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Old 07-29-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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1959 Ambassador Remodel

Hello everyone!
Iíve been lurking on this forum for a long time reading and learning. When the opportunity arose we jumped on it to purchase a 1959 Ambassador from a nice gentleman we met. He had already done a shell off frame restoration with a new floor, insulation, and new belly pan which were the things I had no interest in completing myself. The exterior of the shell is in seemingly good shape outside of the rear panel that needs to be replaced.
I have tons of questions that Iíll be asking in the appropriate forums for this model but if you have one, let me know! Iíd love to pick your brain. Plus, I have a lot of original parts that we wonít be reusing.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:14 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums. That looks like a great project. Luckily, thereís a great amount of information on the Forums to assist you. There wasnít a whole lot that changed from the mid to latter fifties. Bargman, Hehr, Humphrey and others are all there. A fun looking project. Take care and good luck, Bubba
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:17 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums. That looks like a great project. Luckily, thereís a great amount of information on the Forums to assist you. There wasnít a whole lot that changed from the mid to latter fifties. Bargman, Hehr, Humphrey and others are all there. A fun looking project. Take care and good luck, Bubba


Thank you sir!
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:50 PM   #4
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Welcome from Colorado, formally from Minnesota. I spent a lot of time around Victoria and in Carver Park. We lived in the Delano area.

I almost bought a 59 Overlander 26' I found near Rochester. It was in good enough shape, but it was the standard single axle and it just looked too long for a single axle. It looks like your trailer only shorter. So I bought a 66 Trade Wind in Litchfield instead. Me and that Trade Wind spent three Minnesota winters enjoying each other's company. It was a much fun project.

Now I'm working on a 75 Overlander. It doesn't have the "twinkie" vintage look, but it is 43 years old nonetheless. I felt the Trade Wind was too "delicate" for family use, what with its rather unique parts and the like. The Overlander is pretty much standard Airstream stuff. I want to make a reliable travel trailer the whole family can enjoy for this trip and that.

You might consider starting a "project thread" in the Airstream Trailer Knowledgebase where you can post your activities and questions, and photos. Renovating these vintage Airstreams is a main part of these Forums.

Welcome...

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Old 07-29-2018, 06:51 PM   #5
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Welcome from Colorado, formally from Minnesota. I spent a lot of time around Victoria and in Carver Park. We lived in the Delano area.



I almost bought a 59 Overlander 26' I found near Rochester. It was in good enough shape, but it was the standard single axle and it just looked too long for a single axle. It looks like your trailer only shorter. So I bought a 66 Trade Wind in Litchfield instead. Me and that Trade Wind spent three Minnesota winters enjoying each other's company. It was a much fun project.



Now I'm working on a 75 Overlander. It doesn't have the "twinkie" vintage look, but it is 43 years old nonetheless. I felt the Trade Wind was too "delicate" for family use, what with its rather unique parts and the like. The Overlander is pretty much standard Airstream stuff. I want to make a reliable travel trailer the whole family can enjoy for this trip and that.



You might consider starting a "project thread" in the Airstream Trailer Knowledgebase where you can post your activities and questions, and photos. Renovating these vintage Airstreams is a main part of these Forums.



Welcome...



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Thanks David! I appreciate the heads up!
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:07 PM   #6
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Welcome from Colorado, formally from Minnesota. I spent a lot of time around Victoria and in Carver Park. We lived in the Delano area.



I almost bought a 59 Overlander 26' I found near Rochester. It was in good enough shape, but it was the standard single axle and it just looked too long for a single axle. It looks like your trailer only shorter. So I bought a 66 Trade Wind in Litchfield instead. Me and that Trade Wind spent three Minnesota winters enjoying each other's company. It was a much fun project.



Now I'm working on a 75 Overlander. It doesn't have the "twinkie" vintage look, but it is 43 years old nonetheless. I felt the Trade Wind was too "delicate" for family use, what with its rather unique parts and the like. The Overlander is pretty much standard Airstream stuff. I want to make a reliable travel trailer the whole family can enjoy for this trip and that.



You might consider starting a "project thread" in the Airstream Trailer Knowledgebase where you can post your activities and questions, and photos. Renovating these vintage Airstreams is a main part of these Forums.



Welcome...



David


That reminds me, what did you do with the Ď59 Overlander?
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:18 PM   #7
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Hi Kyacker: I left it sit. I didn't make any offer on it. It just wasn't my project trailer. I could only imagine that trailer swaying like crazy in cross winds or truck traffic. I think it is rare for a 26' Airstream to have just a single axle.

Your Ambassador is rather rare actually, at least I don't see too much written about them. I think many buyers just ponied up for the 31' Sovereign instead if they wanted a big trailer.

You have probably read the Airstream Document Archives on your 59 Ambassador. If not, here is a link. I use these archives frequently looking up this specification or that.

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Old 07-31-2018, 07:02 PM   #8
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Hi Kyacker: I left it sit. I didn't make any offer on it. It just wasn't my project trailer. I could only imagine that trailer swaying like crazy in cross winds or truck traffic. I think it is rare for a 26' Airstream to have just a single axle.



Your Ambassador is rather rare actually, at least I don't see too much written about them. I think many buyers just ponied up for the 31' Sovereign instead if they wanted a big trailer.



You have probably read the Airstream Document Archives on your 59 Ambassador. If not, here is a link. I use these archives frequently looking up this specification or that.



David



https://www.airstream.com/service/document-archive/


Ohhhhhi thought you owned it! Ha!
I have seen the archives, yes! Theyíre nice. Unfortunately the info around the Ď59 is pretty sparse.
Looking at the serial it looks like ours is #75 of 82 I think they made.
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