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Old 02-17-2011, 07:34 AM   #15
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Two well-educated historians concur as do I that it is a '61 model year and not a '64. Case closed IMHO.

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Old 02-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #16
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YES, YES, AND YES. What I need is the electric heating element. If you open the closet door (by the front door) on top of the box that holds the fridge, should be a hole, and in that hole, hopefully, should be the electric heating element. it will look like an element for a hot water heater, (I am assuming, I have not seen one yet) It should also have a cord that plugs into the top of the outside of the fridge box. IF you also have the baffle (looks kind of like those twirly wind things you hang outside) I would take that too! IF the baffle is in place, you might find the electric heating element underneath, in the back, in the closet, somewhere I hope. I would take any racks, egg holders, anything that is still OK. I am thinking if you put it all in a box, weigh the box and give me measurements I could email you a UPS label, and then all you have to do is give it to a UPS driver. Also I will be more than happy to pay you what you want for the heating element and baffle. I am excited, I hope it works out! If you find the element, I will bet it still works, not much to go wrong with them.
I have a friend who has a fridge for a trailer, not huge, mid-size I would say, bigger than what you have, it is very reasonable. I could check on that for you also.
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Old 02-18-2011, 05:27 AM   #17
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Frank, Have to agree based on the door. I should have caught that. Still hard to see 7 panels in the pictures tho.
I will have to check a chart on serial numbers. Since mine has letters in the middle and that one doesn't perhaps it is the difference between Ohio and CA. trailers?
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:50 AM   #18
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Frank, Have to agree based on the door. I should have caught that. Still hard to see 7 panels in the pictures tho.
I will have to check a chart on serial numbers. Since mine has letters in the middle and that one doesn't perhaps it is the difference between Ohio and CA. trailers?
My thought was it is a 1961 with a post 1964 front end cap. You know, replaced a 7 panel with a 5 panel. But a full on shot of the front would clear the mystery, if there even is one.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:59 PM   #19
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:49 PM   #20
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1. It's got 7-panel end caps. All you need to see is where the first seam goes. Since it is not higher than the top of the side windows, it has seven panels. That first seam would be above the side windows if only 5 panels like a '64 and after.

2. The center peaked wheel wells were only used from 1959 to 1961.

3. It has a 1961 Serial Number.

Therefore, it's a 1961 Tradewind with it's original 7-panel end caps, although the photos are not the clearest regarding the endcaps, but there is enough to see when you know what clues to look for.
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Old 02-19-2011, 04:43 AM   #21
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Joe not sure I agree with statement #2. Are you refering to Cali trailers used the peak wheel well cut out during that time? Sorry to split hairs, I have a thing for the Ohio trailers.
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Joe not sure I agree with statement #2. Are you refering to Cali trailers used the peak wheel well cut out during that time? Sorry to split hairs, I have a thing for the Ohio trailers.
Both plants used the center peaked wheel well share from 1959 to 1961. I am not even aware of subtle differences between the two. Here is my summary of wheel well shaped over the years:
  • 1953-56 both Cali and Ohio used a flat top wheel well opening, but the trailing edge was more or less vertical for Cali and it was obviously sloped to the rear for Ohio
  • 1957-58 the Cali plant used a sloped top wheel well shape (higher in front and lower in the rear) and the Ohio plant used a flat top shape (that continued the sloped trailing edge)
  • 1959-61 Center peaked shape for both factories, but if there are differences, they are too subtle for me to pick up on
  • 1962-64 both plants used a flat top shape, but the height was greater for the Cali plant than for Ohio and where the corner radius was larger for Cali than for Ohio
  • 1965+ flat topped for both factories, but if there are differences, they are too subtle for me to pick up on
EDIT: You can verify this in the Vintage Airstream Photo Archives, where 1959-61 Airstreams with Ohio serial numbers have center peaked wheel wells. Here is one: 61TW. The center peaked wheel well shape is visible in one of the photos. but it is subtle because of the angle of the photo. There are other Ohio trailer with this wheel well shape if you check other lentgths and years (59-61).
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It is too late for me to correct a potential error in my above post (wish they'd remove the 30 minute limit, or at least extend it to 1 hour).

The Ohio and Cali plants may have used identical wheel well shapes in 1953 and early 1954 with flat tops and both the leading and trailing edges vertical until the trailer rear was sloped in mid-54. From the time the trailer rear sloped, the Ohio plant began using wheel wells with the trailing edge sloped at a similar angle (my personal favorite), but the Cali factory continued using a vertical trailing edge.
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1. It's got 7-panel end caps. All you need to see is where the first seam goes. Since it is not higher than the top of the side windows, it has seven panels. That first seam would be above the side windows if only 5 panels like a '64 and after.
Least anything I say being considered an absolute (and there are very few absolutes in Vintage Airstreams), I must also correct my self slightly on this point. The seam on 5-panel endcaps is always above the top of the side windows from 1964 onward, but there are cases in 1957 to 63 (tending more toward the early part of this time period, I think), where the first seam is at or above the top of the window even with 7-panels due to the side windows being positioned lower on the sides of the trailer.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:25 AM   #25
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it's not a 64

My tradewind has a large window on the drivers side there should be several panels to access areas, other than that she looks like my 64
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:38 AM   #26
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Since no interior shots have been posted, I would say the double bed is on the streetside and the curbside has the two wardrobe closets and a make-up desk area on the curbside under the square window. Also, it will also have the couch in the front and not a dinette / booth. This is all based on the window configuration and placement. Now we just need some interior pix to verify my theory.

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