I'll try to keep the info on it relatively up to date so we can laugh (and maybe learn) from my stupid mistakes, resolve any st-backs and cheer the gains.
Right now, whatever I touch, requires more work than originally anticipated
First major step to complete (in my plan) is to shorten and fix the frame. The extension + loads on the forward portion of the frame caused the crude extension section to bend and... I'm surprised that it didn't actually break yet because it definitely started to came apart... The frame is already cut. Steel needs some bending and grinding than welding and cleaning and painting
. New bearings on the axle
- right now there is over 1/4" slap on the wheels
than remounting the leaf springs to go under the axle
(currently over so it's raised) and than body can go back onto the frame. Once that done, replace the floor plywood which is rotten in the back than I can bolt the body to the frame. Planning to bolt it in at least 6 places. As I was taking it off, it was held by 2 bolts only
Than, I can start to really work in and outside of the body.
I do not plan to bring it back to the original state. Too costly and I'm trying to keep it as a low budget project. Planning to make it a camper for two adults + 2 guests in a pinch. No bathroom / sink / great comforts inside. A closet over the right wheel well and overhead cabinets front and back to keep the roof up (now it sags like crazy), bed for us in the back. Convertible dinette (narrow sleeping for the +2) on the left side (wall). Curved bulkhead between the dinette and the bed will also add some roof support. At the front, a counter from the right wall to the dinette. A cut out for A/C right over the counter. Space for cooler / fridge
under the counter. Interior finished with light
panelling possibly heavily lacquered so the wood grains don't show at all. Outside, the body painted silver similar to the colour of my truck.
Well, that's the plan. No real magic but I'm not sure if I'm really up to it and how many more surprises this trailer still holds... Than again, I almost made reservation for Tobermory campground for the May long weekend but we decided to go a bit further up North and bundock over a lake, close to Gogama... May... I have I have a lot of time to finish the project but may have more work than time... Will see.