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Old 05-15-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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1959 Tradewind History?

Does any one have any information on the history of the 1959 Tradewind 24'? Or know where I can find how many were made, etc.? I have purchased a gutted one that I am going to bring back to life. Thank you!
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Vintage Airstream Archive - 1959 Tradewind

Looks like they made less than 200 of them based on the sequential numbers in the VIN of 001-187.

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Hello from Colorado: I used to have a 66 Trade Wind that I did some serious renovations to. I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby. Congratulations on your recent acquisition and pending project.

There are some interesting webpages that you might find interesting. I like the Airstream Inc website that has a document archive section. Then you can search 1959 and then Trade Wind. Here is a link to the info I found there.

https://www.airstream.com/owners/doc...r/1959/page/2/

You can also google search 1959 Trade Wind and find several threads in these Forums about folks renovating their trailers. You would likely learn a lot about your trailer doing that.

As mentioned, the Vintage Airstream Resource is a good website. Here is a link to some photos of the 59 Trade Wind. You can get an idea what it looked like back then.

http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...trade-wind-24/


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Old 05-16-2019, 07:32 AM   #4
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Oh awesome! I did come across this site and loved those trailers too! Thank you for your response!


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Vintage Airstream Archive - 1959 Tradewind

Looks like they made less than 200 of them based on the sequential numbers in the VIN of 001-187.

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Old 05-16-2019, 07:38 AM   #5
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Thank you!! I have searched the archives and the vintage airstream website. I'll dig deeper into the forum for more threads. I am still learning this platform

It had already been gutted, new axle/framework, new marine plywood subfloors, and new custom tanks installed. A perfect clean slate! We are going to start sealing, insulation, wiring, etc soon!

Thank you for the advice!
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Hello from Colorado: I used to have a 66 Trade Wind that I did some serious renovations to. I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby. Congratulations on your recent acquisition and pending project.

There are some interesting webpages that you might find interesting. I like the Airstream Inc website that has a document archive section. Then you can search 1959 and then Trade Wind. Here is a link to the info I found there.

https://www.airstream.com/owners/doc...r/1959/page/2/

You can also google search 1959 Trade Wind and find several threads in these Forums about folks renovating their trailers. You would likely learn a lot about your trailer doing that.

As mentioned, the Vintage Airstream Resource is a good website. Here is a link to some photos of the 59 Trade Wind. You can get an idea what it looked like back then.

http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...trade-wind-24/


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Old 12-30-2020, 05:10 PM   #6
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Hi - I've started an Early TradeWind Registry and from info gathered mostly from members here, there are 560 CA built TradeWind for the years of '59 and '60. Some of those numbers may spill over into 1961. From the Ohio plant, there were 456 give or take a few for those same years. I don't have every number accounted for but based on the lowest to highest numbers, these are what I have listed.


Hope this helps answer your questions. I would love to have your serial number to add to the Registry.


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59í tradewind resto.

Hello I also have a 1959 tradewind Iíd like to be added to the list. I have to get back to you with the serial number.
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Great to heard LakeLifer.

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Old 02-25-2021, 06:03 AM   #9
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If you could help me decipher the tag Iíd appreciate it.
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I little hard to read the plate, but this info is from http://vintageairstream.com/photo-ar...trade-wind-24/

1959 Trade Wind 24′
Ohio | 24 9 001 to 24 9 187
(I prefix for Intíl options)

California | 24 (T) 0NN
(T for Twin, D for Double)

The 1058 would be the production date - October 1958
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Richard got it right but here's a bit more info. Your serial number is 24D-0141 1058. The 24 represents 24 feet in length, making it a TradeWind, the 'D' is for a double bed, 0141 is the 141th Tradewind off the assembly line from the CA plant and 1058 id the month and year of coming off the assembly line. How about some pictures?


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According to the best existing Airstream serial number decoder (link below), there were about 187 1959 24' Tradewinds built in Ohio and about 203 more built in California, for a total of about 390. I say "about" because occasionally an order was cancelled before a specific serial number was built and that number never got applied to a future order. Thus the true number but was probably a little less than 390.

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Richard got it right but here's a bit more info. Your serial number is 24D-0141 1058. The 24 represents 24 feet in length, making it a TradeWind, the 'D' is for a double bed, 0141 is the 141th Tradewind off the assembly line from the CA plant and 1058 id the month and year of coming off the assembly line. How about some pictures?


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Slight correction, since California Tradewind serial numbers started at "100" in 1959, this is the 42nd one off the line, not the 141st.
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Thanks a lot for the info everyone! I will work on getting some pictures uploaded and Iíll have to take some new ones too. Iíve been doing a shell off resto to the bullet on/off for the last 4 years. I havenít kept track on how much time Iíve put into it and I donít think I want to know. I definitely have some sweat, blood and tears invested!! The trailer was given to me by an old friend. It sat up at our hunting camp for about twenty years as ďover flowĒ sleeping when the cabin was to full. The cabin got an addition so the old silver bullet was no longer needed. My friend asked me if Iíd be interested in it and I didnít hesitate to say yes. I knew it would be a big under taking after giving it a thorough inspection. ď mouse condoĒ!! Sheís finally getting near completion and we have camping trips planned out this summer!!
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Hereís a couple pics from early on. Iím waiting for my wife to send me pics of the inside when we first brought it home. I will take pictures of its current state today.
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Hello from Colorado, formally from Minnesota. Welcome to these Airstream Forums. We lived in your state 27 years in the Twin Cities area. I have traveled to Grand Rapids several times on business and enjoyed the city very much. I bet you play hockey quite well.

I renovated a 66 Trade Wind while living in Minnesota. Purchased it in Litchfield. It kept me busy for 4 years and we enjoyed it. I sold it and got a 75 Overlander instead. Mainly due to the unique windows on the 66 to 69 trailers.

Here is a photo of my Trade Wind. You can see the big differences in the body between 59 and 66. Airstream was on the move.

This section of the Forums would be a great place to post some pictures and documentation of your project. Lots of folks are interested in the Trade Wind. It is a popular vintage Airstream.

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Hello and thanks for your post David. That is very interesting that you lived in Minnesota and visited Grand Rapids often! I actually was in wrestling for 11 years while in school so no Iím not great at hockey unfortunately! Your tradewind looked very nice and yes I do see some differences in the body but still see a lot of similarities as well.
Iím still waiting on pics from the wifey and have not yet taken pics of it in its current stage. I just built the new counter tops(kitchen, bath vanity, entertainment center, table). Iím now wrapping up on the cabinets and drawers just need to paint, Iím also working on the new plumbing system when I need a break from cabinet building. Iím really hoping Iím pretty much done with the interior by April because I need to start on the outside. Iíd like to make the new side wraps and belly pan, install new window glass in a couple windows and polish her up. Thatís all for now, hope to see more replys.
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