Wow, How life catches up with you! I haven’t posted in three months, but a comment from a reader prompted me to catch up a little. I had to read my last post to remember where I left off, which was with the big paint job.
I finished the bottom blue color the same way I did the top: careful masking, and HVLP paint spraying. It went much faster due to the smaller surface area. I paid extra for the really good sealing, high quality blue tape. Well worth it and highly recommended. When the tape came off, the line looked fantastic! Not a single drip through to the other side.
I used steel wool to carefully clean the rest of the alunimum windows before polishing them with Mothers Alunimum polish. I used one of their mini Power Balls attached to my cordless drill. Made it a lot faster and easier. Once it turns black you wip it off with rags. I also used steel wool to clean and polish all of the original aluminum drip rails that go over the windows–several hours of work after 60 years of patina build-up.
Then, tragedy struck. I was driving home from a weekend away, where I had done this work, and had the drip rails taped (yes, I’m embarrased to say, taped) to the roof rack since they’re quite long and I didn’t want the kids to damage them. About 20 minutes from home, they all flew off all over the highway. Needless to say, they were a complete loss. I was heartbroken not just for the effort I put in to them, but for the original, vintage parts that could never be recoved. Thank god, they are replaceable. Once again, Vintage Trailer Supply came through. They carry a product that’s very, very similar to the originals. They come painted white, so I repainted them my cream and blue colors to match the surface they were on, rather than strip them to bare aluminum, which I had planned for the originals, but they came out looking great and I was relieved and happy.
So now everything was water tight and ready to go on our first big road trip: three days down California Route 1 from Monterray to Big Sur to Santa Barbara. We camped each of three nights (Monterray, Moro Rock, and Carpinteria) and had just a fabulous time. There were several CC’s as my wife coined the term, “Camper Compliments” from neighbors admiring our vintage trailer! We took in each comment with great pleasure and glee. It’s amazing how small our little 11 footer seems when parked in a campgound of 20-40′ RV’s and fifth wheels. But that just made us appreciate all the more our little vintage beauty. Here are some pictures from that trip:
Driving away! Note the chevron design in front–it exactly matches the original design we found when sanding.
Route 1 approaching Big Sur. It’s going to get curvy!
Lunch break on the side of the road.
Parked at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park
This State Park houses the only fresh water waterfall that falls directly onto the beach on the west coast. You can see it in the distance a little left of center. It used to fall directly into the ocean until a large landslide nearby washed enough debris onshore to extend the beach.
I love panorama mode on the iPhone 5. You can get nice wide angle shots effortlessly.
After our second night camping: sunrise at Moro Rock.
Our favorite spot on this trip: Carpinteria State Beach. We lucked into a spot backing up RIGHT on the beach. We set up the original 1954 cloth cabana that came with the trailer for the first time! Looks so deliciously retro you could cry! (Sorry for the fuzzy image–low light conditions at dusk)
Camping out under the Cabana in our 1954 La Cabana vintage trailer!