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Old 06-25-2011, 10:27 PM   #1
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1950 Spartanette Tandem project

hi, new guy here
i`m not very brand oriented (i love all of the all aluminum trailers)
so i figured i share my newest project here


i just stumbled over this Spartan here locally for $500... completely rust free (gotta love AZ weather) with clean title ....

partially gutted, rotten floor in the rear, completely murdered curb door lock, somebody backed up into a pole and the usual front dents
(Spartan`s have notorious short tongues )

but overall she is in very good shape for a 61 year old girl.
the sides are fairly smooth and dent free... just the rolled pan and the rubrail have some battle marks.


my original plan was to clean and prep the old girl for resell ... but after towing the first couple miles i started to fall in love with how nice she towed with the set-back axles....
she is very lightweight (for peeps that are not familiar with Spartans; the body is a true all aluminum aircraft "Fuselage" construction with formed spars and longerons (sp?))
she is also a mid bath and larger (a full two feet longer then my current `66 Streamline trailer) without having a excessive long overhang
so after sleeping over it we decided that she is a keeper and will eventually replace our (rear bath) Streamline as the "Doggy" trailer.
dont get me wrong; i love traveling with our SL ... but now that we have a second large Dog it gets sometimes a little crowded in there

...to be continued ...

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Old 06-25-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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Nice!

Freaking sweet trailer dude! I LOVE Spartanettes! Is that a 28 footer? Or a 32 footer?

Whatever the case, congrats on your decision to keep it. For $500, you can't go wrong.

Best of luck,
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What beauty, I am inspired! Am curious what you make from it....
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:22 AM   #4
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she is "just" a regular (28 foot body) "Tandem" ... i think the 31 foot would be the "Royal" Spartanette

first i didnt really like the shape (its kinda a "Teardrop" trailer on drugs ) ...but she is slowly growing on me.
the well rounded rear is just fantastic for dropping the ride height without fear of constantly dragging the butt over curbs
on top of that i think she will be very aerodynamic when finished.

just like with the build of my Streamline i will take some liberty`s in the re-construction of the Sparty ... (fanatic purists will be shocked )
... but there are a couple things that just need to be changed to fit my livestyle ...

i guess its the same thing like "Hotrodding" a car; i try to make the trailers cool, modern and practical without loosing the vintage soul
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I well understand what you mean! It is as in my occupation (am architect) if I an old house redevelops. The life is not like 200 years ago and I also drive no carriage!
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:54 AM   #6
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Wow! I love tHe lines!
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:56 AM   #7
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i cleaned out the remaining interior and insulation;



yuck , i`m glad the previous owner already removed most of the insulation ... its a messy papermache/cellulose kinda thing.
the skin sheets are sprayed with bitumen on the inside ... i guess for sound control
here is a closeup of the spar & longeron construction;



the formed spars are tapered; the inside is straight, but the outside is bowed (from 1.5" top/bottom to ~2.5" in the middle).
judging by the fairly large edge bend radius they appear to be of some higher strength aluminum.
the longerons are 1" x .125" L-angle.



the same goes for the roof spars; straight on the inside , but the roof bows from ~3" on the outside to ~4" in the middle.
i really like the construction and how close the spars are set... it is easy to tell that the Spartan designers used to build airplanes
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:01 PM   #8
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Beautiful! Looks like a fun project!
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:21 PM   #9
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i just removed the rear window; it had a ugly steel (?!?) frame and somebody was trying to seal it ...and went a little "triggerhappy" with the caulk gun



i think this window is a constant problem on the Spartan trailers;
just about every trailer that i have seen had leaking problems/ water damage in that area.
so my plan is to permanently mount a fixed window pane into the existing trim ring (that allows to use a flat glass in the curve)
the rear bedroom has two other windows, a door and a roof vent ... so i think i dont need the rear window for ventilation.

i also started to clean the body in some areas ... i use 3M Rubbing compound to remove some of the 60 year old oxidation and grime.
she cleans up nicely...i can only imagine how bright she will be after a Nuvite polish

btw
notice the very close spaced rivets... boy, she is build to last !!!
unfortunately that is also a problem; i guess i have to drill out some 5000 rivets to fix the front & rear damage
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What an awesome trailer! I just noticed it has doors on both sides of it.. the ultimate in flow through ventilation! Interesting construction too!
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Was the interior skin all wood?
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What an awesome trailer! I just noticed it has doors on both sides of it.. the ultimate in flow through ventilation! Interesting construction too!
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yes, it has two doors
... what is absolutely perfect for my purpose as a "Basecamp" for my Dogs during an Agility event.
i can set up a larger X-pen (cage) in front of one door (so the dogs can go in and out as they like)
and we can use the other door for human traffic


at my Streamline ^ ... the rear (vent/emergency) door is just too small to be used for that
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Was the interior skin all wood?
yes.... it used to be a "Birchwood beauty" with the at that time popular rounded cabinets and shelf`s inside
... but unfortunately the previous owner removed and possible burned almost all of it

my plan is to use (riveted in place) aluminum sheets in some strategic places to give the old lady some extra strength.
i will fill everything with modern Rigid foam-plastic insulation (minimal expanding foam in complex areas) and also add a vapor barrier
most likely i will then skin the inside completely new with Birch plywood.

i need to keep as much open floorspace as possible (room for my rotten spoiled Dogs ),
so the actual cabinet work will be fairly simple; just a small kitchen, nice bathroom and some overhead cabinets
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I have seen a few of these at our N Georgia rallys, from empty, to reskinned and restored. Awesome potential.
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