Sunday, February 1, 2009

#40 - Poor Anna

This is a story about a trailer that has been wined and dined and loved more than any other trailer could be loved, but then, alas, the story takes a turn that leaves this beloved trailer to wait in line for the attentions of her admiring owner.



You see, my friend Frank Yensan has recently plunged himself deeper into the Vintage Trailer Lifestyle by becoming a professional restorer. I've written about this here before, so I am not going to tell you about his new business (I'm sure you will hear about his latest project, since it is a famous trailer). What I am here to tell you is that, in the Airstream Spirit, and as a good friend, I am stepping in to show Anna a little love by making a much needed custom part for her.

Last year, in his hurry to get to the '08 CBR, Frank clipped the corner of his fence and irreparably damaged his black tank dump valve. Parts for these valves are no longer available and the modern valves do not bolt up to the existing tank flange. Colin Hyde of GSM generously put together an article on how to make a conversion plate and R.J. Dial has included it in his restoration resources (IMO, the first and best place to go if you are restoring a vintage trailer). Frank and I worked to design a plate based on Colin's method that would work for a '62 Overlander. This is the result...

Truth be told, I promised to make this for Frank a long time ago... he has patiently reminded me on occasion, but I bet he thought he would never see it.

Well, Frank... here it is!

3 comments:

utee94 said...

Awesome! I am now inspired to go measure mine!

Looks great Steve, very nice work.

-Marcus

Frank's Trailer Works said...

Thank you....

Sugarfoot said...

Steve, you are a good man to make that plate up for Frank and take care of Anna. The "Airstream Spirit" is alive and well.