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badpaddler 07-12-2019 11:23 AM

Need help identifying
 
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So I have a friend of a friend that sent me a single picture of the back end of an Airstream. Seems to have a tube frame, but is labelled Airstream, so it isn't the Curtiss Wright. Guessing late 40's- to 50's. My oldest one is a 58, so I have little knowledge of what year this could be. I am going to try tracking it down today. When did they stop tube frames, and when did he leave Curtiss Wright? I really just need a basic idea of what years it could be.



Thanks everyone!

A W Warn 07-12-2019 12:14 PM

I'll guess a 1948-49 Liner 22' or Trailwind 19'
Definitely mid to late 1940's. In 1950 tail lights changed.
Without seeing a side view it's difficult to say.

A W Warn 07-12-2019 12:21 PM

Search here to compare year models.
http://vintageairstream.com/photo-archives/

Bubba L 07-12-2019 03:12 PM

I agree with Alan. Sure looks like a 48 AS Liner. Thatís my next project if I ever find one for sale. Donít remember the last year AS switched from pipe to ladder. I would think around 1950. Ask him if he could send more pictures. Good luck.

dznf0g 07-12-2019 09:25 PM

I'd snap that up. At least from that angle, it looks incredibly solid.

GMFL 07-12-2019 09:34 PM

I would love to find one like that.

bweybright 07-12-2019 09:35 PM

Counting the banana skins, it looks exactly like the 1949 that was parked next to me last weekend. I think theirs was a 22 footer. So I would say the experts guessing a 48 or 49 year are spot on. He did a frame off rebuild and gave me a tour...nice workmanship, I wish I could do as well. He also had the historical records to date his....so the guess of this being a 48 or 49 if probably spot on.

66Overlander 07-13-2019 03:06 AM

The style of end construction and the pipe frame seen in the photo were used from 1947 thru 1949 pretty much exclusively, except for the rare 1949 24' Limited. This end style remained optional into 1951 and retained the pipe frame when used. The single center tail light was used at least into the 1950 model year. Not sure if it was retained in 1951 with this rear end style.

Thus from the provided photo, we can only narrow it down to 1947 thru 1950, or possibly 1951. There is not enough of the side of the trailer visible to guess the length and model. It could be anything from a 16' Wee Wind to a 28' Whirl Wind, though the 22' Liners were produced in the greatest quantities, making that the most likely length.

badpaddler 07-16-2019 06:14 PM

So I managed to track it down (which can be seriously difficult up here, as people are REALLLLLY good at hiding out when they want). Definitely a liner. Has 2 Air-O-Lite windows behind the door. I didn't have my phone with me to get pictures. :-( Talked to the guy. Super cool older fella. It was there under the overhang when he got there, which was 27 years ago. He has no idea when, or how it got there. The frame is up off the ground. Couldn't see much under it though. Walking end to end it seems like the floor is surprisingly solid. Would need some new cabinetry, but the biggest issue inside is peeling paint. Didn't even smell mildewy. Said that he wasn't interested in selling it, but let me poke around it for a while. Definitely in pretty stellar condition for a trailer that has been in the Alaskan wilderness for presumably 50 plus years. I am gonna try to see if I can get him to sell it over the next few months. Maybe give him cash and a different trailer to boot. The outside is in really good condition. No dents or dings that I could even see. What would a solid exterior on a good frame go for nowadays? Just s serious rough estimate. All cabinets would have to be redone (with the exception of the metal upper cabinets).


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