin - I can't believe we talked for 5 whole minutes before I pushed past to jump inside!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

California Dreamin'

Oh my - you have no idea how excited I am to see our Flying Cloud.
I've been in Barry's trailer, but this will be my first chance to see and touch this - the trailer of my dreams!!!

Oh gosh I hope that it is the Airstream of my dreams...as Colin has cashed my checks for the As-Found Vintage Airstream. Did I see everything in the photos? Please don't let it be a nightmare!! Please let me still be in love...please?!?!?

Monday, September 20, 2010

John Brommel - Lavatory Sink Artist


Our bathroom sink - from a sketch, to the 2-bowl mock-up, to reality. John is our favorite metal artist.

Checking the fit



From a tiny 1" x 1" Airstream specification drawing of the cross section - Scott generated a drawing, and the full-sized mock up was built. Using Barry's trailer - we checked the fit - very very very close.
Oooooo - I am getting excited to see our Flying Cloud in person.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sitting on the Coke Cans


Sheets of cardboard, and a printout to full size, and a stick of wood - now I can finally sit in my bathroom. The toolbox was too low for the toliet, but adding a 12 pack of Coke Zero made the height just right. I spent a couple hours checking out the fit.

Nested together, the 2 stainless steel bowls made a good mock-up for the sink that will be added to the wet bath.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Water! In an Airstream as a Good Thing!




Vintage Airstream Hand-Pump - Not Pitted at all!
Boondocking - I am ready!!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010