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Old 12-10-2017, 08:00 PM   #1
1966 24' Tradewind
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My '66 Tradewind project

As you can see my Tradewind was modified I need a bumper and some aluminum. The back was cut out approximately 6 inches on each side and the top to accommodate a ramp for snow machines, they did not go into the curved portion just the flat. Since I am not looking to do a concourse restoration I am thinking I can replace the frame track and skin out to the existing panels, putting in ribs and stringers based on what I see in the front or put a doubler all the way around match cut the opening to attach a new piece of skin. I noticed there is a double row of rivets in the front and I am wondering if some type of rear attach point was removed. I do not see any signs of material being cut from the frame.

I need ideas on were to get the frame channel, aluminum, rivets, bumper, etc. I have the mechanical skill to do this and the next couple of years to complete the project.
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:58 PM   #2
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After working my way through rear-end repairs on our '69, those modifications make me cringe. I'm not sure about '66, but in '69 and later years, there is something called a rear hold-down (those double rows of rivets you mentioned). It is a bent metal plate that attaches the shell to the frame and sandwiches the subfloor between the two. Without that plate, there isn't much holding the shell to the frame. However, if the trailer was gutted and only used to haul around some toys, maybe it wasn't subjected to as many stresses as a fully outfitted RV?

I've documented much of my work on ours on instagram (@lady.clementine). if you search for "rear hold down" (or some form thereof) on these forums, you should get an idea of how it goes together. Again, my knowledge is limited to '69, but you may also be missing some frame members that come down from above and give structure to that whole back section. I wouldn't expect the inner/outer skins to span such a wide area without some framing in there.

Good Luck!

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Old 12-11-2017, 08:10 PM   #3
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Greetings from Colorado. I worked on a 66 Trade Wind starting in 2013 and finished last year. I moved on to a 75 Overlander.

It's a pity someone butchered this old Trade Wind. I'm glad you believe you can put it back right again.

Here are some photos of my trailer somewhat disassembled. I had to replace the floor in the bathroom. The frame was ok. It might allow you to identify the frame parts needed back there.

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Old 12-12-2017, 04:16 PM   #4
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How about posting a picture of the front?
There are threads hear that show how to do the interior end cap. How about doing something like that?
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