So Miller and I have the clipper now... and I figured we would do a build thread. Once the trailer is home, I'm gonna have Miller run this thread (he's a fantastic writer), but until then I'll keep this updated with the latest. First, the story of how it came to be. Miller identified the Clipper as the trailer he wanted early on. If you aren't familiar, the clipper design is actually from the mind of Wally Byam - the father of the airstream. When he penned the trailer in 1945, he worked for the Curtis Wright airplane and trailer company. Curtis Wright sold the trailer from 1946 to 1948. In 1949, Wally Byam left Curtis Wright and Curtis Wright sold the design rights to Silver Streak - a start up trailer company lead by Kenny Neptune, James “Pat” Patterson, and Frank Polito. The trailer we bought is titled as a 1947 Silver Streak... We do, however, know that it's an early production trailer because there is no galvanized steel on the trailer at all - it's all aluminum. In any case, our trailer was originally restored sometime in the early 1990's by a hollywood set designer by the name of Brandt Ellis. Once Brandt was done with it, he sold it to a housing developer in Malibu where it sat untouched and in the weather for years. At one point, it was moved and while doing so, was backed into something big... and hard. After this run in, the trailer was sold to a young guy by the name of Tanner Alexander. Tanner is an airstream guy - he fixes them up and sells them. He's also the guy I bought the trailer from. Essentially, he had a number of bigger projects inline to complete and decided to sell this one to fund them. So, after a long and arduous process of me doing my due diligence (researching the history of this specific trailer, finding Brandt, sending Lucky Burton to look at the trailer and then another really great airstream guy named Kenny Ruzicka to do the same, etc...) I decided to buy it. And now that's it bought, another pal of mine is gonna fix the panels of the clipper. His name is John Matarazzo and he's probably the most experienced Clipper guy in the country. In fact, here's a shot of one he is pretty much building from scratch: Yesterday, John went and picked the trailer up from Tanner: As John updates me, I'll update you... The plan is to have John do his expertise on the body and get the the thing road worthy enough for Miller and I to haul it home to Texas. Once it's here, Miller and I are gonna outfit it to his tastes for both camping and TJJ event support. We have big plans... And it's gonna be a lot of fun... and a lot of work... I can't wait... Anyway, updates pending as John gets to work.