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Old 02-26-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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I know its not an airstream

So just what is this , birch interior, rusted steel skin,complete separation of shell from frame. My neighbor saw this today and called me to tell me he had found an airstream but when we got there obviously it wasn't. I love that sign over the door, it even has a light in it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:47 PM   #2
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I'm not sure but....

It just might be a 1936 Rusty Can! LoL! Ed
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could you imagine a restoration? wow.. i would seriously second guess that one.
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Old 02-27-2009, 03:11 AM   #4
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Where did you find that gem?

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I hope someone can save it from futher demise. It has great lines and would look good restored
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It's likely a Westcraft of some flavor.

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Old 02-27-2009, 10:21 AM   #7
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Hey Brian, Its located about fifteen miles from your house in Auburn. I have got to have that sign over the door!!!
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The steel body is unusual. Most were covered in Masonite or aluminum back then.

Looks like it was made in the late 30s. From the size and construction it was one of the luxury models of the time.

Amazing the birch interior looks so good when the outside is so beat up.

The design is rather generic but maybe you can find a match here,

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I wonder if it was made during world war II because they may not have had aluminum because of the war. I will have to check it out

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That would house my chickens nicely.
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I wonder if it was made during world war II because they may not have had aluminum because of the war. I will have to check it out

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They made thousands of trailers to house war workers but not out of steel. It was a strategic material same as aluminum.

Here is an interesting documentary photo essay on the building of wartime trailers. Note that they have gone to great lengths to save metal. Steel roof corners, fender wells, plumbing and some frame rails have been changed to non metallic substitutes. Wheels and tires are removed on delivery for reuse. Other than the frame the biggest metal part is the water tank and they are working on a substitute for that.

The body is made of wood framing sheathed in plywood and covered in masonite. The roof is masonite with a padded canvas covering, waterproofed with 2 coats of paint.

Amazing what you can do with some masonite and canvas when you have to. A few of these masonite trailers survive.
Index for Ancestor of the Modern* Recreational Vehicle - Images from the Public Domain

Scroll down to the section "Western trailer company - production of trailers"

The trailer that started this thread, I would bet was made between 1937 and 1940. Probably in the Midwest. And it was one of the biggest most expensive RVs of the time.
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