Monday, September 19, 2005

Time - need more of it!

Well, we just got back from a long weekend - Friday to Sunday where we traveled with the 67 Trade Wind to Watkin Glen State Park to camp with the Colin and his family. It was supposed to be a rally, but we were the only ones who showed up....must be the gas prices and the weather. So, no work on the SOTR this weekend. I leave tonight for 4 days on the road for work, so no work this week either. Guess, I'll be spending this upcoming weekend getting to the guts of the SOTR. Until then, it patiently awaits me out in the yard. Until then, here are a few more pictures to enjoy. Does anyone know of a source for this Starburst material seen on the wall in the bathroom? Also, how about a source for the onion skin covers on my wire frame lights? Like that huge front gaucho...even has the original Goodyear foam rubber mattress. See ya down the road!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Parts needed

Every restoration has a list of parts that are needed. This SOTR is pretty well off, but there still are a few parts that are needed for it. The first required is a front window with frame. I currently have a piece of plexi glass in place to keep the elements and animals out - Duct tape to the rescue. At one time in the past, the previous owner had a large window Air conditioner in the window and hacked the frame to put it in. So, that is number one. Second is a side window with frame, where the current window frame is bent and glass is missing. This window is 14x25. I also need overhead round ceiling light shades, and the screen for inside the front SolarDome. Also needed is the lower portion water heater cover. If anyone has any parts for a late 50's Airstream, please contact me as I would be interested in them. Contact me at We are headed out on a camping trip with our 67 Trade Wind tomorrow to Watkin's Glen State Park located here in central NY. This Trade Wind is our Airstream gap filler to use since we sold our 85 34' Limited and until the SOTR is done. We will be selling the Trade Wind for $3500 when we are ready, maybe even as early as this late fall 2005. So, if you are interested in a nice Trade Wind that needs some work, let us know!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Over the next few weeks

Over the next few weeks, we will be carefully removing the interior. My brother and I will be restoring the interior this winter to be reinstalled, as original as possible, next spring - when the trailer is lik new! Once all the interior is removed, the trailer will be towed from Plymouth, NY to Plattsburgh, NY to begin the restoration process. What are we doing to it: New floor and insulation, removing the interior skin and re-wiring (putting in a 12v system) and insulation, new plumbing, new Zolatone, and new Marmoleum flooring, new countertops, polishing, and then working in the interior design of curtains, and decorating. Here is a picture of the current interior. Stay tuned as I talk about the issues I find as I remove all of this stuff. This is going to be fun! Check out The VAP - Vintage Airstream PodCast at - the newest All Airstream radio show. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Welcome to our Blog!

Welcome to our blog that will depict and follow our adventures of completely restoring our "New to Us!" 1958 Airstream Sovereign of the Road travel trailer. We picked it up from the famous RichardT of Bat Cave, NC. We've been an Airstream owner since 1998 when I bought a 1985 34' Limited trailer. Now, we've sold that, TO GO Vintage, we will be taking this trailer and making it "New" with the help of Colin Hyde and his business located in Plattsburgh, NY - GSM Vehicles ( I'll be gutting it soon, and trailering it north from here in Central NY in the next month before the snow hits. Stay tuned for many pictures, and stories of our adventure. See ya down the Road!