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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flynbrian48, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,437


    Ha! Too late, it's already in my back yard! We dragged home the '47 Spartan Manor given to us (nothing is really free, but the buy in was certainly fair) today after a weekend road trip. Just click on the link: , to "Cool McCool's Garage" for the whole story, and follow along as we turn this sows ear into a silk purse. It should be fun!


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  2. My buddy collects those. I think he has a Manor already. They're nice inside -
  3. Sphynx
    Joined: Jan 31, 2009
    Posts: 1,142

    from Central Fl

    Damn thats awsome. I was looking at a 1958 airstream yesterday. Its being used for a storage ahes right now. I offered a new shed for it. The lady is thinking about it. Thays a great find. Whats the plans ?
  4. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,599

    from SUGAR CITY

    I like the wrap around windows on the Spartans. Very cool score!!!
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  5. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

  6. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,437


    Thanks! Plans for this one are sort of along the lines of the new Airstreams. Contemporary urban chic. Lots of polished aluminum, exotic hardwoods, clean and slick. We've done the vintage kitch thing already, time for something new.

    Fun fact, a 454 powered dually with 4:56's gets 12 mpg empty, and 12 mpg towing.

  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,134


    I guess I need more gear in my old truck, it gets 11 not towing and 10 towing, with 3.73s. Maybe the problem is I drive too fast.

    That sure is a neat trailer, thanks for braggin on it!
  8. kyvetteman
    Joined: May 13, 2012
    Posts: 762


    Cool trailer! I have some good friends who live in a remote part of Kentucky and lived in a 40's mobile home/travel trailer for several years while they renovated their 1800's log home. Those things are so cool and so well engineered inside. Great find!
  9. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,437


    Thanks Squirrel. The truck WILL go 80, but it's much more relaxed at 55!
  10. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,605

    from Ks

    I'd cut the back end out and haul my dragster. LOL. :D BTW, I make 16 mpg. Hee hee.
  11. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,512


    Spartans are cool!
    Made in Tulsa, and as nice as any Airstream.
  12. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

  13. Dang Brian, you do find the cool stuff! My F-350 with a 460 get's 7 with the Alaskan and the Uni in tow. I'd like to do much better.

    Don't bother with the "get a chebbie" comments, ain't gonna happen. Actually I have one but it doesn't have the power to pull the load.
  14. Got that right! I've always wanted one. ;):D

  15. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,096


    I like the plan, uber cool trailer. Best wishes for a succesful build. ~sololobo~
  16. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage


    how does the inside look, Brian?

    I see a little of it in the photos, cant wait to see what you do with her
  17. daddy_o's_diner
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,784


    Great find Brian. Love the plans - sounds very cool.

    Is it true that there is 12 square miles of aluminum to polish on this one (or does it just feel like there is when your half way done)??? LOL

  18. mramc1
    Joined: May 26, 2006
    Posts: 418


    That thing is badass. I can't believe people used to drag trailers that big around with '40s and '50s cars! I don't like towing a loaded car trailer behind my van and it weighs 6300 lbs and has big brakes. Can you imagine pulling that trailer through a mountain pass with a '47 Ford sedan?!!
  19. ka-zoo
    Joined: Oct 20, 2004
    Posts: 509


    That's totally my dream for an old trailer. I want one with an interior comparable to the houses in "Dwell" magazine...

    I gotta get over there to meet you in person.
  20. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    Nice! I like those. I saw a "breadloaf" type trailer cut through our parking lot a couple weeks ago.. I would have followed it if I wasn't covered in grease...

    I'd love to locate one of those some day.
  21. farmer12
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
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  22. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,437


    LOL, I'm not nearly as intesting in person! Any time, just pm me or come out to Gilmore's cruise night on Wed, I'm usually there!

  23. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,163

    Rusty O'Toole

    Spartan trailers were better than Airstream. Better built and nicer interiors. The wood inside is incredible.

    I have a 1947 Spartan brochure in which they describe towing a new Manor from Wichita to Winnipeg Manitoba for winter testing. They towed it with a 6 cylinder Chev, no problems. The trailer is incredibly light for its size and they said the front is slanted so that, at highway speeds, the air pressure lifts the tongue weight off the car.

    If there is enough of the interior left to restore you should keep it, possibly with different upholstery, curtains and counter tops.

    This site has some descriptions of Spartan restorations.
  24. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,007


    Where do you find all the cool shit you drag home lol! Is this one gonna be done in a few months too ? :D
  25. That's pretty cool. My wife's sisters', brothers' grandmother has a 56 GMC school bus that someone long ago turned into a motor home. It is now used for storing her stuff. I'm trying to get her to give it to me. I may have to get her a new storage shed. Oh well it would be worth it.
  26. OK, Brian, are you looking to expand your travel trailer restoration hobby into something that actually pays you money? You sure wind up with some nice pieces!

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