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Old 07-18-2007, 05:23 PM   #15
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Hi Angie,

Nice find!

Those look like combination lock codes written on the warranty.
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:37 PM   #16
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Thank You!

I wonder how many were made in 59? Also, I did confirm it belonged to a bee keeper in Utah, he passed away and some bums lived in it before I got it. I am told he was the original owner. It has sat with broken glass for sometime, yet amazingly the structure is pretty good.
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I wonder how many were made in 59? ... It has sat with broken glass for sometime, yet amazingly the structure is pretty good.
Angie, the Vintage Airstream link I provided in post 2 suggests "24 9 001 to 24 9 187", thus sequential production numbers totaling 187 for this model. Yours looks to be a California model. I don't know how that split out between Ohio & California or whether all numbers were used (I suspect they were).

Structure? An old unit is amazing when it is put back together, but be prepared to find serious needs the deeper you look.

You are most welcome to come aboard, burden us with your issues, document your progress here, and (as Fred Coldwell said in post #14) find another jewel in the vintage Airstream galaxy!
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:59 PM   #18
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Yes, That is a 73, I do have a 64 Riviera also, I think the best one to tow her with would be the 73 Eldorado Convertible! They are all so fun. I wonder if my 69 corvette would tow it? Ha... I just sold an old 53 Kaiser Manhattan, that would have been darling!
The transmission in the 73 would probably be better suited to tow the trailer, but the 63 would do just fine and that would look gorgeous going down the road. The Eldo Convert would also look sweet. I sold my 72 big block corvette convert a while back and my wife bought me a 70 SS Chevelle to complete the restoration on so we can use it as an alternate tow vehicle. I've got a ways to go yet but with the help of the car club guys we'll get it done. Have you seen this Kaiser? A fellow named JF (he goes by initials)from Oliver, BC built it and it has a later model Caddy engine....

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Old 07-18-2007, 10:38 PM   #19
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Consider her Gutted!

Ok, I have removed all of the debris, carpet, pad, mattresses, and other things we wont mention. Ha.. I found treasures, lots of old and new parts to this sweet heart! Pumps, Pooper parts, propane parts, old wood parts, everything seems to be there! Old square tile floor under all the carpet, and cover to the furnace, as well as other parts and covers, I am yet to locate their proper places.

I ran out of daylight! So tomorrow I will post photos of what it looks like now and a layout of the parts. Maybe some one can help me identify them!

Do I dare plug it in to power?

Oh! This is fun!

I have a 1979 Foretravel Motor home, I love it dearly, I don't think this will tow behind, I have several boys 14 to be exact! I can only sleep 8 in the motor home, this will be a joy! an absolute joy!

I adopted all but 5 of the boys after a divorce in 97. They will have a blast, it is so tall inside, they can actually stand up in it too..
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Wow 70 SS What a great Wife!

Well Safari57, you wont have to worry about Horse Power! Ill bet it is a great car..
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:43 AM   #21
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I am surprised that Brad (flyfshr) has not posted here yet. He has a 59 Trade Wind California made. It is easy to tell where the 59 was made. If the toilet is on the curb side it is Ohio, street side California. Brad is also building a list of 59 / 60 model Trade Winds.
You have a great find. Take a look at pictures of Brad's to see what yours can look like. Bad's pictures are on the top half of the page....
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Thanks to Richard, I finally found this thread. Yes, indeed you have a real beauty there. I believe you have the break down of the serial number for the most part but I'll go over it again.

24 = Length in feet, making it a TradeWind
D = Double bed arrangement
0175 = production number off the assembly line
159 = month and year of manufacture - Jan. of '59

I have been collecting any info I can find on early TradeWind's and I've gladly added yours to the list. The number just below yours is 170 and the one after is 185. Oddly enough, I have 27 listed from each factory. I had originally thought the CA produced more than OH. Welcome to the adventerous world of early TradeWind ownership. YTou're going to have a ball. Ask lots of questions and post even more pictures. We're right here to help.

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Old 07-19-2007, 12:29 PM   #23
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Hello, and I am so pleased and greatful for all of you! Well after work last night I dove in head first and cleaned until I ran out of daylight. Two truck loads of debris!

I was careful not to discard any little knobs, wires, plugs, etc. Here are some progress photos. I did not quite get the bathroom gutted.

**I want to plug it in to see if the power works?? But I am quite scared! What should I do before I plug it in?

Thanks Angie
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:31 PM   #24
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The toilet is on the street side!
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Where is your circuit panel for 110 volt (shore power) located? If you want to plug it in, turn all of the circuit breakers off first. Make sure to hook up to a GFI outlet if at all possible, plus check your electrical connection on the trailer. Is this plug the original to the trailer or has someone reworked it? If it is original, you'll need the cooresponding cord end to connect to your trailer. If all looks in order and safe, plug it in. Turn on the breakers one at a time and have someone with you while you do this. If one of the breakers trips the GFI, you'll know right away which circuit needs attention.

Best of luck.

P.S.: The bottom grill cover for the furnace is in the bathroom sink.

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Old 07-19-2007, 01:54 PM   #26
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Power box

Hello, I have included photos of the circuit panel and the immediate area as well as a pic of what I think is the outlet I would plug into.
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I just love those guys at the Dept. of Housing for making trailers of this era use cast iron waste water plumbing!!

A couple of observations. The plug in the front by the water fill tube is not for plugging into shore power. This plug is/was for plugging into the tow vehicle for the 12 volt ceiliing lights, if your trailer was set up like mine. The shore power plug is probably connected to where the electrical box is below the circuit panel but on the outside. Probably has a flip up door and is round. It will have a three pronged recepticle inside. If so, you'll need the appropriate cord that plugs into this outlet. Also, looks like your front window frame is broken. Are all of the pieces laying around inside the trailer? If not, you'll need to find a replacement. Jot down the number that is stamped right on the stationary part of the frame in the center of the bottom riveted frame. That will give you the style and size you are looking for. Should look something like HEHR 1009 1940 as this is what mine are. This means it is a 1009 style window that its cutout opening is 19" tall by 40" long. I also see on your tongue, the trailer's actually, that you have hydraulic brakes because of the reservoir that is there. I had that too. I had a new axle made with electric brakes with new hubs, drums and brakes. Feel much safer knowing its all new.

Keep asking those questions.

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Old 07-19-2007, 02:16 PM   #28
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Brakes!

Thanks, that was my next question, what to do with the old split rims and do the brakes work, So I need to take her down to the axel shop and build a new axel with electric brakes?

Do you think a standard axel and driveline shop will be able to do this and install it with out destroying it?
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