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Old 09-29-2003, 02:34 PM   #1
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More than we can chew????

We are just getting into restoring our trailer. It is a 30" Ambassador. We were told it was a 64 but can't find any supporting info on what we have. All I know is that it is going to be one heck of a job. But from what we see here, well worth it.
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Old 09-29-2003, 02:41 PM   #2
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Based on the door and the windows I would say it is a 63/64 model. 65 had a single door with a screen.

The best way to figure it out is to post the VIN that is on the plate next to the door. There is a decoder out there to tell you what it means, but I do not know where it is. Someone here will be able to either decode it for you or point you in the correct direction.

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It looks like you have a lot to work with. Very nice looking trailer I might add! I would expect that it will be a very nice when you are finished with it.

Take your time and don't let it get to you. I haven't done a complete restoration project myself but after watching everyone else on this forum that has, I wouldn't be afraid to tackle it if I needed to. With all of the help available here I think you could find out anything you need to know and how to go about doing the repairs.

This is such a great forum, welcome aboard!
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Old 09-29-2003, 02:54 PM   #4
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There are numbers on the blue plate 042 S6040 6310 and a metal plate beside with M-4 S-6040 3780 DoH A-78126
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Here is a peak at the interior.
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Old 09-29-2003, 04:19 PM   #7
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It is a 30" Ambassador. We were told it was a 64 but can't find any supporting info on what we have.
Problem is...an Ambassador is 28'. If it's 30' it's a Sovereign....

Regardless, I concur it's a '64...check out the 63/64 Ambassador & Sovereign examples on this website to see if it helps clear things up for you.

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There's only one way to eat an elephant...

...one bite at a time!

She's a beauty, and she'll be the belle of the ball someday!

From the serial number, it's a California built 1964. That's consistent with the features of your trailer. The Ambassador had 7 panel end caps through '63, and went to 5 panel end caps (like yours) in 1964. I think we figured out last week that '64 was the last year for the "door within a door" feature that you have. Ergo, 1964.

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It is a beaut. Isn't is always the case that you feel that way during a restoration. Having refurbd' my '64 Glasspar boat, I can say as I look at it, what a long strange trip it's been, but in the end, as I look over it years later, she's in tip top shape and it was me that brought it from the depths of death!

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