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Flying Cloud

, Montana
Last Modified June 22, 2022
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Flying Cloud

, Montana

1957 Airstream 22’ Flying Cloud 13 Panel Whaletail

This is a rare find as there were less than 480 Whaletails ever made, all at the California factory. I’ve had two, one was a 1955 26’ wide body sold in 2017 and this 1957 Flying Cloud 22’. Based on the serial number 8194, this was one of the last 22’ Whaletails built. You can look on Airstream Forum and look for Captain Jones Flying Cloud Registry 1-20-22. This is a pretty good list of most existing FC. I believe I’m the third owner and the second owner did nothing to the trailer. Have some original documentation and Idaho license plate from 1957. When I purchased, I basically “gutted” it down to the shell/frame. So, it has been totally replumbed and rewired, holding tanks added 9 gallons black, 19 and 17 gallon grey and 40 gallons fresh, new axle Dexter (never lube), new tires, solar, on-demand water heater, new everything! 12 volt sealed battery, inverter, solar controller. I have lined the interior with Hickory and Walnut and made the cabinets out of the same woods with some Elm trim. The wet bathroom/shower is lined with white oak and well-oiled. My wife made new settee cushions and curtains throughout. I have completed the initial polish of the exterior aluminum, but it should have two additional complete polish coats to bring it to a mirror/glass finish. I am including a like new Buff Pro buffer with two new buffing wheels and about 6+ pounds of NU Shine polish. Polish includes IIF9 first cut, IIS and IIC final coats. Please note that I have not tried to make this an “original” remodel. I have done it to modern standards with comfort, usability and beauty as my main goals.

But, I have run out of time and out of oomph, so there are some small things that should still be completed see below. I am including extra Hickory, Walnut, Oak, all new window drip edge molding and the old original drip edge if you want to polish them. Everything is in working order so the things remaining to be done are all cosmetic. If you are at all handy, it should be a relatively easy task to complete. This is the 7th, 13 panel 1952-1958 airstream that I have remodeled. Currently stored inside a locked unit and if purchased and pay for it can remain in storage until fall no charge. I haven’t touched this Airstream for over two years, just too busy and it’s time to let someone else enjoy. New axle and wheels have had about 250 miles on them, as I said stored inside last two years. Two 15# propane tanks, One 12 volt AGM battery, 25′ power cord.

Here is to do list that I put together last week.
1957 Airstream To Do:
1. Install Brake Controller – 15 minutes (have parts and prewired to hitch)
2. 1st cut on polish – 8-10 hours (included Buff Pro with two new pads and 6+ pounds of polish)
3. 2nd polish – 20-40 hours
4. Small Patches on belly pan – 4-6 hours (have aluminum)
5. Trim inside – 8-10 hours
6. Plastic off fridge 5 minutes
7. Lacquer inside wood – 6-8 hours (I used DEFT Satin Brushing Lacquer)
8. Cabinet above fridge – 2-4 hours (included One sheet 4’ x 8’ x ¼” Hickory for #8, 9 10)
9. Bath – enclose counter vanity, tile on vanity top – 2-4 hours
10. Box water heater area – 2-4 hours
11. Install closet rod – 15 minutes (have parts)
12. Attach Top on nightstand – 5 minutes (about 100-200 matching bronze screws included)
13. Weather stripping on door window – 1-2 hours (have some, but some will need to be purchased)
14. Paint step & bumper – 1 hours (spray or brush Rustoleum aluminum, ½ qt included)
15. Rivet starboard side access door & maybe new hinge – 2 hours
16. Mount inverter & solar controller – 2 hours
17. Misc – 20 hours
18. No spare included ( 15” 6 bolt 5.5”OC)
19. (2) D batteries for water heater 5 minutes

Max total hours required to finish work = 60-100 hours

Several pieces of White oak, Hickory, walnut and other interior trim included
Several pieces of older aluminum (20-40 sq ft) , and a piece approx. 24” x 30” new T3 CLAD .32 aluminum
One 4’ x 8’ x ¼” Hickory plywood, Two 2’ x 3’x ¾” Hickory plywood
Buff Pro Buffer with two new pads and over 6 pounds of Nuvite Polish IIF9, IIS and IIC (MSPR well over $1000+)
Clear Montana Title, some original documentation and 1957 Idaho plate.
Best I can tell, I’m the third owner and trailer have been inside most of it’s life, aluminum is not pitted like most I’ve restored.
Approx. weight with propane, water under 3500 pounds, hitch weight approx. 400-500

If interested, please call Terry at 702-249-7875. Have a couple short video that can be texted and can facetime if you are really serious. I’ll be happy to discuss what I have done and what I think should still be done to make it perfect. Located in Helena, MT and stored inside. Thanks for looking and I hope to hear from you about this rare vintage Airstream

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