Vintage trailer project begins, T’Bird getting some love.

Posted: November 18, 2014 in camping, Classic Cars, Hot Rod, Squarebird, Tin Can Tourists, travel, Vintage trailers
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'47 Spartan Manor

’47 Spartan Manor

I moved the ’47 Spartan up from its hiding place way back in the woods, next to the temporary garage the Tini-Home is taking its long winter nap in.  Here, it’s possible to run extension cords from the shop to start pulling the panels out (I’ll save the corner panels for patterns), and it’s close to a brush pile, to dispose of said panels.  It’s exciting planning the work and the new interior.

Continuing the planning and getting ready for work, I moved the T’Bird over in the shop to the opposite side, where I can work on the driver’s side, as opposed to it being up against the junk covered bench on the other side.  In doing so, I was painfully aware of a major styling gaff I was overlooking before.  The newly shortened roof exposes what had been the old package shelf area.  This is about 6 inches now outside the rear window, and while it looks natural with the roof off, it looks wrong with the top on.  So, I think I’ll have to pull the tonneau cover off, shorten it, weld the cut off rear section the body, and create a new lip for the back edge.  I sort of hate to cut into this finished panel,  but I think it’s going to make a big difference in the look of the car when it’s painted and done.

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Comments
  1. mike says:

    I think it should be lengthened and brought back to the edge of teh cover thats got teh cowl/head bumps in it(not ford guy-dont know what thats called)

  2. paula says:

    I like reading your stories, can’t wait to see how you renovate that Spartan.

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