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Originally Posted by Lookinghard
I recently purchased a 1961
Ambasador 28'. 2) I am also interested in a fresh water tank too, however I do not know whare the origional one went and was wondering if anyone can give me the original location? 3) I was thinking of installing an electirc water pump. Does anyone know if this came as an option on this Airstream?
If my notes are correct, Airstream was still using the "pressure-type" water system in 1961
. I believe that the galvanized water pressure tank would have originally been located in the front coach under the front window in the compartment below the pull-out lounge. There may have been an electric pressure pump that helped to keep the tank pressurized, but there wasn't a "demand-type" pump with the "pressure-type" system. Since it is quite expensive to replace the galvanized tanks if one can be found that fits the available space, owners often convert to a "demand-type" system. There are several manufacturers who produce the acrylic tanks and it is usually possible to find a "standard" tank that can be modified to work in the application - - maintaining the original water tank fill apparatus is often the most difficult part of the equation. I belive that you coach was produced very near to the time when the "demand-type" system was placed into production - - I know that the deamnd system was standard by the time my '64 Overlander was built.
There is a photo of a '61 Ambassador on R.J. Dial's Vintage Airstream site that shows the original water fill to the curbside of the LP tanks - - it is in the photo of the polished coach near the bottom of the page:
1961 Ambassador phoros
Good luck with your Ambassador!