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Old 05-23-2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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Curtis Wright model 5 discovered

Hi everyone, Meet Curtis he is a 1948 Model 5 owned and registered consistently since he was new by the same family. I have been lucky enough to be contacted about him by someone interested in buying it and having me work on it they eventually realized it was more than they could handle so I was introduced to the original owners family and offered the chance of a lifetime. I had brought along a flanging tool I had to make to get the exact flange on the silver streak clippers, rivet gun and showed him all the Silver Streak clippers I have worked on and he was impressed. Curtis is very straight He has his original interior that is incredible every scrap including the dishes mentioned in the catalogs are there. I have a lot of work ahead of me to get him out the yard is packed. I figure the yard will take a day then I am bringing him to Lowes or Home Cheapo to get a plastic shed so I can move all the stuff that has been placed in Curtis out. I will keep you all updated on Curtis
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Old 05-23-2018, 10:25 PM   #2
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Curtis is a very cool trailer. Please keep us posted.


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Old 05-24-2018, 06:15 AM   #3
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Curtis's new owner is a lucky man!
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Old 05-24-2018, 06:39 AM   #4
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:51 AM   #5
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Fantastic find! I will be watching this thread. Please keep us posted on your progress.
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Old 05-24-2018, 08:51 AM   #6
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That place makes my yard look like Martha Stewart's.

Very cool trailer. I wish I had the resources to find one and have it professionally redone!
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Old 05-24-2018, 11:11 PM   #7
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Hi Everyone, Curtis just watched me move a bunch of stuff today there was everything from doors, milk crates, Boeing aircraft parts, rusty cans full of water you know the kind of stuff that just seems to pile up around the yard. After about three hours I had to call for help A friend came over with garbage bags and I starting to empty Curtis out he's been keeping an eye on some stuff for the original owner once all that was out I starting going through the cabinets first cabinet was full of fishing gear. Curtis and his old owners loved to fish seems like thats all they did. Curtis looks like he was parked ready for his Next Trip but that never happened.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:36 AM   #8
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So funny to see this come up in my feed today. This morning I drove over to the neighbors' to pick up their nearly identical trailer to bring back to the shop for front window replacement! I love the "eyes" on these little guys. Have fun with a very cool little trailer!
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Wow! Since that is the rear of the trailer how was Curtis deposited in there? Looks like there is a tree in front of the trailer.... is there any access to the A-Frame? Can you get to the ball latch? Is there any access to pull the trailer out or will you have to back the trailer out of its' current location by hand? I know that despite info and drawings to the contrary that it really cannot be towed by a bicycle so how did they get it in there? Minds that need examining need to know! Lol! Ed
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Secondly, from your first pics you must be thrilled to find the jack nose roller. They are not very often found anymore. You may have to roll the trailer out of there with it. Is the rubber tire still viable? Can't wait to see Curtis out of that area. Ed
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Old 05-25-2018, 10:50 PM   #11
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Curtis saw Daylight for the first time since 1965 when he went on his last trip to the lake. There is a tree straight ahead they pushed Curtis in with a tow dolly. There is a wheel for the rear so it does not hit going to fill up at the station or pulling out of a driveway. I am going to put a bolt through the tube pull my big black dodge as close to Curtis as I can hook a winch and chain around my hitch and to the bolt in Cutis's tube and pull him back while a few friends watch the sides and my welder up front steering. Curtis is going to want to roll down the front yard into a fire hydrant or the street sign so we will have to anchor into the concrete and wrap the come along around that and winch down the front yard. I have about 12 hours into getting Curtis home. I hope to have him on the rode tomorrow by noon. we have a long 2 mile ride back home yes I said two miles

Gary is the grandson and son of the owner he's on the left. I realized and mentioned to him that Curtis has been in the family longer than him he's only 62. He
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:21 AM   #12
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Hi Everyone, Saturday I went back to pull Curtis out of the yard. I thought it would take a few hours it turned into 61/2 hours moving a few inches at a time. First thing I did was check the tires and put air in them next I went up to the coupler and trimmed some hedges to get in there I screwed in the jack and lifted Curtis while my friend "The Welder" slipped the wheel on the end of the jack then I lifted Curtis again and the welder slipped a piece of plywood under the wheel so it would roll easier and not track toward the house or stucco wall with threaded studs sticking out that hold the gate. I put a bolt through the rear of the tube and put a 4x4 into an old post hole in the cement and hooked Curtis up. The Welder pulled Curtis with a come along while I made his wheel stay straight. The real challenge was getting past the chimney and the stucco wall I yanked the gate and 2x4's attached to the wall and removed Curtis's door handle. When Curtis got to the gate I had to reverse and let him down the front yard with the come along about 3 inches at a time it's all the come along would let us do. Curtis barely wiggled through the opening about 1/2 inch on wall side and 2 inch on the chimney. Curtis wanted to lean towards the wall so I had someone keep him straight while I worked the come along in back Curtis need help so I pulled up the Dodge and hooked of the hitch so the Welder could pull and I would release at the same time. Curtis did not want his wheel well door closed so it had to stay in the up position which burned up precious inches on the stucco wall side.Curtis made it out without a scratch or incident
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:22 AM   #13
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Almost there Curtis
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:30 AM   #14
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"Curtis watch the Stop Sign, Did you remember everything Curtis?"
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Very exciting!

Thanks for posting the pictures and we'll look for more as the project develops!
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:48 AM   #16
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I had to stop and get the Family a Thank You card. I wanted the sister and other brother to be able to stay in touch and visit Curtis. Gary the one storing Curtis is the youngest 67 Curtis was in the Family before him.
If I did not video tape and photograph the entire process know one would ever believe me that I found a 1948 Curtis Wright model 5 owned by one family since new. They have always covered the windows with cardboard and tin foil looks crappy but has saved the interior. The upholstery is all intacted with no rips or tears also had it covered with cardboard no signs of mice cats were on site no delamination of any of the plywood doors, all the acrylic lights are in one piece. I left a ton of the original fishing and camping stuff with Curtis.
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When I first began reading your thread it took my breath away.

Time capsule! What a find. I canít wait to see your progress. Youíll be thankful for Welder as youíll need him in the future.

Good luck and keep us all posted. We are all anxiously waiting to see your progress and so is Curtis. He has had a long nap and now has a breath of fresh air thanks to you. Good job!!! Thanks for saving him.
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Wow. Iíll keep watching. Glad it got out undamaged for you.
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What a terrific find, and impressive job getting Curtis back on the road, ready to start a new set of adventures! So looking forward to seeing your progress with it!
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