Figured I would start a little build thread..... Bought in November 2010 for $100. PO told us it was a 68, turned out to be a 65 (not a problem here) Me and my Wife are doing a simple rebuild (our 2nd Camper restoration). I hope everyone doesn't mind all the pictures. (I feel if you are gonna do a build thread, do lots of pictures) And I work on cars for a living, not take pictures... The next 6 pictures are how we first got it......
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2011 21:28:44 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
And thanks to Daisyshasta we have wings on the way!!! More updates to come, me and the wife are averaging about 12 hours a weekend on this thing. I find it a nice break for the auto restorations/custom builds I do for a living.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on Mar 5, 2011 8:44:52 GMT -5
It's going to look great when you are all finished! I so admire those that do the restores on these. I know it's a lot of work but I imagine it's very rewarding to see the finished product and then get to enjoy it. We do remodels on houses we invest in as rentals and while that is a neat process to see before/after of the work that we do, it's not quite a same (:
Progress, progress, progress......... Today... Got the new curbside piece, and the compact all ready to go for the install..... Put it on, looks a million times better than the ugly ass diamond plate, I think you all will agree.
Thanks for the kind words Kelle, Jessie and Kev Yesterday I was working on it in about 45 degrees. We will see what kind of progress we make today, we are heading up to and big RV show in Denver for some interior ideas. And I am hoping to find a vendor for a solar power battery tender, so I can pick there brain. Probably spend more of my tax return haha
Last Edit: Mar 6, 2011 9:06:54 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by Gremlinguy on Mar 14, 2011 20:43:40 GMT -5
We love progress...... This weekend we went to a Camper salvage yard about an hour away and got some needed supplies. A cargo door for the curb side, a few Shasta emblems the lady had in the back, side marker lights, upper running lights front and rear and interior lights. I installed the cargo door... This is just a rough install, it will be pulled back off for paint, and I gotta clean up the hole a little bit and add some sealant.
Next I completely finished all the framing. And added braces for cabinets and what not. I reinforced behind all the exterior lights and added reinforcements for new exterior lights. I reinforced the wing mounts. Ran new wire for all the exterior lights and ran wire for all the interior lights and appliances. That was Saturday... Sunday me and the wife spent all day cutting and installing the insulation... Still have a few pieces to cut and tape in. We got rained out...
She is coming along quite nicely for only being on it for about a Month on the weekends...
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2011 20:47:46 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by Gremlinguy on Mar 14, 2011 20:51:21 GMT -5
Good!! Glad to hear it Mary! I am really enjoying this build. The lady at the salvage yard couldn't quite grasp why a 28 year old guy and his 27 year old wife would want to restore a Shasta... But she didn't have a problem taking our money
Last Edit: Mar 14, 2011 20:51:56 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by Gremlinguy on Mar 21, 2011 20:53:04 GMT -5
Lots more progress this past weekend... Not allot worth taking pictures of, but about 12 more hours of work... Finished the insulation. Finished all the wiring for the out side lights so Karen could finish the insulation. Fabbed up the tail light mounts. I used some left over aluminum and made a ring behind them to cover up/ patch the nasty holes from the old tail lights and the PO's repairs on them. Finished up the cargo door mounting. I made a aluminum ring the go behind this as well for some reinforcement and to match the tail lights. (I also wasn't totally happy with my cut). My dad came over and started framing in the counter I am a metal worker, he is the wood worker. We gotta get this done so I know where the fridge will sit. And I got started on the paneling. 1 piece so far. (It is just the cheap 1/8 stuff that we are going to paint.) All in all, I feel it was a pretty productive weekend. Lot's of fun, The wife my Dad and me all working on the Compact for 2 days....
Last Edit: Mar 21, 2011 20:54:31 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by Gremlinguy on Mar 27, 2011 19:09:04 GMT -5
Well only worked on the Shasta one day this weekend. I decided to take today off, it was a long week at work this past week.... Still put in a solid 9 hours on Saturday though. Got the framing for the fridge done. Cut the holes and framed in the upper and lower fridge vents. And continued with some paneling. WE ARE GETTING CLOSER!!
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2011 19:11:29 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Well I didn't do an update last week... I did work on the Compact all day last Saturday, it just didn't seem to photograph very well so I decided to skip the update... I got all the rear and roof paneling done. Still need to panel the front around the kitchen framing.Got rained out on Sunday.. Today was a HUGE day.... I got the outer framing complete for the Potra Potty closet, the full length dresser that is going in next to the Porta Potty closet and got the rear upper cabinets framed in and covered in 1/4" plywood. I made a little shelf under the upper window. I need to clean up my edges then build the cabinet doors then I am gonna start on the bed. You need to tilt your head to the side for this one. The dresser basic frame...
Now the Cabinets and the Shelf
Here you can see the shelf.
I am going to do a bungy net across the rear cabinets instead of doors.
It's really starting to look like something!!
Last Edit: Apr 9, 2011 22:12:17 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on Apr 17, 2011 17:13:42 GMT -5
This is looking great! I don't blame you for going for the full-time bed idea. Except for a down pour or sudden storm, when would you really need to eat inside? At least that would be my logic for foregoing a dinette option. I've seen permanent beds like this in Compacts that go across the back and I think it's a great idea.
Post by Gremlinguy on Apr 17, 2011 17:24:46 GMT -5
Were going to build a fold down table (picture kinda like a fold down ironing board) that will fold down from next to the door. That is why I didn't build the cabinets all the way to the door. You will sit on the bed and put a camping chair on the other side to eat inside in a sudden down pour or crazy wind etc, etc. That's the plan anyways.
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2011 17:25:50 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy
Post by ithastabeshasta on May 3, 2011 19:40:51 GMT -5
very nice work. I did a marathon restoration on my 70 Compact last year (May to July). I had it about as gutted as yours except the outer skin was in great shape. Funny you should mention that you work as a metal man and do customs. I also do customs as a hobby. We share both interests!!! Bud
Updates updates updates. Haven't been able to work on the compact the last 2 weekends, life takes over sometimes... But now me and my misses are officially married This weekend was pretty big for inside progress. Worked on the dresser and under counter storage.... This is the shelving for the dresser, This will be covered on the sides and have a door.
These are the baskets that will sit on the shelves in the dresser. I thought these would work pretty good instead of drawers, you can take them out, there lighter and quicker to make than drawers too. These are the Home Depot $8 baskets...
Now here are the slides for the under counter drawers/tubs.
We went to a RV show in Denver, saw this and thought this was a great alternative to drawers. Restaurant bus tubs, 15''x20"x5". Ordered from a restaurant supply warehouse. All I had to do to modify them was cut the handles off...
Here is one with the handles still.
Here they are in the sliders....
I think the Bus tubs will really be nice compared to drawers as well. Coming along!!
Last Edit: May 9, 2011 0:42:55 GMT -5 by Gremlinguy