Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-25-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
4 Rivet Member
Grand Master's Avatar
1963 24' Tradewind
Anderson / Sun City , Indiana / Arizona
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 444
I've finished restoring my '63 Tradewind

I purchased my Tradewind last November and have spent the last 10 months restoring her to near original condition allowing for upgrading some mechanicals to take advantage of technical improvements.

This is a nostalgic project taking me back to my days as a child when my parents traveled in Airstreams. This floorplan is my favorite of all the designs Airstream ever made. It was available in both the 24' Tradewind and the 26' Overlander. It is very liveable with adequate storage to travel comfortably.

Attached are a few photos.

I have restored, replaced, or added the following:
Polished & clearcoated exterior (P&S Trailer Service)
Zolatoned interior (P&S Trailer Service)
Refurbished original rockguard and replaced corrigated fiberglass with gray lexan
Painted wheels to match tv (2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel)
Refinished all original woodwork
replaced plastic counter edging with aluminum
Cork flooring (Trafficmaster Allure vinyl floating floor)
New Foam cushions
New upholstery & drapes (Arlene Fowler)
new Suburban furnace
new Suburban water heater (original Bowen shroud retained)
Charge Wizard
new water pump
all new plumbing
new toilet (replaced septic dump valve)
all new window gaskets
rescreened all windows
added AC
2 new Fantastic fans
new Dometic gas/electric refrigerator
restored all the original light fixtures
... and hundreds of little details too numberous to list.

Everything works like new (or better)

I have restored this trailer to look like I remember my Dad's '62 Overlander. Fortunately, I remember minute details about 1950's and 1960's Airstreams that were of great help in this restoration.

Mike & Mary Brumback
WBCC #1200 (my parent's original number from 1955 - 1987)
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Tradewind 070.jpg
Views:	199
Size:	283.4 KB
ID:	68213   Click image for larger version

Name:	Tradewind 067.jpg
Views:	214
Size:	255.7 KB
ID:	68214  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Tradewind 068.jpg
Views:	187
Size:	189.4 KB
ID:	68215   Click image for larger version

Name:	Tradewind 066.jpg
Views:	207
Size:	245.9 KB
ID:	68216  


Grand Master is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2008, 10:42 PM   #2
4 Rivet Member
millvalleyca's Avatar
2008 27' International CCD FB
Mill Valley , California
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 344
Images: 2
Mike and Mary that is a beautiful trailer. It looks nicer than our 2008 CCD!
Congratulations on your restoration.

millvalleyca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2008, 10:43 PM   #3
Rivet Master
soldiermedic's Avatar
Currently Looking...
Florissant , USA
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 5,083
Great work, do you have a blog of all the work you did?

I am redoing my 53 Flying Cloud right now, so I know where you have been.

Streaming Soldiers Blog
soldiermedic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2008, 11:03 PM   #4
1 Rivet Member
2002 28' Classic
Alpine , Texas
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10
Grand Master

Terrific job.
Well done inside and out.
Now hit the road in it.
al66pine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 04:49 AM   #5
Rivet Master
DEITZ645's Avatar
2006 30' Classic S/O
Currently Looking...
Mohrsville , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,313
Images: 10
Grand Master,
All I can say is WOW!!! What a beautiful Vintage Airstream. You can walk proud, you did a fantastic job.

Do you want to do one for me???
Carl, Elaine & Finn The Beagle
2006 30' Classic W Slide & Limited Package Katarina
2006 GMC 2500 HD 6.6 Turbo Diesel Crew Cab 8' Bed
AIR #14487
NQ3U (was KB3UOM)
DEITZ645 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 04:58 AM   #6
Rivet Master
65CV's Avatar
1959 26' Overlander
Western , Massachusetts
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,467
Images: 6

Grand Master-

It looks terrific! It must feel great to type the word "finished". I look forward to it someday.

What a great number -- and the history behind it.


65CV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 05:06 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
1968 26' Overlander
St Charles , Missouri
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 42
STUNNING !!! That gives me motivation to work harder on mine. I love it, I want ours to be as original as possible like you did. I have one question though, how did you attach the spare on your frame there? Mine was there at one time, but the only thing left is marks from the spare, lol. Thanks and go enjoy for many years to come, as my mom always says when I get a different vehicle or rv.
Home is where our Camper is!!
Dan, Debbie & AJ
St. Charles, Mo (St. Louis area)
Air Hamel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 07:27 AM   #8
Gypsygirl1 and Hubby
gypsygirl1's Avatar
1959 24' Tradewind
Windsor , Ontario
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 177
Images: 23
Blog Entries: 30
Congratulations! !

Great work on your '62.... Happy travels and enjoy all your hard work. We just took our first little trip in our 59 Tradewind after spending several months last winter working on it. Not sure when that word 'finished' will ever come, but the rewards are the admiring looks from people as we pass by. Good luck to you and enjoy! !
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Airstream-First Trip 002.jpg
Views:	146
Size:	338.1 KB
ID:	68222  
Gypsygirl1 and Hubby
1959 A/S Tradewind Landyacht 24ft (the traveller)
1952 Royal Spartanette 35ft (summer home)
1954 Pacemaker 32 ft (summer guesthouse)
Tin Can Tourists Vintage Trailer Club
gypsygirl1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 07:44 AM   #9
3 Rivet Member
NoMoSOBs's Avatar
1998 30' Excella 1000
Vintage Kin Owner
Aylett , Virginia
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 104
Images: 14
Wow- great job on the resto. I have the older sister- a '61 that looks almost identical. A few questions if I may:

1) What size refrigerator is that, and what if any modifications did you have to do to get it installed in the original spot? (Mine vents the coils INside the trailer)

2) Same questions for the water heater- also what did you have to do to reuse the original shroud?

3) Where is the battery on your trailer? Mine is in a little compartment where your spare is.

Thanks & have a great time using it!
NoMoSOBs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 07:47 AM   #10
Rivet Master
47WeeWind's Avatar
1948 16' Wee Wind
1953 21' Flying Cloud
Denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,162
Images: 20
Beautiful trailer, Grand Master! Very well done. The center gaucho - double bed is also my favorite floor plan from the 60's. Have fun with it.
Fred Coldwell, WBCCI #1510, AIR #2675
Denver, Colorado - WBCCI Unit 24
Airstream Life "Old Aluminum"
Airstream Life
"From the Archives"
47WeeWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 08:45 AM   #11
Rivet Master
utee94's Avatar
1963 26' Overlander
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,640
Beautiful trailer. I have a '63 Overlander and your interior is very similar to mine, though yours is in completely restored condition of course. Mine has the center twins instead, which is a good functional layout for me, but I love the styling on the center gaucho model that you have.

Anyway, would love to see more photos of yours, maybe details on the exterior and the bathroom?

Thanks for the look!

utee94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 08:53 AM   #12
moosetags's Avatar

2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 11,697
Images: 5
Really, really nice. you did beautiful work.
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 09:00 AM   #13
Rivet Master
3Ms75Argosy's Avatar
1975 Argosy 26
1963 24' Tradewind
Seattle , Washington
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,341
Images: 7
Oh, is that what my trailer is supposed to look like? I showed it to my wife... she couldn't believe these could be the same trailer!! Your's looks fantastic!

Great job, and welcome to the forums!
3Ms75Argosy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 10:13 AM   #14
Rivet Master
crispyboy's Avatar
1994 30' Excella
alexandria , Kentucky
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 1,954
Images: 3
That is one nice restoration job. You have went above and beyond and it really shows.
I hope you have a shed to store that trailer inside when your not using it.

crispyboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 10:28 AM   #15
Rivet Master
mandolindave's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 2,189
Images: 4
Hey GM, great job, looks really really nice.............

BUT, I personally think that you are never done with a trailer or a house.
I can't help but think that you will find something that needs tweaking, repair, or upgrading within the next year. Maybe that's what makes ASing fun?
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 03:07 PM   #16
4 Rivet Member
1963 24' Tradewind
San Diego , California
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 360
Absolutely Fantastic A+ Workmanship. My 63 TW has the middle twin beds. Can you provide some pics of the shower/bath area, also the exterior street side?
Sixty3TW4US is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 03:51 PM   #17
Area 63 Productions
Commercial Member
1963 26' Overlander
1958 22' Flying Cloud
1963 19' Globetrotter
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 156
Send a message via Skype™ to Area63
Clearly, 63's rule....but you already know that...
This floor plan is very similar to my 1963 Overlander, or what was left of it when I got it. It is jut a little shorter in the front/galley area.
It looks like you did a fantastic job. Congratulations!
Area63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 07:12 PM   #18
Rivet Master
76sovereign's Avatar
1976 31' Sovereign
ozark , Missouri
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,039
Images: 28
Blog Entries: 3
Great job U guys!
76sovereign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 07:27 PM   #19
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
Silver Threads's Avatar
2000 25' Excella
Kingston , Tennessee
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 905
Images: 23
Very nicely done Grand Master! Also a beautiful job as usual Arlene!
John & Tammy Adams
Silver Threads Custom RV Curtains
2000 Airstream Excella | AIR 15902
Silver Threads is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2008, 08:40 PM   #20
4 Rivet Member
63Silver's Avatar
1963 28' Ambassador
Smiths Grove , Kentucky
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 406
Images: 43
Grand Master,
AWESOME!! It looks great. I know another 63 that could use some of that elbow grease on the exterior. Did you change the axles too? What did you use? More pictures please...


63Silver is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.