So a question has popped up. As I mentioned in my reproduction wings thread, Youngfd has lent me his wings to do teardown/rebuild as well as document for you folks interested in 1958-1960 style wings. Well there is something peculiar about these that I want to find out if it is original.
On the top of the wing at the tail section, there is a zinc plated plate that covers the seam between the moldings that wrap the wings. You can hardly tell its there from the side. You would need to be on a step stool or ladder to really see it. Anyone know if this is original? or added by someone?
If it is original I think I know why its there. The gutter rail is cut on these campers allowing the water to pour on top of the wing. This plate would help keep water from getting into the seam at the top and rotting the wood. However its possible that someone had a problem with rot in these wings and came up with this as a solution. Let me know if you have any input, thanks.
Last Edit: Nov 14, 2011 15:29:03 GMT -5 by tylerbes
Me either... Here is a picture of it. I think I have convinced myself after breaking this wing down that this was added by someone. But anybody who has a set of wrap around wings (1958-1960) any input would be great. Even better would be a picture of the top of your wing.
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2011 7:44:55 GMT -5 by tylerbes
So much interesting stuff here! THanks for all the replys. Let me respond to all:
Universal - Its clear that the PO (not Youngfd) Tried to seal it with some sort of rigid flashing sealant... its a bit of a mess but not too tough to clean out. These are deffinitly added.
59'Pink - thanks for your reply, and I assume you have wrap around wings like I have shown in the picture?
Atomic - We may have talked about this in the past, but you have to be an engineer like me! Galvanic corrorsion is certianly a concern. I too would have used Aluminum. The trim and caps are in relatively good shape, they may be close on the galvanic table. I won't be using this technique on any wings I make for others, they will have the regular trim at the top but with sealant to help prevent corrosion.
Last Edit: Nov 18, 2011 9:55:03 GMT -5 by tylerbes
I would like to respond to your post separately. First, thank you very much for the photos. They are fantastic. However, I am 99.99% confident that you have wings off of a '61 or later. Your camper being a 59 has the interrupted drip rail and should have the wrap around style wings. Unless the factory was building these in two different styles in these years (which I doubt, though its possible), your wings were probably replaced. My guess is that the wings rotted or were damaged and someone replaced them with later model wings. Which are also 42 X 9" but dont have the wrap around tail. If you were to take a wing off by removing those 5 screws. You should see a whole bunch of other screw holes from the original set.
Intriguing indeed! We're pretty sure the wings are original. The trailer has been in the same family it's entire life and although it was repainted 15 years ago.... everything in the trailer is original, mostly unmolested, and generally not cared for. In other words, I don't think anyone has cared for it enough to replace the wings - - - let alone with anything period appropriate. Anecdotally, the rusty old screws on the wings match the rusty old screws elsewhere...
What exactly do you mean by "wrap around style"? Are you talking about the tab at the end of the wing (attached photo)?
On a related, but different note. Has anyone seen a smooth aluminum wing? The Shasta ad for the introduction of the Airflyte 'new in 1958' shows horizontal breaks. Also, I wouldn't be surprised if the different manufacturing plants made their wings differently in a given year.
Wow. If those really are original to your camper then Shasta really was all over the place with construction methods at the different factories. This really is a big surprise to me. Amazing, Would really love to see you unscrew the wing and take a look behind it to see if there are in fact no extra holes.
Does your little green Shasta tag near the door say where it was built? Maybe it was a factory to factory type deal.
A wrap around style wing has a tail section that is twice as thick as the rest of the wing. This allows it to conform to the body of the camper. It also makes it look like the wing is thicker than it really is, and is built right into the side of the camper.
.... and just as you predicted, there ARE extra holes!
They must have been replaced very early in it's life based on how rusted the screws were that I just removed. Also, there are indications that the wings were not even removed for the paint job 15 years ago.
It's also fun to sleuth the history of these gems!
Can't thank you enough! That was fantastic of you to remove that wing... and how interesting to find out that those wings had been replaced. I was REALLY starting to second guess myself! Glad to see I was right though. It really would have thrown me for a loop! Liek I said, you do have orignial wings, just off a later model. Well Done, and thanks again