Originally Posted by goransons
I = International
30 = length
3 = 1963
T (actually "J" = Ohio
165 = number of trailer down the line
Just a few hours from you on the dry side of the mountains. Let me know if you decide to take any parts out of the interior (appliances, cabinet hardware etc) you don't want to reuse, we're working on a 63 and maybe we can work out a deal!
Actually the "T" is a "T", not a "J". It means Twin Bed setup. The "J" for Jackson center didn't come along until a few years later. My '63 Ambassador also has the "T" for twin beds. A "D" would signal a double bed setup.
Regarding the "165", I do not believe that Airstream started at 001 each year in the early '60's. They just continued counting from one year to the next. We don't know what the number of the first '63 30' Saovereign was, but it likely was in the mid 100's. I'd actually bet it was possibly as high as 150 or higher because I think "163" was made early in the model year because of it's rare Jalousie window setup.