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1964 Airstream Custom Conversion Exhibit "A"

1964 Airstream custom trailer-motorhome conversion

The text below is from the original advertisement. Every coach has a story!

Location: New Mexico

Archived 02/26/07


ONE OF A KIND AIRSTREAM MOTORHOME There is nothing out there like it, a 1964 AIRSTREAM TRAILER mounted on a 1964 INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER 3/4 ton pickup truck. Here is the story: In 1969 fella in Las Cruces, New Mexico retired after years as a metal worker. He bought a nearly new Airstream trailer and a brand new International pick up to pull it and he hit the road. His first trip out just miles from home the trailer came loose, he hadn't hooked it right. He braked hard and the trailer smashed into the back end of the truck, crushing the front of the trailer and the bed of the truck. Well, he was not deterred, he put his God given talents to work and you see the results. The workmanship of joining the two into one nice unit is wonderful. {Note the drip edge he made on the trailer above the cab} The guy was meticulous and it shows in how well everything has been taken care of. He traveled far over the next 10 years putting 93,000 miles on it before he gave it to his friend.

This second owner had the rig 20 years and used it just a couple times a year not doing much driving, putting about 25,000 on it. He was a gunsmith and also a perfectionist. I bought it in 1999 and have only put a couple thousand miles on it just taking it up into the nearby mtns. a few times a summer for some fishing. The farthest we drove it was about 250 when we bought it and brought it home. It ran great, about 65 on the Interstate.

Start at the front: The truck has a 345 Cubic inch V8 gas engine A four speed manual tranny. Factory air conditioning The interior of the cab is in excellent shape clean, comfortable seats, all guages work, lots of leg room. Dash is perfect, interior paint is great. The exterior of cab is in perfect condition, no dents or even dings. A horse really liked this rig and dragged his teeth over the hood cutting thru the paint but not damaging the metal. {see photo} THERE IS NO RUST ANYWHERE! this truck has always been in NEW MEXICO and never driven in the winter. It needs new paint, I had planned to paint it the original burgandy. I did the gray base coat in 1999. It needs new tires, and the winshield is cracked as all New Mexico cars are. It is one long single crack. This is all thats wrong.

The back end, the trailer part of this rig is PERFECT! All ORIGINAL interior except for the upholstery. ORIGINAL Appliances and all work fine. There is a bit of surface rust near one burner. {see photo} I think some navel jelly would take it off. All electric works, all lights work. All plumbing is sound and pump and water heater work. EVERYTHING WORKS! Original cabinets and all open and close with ease and all travel latches work. The inside was painted a long time ago but still looks good. This has always been a non-smoker vehicle. The carpet is old 70's stuff that looks kinda like pizza but it too is in great shape. The overhead bed is something else. It's a great design and easy to get up and down. The surface of the table in the photos looks strange but it's just the light reflection. The bath is perfect, tub and sink are clean and crack free. The only damage inside is a little bit of water damage from a window left open back in the 80's.This is located at the bottom of bath cabinets {see photo}.

The exterior is in great shape, no dents or dings on it other than the cover on the water heater vent is bent but easily fixed. All original marker lights. We have all the screens but one does need new screen in the frame. This is a tight, original, rig. It could be a show winner, definetly a head turner. It has not been run or started all winter. To get it going it will need new tires, battery and some starting fluid. NOTE: THE REFRIG IS A DOMETIC 3 WAY FRIG. I PUT AN AUXUILARY BATTERY IN TO TEST IT AND IT WORKED FINE AND STARTED COOLING IN JUST MINUTES.

So after getting a lot of input, this IS a 1964 airstream trailer with newer appliance and a new electric upgrade to circut braker type box and romex wire. It does not have ground fault interrupter outlets though. I ran a cord to the house and made sure it works that way since I had never tried it. It worked fine and the frig started cooling within about 25 min. It seems to cool faster using the on board battery or gas. I will include a tip sheet on how everything in the rig works which has been passed down from previous owner. Thank you all for the info and input.


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