|Project by mgb_2x||posted 02-15-2010 09:39 PM||36363 views||6 times favorited||60 comments|
I know this is not your typical LJ project but it did call on a number of my woodworking skills. These travel trailers were built by Spartan in Tulsa OK after the WWII up through the early 60s. The Spartan Aircraft company provided trainers in WWII but needed to find a new product after the war. Owned by J Paul Getty the company realized the burgeoning need for housing in light of all the vets returning home. These trailers were not technically RVs but were used as semi-permanent housing. Trailer parks sprung up everywhere, they helped a generation remain flexible while looking for work.This trailer had been used as a lake cabin in northern WI for the last 25 years, prior to that it was the home of the original owner.
When purchased the trailer was in fair condition but needed lots of attention. While there was metal working, plumbing, electrical and flooring work, the vast majority of the time was spent fixing the wood components. Imagine the effect of 60 years of variations in temperature and humidity on 1/4 inch birch plywood. Leaks in the the plumbing had destroyed much of the kitchen cabinet counter top. I had to carefully remove/replace the plywood from the back of the Formica. In other places the plywood was delaminated to the extent that I needed to carefully reglue the plys to get a stable piece. Also had challenges with the excessive wear and deterioration of doors and drawers. Once the woodworking was finished I applied a few coats of shellac. I tried to keep true to the period with 50s decor, look closely at the album covers and you may recall the great Gentleman Jim Reeves, my all time favorite artist. All in all, it was a real blast working on this trailer. Please,please, please keep me in mind if you see any of these 40/50s travel trailers sitting around your neck of the woods. Airstreams are not my cup of tea.
-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove