1967 Kit Companion Project Part 3

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update, sorry! Jordan has been working so hard and has made a ton of progress!

Kit Companion Trailer Restoration

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.

1967 Kit Companion

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.

Kit Companion Restoration

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.

Kit Companion Travel Trailer

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).

Kit Companion Travel Trailer

We found a killer deal on a sheet of waterproof faux wood linoleum at a local flooring liquidation store, only $69!

Kit Companion Travel TrailerKit Companion Travel Trailer

Once the flooring was on and cured, it was time to install the cabinets.

Kit Companion Travel Trailer

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).

Kit Companion Travel Trailer Restoration

Kit Companion Travel TrailerIt’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.

Kit Companion Travel TrailerLuckily, 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!

Kit Companion Trailer Restoration

See more on the Kit Companion:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

6 Comments on 1967 Kit Companion Project Part 3

  1. Rob
    June 5, 2015 at 7:01 am (2 years ago)

    Oh man!!! Just in time. I’m picking up a 67 Kit Companion this weekend. No where near the condition of yours (I hope. ;0). I’d love to personal message you if possible with/about my project. So excited!

    You’re project looks awesome!

    Reply
    • Jordan & Kaisa
      June 6, 2015 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

      That is very exciting, Rob! We would love to see pictures and hear about your plans for your Kit!

      You can email Jordan directly at JLBlaylock0@yahoo.com and if you have Instagram you can find him @JLBlaylock.

      Thanks,
      Kaisa

      Reply
  2. Toby
    June 5, 2015 at 7:27 am (2 years ago)

    Great Job! I was excited to see this when I got a notice on my phone, I grabbed the laptop and checked it out. Your blog goes well with a hot cup of joe straight away in the morning. Nothing like seeing other’s handiwork to motivate me. Great job you two!

    Reply
    • Jordan & Kaisa
      June 6, 2015 at 9:51 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Toby! Glad you enjoyed it!

      So when are you starting your blog? :)

      Thanks,
      Kaisa

      Reply
  3. Jeff and Renee
    June 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! This is so impressive! Nice work Jordan! Nice writing Kaia :)

    Reply
    • Jordan & Kaisa
      June 6, 2015 at 9:50 am (2 years ago)

      You’ll have to come see it sometime! :)

      Thanks,
      Kaisa

      Reply

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