Saturday, November 6, 2010


There is not much to show of my curbside wall. That was probably the part that was most intact when I arrived. Of course all my doors and hardware were removed. The hardware polished up and made to shine again and the doors all sanded down and shellaced. Here is a before and after picture. You can see a difference. My mirror is original and has the infamous date stamp on it. March 21st, 1963. So that is the birthday my dwp's gave to me. The lady looked it up and it ends up being a Thursday. So I am a Thursday's child and as the saying goes Thursday's child has far to go. I hope that when my camping family finds me they will take me far!

The other cool thing that I have is my original ironing board. Can you imagine bringing an iron on a camping trip? Yep, things were a lil bit different back in the 60"s! It stores in the tall closet. To use it you fit it in the slot where the cutting board goes. Kind of neat that it didn't get lost over time. My dwp's can't imagine anyone using it but you should have heard them giggle when they found it still there. Like finding a toy in a Cracker Jack Box!
I also have lots of storage space and neat little shelf on my right side door. When they found me I had a portapotty stored on the top right shelf and it fit perfectly there. I also have my original fridge. That still needs to be monkeyed with and tested but I am sure the man dwp will get to it! Oh, and on the back side of these cupboards I still have my metal hanger thingy as the lady calls it. It's got to be original cause when the lady dwp removed it to sand and shellac, it looked like it had been there forever! Here it is....
Okay, so I promised I would show you the dinette. Here is what I looked like when I was found
 And here I am now!
In this photo the globe is not yet on for my gas light. All the aluminum window trim has been shined up except for the front window. Hey, the new owners will have to have something left to do! Unless these obsessed with me dwp's I have now get to it first! 
See how shiny?! Oh yeah, we have had lots of rain in this driveway and guess leakatosis has been cured!!! I was given new birch walls under the windows but I will show you more on that later! For now let's keep looking at the pretty stuff.
I have yellow countertops and a yellow table. They have seen better days but the dwp's decided to leave it original. They know that Shasta lovers in my future will either leave it as well or they will want to choose thier own replacement style. Here is a shot of what my overhead cupboards used to look like compared to what they look like now. 
Someone took out my original Hehr gas light and put in this ugly electric thing! Lucky though the dwp's found the original gas light in the overhead cupboard!

The doors are pretty far gone so the lady dwp cut some birch, shellaced it and replaced them.

My gas light was removed and polished and cleaned by the man dwp. The globe may or may not be original. It has a crack in it but it doesn't show when turned to the back. Something someone may want to replace someday but for now I think it looks great!

That metal heat shield is something the dwp's have never seen on another Shasta. But it had left a mark when they removed it and had been there forever! Maybe it was an extra option? Just one more neat detail I have that makes the dwp's go giddy!
And here is the light under the overhead over the table with the original globe. This is a twin to the one over the sink area.
The lady dwp made those polka dotted curtains and because I came cushionless she found some thick dense foam and covered it in heavy black fabric. It's a lil shiny so it kind of gives the impression of vinyl. I must share a secret trick with you! You know how hard it is to stuff foam into a covering? Well, the lady dwp outwitted that foam and here is how...

First she covered it with plastic, she use lawn and leaf garbage bags, then she hooked it up to a sucking machine (vacuum).

The beer bottle does a great job of showing you just how much air comes out of that foam!

Then she stuffed the foam in the cover and pulled out the plastic. All the air goes back in and there is no struggling! Neat trick, huh?
In this pic the globe on the gas light is off. Why? The man dwp is known to hit his head on things and he felt it would be safer tucked away in case he is working on something in that area. He says because he has no hair he has no feelers to warn him when he is about to hit something. Oh yeah, I have seen him in action and it isn't pretty when it happens!  I think it hurts him more than it hurts me!
My dinette table turns into a bed. In these old Shasta's they had you remove the table, store it in the space on the floor between the seats and then put slats up to hold the cushions. When they got me the slats were gone. Now the future family can return to original slats if they choose to make me a showroom piece and original cushions for that matter, but for now the dwp's put down board and layed me out like that.  The lady decided to try it out as is and she told the man dwp it was firm and comfortable. The boards fit back under the bottom cushions when not in use. Oh it felt good to have someone enjoy my front space again!

Remember I was telling you I had leakatosis of the windows? Well, lot's of work went into curing me! The front side windows were removed and all that old yucky sticky stuff was cleaned! Man dwp bought some butyl tape and went to work on resealing me. Those dwp's....they should have been surgeons! Glad they decided to try their hands at being vintage trailer surgeons! I will show you more about the resealing of the windows and replacing of the birch later.Going back to that time in my life is not easy and today I am just going to enjoy the end result of my surgery at this point! Oh yes, there is much more to do but those dwp's have worked hard at getting me this far. I feel like a whole new trailer! I am so glad that that there are people out there who appreciate the oldies! Can you imagine me being pulled with a souped up yellow '63 Chevy Truck? Oh it gives me shivers just thinking about it! But I would be glad to be towed with anything that will haul me right about now. I just want to go camping!!!
That is it for today folks. Old Glory needs to get back to getting her beauty rest (it seems to be working). Until next time, pleasant dreams of beautiful Shasta's!

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