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Old 07-18-2007, 10:40 AM   #1
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Help?

I have finally got this lovely old Airstream trailer, It needs alot of love and care. Can anyone tell me the year and model. The plate next to the door says 24D-0175. There is also the number 159 on the bottom of the plate.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:50 AM   #2
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A quick guess? 1959 Tradewind. Does it look like this: Vintage Airstream - '59 Tradewind

The 24 is probably the length measured from bumper to ball -- it may be anything short of 25' and still be called a '24.'

It's a double bed, right? The production number (175) seems to fit right into the sequence for '59 Tradewinds.

We could help you with uploading instructions if you happen to have any digital photos. That could help us a lot!
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:51 AM   #3
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I vote a 1959 Tradewind.
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By the way Rev it UP! -- Nice find and Welcome to the Forums!
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:30 PM   #5
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Hi andf welcome to the forums!! Photos please. Would love to see your new to you beauty!
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:23 PM   #7
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Boy ~ I wish it looked like that.. Soon, I hope

Hello all and thank you! Here comes the shock! I am going to post photos if I can figure it out. Poor old thing really needs some love. I almost took the day off so I can clean it out! Angie Bourdos
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:07 PM   #8
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Ok, I think I figured out how to post photos

Well, Here goes! Remember, I just towed this home last night! I did not make this mess, but am happy to clean it up! Angie
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Old 07-18-2007, 02:59 PM   #9
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7-panel, door within a door, old propane light -- it's a real Airstream! (at least according to the guys joking around at theVAP.com) You'll be back to ask questions ... again and again. We'll be glad to see more pics as you go along!
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:16 PM   #10
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Is that a Riviera of 70's persuasion you are using as a tow vehicle? Oh yeah, and welcome to the forums. The trailer looks a lot like the condition quite a few of us have started with. One can't help but wonder who 'd leave a trailer, or anything for that matter, in that condition when they are trying to sell it. With some love and attention you will have a real beauty of a trailer.

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Old 07-18-2007, 03:23 PM   #11
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1973 Buick Riviera

Yes, That is a 73, I do have a 64 Riviera also, I think the best one to tow her with would be the 73 Eldorado Convertible! They are all so fun. I wonder if my 69 corvette would tow it? Ha... I just sold an old 53 Kaiser Manhattan, that would have been darling!
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:26 PM   #12
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I think the owners were bee keepers, there is alot of bee information in there. as well as some secret codes listed on the original warranty, I shall include a photo of the warranty as well. Thanks so much. Angie
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Old 07-18-2007, 03:29 PM   #13
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Pics of warranty and bee codes?
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:11 PM   #14
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Hi Angie:

Welcome to the Forums and the Wonderful World of Old Aluminum. It looks like there might be a pretty nice vintage Tradewind buried under there somewhere. Keep excavating and you'll eventually reach paydirt. Welcome aboard.
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Hi Angie,

Nice find!

Those look like combination lock codes written on the warranty.
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Old 07-18-2007, 04:37 PM   #16
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Thank You!

I wonder how many were made in 59? Also, I did confirm it belonged to a bee keeper in Utah, he passed away and some bums lived in it before I got it. I am told he was the original owner. It has sat with broken glass for sometime, yet amazingly the structure is pretty good.
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I wonder how many were made in 59? ... It has sat with broken glass for sometime, yet amazingly the structure is pretty good.
Angie, the Vintage Airstream link I provided in post 2 suggests "24 9 001 to 24 9 187", thus sequential production numbers totaling 187 for this model. Yours looks to be a California model. I don't know how that split out between Ohio & California or whether all numbers were used (I suspect they were).

Structure? An old unit is amazing when it is put back together, but be prepared to find serious needs the deeper you look.

You are most welcome to come aboard, burden us with your issues, document your progress here, and (as Fred Coldwell said in post #14) find another jewel in the vintage Airstream galaxy!
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Yes, That is a 73, I do have a 64 Riviera also, I think the best one to tow her with would be the 73 Eldorado Convertible! They are all so fun. I wonder if my 69 corvette would tow it? Ha... I just sold an old 53 Kaiser Manhattan, that would have been darling!
The transmission in the 73 would probably be better suited to tow the trailer, but the 63 would do just fine and that would look gorgeous going down the road. The Eldo Convert would also look sweet. I sold my 72 big block corvette convert a while back and my wife bought me a 70 SS Chevelle to complete the restoration on so we can use it as an alternate tow vehicle. I've got a ways to go yet but with the help of the car club guys we'll get it done. Have you seen this Kaiser? A fellow named JF (he goes by initials)from Oliver, BC built it and it has a later model Caddy engine....

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Old 07-18-2007, 09:38 PM   #19
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Consider her Gutted!

Ok, I have removed all of the debris, carpet, pad, mattresses, and other things we wont mention. Ha.. I found treasures, lots of old and new parts to this sweet heart! Pumps, Pooper parts, propane parts, old wood parts, everything seems to be there! Old square tile floor under all the carpet, and cover to the furnace, as well as other parts and covers, I am yet to locate their proper places.

I ran out of daylight! So tomorrow I will post photos of what it looks like now and a layout of the parts. Maybe some one can help me identify them!

Do I dare plug it in to power?

Oh! This is fun!

I have a 1979 Foretravel Motor home, I love it dearly, I don't think this will tow behind, I have several boys 14 to be exact! I can only sleep 8 in the motor home, this will be a joy! an absolute joy!

I adopted all but 5 of the boys after a divorce in 97. They will have a blast, it is so tall inside, they can actually stand up in it too..
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Wow 70 SS What a great Wife!

Well Safari57, you wont have to worry about Horse Power! Ill bet it is a great car..
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