A true classic car buff, Richard Nash never imagined that he would be restoring 1960s era travel trailers. According to a press release, his wife, Vicky, brought home the first vintage trailer in 2005 and so the obsession began. Four trailers have made their way to the Nash driveway in Glenwood Springs, Colo. The fully rebuilt 1962 Shasta Airflyte is the gem of the collection.
If not purchased for $100 by the Nashes, the 13-foot 1962 Shasta’s fate was sure to be the local dump. A flat tire, broken jack, dilapidated interior, split seams, leaking roof, damaged siding were just a few of the problems facing the Nashes.
A custom home-builder by trade, Richard knows construction. So the demolition began and every inch was stripped down to the frame. The original parts were used as a template to painstakingly rebuild nearly every piece from the ground up. Much of the trim, hardware, and glass was salvaged and reused. A beautiful ash wood, coated with about 5 gallons of amber shellac was used for the interior walls, ceiling and cabinetry. Shiny new aluminum cut to the exact dimensions adorn the roof and side panels. The coveted original silver wings proudly fly on the back.
Vicky served as creative director, selecting the red, silver, white and black color scheme. A trip to the paint shop highlighted the famous Z pattern on the exterior. A diner theme carries through the interior space. Cool retro-looking fabric was selected for the cushions and coordinating curtains. Formica countertops and tables feature a boomerang pattern that complements the black-and-white checkerboard floor.
Nine months and $10,000 in materials later, the completed 1962 made its debut. The trailer has made many appearances at a variety of classic car shows and vintage travel trailer rallies in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.
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