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Old 05-13-2014, 06:03 PM   #57
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AnyOther'59 Tradewind Owners?

Thanks Brad,
Now I understand why you were asking if our trailer came with a couch or booth!
I can' t believe I never noticed that your trailer doesn't have the stacked windows in front of the door. It looks like on that style, the door is also a bit closer to the front.
Do you know if all the '59 tradewinds were "park models" with electric water heaters and no black tank?
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Old 05-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #58
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Jack - black water tanks were available as an option in '63, I think, and on all models in '64. Grey water tanks came even later. My original water heater was a small apartment size electric model that was in the bathroom cabinet. It was all rusted out by the time I took ownership. I added a 120 volt/propane model in my restoration and measured about eight times before I cut a hole in the skin for the cover. I plan on putting a vintage cover over my existing one soon. I have the cover, just need to polish it and install.

You're dead on with the door location on the different models. Another item of interest is that all of my windows are the same size and have the size and style stamp in the lower fixed window frame. What size are yours? I forget mine at the moment.

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Old 05-13-2014, 08:01 PM   #59
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Regarding windows

Brad,
There are 3 different sizes of windows. Front, back and curbside are 37.5 x
16.5". (glass size) three are 16 x 16". Two over the kitchen sink are 27.5 x
16.5".
I made a cover for my 10 gal. Atwood h2o heater out of some .032 5052.
The nice thing about that old water heater under he bath cabinet is there was no
large opening to patch.
The new water heater is in the closet. The electrical inlet is above that where
the stock fuse box was. I hope that is not some kind of code violation.
By the way I eliminated the "stripper pole" vent pipe that came out of the sink
that was done on the Cal made Tradewinds.

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I got rid of that 'stripper pole' too. I ran the vent pipe up inside the hollow tub wall. We'll never fill the tub that high with water so it just needs to be above the highest water to ever go in the tub.

All of my windows are stamped 'HEHR 1009 1940' meaning the hole cut in the side of the trailer is 19" high by 40" long. They are a 1009 style of window, whatever that is.

Your water heater cover looks great. How did you get a chrome one? I inquired about getting mine chromed and was told the cheaply made cover wouldn't hold up to the chroming process.

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Old 05-14-2014, 09:24 AM   #61
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Water heater cover

Brad,
It's not chrome, the heater came minus a cover so I made one out of some sheet aluminum I had on hand. Just did a quick polish, then bent it on my small pan brake.
The aluminum vent grate was on the shelf at a local RV parts store.
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Man that is nice Jack. You did a great job.

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:37 PM   #63
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Hi Brad....

My partner ans I picked up our 1959 Tradewind on Friday. Ever since we found her the Sunday before I have been researching info, and found your thread, and have been waiting until she was in our possesion to join and post.

We are temporaily calling her our "Vintage Vixen" until she reveals her true name to us. Stats are as follows

DRUMROLL.....
California born 9-7-1958 approved for sale DoH No. 2073
Serial # 24D-0115 Yes I said that right...I believe she is your trailers sibling! (958)
Sold and Serviced at Berts Trailer Sales Michigan City , Indiana
Red Numbers 13967

We were told we are the "second Owner"
She was titled in Illinois in 1999 by Tony Shepherd...who was given the title by his mom, who was the original owner. A friend of his facilitated the sale to us.... It had been in his possesion for a few years, under a tree, hoping to someday restore her...

We think they forgot to winterize it...and the copper piping split(as we discovered yesterday when checking the lines) and they left it to the squirrel and mice...until some cash was needed....Enter Airstream Virgins (Mark and I) with a dream and some cold hard cash!

A few specs...
She has the double windows in front of the door...so that means couch I think...the only thing in the front is a cabinet..that has a fold out table(3sections) and the fresh water tank and pressure motor in it.

Kitchen is intact with the exception of the fridge, Brown princess stove and all burners and knobs and grates are present. The propane wall heater is intact also. Propane lamp and all overhead lights are there, vents are all present and all windows, screens and cranks also. One shade on the kitchen light has a broken corner, but the one over the wardrobe window and the bathroom are unbroken.

All cabinetry and hardware are unbroken and in working order, except one drawer handle is broken. We have the double bed, with a bunk over the top, and the cabinets and wardrobe opposit of them.

The bathroom is missing the toilet, but the sink and vanity, tub, shower and fixtures are there. With one BIG BONUS. The bathroom has the upgraded tankless water heater.

All the interior walls are original and unscarred ( although very dirty), except one small puncture where it apprears a back corner of a fridge hit.

The front door is original, and we have the door handle(now working thank to Mark) It does have the broken handle like most, but we have the piece and will repair that.

The Underbelly has a few scars and cuts...they will be repaired as we go. We have the original propane tanks, Battery box up front, Sway bars and hitch that goes with (I think they were an add on also) Some of the side lights are missing, but wiring is there. Original leaf springs, and by condition, I am going to bet wheels also.

I think thats it for now...and I promise to post pics as soon s I figure out how!

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Kim!!! That's a great story and I'm very excited she's one up from mine. Siblings indeed. I'll try to be patient until pictures arrive. Please start a new thread on your discovery so you can add to it when you make changes, renovations and discoveries.

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Old 05-28-2014, 12:45 PM   #65
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Brad

Is there any way to confirm in the old directories the "red numbers"? It would help me see if the story I've been told is accurate

And I will start a thread.....oh boy!
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Old 05-28-2014, 12:48 PM   #66
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forgot the important one....
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Now I'm really confused. Yours is the first California built Airstream of our era that has a model name badge. Everyone I've seen prior to yours that had that badge was an Ohio built trailer. Maybe it was added later by a prior owner or possibly the dealer since this was a midwestern bought unit. Love these little tidbits of curiosity.

As for the red numbers, the ones on your trailer were not issued by the WBCCI office as they're italicized and the ones issued were not. There may be a ghost image on the metal under these red ones. It could also be the original number was a three or four digit number as they were shorter back then. Maybe your original number was 396 and the two outside numbers were added later since that number may have been available. Look closely for a ghost of a number.

There is a thread on here where someone has some of the old directories and is kind enough to look up the numbers for you. Look around and you should find it.

Looking forward to your thread. Please let me know when you start it.

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Old 05-31-2014, 01:41 PM   #68
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ghost numbers

Brad

I checked...I do have ghost numbers, but they are the same sequence. they also have a rectangular ghost image of a Wally Byam CARAVAN under them. The ghost numbers are of a straighter font.

On the badges, I took a closer look last night, and the California DoH badge and the tradewind badge are attached with the same rivets, but they are different then the Serial plates ones....
The mystery continues!

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Kim ~ here's the link to the thread regarding old WBCCI numbers search:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...ber-19191.html

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