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landyacht74 07-22-2017 08:46 PM

1974 Tradewind, Day 1
Hello All!

Hubs and I are new to this world but looking forward to our....project. Today we brought home the 1974 Tradewind that sat in my father's yard for most of my life. As he is gone but the Airstream lives on, we're going to attempt to make some new family memories in it. But needs some serious love. I cannot begin to tell you how great it is to know others have survived this process because it seems daunting to say the least. Here's what she looks like now:

(Let me know if the link to the photos doesn't work. I live in the boonies and couldn't upload the photos.)

jballauer 07-24-2017 03:04 PM

Nice! Looking forward to following your thread. I have a 1972 Tradewind myself, mid-twin bed version. I'm a little ahead of you in the renovation, so if you have some questions please let me know.

Good luck on your build...

1972 25' Tradewind
Grapevine, TX

68 TWind 07-24-2017 03:45 PM

Welcome to the forums. Looks like you have a diamond in the rough.

landyacht74 08-07-2017 10:54 AM

Update: all stripped out!! I have some parts that were salvageable if anyone is interested in them for restoration.

Monza 08-07-2017 01:21 PM

Good work. How much farther are you going to strip it down? How's the the frame and sub floor?

jballauer 08-07-2017 05:22 PM

Inquiring minds want to know!

landyacht74 08-08-2017 06:56 AM

The floor has to go. It's not horrible but it's got a few leaks so it'll be replaced. The inner skin is growing an impressive crop of mold so it goes as well (not even bleach will make me feel better about that).

We're on hold right now due to work travel but when that is over the inner skin and insulation come out first. The insulation has it's going.

I think (famous last word!!) the frame is in good shape. Needs cleaning and rust proof paint I'm sure. Will figure that out when the floor comes out.

Iansk 08-08-2017 08:00 AM

Go easy on what you toss/sell/give away. You'd be amazed at how handy having old bulkhead walls, counter tops etc... is for new and custom fabrication.


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