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Old 05-23-2006, 12:10 AM   #15
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It's late for me. The VIN number is I 42-S-5215. Sorry about the pictures, this is the first time I have ever been on a forum. Still trying to figure out how to things work. Also I forgot to mention that there is a 6404 engraved just below the VIN. Does that mean anything? The name plate does have Overlander on it.
Maybe I should step back and let an expert chime in here - I'm fairly new to Airstreams myself. As far as I can determine a '64 Overlander California model should have a number in the format of I 26 42 S 5215: I = International options, 26 = length 4 = ? 2 = Twin bed layout S = California factory NNNN = Sequential number. The 6404 I don't have any idea about.

Don't worry though, someone else will pop in and set us straight
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:35 AM   #16
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Okay, that is really strange, because when I click on them my pics come up.

It could be a number of issues. Too many photos, photos too big, etc. A mod can tell you for sure what your doing wrong i think. You could also sign up for ... http://photobucket.com/

A free online hosting service.

Nice find on the trailer btw, cute kid too.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:07 AM   #17
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What you seem to have, is a 28' Ambassador, International trim package. 26 is an Overlander, 24 is a Tradewind. The "428 is a 1964, 28'. The extra window in the first picture leads me to believe it is an Ambassador, as it has one more window then our Overlander. Also, it seems to have come from Ohio, based on the shape of the wheelwells, the California models' wheelwells are arched, rather than straight.
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A character is still missing ...

Hi calredcoat:

I'll begin with the easy part: 6404 is the year and month your trailer was built, 1964 04 [April, the 4th month], or April 1964.

You still seem to be missing a number or character from your serial number. The first photo in this thread shows the name "Overlander" under the front jalousie window, so your trailer is a 26' Overlander. The small black plate next to the large serial number plate is a California Division of Housing certification plates and identifies your Overlander as having been built in California. The "I" in the serial number, the raised trim around the large blue serial number plate, and the name "International Land Yacht" on the blue serial number plate itself all identify your Overlander as having the International trim level package, the top of the line trim package. The 5 panel end caps and small black Calif. Div. of Housing plate appeared together only on 1964 trailers, which is consistent with the April 1964 built date, together which tell us yours is a 1964 model year trailer 26' Overlander International. But your serial number remains an odd puzzle.

Once you learn how to post a photo, could you please post a close up of your serial number? Could the "S" be a misread "6"? I'll refrain from further guessing until I see a photo of the serial number. Thanks, and welcome.
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Fred -
I was hoping you would see this post and chime in as you seem to be the expert in this

Why does the serial # format on the California model vary so much from the Ohio of the same model and vintage?
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:29 PM   #20
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Hi calredcoat:

I'll begin with the easy part: 6404 is the year and month your trailer was built, 1964 04 [April, the 4th month], or April 1964.

You still seem to be missing a number or character from your serial number. The first photo in this thread shows the name "Overlander" under the front jalousie window, so your trailer is a 26' Overlander. The small black plate next to the large serial number plate is a California Division of Housing certification plates and identifies your Overlander as having been built in California. The "I" in the serial number, the raised trim around the large blue serial number plate, and the name "International Land Yacht" on the blue serial number plate itself all identify your Overlander as having the International trim level package, the top of the line trim package. The 5 panel end caps and small black Calif. Div. of Housing plate appeared together only on 1964 trailers, which is consistent with the April 1964 built date, together which tell us yours is a 1964 model year trailer 26' Overlander International. But your serial number remains an odd puzzle.

Once you learn how to post a photo, could you please post a close up of your serial number? Could the "S" be a misread "6"? I'll refrain from further guessing until I see a photo of the serial number. Thanks, and welcome.
Hi Fred,
Just got home from work. Happy to see your post. After going out and taking a couple of pictures of the VIN, I realize the I is actually a 1. So my VIN say 142 S 5215 and underneath 6404. Here are a couple of pictures of that. What do you make of it? Thanks, Pam
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Also, Can anyone tell me where on the tongue is the VIN stamped?
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Hi Fred, Just got home from work. Happy to see your post. After going out and taking a couple of pictures of the VIN, I realize the I is actually a 1. So my VIN say 142 S 5215 and underneath 6404. Here are a couple of pictures of that. What do you make of it? Thanks, Pam
Hi Pam:

Your serial number is original to the serial number plate, which has been removed and reattached to the trailer as indicated by the empty rivet holes in the four corners. The raised frame around the serial number plate is a 1960's era feature of many International trim level trailers, although yours is rectangular gold and all the others I have seen are a bead of round aluminum. Your gold frame may have replacee the aluminum frame when the serial number plate was reattached.

The sequence of your serial number does not match those used at the beginning of the 1964 model year or at the beginning of the 1965 model year. I've recently seen another unusual 1964 serial number, 141 S 51933 / 6403, on a trailer made in March 1964. So I'm thinking perhaps the California plant deleted the "6" indicating the 26' trailer length when they apparently reformatted and rearranged serial numbers in the later part of the 1964 model year.

In any event, your trailer is a 1964 California built 26' Overlander with the top-of-the-line International trim. With a year or two of effort, it can be brought back from rough diamondhood to its former glory.

As others have mentioned, don't throw anything away without first offereing those "old parts" to others, who may be looking for parts for their 1964 or near year trailers.
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I forgot to mention I have the original owners manual for mine in great shape. I don't know of any place they are available - if you can't find one I would be happy to photocopy mine and send it to you for the cost of the copies and postage.

Hi Mr/Ms Pumpkin. I know this is an ancient post, but if you're still willing to photocopy and mail your manual, I'd really love a copy. Problem is I live in Canada. Email me with your thoughts. Thanks.
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