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Old 03-10-2010, 05:35 AM   #197
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:46 PM   #198
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Second Round of Pics from Home

After the initial flurry around the trailer between finding it, identifying it, buying it, and bringing it home, things have calmed down and I'm finally getting a chance to write more after a several-day sabatical.

Jay went down to the trailer this afternoon to take some more pictures; off course mine are more cosmetic/surface, and his are the nitty-gritty workings of the trailer for the most part. So here are a few more pics, some of which will help us out in restoring her to her original glory!

Here is the water heater in the closet across from the twin bed:


The #2 fresh water tank under curbside twin (#1 is under the front gaucho); I don't think we'll be getting any bins in those doors:


Under the bathroom sink:


And a closeup of the bathroom sink itself:


This is inside the wardrobe closet; Jay found where the AS plant must have written exactly which trailer this was meant to go in-SN 8435; how cool:


Here's original floor tile found under the gaucho; we'd like to try to match it when we restore:


Here's the gaucho pulled out; the little legs simply fold up underneath when you push it back into "sofa" position. Since the back cushions are wedge-shaped, we're not sure how they made a bed out of this:


Within several of the cupboard/closet areas, you can see the original Zolatone (we think) on the walls:


And finally, 2 different outlet and light covers found throughout the trailer - #1:


and #2:
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:48 PM   #199
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So these pictures bring up 2 questions:

1. When were the "Zolatone years"? Would this have originally been Zolatoned, and is there anyway to get paint off without damaging it underneath?

2. Would either of the outlet/light switch covers have been the originals?
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Old 03-13-2010, 10:24 PM   #200
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Zolatone started, to my knowledge during the 1954 model year at least in Ohio (possibly 1953 for California) and was used thru 1964 (possibly into early 1965), so "yes" your World Traveler should have originally been "Zolatoned".

I can't really help on the outlet and switch covers - I have not seen those types before but certainly can't say they are not original. I think 1955-56 Ohio trailers had metal covers (perhaps chromed, perhaps painted) and I think by the early '60's they may have changed over to bakelite/plastic, but that is more guess than knowledge. I certainly would have no idea at what point they might have changed over. Perhaps that would have differed for the California and Ohio factories.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:41 AM   #201
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as you begin to remove the cabinets you will not only find that somewhere each item has the serial number, but you will also find the name of the guy who made the item. I have had the pleasure of updating the work of fine fellows like Pete, Gary, and Don Mc Corley. You might even find some interesting dated materials hidden in other areas as things come out. In the old girls you find neatly folded newspaper clippings, in the new trailers you find crushed coffee cups and ho ho wrappers. Enjoy the treasure hunt...

If you can get a good sample of the zolatone you will be able to match it up exactly. The tile however.... not so sure about that one.

Also... that vanity counter top.... If you do not reuse that, I would love to get that off of you. I am slowly gathering old examples of the formica. Maybe one day a client will be willing to go with a custom run of original pattern. The cost of this has always been prohibitive, but sure would look cool to have the exact same but new.
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Enjoying your progress.

I too am interested in the Formica design. I have been looking at it since the early photos. Very unusual. If you can, how about a closeup with a ruler or tape extended for scale?

Don't know where you would get any, but the floor tile looks exactly like the original tile in my Mom and Dad's kitchen before the remodel. The house was built in the 1950-51 time frame.
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:18 PM   #203
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vaughn...heres a pic of the counter top...hope this helps...
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vaughn...heres a pic of the counter top...hope this helps...
Perfect.

I don't think that I have ever seen that pattern. I like it.

Very nice with a cool pallet like blues or greens. Would work nice with reds too.
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Enjoying your progress.

I too am interested in the Formica design. I have been looking at it since the early photos. Very unusual. If you can, how about a closeup with a ruler or tape extended for scale?
Looks like the very cool interior photos - cabinets and bathroom of
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Looks like the very cool interior photos - cabinets and bathroom of
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Good call... those are the exact same counter tops!!! It's really interesting that the overhead compartment sliding doors are made of the same formica; ours appear to have been replaced in the 70's or so with plastic pieces. I'd LOVE to find some matching formica to remake those on ours!!
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That is the same formica pattern that my trailer had before the theft. The original table and cupboard sliders are the only pieces I got back. If you are interested in the table I may be parting with it because I will do something to match my counters when they are done.

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I had the same color Zolatone that is in BarryIowa's 55 as well. New Zolatone will be replaced in the interior.
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That is the same formica pattern that my trailer had before the theft. The original table and cupboard sliders are the only pieces I got back. If you are interested in the table I may be parting with it because I will do something to match my counters when they are done.

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How many cupboard sliders do you have? We may be interested in all of those if you still have them! Again, we want to take this trailer back to as close to original as possible, given what it is. Feel free to PM us with what you have and what you think you want for them...
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I had the same color Zolatone that is in BarryIowa's 55 as well. New Zolatone will be replaced in the interior.
I only wish there was an easy way to get the paint off the original!!!
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