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Old 09-17-2004, 10:17 AM   #1
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'63 tradewind windows

Hi all,

My father-in-law just purchased a (best I can tell) 63 tradewind that needs all of the glass except maybe the front. The PO replaced had replaced all of it with plexiglass... which brings me to my question...did the original glass have a curve to it or was it flat glass?

Also, if anyone knows where he can get a window frame for the smaller of the street-side (middle) window... please let me know.


p.s. how can I tell what year his airstream is...?
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Old 09-17-2004, 10:25 AM   #2
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The '66-68 trailers had the curved Corning Glass, all others had flat tempered glass which can be gotten at any auto glass shop.

Finding a replacement window frame can be somewhat of a challenge. Either post a 'wanted' ad in the classifieds forum, search RV salvage yards or ebay. You may have to consider modifying or cutting down a larger one to increase your probability of finding one that's a 'perfect fit'.

If you can post his serial number, the year can be determined. In the meantime, you can look at the photo archives to see if you recognize it there. Although the '63 Tradewind shown has been refurbished and doesn't appear to be 100% original.

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Airstream first used tempered glass windows starting with the 1966 models.

From 1965 and older, all the glass is a basic double strength ordinary window glass, that is available most everywhere.

Plexiglass should not be used for a window replacement. It will crack and craze in short order when exposed to the sun.

Acrylite or Lexan can be used, however it is better if you obtain the AR-2 variety in that it has an abrashion resistant coating on both sides.

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Hi,

Thanks.

I spoke with my father-in-law, he reports the SN to be 243D 408...so I'm guessing its a 24 foot 1963? made in California...?

Anyway, he had a few more questions he asked me to post for him if I could...

the first pertains to the end caps... is it possible to remove the (fiberglass?) interior end caps to gain access to pop out a dent?

second, are there replacement hinges available for the main door?

And last, the furnace has been removed completely, so we're not sure what was there or what it will take to replace it (size, cost, etc). The original was located under the stove/oven.

Thanks again.
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I would post a photo or two of the dents, "before" you remove the headliner.
Then some of us can better tell you.

The hinges are not presently available. However, we have a machine shop looking into this for us.

Replacement furnaces are available. However, you should consider putting in a current style univolt system, first.

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