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1955 Airstream Flying Cloud As Found

I have been after this trailer for about five years. My friend Marc, who owns a '53 Ohio-Made Flying Cloud, happened upon this trailer one day while out for a drive with his family. Ironically, he had just stopped at my house earlier that same afternoon to see my '66 Caravel, Percy, and my '64 Safari, Mavis. He told me later about this Flying Cloud that he had seen. I spent the next four years driving past it any time I was in the area. I was not ready to make any offers, so I just wanted to make sure it was still there. In the fall of 2007, I decided to actively pursue the trailer. I left my cards on the owner's doorstep a couple times. They finally called. I went to see the trailer and below is what I saw.

The trailer had been sitting for the last ten years. It was used as storage during that time. Unfortunately, the family was even using it to store bales of straw. The trailer belonged to the father of the wife in the family. He passed away, leaving the trailer to the family. The wife grew up camping in this trailer and really wanted to see someone restore this trailer to its former glory. She didn't want to see it sit and rot away.

I wasn't exactly prepared to buy it at the time and they weren't exactly prepared to sell it. And that was that. Until early August of 2008 when the owner called me. She wanted me to have the trailer, but her husband wanted to sell it on ebay. She decided to give her husband and kids until the start of school for them to do something with it or she said it would be mine. Well, they didn't do anything with it and several days after school started, I got the call. "It's yours", she said. I picked it up on Sunday, 9/7/08.

Below are the pictures from the first time I saw the trailer.

I have named the trailer "Arthur" after the owner's father who purchased the trailer from its original owner.

Street side - excellent skin

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Rear hatch door needs work. Not really attached.

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Cool original marker lights. No exposed screws on base plate

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Very minor crease on rear street side

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original license plate bracket with lens - and it works!

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Mismatched tail lights, neither original to the trailer.

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Whale tail end cap in awesome condition!

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Perfect!

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All three Hehr roof vent covers are there! The front on has a circular skylight cut into it and the middle one has an original fan.

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Original TV antenna with inside rotator

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13 panel front end. Very rare front jalousie window

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Front water tank and floor rot

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Original mattresses. Yuck!

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Original kitchen completely intact

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Original WORKING Marvel fridge

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Front inside with table, gas lamp and furnace

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Toilet (jack storage?) Bathroom door is present, but removed

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Sink needs cleaning (duh). City water faucet and hand pump for tank water. Vintage pole awning included

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Complete Dixie Stove

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Broken window glass by entry door

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original light fixture. The glass shade for both sconces were broken, but I have some ideas for new ones.

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Inside front end cap

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Middle roof vent has original fan

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Inside rear end cap (whale tail!)

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Entry door - needs some work

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Kitchen window is present but broken

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Entry door rot

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Table in great shape. The two doors in the background are for the bathroom and the closet. The latches were sticking so we took the hinges off.

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Minor dimple on front curb side

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Excellent end cap. One broken jalousie replaced with plexi

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Six-way plug filled with bug nests

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Belly pretty good. Gas line broken

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Very interesting free-standing dinette seating that converts to bed. I found out that these benches were made for Airstream by a company called Float 'N Rest.

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Upholstery is not original, although bits of original 50s fabric is present.

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