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Old 04-16-2014, 08:28 PM   #15
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So- it looked just like the GM Step Van or a Grumman or a Utilimaster? It didn't have the iconic aerodynamic shape?
Correct. Looks like there is now a photo of the boxy A-Van.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:47 PM   #16
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I have actually seen one of those, but didn't realize what I had seen. The front grill is the only thing different from a Step Van or Grumman. Airstream has some weird history. That is never mentioned in "Wanderlust: Airstream at 75".
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My eyes are weakening but it looks like your serial # is: A16D6157CJ123(?) which, translated, says you have an A-van; load area = 16'; D body code; model year = 1976 (even though manufacture year says 12/29/75); chassis wheel base = 157"; C = Chevy chassis; J = manufactured in Jackson Center; 123 = the 123rd 1976 A-Van.
24' overall length, 738 cubic feet of capacity.
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Actually your eyes are pretty good.
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This is the previous owners yearly tags for the stepvan. It is titled as a 1975, although the VIN numbers would make it a 1976. I'm not sure why it qualifies for a 1975, unless, like my other early vehicles, the year model for earlier vehicles ended on Dec 31st, and not september, like newer vehicles. Anybody have some insight on this? I am quite confused myself....
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:56 AM   #21
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This is the previous owners yearly tags for the stepvan. It is titled as a 1975, although the VIN numbers would make it a 1976. I'm not sure why it qualifies for a 1975, unless, like my other early vehicles, the year model for earlier vehicles ended on Dec 31st, and not september, like newer vehicles. Anybody have some insight on this? I am quite confused myself....
Some states and countries require a vehicle to be registered as the year it was built, rather than the model year.
And July 1 is the current model year change, though we have been getting 2015 model SOB trailers for a couple months or so.
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Hello, I too have an airstream bodied step van, manufactured in 1978. I do not have not much info on these vehicles in fact I was looking for some info when I came across your post.
They were made by the commercial products division of the company, I know this because mine has its original metal badge with that written on it. They are built from very heavy gauge aluminium.
As to registration I have registered my one as a motorhome, it was easy because that's what most airstreams are, of course I am not planning on using it commercially, and it now has windows installed in the sides.
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