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Old 10-30-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Hello all,
We are proud new owners of a 1964 Tradewind. We plan to live in it as soon as possible. It appears to be in good shape but we have no idea where to start with renovations. We are trying to keep within a minimum budget . We want good wiring and plumbing. Any ideas are welcome... cheers.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:32 AM   #2
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Sounds very familiar. We just purchased a 1966 Tradewind and are jumping in with both feet. We bought it from a friend who is moving to Africa to serve where there is a greater need. Keep in touch.
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:41 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your new purchase.
Just out of curiosity, what is a minimum budget? I just finished a 1964 Overlander. It was in what appeared to be, above average condition when we started. It is completely new now.
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Welcome aboard. There are lots of good threads about where to begin but generally leaks and safety issues first. Also a lot depends on how you plan to use it. A good place to start is decide how it will be used (a lot of towing, long trips, week ends, ect.). Then you can match how it will be used with things like condition of axels, frame, tires, ice box, budget, ect. Posting pictures is very helpful. I got my Tradewind a year and love it.
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Greetings JWRumble!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of 1964 Airstream ownership!


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Hello all,
We are proud new owners of a 1964 Tradewind. We plan to live in it as soon as possible. It appears to be in good shape but we have no idea where to start with renovations. We are trying to keep within a minimum budget . We want good wiring and plumbing. Any ideas are welcome... cheers.
The 1964 Airstreams were something of a transition and have a few peculiarities as a result. Some things to be aware of as you get acquainted with your 1964 Tradewind are:
  • The International Oil Furnace {the name is misleading as it is an LP furnace} (if still installed) was the subject of safety warnings in its early days. The general consensus is that it should be condemned due to its propensity to emit carbon monoxide into the living area when it operates.

    This was the first year for a standard Univolt power converter, and if it is still installed is a likely source for boiled electrolyte in the coach battery. These Univolts were noted for boiling electrolyte, and their output topped out at around 18-Volts DC (something that can cause headaches with modern 12-volt DC electronics like Fantastic Vent fans). The usual caution is to plan on replacing prior to making regular use of the coach with a converter/charge that is multi-stage with a battery maintainer feature -- be prepared to make arrangements for a 12-volt DC distribution panel as it was built into the original Univolt.

    The OEM roof vent fans, water pump, and furnace blower each had devices to regulate the DC power produced by the Univolt so there may be some confusion when attempting replacements with modern units. Assuming that a modern multi-stage converter/charger is installed in place of the OEM Univolt, these power regulation devices shouldn't be necessary.

    This was the first year that a demand-type water system was utilized throughout the Airstream line. The OEM water pump was a PAR (Peters and Russell), and if it is still installed you may have a pump that will continue to perform with little more than a rebuild kit. I am partial to these pumps due to their being rebuildable, but they do produce a certain amound of noise when operating.

You may already be aware of two features that your coach has that were in their last year of production. The door-within-a-door would disappear in 1965 as would the jalousie windows next to the entrance door.

I am sure that you will enjoy getting familiar with your 1964 Tradewind!

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