Well I am currently in the process of restoring a '61 Airflyte that had some serious water damage so I decided to gut her and start over. Here is the blog address that my wonderful wife has started. www.wagnersshasta.blogspot.com/
I have been taking the trailer apart down to the frame and I am anxious to start putting it back together! Once I figure out how to post pictures on here I will post the progress for everyone to see! Just change out the old tires with some new ones, re grease the wheel bearings, hook up to the wiring harness and see if the lights work and take it home!
Made the trip home, slow but sure!
Lurking in all four corners and the roof vent is rotten wood and water damage.
I decided to completely gut the trailer and tear it down to the frame and replace all the rotten wood and make this baby road worthy and ready for camping in again! I I work on the camper and this is what my wonderful wife does!
Rotten everywhere! The more you take apart the more rotten wood you find!
Arranging paneling to see what piece should go where. That is when the wife needs to be involved so you dont make a decision on the interior (the area she gets to decorate and make like home) that she would not like.
Well this is just a start to the camper but it has been fun!
I do have to say that is so refreshing to see more and more young people getting into the vintage trailer scene. Kwaggs, I had to laugh at your pic with you working and your wife drinking that nice frosty Carona. I face that same kind of help? sentiment? as you do...93 percent humidity here and I'm grinding and sanding the hitch and bumper while my partner is sitting on the deck sucking down frosty cold beer...would-a been NICE if I was asked if I wanted/needed one now and then...LOL Just think though....there will be a time when you'll be able to sit and drink them beers while SHE'S working on it (brushing on layers of shellac is a FINE start). Good luck with your rebuild...oh, and welcome aboard the site!
Great work so far on the Airflyte. We never cease to be amazed at how much rot these little trailers can hide. But you are doing the right, albeit hard, thing. Once you're done (and you should be done at least a month before your wife is!), it'll be good for another 52 years!
Great job on the total restore. And I agree how good it feels to be getting some fresh new and young meat into the activity. Don't you just love the way people advertise these things knowing absolutely nothing about it will take to restore them? I'm starting a 59 tomorrow so it's good to see what the inside looks like in advance. Thanks for posting all this up for us and welcome to the board.
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...
Post by 62shastacrazymom on Sept 2, 2013 21:49:52 GMT -8
:DNice job on it! Totally love the wife/corona thing...us wives make the best moral support, right? We have to keep sane while our hubbys are sweatin away! haha...Okay Im the one doing ours and I will still have a cold one when there is the absence of power tools and box cutters, and painting straight lines.....
WIll be fun to watch her progress! (the trailer...not your wife, altho that will be fun too..haha)
Im just sittin here watchin the wheels go 'round and 'round..ya know I love to watch them roll....