I know it ain't a Shasta, but it is similar to what you folks are restoring so I hope you don't mind a build blog. I am totally new to this. Restored olde Honda bikes but am ready for travel vintage style.
Post by thehorsepeople4 on Apr 2, 2012 10:26:08 GMT -5
Congratulations! She's a beauty and will be something to enjoy when you get done. Blog on...I'm doing a Deville and a blog for the first time. There are any number of wonderful restoration stories right here on this site. Some are by folks that have vast experience and some are by folks like me....diving in for the first time. All have information that is helpful and shows a number of ways to do things. I sent you a PM regarding a site that I find helpful. Good luck and take lots of pictures...the folks here love pictures.
Regarding the fabric swatch....find an upholsterer in your area and work with them. My wife knew what she wanted for our dinette and found it at Walmart and we took that to our upholstery guy. He also had a wide selection of stuff to choose from.
It really is a find. I wish I had the skills to take on one like that. Shoulda paid more attention in shop class. Can't wait to watch you bring it back to life! And PM's (Personal Messages) show up at the top of the page, to the right of the big logo, when you're signed in. (Palm Bay where? Florida, by any chance?)
Post by thehorsepeople4 on Apr 3, 2012 11:24:24 GMT -5
Try contacting Hemet Valley RV and see if they can't help you out. They make all the different types of aluminum for the older trailers and ship it. Ask for Steve. They will be making some custom pieces for me when we get to that part of the restoration.
Cool, good luck! How many slices does it toast at once (sorry, couldn't resist)? I think they call non-Shasta's "SOBs" here in the forum, for "Some Other Brand" (at least I hope that's what it stands for).
Egar, I love the water fill! Be gentle with it. The metal thing *was* the old water tank. It's a tosser... The dents in aluminum can be straightened with patience. Not my forte' but worth the time.
Kel, my Bellwood is one of the best built trailers ever. The edge trim is very sturdy 1" stock and the framing was quite beefy for a ham of that age. Interestingly, a second 54 I saw didn't have the fancy edge trim.
Always wonder about the history on our little gems....
Thanks vikx. My last motorbike project may be sold today and everyone will begin seeing a major transformation. Been doing a lot of research and I think this will be a piece of cake after restoring old houses back in newcengland. Same concept but in miniature
Oops, sent that too soon. Anyway, yours looks like the aluminum with the 6"break that was so widely used in the 50s and 60s. Many, if not most RV repair shops can get it for you. There is a standard dimension in one direction, and the other is variable, but you'll have to ask around. Good luck. This is going to be a gorgeous little camper!!!