It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update, sorry! Jordan has been working so hard and has made a ton of progress!
For those just tuning in – in Part 1 and Part 2, we talked about finding the Kit, assessing the condition and ultimately dismantling the rotten structure down to the frame. This project is a full frame-up restoration of our 1967 Kit Companion Travel Trailer.
So once completely deconstructed, it was evident that the trailer frame needed some work as well. It had surface rust all over, and some of the welds were even broken.
Jordan got a quote for sandblasting the frame. It would be several hundred dollars, which was really not in our budget. So instead, he went to work on it with a grinder using a flap disc and a grinding wheel where the rust was the worst.
As you can imagine, this was quite tedious and took several days. But it did save us a lot of money!
Once grinding was complete, Jordan took the frame in to get the broken welds fixed and all the rest of the welds strengthened. He then used metal spray primer and paint to coat the frame and prevent future rust.
After installing all new leaf springs, leaf spring hanger bolts, axle U-Bolt kit, trailer breaks, repacked the wheel bearings and had the brake drums turned and balanced, Jordan laid down plywood for the floor structure (old wheels and tires pictured here as Jor wanted to save the new ones for the very end).
We found a killer deal on a sheet of waterproof faux wood linoleum at a local flooring liquidation store, only $69!
Once the flooring was on and cured, it was time to install the cabinets.
Because this trailer had so much water damage, there was very little that could be salvaged. Jordan rebuilt most of the cabinets by hand. What was salvageable got several coats of Killz Primer before paint (to prevent any of the musty smell from coming through).
It’s important to note that the cabinets provide stability and are what really keeps the trailer together and strong. They also can’t fit through the trailer door, so absolutely must be put in before the trailer walls go up.
Luckily, the original countertop, sink, faucet and metal cabinet trim were all in good shape and could be reused.
Well that’s all for now, but here’s a teaser for Part 4, when the walls go up!
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