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Old 04-23-2010, 12:22 PM   #1
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OK, live in the Seattle area and hope I have the Airstream I want to make into a fixed, in place guest house. What I am looking for is someone to do an exterior restoration of this 1957 model. Will be doing all the inside myself. Want it not to leak for the next 20 years and look great.

If you have a suggestion on whom to use, please let me know. Thanks!
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:31 PM   #2
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Is it in good enough shape to be towed? I've heard stories about a guy in Oregon, Corvallis, I think, that does great work. Hopefully, one of the members will chime in. Hey, we're neighbors! Welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-24-2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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Is it in good enough shape to be towed? I've heard stories about a guy in Oregon, Corvallis, I think, that does great work. Hopefully, one of the members will chime in. Hey, we're neighbors! Welcome to the forum.
His name is Dick McIntyr, a forums member from Monroe, Ore. Look up his thread---good info. His phone---1-805-264-0972

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Old 04-24-2010, 10:09 AM   #4
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His name is Dick McIntyr, a forums member from Monroe, Ore. Look up his thread---good info. His phone---1-805-264-0972

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Thanks Bob, I'll bookmark him. We come through Wasco many times during the year, will send you a pm when we head to Malheur or down south.
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Thanks Bob, I'll bookmark him. We come through Wasco many times during the year, will send you a pm when we head to Malheur or down south.
I have seen you sneekin thru town any number of times, but have never been able to catch you----I thought those diesels were suposed to be slow!!!

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Old 04-25-2010, 11:23 AM   #6
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I have seen you sneekin thru town any number of times
Was your coach parked on a knoll on the left as you come into town from the north for a while?
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:23 PM   #7
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OK, live in the Seattle area and hope I have the Airstream I want to make into a fixed, in place guest house. What I am looking for is someone to do an exterior restoration of this 1957 model. Will be doing all the inside myself. Want it not to leak for the next 20 years and look great.

If you have a suggestion on whom to use, please let me know. Thanks!
Your trailer looks like a rare 30-foot Sovereign. I am 99% sure that the trailer in the photo is a 1963 model. The big over small Jalousie window forward of the door appears to have been an early 1963 only configuration. And the short door drip cap style and 7-panel end caps were only combined in 1963, too.

That difference, of course, is no big deal. All vintage Airstreams are great. Good luck with the restoration! I hope you get many years of enjoyment out of the trailer!
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Old 04-25-2010, 08:35 PM   #8
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Do not know much about these things. The people I bought it from thought it was a 1957....Just looked and it is a Sovereign International Land Yacht. It did not come with a title but did come with an old license plate. Going to DMV tomorrow and get a new title......If it is rare that would make me feel better about the $550 I paid for it. It is totaled inside and has dings on the outside. Hoping to find someone to reskin where needed, paint frame, etc....Just a total outside renovation. Then I will fix it up inside
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The serial number would confirm the year for sure. If it is a 1963 Sovereign International made in Ohio, the number should be I303TNNN if it has twin beds or I303DNNN if it has a double bed. If it was made in California, the number would be 30TSS0NNN or #0DSS0NNN, where NNN is a build sequence number. The 30-foot Sovereigns were the largest Airstreams made back then and as such are fairly rare with less than 40 built that year in California, and an unknown but likely similar number built in Ohio. That makes then sort of rare since the shorter models were built in larger quantities, but to many people the shorter trailers are more desirable (and thus more valuable). Me, I like the longer ones more than the shorter ones and have a 1963 28" Ambassador that I am waiting to restore.

Oh yeah, the International trim level was the top of the line model, so yours was the most expensive Airstream made in its day.

And $550 is about a cheap as you will even find and Airstream, but then given it's current condition, you'll be putting many times that amount back into it if you want to bring it to a fully operational condition again.
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OK, live in the Seattle area and hope I have the Airstream I want to make into a fixed, in place guest house.
Too bad it couldn't be made roadworthy again.
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Joe, Well the DMV has no record of the trailer since the plate I had did not go with it. But confirm it is 30' long and has the big over small window you noted from the photo. The number on it is I303T165 and says Ohio, not California and going by the sticker on it was sold by Bert's Trailer Sales in Michigan City, Indiana
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Wonder what the price would be to put the old dear on a lowboy and drive her to Oregon?
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Do not believe that Dick McIntyr does the work I need done. That is skin replacement, etc....I see him doing polish work or am I wrong?
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Joe, Well the DMV has no record of the trailer since the plate I had did not go with it. But confirm it is 30' long and has the big over small window you noted from the photo. The number on it is I303T165 and says Ohio, not California and going by the sticker on it was sold by Bert's Trailer Sales in Michigan City, Indiana

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!
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