Hi all. I joined in the spirit of sharing and learning. I recently aquired a 1953
Spartan Aircraft Spartanette Tandem 131. I saw a lot of support here for others who have purchased Spartans so I thought I'd join too.
The basics. This trailer was sitting on a recreational property for the last 40 years and has never been used full time. People were starting to pick at it and I convinced the out-of-state owners to sell it to me so I could bring her back to full glory. With a few exceptions it is probably one of the best preserved Spartans I've seen. It's original right down to the mattresses and couch,water heater and refrigerator. I'm really thrilled to own this jewell and hope to learn as much as I can. The Spartanette Tandem 131 was only built in the last half of 1953
which was also the last year of production for all Spartanettes. I have yet to find another one like it but I do hope one will turn up. Who knows.. maybe I'll find one here!
Anyway, here are a few pics I took when it breathed fresh air for the first time in many years. These are "as-found" pics. I brought it home over Easter weekend and we have already started working on it. First thing was to remove the nasty shag carpet to expose the original flooring. We're currently working on removal of the ancient window tint and beginning a thorough cleaning. If there is interest here I'll post progress pics from time to time. Glad to be part of the group! Don.
Obviously things tend to photograph better than they really look but I'm pretty thrilled to have found this old girl in the shape she's in. It has had a couple leaks over the years but I'm amazed at how it held up under the four foot snow loads of the central Oregon Cascades as long as it did. It had been sitting in the same spot since approx. 1969. Thanks for letting me share and feel free to share info if you know something I don't.. (highly possible)