Originally Posted by 54Airstream
Please see the photo and let me know. The title says 1954, 16 foot. The serial # is 0 2025 (no VIN). We're currently almost finished polishing. Curious as to what the chassis style under the pan is like. Anyone have a good source for the framework. Also, looking for latches for the cabinets that latch to the ceiling. (One is broken). Any Good Sources for this model??????
Hi, and welcome to the Forums. You have a 1954 Ohio built (hence the "O" prefix in your serial number O-2025) [and maybe an] 18' trailer with a 16' body, which is why it might have been registered as a 16 footer on the title. The serial number was the VIN back in 1954. Look here for photos of similar 1954 Airstream trailers, including serial number O-2022: http://www.vintageairstream.com/arch...54GT/54GT.html
Your photo didn't appear with your message, but if the rear end is vertical as on O-2022 instead of sloped, then you have a 17' Clipper as shown near the bottom of the above web site page. If the rear end is sloped and longer at the bottom than at the top, you have a true 18 footer as assumed above but with a different style of rear end cap panels from those seen on the California trailer at the upper half of that web page.
The frame is a ladder, or H, frame under the pan and the rear bumper is the last cross member on the ladder frame. The frame changes into an "A" towards the front where the frame rails exit the belly pan and meet at the ball hitch. If the frame needs repair, it will have to be custom as no one stocks those old frames. Your local horse and heavy utility trailer dealer and repair shop would be a good place to visit and discuss frame repairs, if needed.
Cabinet latches were somewhat universal back then and the same ones were used on many trailers from that period. Today they can often be found on eBay or in your friendly trailer salvage yard. Look inside all brands of trailers for latches to match yours. You should also try some vintage trailer suppliers for those latches. Good luck, and have fun with your 1954 Airstream!