Sunday, August 5, 2012

We can Rebuild, we have the technology!

Hello again, folks! You remember me, right? It's Faith, the vintage 1962 Scotty. Throughout the course of the last week I found out a very important detail. I am a test. I guess with me it's all or nothing. You see, my new owner has had some struggles. You know what they are. Everyone has them. Old Glory Vintage Travel Trailer Restorations almost traveled down the highway of lost souls. Anyway, the last year has been a bit of a conundrum. 99 wants nothing more than to do what she loves for a living. That's restore old trailers and put them back on the road where they belong. I guess it's a big dream that was going good for a while and then circumstances changed. So....long story short, this is one last ditch effort to make this dream a reality. Apparently, that means 99 has a deadline to finish me. On top of that the work has to be quality. I have to turn out good and strong and able to last another 50 years or more. Needless to say, the pressure is on, but absolutely no short cuts or shoddy work will be allowed. I have to turn out to be something that someone will fall in love with, not only because I am going to be cute as all get out, but because I am going to be worth having. Something someone can be proud of. That's cool with me! So come on along and let's watch this dream unfold. 99 and I have faith, do you?

Here is what I looked like the last time we talked. 

The rebuild is starting to take place and the proof is in the puddin', dahling! 
Or in this case, it's in the photos. 

My streetside cabinets required a  rebuild. The supplies were available and I think doing it this way will sturdy me up some. 

Getting a new streetside bench seat too!

That old wheel well is going to be painted. Nothing is fitted in permanently yet but 99 assures me I will get all my parts and pieces back.

This bed facing gets changed again later. You know what they say, if at first you don't succeed...
Anyway, it wasn't quite good enough so 99 is going to make it all one piece.

I just can't wait until someone sits down and enjoys my little dinette again. Cards anyone?

And here is my little cubby. Still needs a door, but that will come. You will see. And yes, that is a hole in my floor. Wish I could talk cause I would tell 99 exactly why it is there. I came here with carpeting over this spot and a board securely fastened over the hole.  99 removed it and said "Oh, shoot, go figure".  No worries though. She will figure out a way to repair this eyesore and make it better. I've got faith. Besides, a master carpenter stopped by to see me the other day and he took a look at it and said it was no big deal. I felt better after he explained how to fix this without ruining my integrity. 

99 says every trailer comes with little surprises and if you have picked one up you know exactly what I am talking about here. Here are a few of my surprises. In the kitchen drawer, I was hiding this...

You should have heard the big sigh of relief when 99 found it. That's one less emblem to be searched all over for! Yeah, yeah, I know it's pepto pink, but that can be fixed.

Check out my table. It's Lucy and Desi! Ha! One of the reasons I know that 99 and I were meant to be together for a while is because some people have been known to call her Lucy. We won't even get into why, but I'm taking this as a sign and so is she. 

Every night 99 covers me up with a this weird sort of blanket and says goodnight. And every night I hope she comes back in the morning because I can't wait to see what is going to happen to me next! You know what? She does! 

I hope you come back too and follow along on this big adventure. If you have any advice or words of wisdom, feel free to leave a comment. They are always welcome. For now, I will leave you with this:

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief
 in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. 
Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
 Gail Devers

Goodnight my faithful followers. Keep the faith alive!

Introducing Faith - 1962 Scotty Travel Trailer

Hello vintage travel trailer lovers! I'm Faith, the vintage 1962 Serro Scotty Sportsman Sr. Travel Trailer,  here to tell you a little bit about my exciting new future that I have to look forward to! Are you excited, dahlings? Well I am and rightly so!  Do you know what faith is? Faith is defined as a strong or unshakeable belief in something, especially without proof or evidence and also the confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. I am Faith and I believe that I will once again be a beautiful piece of history that someone out there is going to love and cherish. I mean, just look at me....I'm one hot mess. I've got faith though. I believe without question that this new human in my life, the one they call 99 and who can be a little bit of a hot mess herself, is going to restore me back to my old glory and then some! Ready to go for a ride, dahlings? Okay, just follow along on my wonderful journey. It's going to be lovely!

Let me start by showing you what I looked like when 99 came to check me out. I was being stored in a barn in Gasport, New York. My old owner took me out to take pictures of me and 99 saw them and decided I was worth a shot. She checked me out all over, She climbed underneath me, peeled away some of my skin to get a look at my bones, checked every nook and cranny. She said things that hurt my feelings a little and then she said the most horrifying thing of all. She told my old owner that if she took me she was going to have to take off my skin and replace my bones. At first I wanted to say..hey, wait a minute here, I didn't sign up for this and then something stopped me. It must have been faith. Besides, I figured anything was better than sitting in this dark old barn for another 15 years. Last thing she said was that she would let my old owner know in a few days and they both disappeared out those heavy barn doors and the last thing I heard was the clinking of the lock. Back to my lonely old prison hidden away in the dark. Come on...I don't look that bad do I? Someone feed me some sunshine, PLEASE!!
Then it happened. The most amazing thing in I can't tell you how long!! About a week later my old owner is hooking me up and taking me on an hour and a half ride to my new home. Glory, glory hallelujah it felt awful good to be on the road again. Sites to see and a places to go. That trip only increased my faith that someday I was going to be hitting the road on a regular basis! You'll see!
 Here I am sitting in my new driveway. Aren't I just a vision of loveliness.This 99 person introduced herself to me and we had a nice chat. She laid down the rules telling me I better not give her too many problems because I was part of her dream to restore trailers for a living. Cool, I'm part of a dream!

 99 said I looked like bottle of Pepto Bismol exploded on the inside. I think she needed some Pepto when she got done with the initial inspection.
 My previous owner's girls used to play in me when they were little. They had some good times in here. After that I just sat around collecting dust and slowly falling apart, 99 said she could almost visualize the fun they must have had because when she was a kid she used to play in an old tug boat and a camper her dad built for hunting trips. Somehow I think that made this pink issue a little more bearable.

So, that's the old me! But wait, it get's worse. This is where the major surgery comes in. I wasn't in my driveway for more than fifteen minutes and the horror you are about to witness in the photos below started happening. I didn't feel a thing though...I was in too deep a state of major shock...
Warning: If you are a vintage travel trailer viewing this blog please note that the following may not be suitable for those of you who have not yet gone through the restoration process.
 I have tar all over me. 99 isn't too happy about this.

I am also not only nailed but stapled. That didn't earn me too many brownie points either. It wasn't my fault that's how Serro Scotty decided to build me!

Oh, lordy, I'm starting to feel naked in this picture. Quick someone grab me a robe or something. I'm not that kind of girl!

    Looks like I am going to get a butt job too!

 So I made friends with some mice over the years. I was lonely. You can't hate a girl for being a little lonely can ya? Besides, chances are if you have restored one of my relatives, this isn't the first time you have seen this type of a trailer/mouse relationship.
 Some of the wood came off like paper. Guess that was a good thing!

This is me at one of my weakest moments. Had to get some braces out so I didn't collapse.

This was the end of day 1. 99 finished here and just leaned back against the hot tub and kept repeating  "Oh, Lordy, Lordy what did I get myself into?" I couldn't quite figure that out. I knew she was talking to me because she was looking right at me, but she wasn't even in the hot tub. Oh well, humans are a strange breed. I think I like this one though. She was real patient and she was smiling just about the whole time she was breaking my back....but in a soothing way. I've got faith that this is all going to turn out just fine! How about you? Are you with me on this one?  Yes? Good, because I have lots more to show you. It's been about a week now since my arrival and this 99 chick must be wearing an invisible cape or something because she hasn't stopped. We are spending lots of quality time together.
 Until we touch base again folks....I'm gonna leave you with this little tidbit:

“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can't always understand them, but we have to trust in them. I know you want to question everything, but sometimes it pays to just have a little faith.”  - (Lauren Kate)

Don't forget, always keep the faith!