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Old Campers...Let's see what you got!

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by mctim64, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. loudbang
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    It's an unpaved bumpy road that cars may not make it. 25 Fords as in water crossings not cars LOL. :)

    An old dirt track that is too unprepared for cars to use.
     
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  2. Roothawg
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    Gotcha. Low water crossings. The unpaved I got the 25 Fords was throwing me.
     
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  3. Yeah . A ford (in this context) is a river crossing with no bridge. :) and yes , the "road" was a bit naff ... IMG_5540.JPG
     
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  4. I've only been to one last year and we has a ball, unfortunately timing kept us from attending the same event this year and the location moved to Florida.

    What I found interesting is a lot of people you meet at the rallies are also into older cars.

    It's real laid back and they have tours to check out everyone's camper, We are planning on attending a small rally next May, for the time being we don't have a lot of time for traveling because of Brenda's shop so we have to work in weekend camping trips to local State Parks.

    If you ever get a chance go for it, I know you will enjoy it. HRP
     
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  5. motoandy
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    Been working slowly in this. Was a 61 Shasta that was neglected. I’m building it back but with my vision. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  6. rusty valley
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    here's my 47' modernistic i just got this fall. its been "fixed up" abit by the po with led lights and modern windows. i hope to restore it proper some day, but for now its usable and the list is long. brief history here, these trailers were sold out of national trailer in LA from about 46 thru 51 or so. they are all aluminum aircraft type construction, except the steel frame and axle. fenders and even the dust cap on mine, aluminum. they were sold under four names, the cub, was a bolt together kit, the modernistic riveted together, and the higher priced marvel dwyer, and modern aire had doors on both sides, and some more fancy stuff in the kitchen area. all i've done so far is haul it home, but i plan to have some fun next summer . 4x10, weighs almost nothing!
     

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  8. flatheadpete
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    That sounds like fun but it's right before my family trip to Florida. :(
     
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  9. von zipper
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    Please save the date for Jalopyfest more info to follow[​IMG]
     
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    20180925_172052.jpg Every year we do a spring tour of West Australia with our vintage vans!!
     
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  12. Bigcheese327
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    I used to think of these kinds of camper conversions on '50s cars as a waste, but lately I've kind of taken a liking to them. Any idea if these were all homebuilt? Did someone like Popular Mechanics issue plans for one? Was there any effort to mass-produce them on new chassis?

    1954 Buick 02.jpg 1959 Ford.jpg Packard.jpg
     
  13. von zipper
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    Do a Facebook search under events,it’s public for info.


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  14. rusty valley
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    i have seen several car conversions that were all the same, surely not home built. all were on 54-59ish Cadillac chassis. never seen the examples you show here. our local junk yard had a caddy years ago but it was too far gone. cool rigs though
     
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  15. flatford8
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    AD3943EE-86DA-423C-AFCF-2C265F73A0ED.jpeg E9CE9DE6-A9F7-469B-83F1-552D2F4C7D7E.jpeg 4D665E8F-5122-47BE-8FF4-DA737FB9B681.jpeg Took this pic in NH last fall.......Mark
     
  16. atch
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  17. metalman
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    My brother reproduces Shasta screen doors, good originals don't exist. He's in southern Colorado so maybe shipping wouldn't be too bad. Retro Restoration, 303-476-3189. He might be able to help you out on some of the stuff you're missing, he's been restoring canned hams for quite a few years, has a stash of extra parts from trailers he's parted out.
     
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  19. metalman
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    I think most in the 50's were home built although there was a company in Denver in the 60s that did conversions to house cars. You see a few still up around there, my brother did some restoration work on one that was a 66 Dodge conversion and the one I liked, he found one on a mid 60's Thunderbird. That was "interesting" looking to say they least! Wish I had a photo of it.
     
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  20. hotrod428
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    Back in the mid sixties I worked for a company in Rapid City SD called DeeJay mfg. They made custom campers and parts. The owner had one built on a 58 Edsel and one of the guys in the shop had one on a 55 or 56 Caddy. I wish I would of taken some pictures.
     
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  21. R A Wrench
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    Back around the early to mid 60's, my dad & a couple of his huntin/fishin buddies picked up a low mile 56 Caddy hearse. They cut the body off behind the doors & mounted a cab over camper. They did a good job on it & went back to the dealership to show it off. It pissed off the owner of the Caddy dealership BIG TIME. Not too much later other outdoors men came around looking for more hearses. The dealer wasn't as pissed then.
     
  22. Thinking of selling my 1936 Kaykraft Kampster, (7 years before teardrop) on three known, on alum factory built. ( Im 2nd owner) Current reg, insured Hagerty 13000.00 make a non insulting offer , or maybe an vintage ish truck trade?. Thank you. We look bitchen behind your sled, show car/truck 1143248525.jpeg.jpg Belairtears.jpg kaykraft w binkey.jpg
     
  23. A lot of thought and ingenuity go into making the teardrops as compact as they are while offering so many options, maybe creativity like adding the table for the stove when camping, that's slick. HRP
     
  24. Due to the crappy weather this past weekend we opted out, I can stay home and watch it rain. HRP
     
  25. flatheadpete
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    I really can't wait to get ours out. Seeing it outside in the driveway covered up drives me crazy. Soon....
     
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  26. thekid1950
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    Speed Queen contact me "thekid1950" thanks Carl
     
  27. Years later now, but picked this one up last weekend. Ugly, but in a cool way!
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  28. I picked this one up last week on my lunch break. It's a 1962 Terry 16' cab over. Overall it is a solid, mostly complete trailer, but right now I am repairing the floor at the entry from a leaky door.
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  29. lin in yak.jpg 1143248525.jpeg.jpg My 1959 Lincoln HouseCar <Headed to Tenn. My 1936 Kaykraft Kampster Drop, only 3 known, sold, headed for texas.
    lin in yak.jpg My 1959 Lincoln Housecar
     
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  30. enloe
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    from east , tn.

    From the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green. There will be a lot more pictures posted on the thread that is linked in my signature over the next few days.

    These guys were camped next to us. C5D4F06B-CF70-4988-8428-AC11DB59F05F.jpeg
     

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