I finished up the fabrication and construction on our '46 Spartan Manor trailer today. It's replacing the '48 Manor which we've been towing all over the country with out '48 Pontiac convert and '51 Pontiac Tin Woody wagon for the past 6 years. Trailers, in my opinion, belong BEHIND the street rod, not around them!
I still have to sand and varnish the Birch interior, polish the exterior, and do a hundred little detail things, but that's all DETAILING, the BUILDING part was wrapped up today. I moved my crappy little table saw and sawhorses outdoors, as the 472 Caddy is still sitting with the heads off on a table in the shop (I don't want sawdust in that!) and it started off sunny today.
I'm excited to get this done, as we sold our '48 Manor on ebay a week ago, and I have to get this one done by the end of May, our first outing to a vintage trailer show. Now that it's done, I can work on the '36 Fordillac without guilt. The plan is to have it done by July, get a few miles on it, and take it on vacation to California in early Sept. That is, if I can convince my wife that a 7.500 mile trip in a car with no radio, no side windows, no heat, no AC, no mufflers, no miles on it and no luggage room sounds like fun. I think it does!
Check out the photos of the Manor, it's WAY cool, and will look great behind the '51 or the '48. It's going to be a knockout.
The weather finally is a little more forgiving, and I had some time today. I got the bottom end buttoned up and the pan on the 472. I'd been putting this off as it'd been so cold, I was worried about the torque settings, so that's done.
Now, I can get the thing on the engine stand and get the heads on, the top end together and get it ready for paint. I don't have the trans back yet, good thing, as Hot Rod fund is empty after the engine build, so I have a little time to save for that.
Things should start to improve here weather wise, and I'd like to be able to have the engine and chassis painted, and the body work done by the end of this month. We'll see.
While waiting for the rings and ring compresser, I did make some progress with the body. I have the firewall completed, and the forward body mounts made at the front of the cowl. The photos show the degree of engine setback under the cowl. The cockpit, already shortened behind door posts 16", was simply moved back (12") the engine is tucked in the cowl.
We are also finishing up another Spartan Manor travel trailer, this one a '46. The upholstery and interior varnish is about all that remains to be done. My wife Kim and I cut the cushions for the front lounge, a wrap around booth, last week, and ran short of foam. Today, with another hundred dollars worth of high density foam, I finished that up. Had scraps of the 4" left enough to make the cushions for the bomber seats for the roadster, and got them cut. I also have a nice chunk of aluminum rub rail from the trailer (sort of a full wrap around bumper), a sort of inverted "V", left over that'll make a great lip on the front edge of the seats to keep the cushions from sliding forward. Nothing gets wasted here!
Today I FINALLY made some progress after the broken piston ring fiasco last week. Got the new rings, and the ring compresser from 'Speedway' today, courtesy of the Big Brown Truck. I went out and with no trouble at all, installed the remaining 6 pistons. It really helps having the right tools! Installed the new Erson cam and Cloyes timing set with no hassles either. So now, the short block is assembled!
Tommorow, cold weather or no, I'm going to a quarter car wash with a can of Gunk degreaser and cleaning up the oil pan, front cover, intake manifold, and insides of the valve covers so I can get this thing back together. I still have to port the intake per MTS advice, but it'll be way nicer if it's not all gunked up with 40 years of crud.