Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Baby Steps...

I have done a very small amount of work to the trailer so far. Here is the work to this point...
- Filled 12 trash bags full of crap out of the trailer. Very little was of any use so I pitched it all.
- Pulled that stupid AC unit out of what was once the back window. I actually put that on the curb and somebody took it. Glad I don't have to deal with throwing it away. Now I have to find a back window to fit the hole.
- I removed the Bargman license plate light/bracket. As you can see from this picture that the plate bracket is almost toast. I don't think there is any saving this bracket. I will use it as a template to make a new one. I should be able to fab one out of aluminum or something like that. I don't think I will buy one unless it is DIRT cheap. I don't like buying stuff like this. It is a piece of metal with some holes and some bends. Shouldn't be too big of a chore...
- I removed the Bargman tail lights also. The screws holding them in were almost gone so I figured I would save some trouble latter when they would be even harder to remove. The putty tape under the light was some what soft under the right light. I was kinda surprised. The left light was a bit more dried out...
This is the right light. It isn't in too bad of shape. I will de-rust it and paint it to fight off any more rust. The left light assembly was just a tad worse shape...
The offending screws. As you can see they are in pretty bad shape. One was completly rusted in half. I will replace these with stainless during reassembly...
It is looking pretty bare back there now. Just a lot of aluminum tape to keep out the moisture. Glad that AC is gone...
- I removed all of the badges also to restore them as best as I can. Hopefully they clean up nicely...
Here is the LP gas info plate. It is pretty faded. Does anyone reproduce these? I would love to put them back on. I think it adds to the trailer. Little things like that make a difference to me...
Electric info plate that was attached under the exterior outlet...
Here is the dealership badge. It was mostly covered up by the AC unit. I hope to get this back to life. I'm not sure how I will do it but I will get it done. It is kinda hard to read so here is what it says...
CENTRAL
TRAILER SALES
6511 State Street
EAST ST. LOUIS, ILL
EXpress 7-5907
Because I know this trailer was only owned by one family I know this is the orginal badge when they first bought it. I was misinformed though. The Dad said he bought it in St. Louis. He forgot to mention the EAST part. I thought he ment over the river in BIG city. Anyway. Doesn't matter. The name Louise still fits. I really like this badge. I like the old 5 digit phone number.

I found these old leveling jacks in the exterior baggage area. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them. I won't be using them. I bought nice new stacking jacks. I will keep the old wheel though. It is HEAVY. This one has a metal wheel. Not rubber like the new ones. I think it is kinda cool. Don't ask me why.

-  I also pulled the propane tanks off of the rack and pitched the bolt on stabilizer brackets. I don't have that kind of stabilizer so I don't need them.

I hope to get around to pulling the wheels and starting to sort out the running gear before winter. Around here that could be next week for all I know.

Stay tuned for more...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Regarding the license plate bracket. Mine looked worse than yours and I too didn't want to put money into something that is hardly noticeable. I bought some silver Rust-oleum Hammered spray paint and painted it. Looks pretty okay.

Joseph said...

You might enjoy this thread:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=26479&forum=1&start=0

Gracehoper said...

That trailer looks about a kazillion percent better without the ac!!

Christine said...

Louise is so sweet!! I just purchased myself a 1978 Shasta motor home and I am in love! I call mine Jezebel :)