I'm not fast, never done it. I work out of town a lot, I have a ton of adventure type hobbies. That's why I'm hesitant to take this one on. I go full bore at everything I do, so it would have to be done right and that would have to take time. It's right up my alley on ability and it looks like a ton of fun. This thing is really cool!
jimmyg, I'm pretty hopeful you will find this challenge exactly what you should undertake. Something drew you to it, made you take on the tow home, and gave you insight into what a heck of a mess you might be getting into. All the right characteristics for a must do, by you. It's a really cool once in a lifetime project, and if there is a spirit trailer/trailer spirit waiting for someone to keep it from a dumpster maybe you got elected. Jump ahead a few years pulling into a rally with this one and hold on to that image. Wow. Worthwhile, don't know. Maybe nobody but some of us over 70s people see Juju in something like this one. Although I realize I'm sounding like a big proponent for you to take the heat, I don't have what it takes to tow it from your place to Ohio, so I can't offer anything but moral support but if you decide to take on the task, I'll certainly be a cheerleader.
Where did you tow this trailer home from? I'm very familiar with 395. I travel it quite a few times a year. I lived int Bishop, CA for a few years and used to live in Perris just north of Temecula. The Owens Valley has been my playground for my whole adult life.
God grant me the strength to restore the trailers I can, The courage to strip the parts off the ones I can't, And the wisdom to know the difference...
I was working in Lee Vining, the trailer was sitting in the weeds less than 200 yards off the 395. When I first saw it, I took pics and started to research. On this site, I found a post from 2017 showing the same trailer but the deal fell through and I got lucky. Our project got shut down for the winter that's why I was rushing to get home. I fell in love with the area, I was never into fishing, next thing I have a canoe strapped to my Polaris and I'm doing crazy hikes to catch wild trout. Geology everywhere! it's the perfect place.
I've decided to take on this project. I'm not too worried about what I'll do with it when I'm done. I'm probably going to keep it, make it into a man cave or nice work/tool room. It's a complete redo! I'm going to do it right and and make it nice, real nice. That being said, Your videos, posts, this site and members make me feel confident that I will be able to get the help that I will definitely need.
I'd do it in a minute. but I have experience and a full shop in my yard. On the third page here, near the bottom is a post called 1949 Silver Lodger. It has pictures of what I did to rebuild a similar trailer. It got stolen and found again and I'm getting ready to re start work. I think I'll re do the roof again without the trolley top.Its been leaking anyway. yours looks like a frame off rebuild to me, but very cool if done right. Expect to spend at least $10,000 for a complete rebuild with whole interior and appliances. but looks like you have some cool stuff already. Good luck with it. Its worth saving for sure.
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Post by dragonwagons on Jan 13, 2020 16:44:58 GMT -8
No it’s not worth it!!! At least it isn’t in a monetary form.
It’s only worth it, if it’s worth it to you. If you are concerned about the final sale price now before you really get started, that is a huge red flag. If it is something you want to keep and enjoy, and can enjoy the process of learning and working, sometimes reworking, and have the stubbornness to see a large project to the end no matter what then definitely maybe.