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Old 11-06-2008, 09:52 PM   #29
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I removed the non functioning water heater. I am using the space for storage at the moment. At some point I want to install a instant water heater, I think.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:03 PM   #30
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Sorry about the pics of the flowers,to purty to omit! In the background you can see the 1961 Ford F100, short box,stepside pickup. Has the original V8 292 & The Fordomatic trans. Hopefully that will be the Airstreams tow vehicle in the not to dim & distant future. Adios, John
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:06 PM   #31
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Oh and the Basset Hound, thats Gustav the dog. Or as my granddaughter calls him" Goosedog".
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:02 PM   #32
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I need a answer about a serial number and I can't remember how to start a new thread. Anyway the # is 6950, the Airstream is a double axle, leaf springs, seven panel, I'm guessing about 26 foot. This number is on a small plate just to the right of the door. On the number plate it says Ca- I can't remember the town. I would like to know what year and model it is. Thanks! Adios,John
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:18 PM   #33
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Could be a California built 1957 Overlander. 26 feet long, seven panels, leaf springs and double axle was an option.
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The Cerritos, CA factory was opened in December 1967, but that would be too late for a 57 or leaf springs. The plant in 1957 would have been Norwark or Santa Fe Springs. The plant didn't move, but the town did.
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:11 PM   #34
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Thanks for the help,it looks like a'57, it has the slanted wheel wells. Also has a wall furnace by the door.

The door is missing on this unit, any idea how rare/hard to find? Seems to be an Az unit, found a sticker for Apache Junction under a cabinet.
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:33 AM   #35
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For Valintines Day I ordered Helen two new windows from Inland RV. She was mostly happy. This week I installed them. The fit was excellent, thenks Andy! I will try to include pics in a few days. Today is Helens birthday,she is getting a new camera, her old one bit the dust, hence no pictures. Helen has been applying Airplane stripper the last few days, the stuff is amazing, and easy to use. The trailer looks 75% better just from removing the old clearcoat. Who woulda thunk. Adios, John
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:30 AM   #36
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New axles are coming from Andy.I hope to install them next week. Adios, John
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:09 AM   #37
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Got the new axles,they cost $1195.00 delivered to Phoenix.I, my brother-in-law, and my son installed them in about 4 hours. A torch would have speeded things up a bit as 4 bolts had to be hacksawed off. They were a perfect fit. But a total of 12 holes had to be drilled, none of the original holes were used. The shock brackets were included but not welded on. For the time being I am not using shocks, I will add them later if needed. I ordered them bare( no brakes) as I had new brakes already,12 inch. The axles I took off were rated at 2400# each, the new ones were 3000#, the lightest Andy has. I had talked to dexter, they will build a 3000# axle that takes a 12" brake. So all the talk about 10 inch brakes is a moot point. I wanted a lighter axle but I could not get one without useing smaller brakes which I did not want to do. I am courious to see how the trailer rides as Andy is ADIMANT about stiff suspension components beating the trailer, yet only sells heavy axles. I am however, sure the ride will be better than the old axles. The service from Andy was as ussual, great. I had my new axles the day after I ordered them. His customer service is the best I have ever encountered! Pictures........we have some, just need to figure out how to shove the little electrons into the computer. I are a meckineck by trade so.....
We leave for the FCU vintage thing in New Mexico in about a week and a half so we should get a good feel for the new ride. The trailer now sits about 3" higher than it did. Adios, John
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:20 AM   #38
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Good grief, woke this morning to a wet bed, here we are in sunny Phoenix and its raining. Guess I'll send Andy about 250 bucks Monday morning and start replacing those long neglected roof vents. I've been working on the A/C this week, must"ve popped a seam loose. Replaced a defective capaciter for the A/C compresser only to find the 24v t-stat transformer is inop. The good news, when I jump start the compresser the unit gets cold. Good thing we like this old dog, and if you factor my labor in as free it is still cheaper to own than a new one. I can't wait to start on the 1961 F100, that will be a real time & money pit. But it seems to be a bit theriputic. Much like motorcycle riding for days on end. Kind of a zen thing.
Speaking of new, we looked at a 30 or 31 foot 2005 Airstream the other day, very nice. We both still prefer the old one, I kinda like the sense of accomplishment out of the reserrection of something old and neglected.
Must be the rain, I'm starting to wax philisohical. Adios, John
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:28 AM   #39
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Can't wait to see the pics John, esp the new (old) F100! Have fun!
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:33 PM   #40
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I was wrong. I sent Andy $285 today,not 250. Oh well, it is just money. Bud and I cleaned the roof off around all the leaking vents tonight, might have new parts tomorrow. I got the a/c transformer of and found a broke connecter inside, a bit of solder and wally ah...I hope. Adios, John
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Hello,
For the past 12 years I have been the owner of a 1968 Tradewind that still needs a lot of repairs/upgrades. I have pulled it back and forth from the states to Guatemala on 5 round trips and finally last Sept. took it to Iowa where it sits waiting my return next month.
I am a new member to this site, and have about a million questions about Airstreams in general & about mine in particular. I have been reading articles well into the middle of the night for the past few days until my eyes are blurry, but I am really excited to have found such a source for Airstream Information.
Thanks for all the info & the great photos of your "67" it looks almost identical to mine inside & out. Sure makes me eager to get back to the states & start working on mine again.

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(Had to install 4 new tires to get it home(2 miles). I have since discovered I bought 10 ply rated ,8 ply tires when I needed 6 ply tires.)
My first question is; why are the 6ply tires more correct to use than 8 or 10 ply? Mine needs new tires & I and I want to get the correct ones for it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:01 PM   #42
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Hey diddle, hey diddle, the cat ..........
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