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Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:27 p.m.

Hey folks, it's been awhile! Inspired by some other trailer threads 'round here -- when _are_ you going to update that Shasta thread, Margie? -- I thought I'd share what I did this year: bringing a 72 Eco back from the brink.

So what's an Eco? It's a Boler clone, made in Nebraska for a few years in the early 70s. Which means it's little fiberglass "egg" camper, and a close cousin of the modern Scamp.

The fiberglass shell was in really good shape other than some cosmetic damage by the passenger side wheel, where it had apparently suffered a blowout at some point, and the frame looked both straight-ish and solid, which is a minor miracle with these things. So figuring the bones were good, I paid Challenge money and drug it home.

 

 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:30 p.m.


 

While the bones were good, the inside was final-resting-place-to-a-pack-of-feral-hobos nasty.

 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:36 p.m.

 

It actually photographed better than it was. All of this was disgusting, falling off, or both.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
12/14/19 2:37 p.m.

How do people find these gems???  Not sure if I could find space for one of those, but it would be an ideal tool to circumference the Great Lakes 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:38 p.m.

8 a.m. on day 1. By noon the junk pile was larger. I honestly didn't know you could pull this much crap out of a 10-foot-long  trailer.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:40 p.m.
alfadriver said:

How do people find these gems???  Not sure if I could find space for one of those, but it would be an ideal tool to circumference the Great Lakes 

I had been looking for one for a month or so, mentioned it to a friend who said "Hey, I think Jim (another mutual friend) has one of those". And he did! Practically in my backyard, and Jim was motivated to sell. I got lucky.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:41 p.m.

I did uncover some pretty epic original linoleum under the nasty carpeting. And mold. And ant homes. And ... I don't even know what.

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
12/14/19 2:42 p.m.

Very cool. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. 

 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:44 p.m.

It fit in my garage with about an inch of clearance, though, so that was a win.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:47 p.m.

Ripped out anything fibrous. All the carpet, all the cushions, curtains, all of it. Then kept going down through the linoluem.  Eventually, it started smelling a little better.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:49 p.m.

The Electrical converter box may have lost a few parts over the years indecision

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:51 p.m.

And this bit of romex was found patched into the shore power, running up to the front of the frame, by the hitch, where it just rested there, unterminated, waiting to terminate anyone who might touch it. angry

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:53 p.m.

I had to cut the hole a bit taller, then trim it out, to properly fit the new electrical box. You can also see some of the many, many holes that had to be filled.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:54 p.m.

So, so many holes to fill.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 2:57 p.m.

There were also plenty of extra speed holes in the countertop to deal with. At least by this point the cleaning and dumping was mostly done, and I could get deep into priming and prepping.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:00 p.m.

I think this was first coat of paint. I used latex on the "elephant skin" wall insulation, and thinned-out enamel rolled-on to  the fiberglass cabinets. Honestly, if I were doing it all again, I'd probably enamel all of it. The latex has a tendency to go a little "sticky" if it's humid. But because the enamel was thinned, it took quite a few more coats than normal.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:01 p.m.

Fancy new electrical bits

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:04 p.m.

... which let me power up the LED pucks I picked up dirt cheap on Amazon. It was something like 12 bucks for 6 lights, with a remote. I just cut off the wall wart, threw it away, and wired them right into the 12V system. You can't see them well in this pic, but they're great. Super low profile, plenty of light. Great buy. By this point, I had most of the interior walls painted, too.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:08 p.m.

By this point, I'd had it a month, and I had done about as much cleaning, prepping and painting as I could stand for awhile. So it left my garage for the first time to go to a trailer shop for a thorough inspection, new bearings, and to get that "trunk" thing cut off the back bumper. Yeah, I could have done all that myself, but I didn't want to. Plus, I wanted another set of eyes on that frame and running gear.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:11 p.m.

This was about when I discovered that some of the bolts that hold the body to the frame may have outlived their useful life. They were replaced with some nice stainless stuff. I used stainless for all the fasteners. This thing is so small the cost difference is nothing, but I'll be a lot happier when it's not all rusted together. 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:13 p.m.

And since I was getting some pretty sideways glances from the neighbors and the spouse, having this potato-looking THING in my driveway, I figured I had nothing to lose by trying to paint it. So roll-on Rustoleum enamel to the rescue. Y'all know the drill with this stuff. Thin it, good rollers, lots of thin coats. 

wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy SuperDork
12/14/19 3:14 p.m.

This, I like.

My uncle has a Scamp, and it is sweet. Everything you need, and little else. 

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:15 p.m.

Pro tip: if you get an old fiberglass trailer, put a couple of drain holes in the bottom of the door and let that water be free.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:17 p.m.

A few coats in, and it's looking better already.

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter UltimaDork
12/14/19 3:19 p.m.

And the inside was looking whiter and whiter, too. The marching orders were "make this inside all white and shiny. Like a space-egg. I don't want to even wonder if it's gross in there". 

So, yeah. Lots and lots of gloss white.

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