1960 Montgomery Ward Tent Trailer Resto.

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Catdaddyxx, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. Catdaddyxx

    Catdaddyxx New Member

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    Hello, I’ve been reading for quite a while and figured that it was about time I posted something up.

    A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend that had recently bought his family an older tt. I asked him what happened to his old pop up he had told me he had. He said that it had been in a bad hailstorm last spring that had punched a bunch of holes in the roof. He said that it had spent the summer under a tarp in a field. When asked what he was going to do with it, he said nothing. He was just going to discard it and let it rot, and/or haul it to a dump. I told him that it was a shame. He said, if you want it come get it. I thought, well, for free I’d give repairing it a shot. We’ve been devout tent campers and have nice gear, so we weren’t really looking for a pup and will still go the tent route when we’re on our off road excursions.
    I hadn’t seen it or even knew much about it. Except that it was free. But we went and got it and hauled it home.

    It’s a 1960 Montgomery Ward. Neat little trailer with a slide out galley on the rear. My friend had added a few things to it. It has a 30A and a 15A power cord, hose hookup to a sink that drains into an aquatainer. It has an onboard battery that I’ve wired to be charged from the tow vehicle. A 3 burner stove and onboard propane tank. That has a T fitting and hose set up to go to either my lil buddy heater or a propane lantern. Have a few little things like a 12v light and 12v fan.

    The canvas was in very good shape with only a few holes in the canvas and screens.

    The roof on the other hand had been nearly demolished. It had some fiberglass repair attempted on some cracking prior to the hail storm. However that repair was done poorly and I had to remove nearly all of the old repairs. As you’ll see in later pictures, there were multiple holes throughout the roof that went straight through the roof and still more cracks and dents from smaller stones. There were some stress fractures in the rear plastics and a few places that had been broken off.

    The expensive part was the morning after we brought it home. I stepped over the hitch too quickly and wasn’t used to this style of hitch. The latch caught the inside of my thigh and promptly ripped an 8 inch gash into my leg. Which of course resulted in a trip to the E.R. and stitches.

    So, keep in mind just about everything I’ve done so far to the trailer, I’ve done with stitches in my leg. lmao

    Right after we brought it home. I had placed blue tape under each of the roof damage spots to make them easier to spot from outside.

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  2. Catdaddyxx

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    Some closeups of the roof as it was

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    Some interior shots minus the sleeping pads. They’ll need new covers but are serviceable as is.

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    A shot of the slideout galley

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    Interior roof damage covered in blue tape

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    Here’s a before and after shot of it for when I gave it a good cleaning, scrubbed the roof hard, clay barred the box, and hit it with a compound/polish and a coat of wax.

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    A couple of shots of it popped up

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    The outer skin of the roof was fiberglass. So, I went with a fiberglass repair. I filled the holes flush with a silicone adhesive/sealer so they were flush with the surface, using the tape as a backer. Then began covering all damaged areas and high stress points with fiberglass. Went through about 36 sq/ft of fiberglass matting by the time I was done.

    Fresh Fiberglass.

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    Then on went two coats of primer followed by two coats of white elastomeric paint.

    A couple of before and after roof shots

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    It also had a C channel already installed on the rear. I wasn’t going to pop the money for a new awning. So following an idea found on another site I made a tarp/awning from a tarp, some wire, tape, and a couple tent poles.

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  3. Catdaddyxx

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    I used some fiberglass putty to fill the small stress fractures and holes on the rear plastic. It’ll later be painted. You can clearly see them now as the white dots on the back.

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    The latest project is cleaning up the interior roof. It was discolored from the previous fiberglass attempt and the holes/cracks. I used silicone sealant/adhesive to smooth the cracks out and make them less noticeable. Then on with a coat of primer followed by a coat of elastomeric paint. It’ll need at least another couple coats of paint, but that’ll have to wait a few days till after I get school going again. So much for a teacher’s summer break. Lol

    Interior after exterior repair

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    After the first coat of paint.

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    Anyway, that aught to be enough reading and pictures to last quite a while. Have several more things on my to-do list. But at least it’s now fully camp able and only cosmetic things are left to do.
     
  4. Catdaddyxx

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    Just for giggles, here's my tow vehicle. 2004 F-150 5.4L V8. Tows it like a shadow since the trailer only weighs 1000 pounds empty.

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  5. mdbaird76

    mdbaird76 New Member

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    Great project.Iit is going to be killer when you get it all done. Nice TV also.
     
  6. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a great restoration already, good job.
     
  7. Canadiancray

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    WOW that interior is pretty nice for the age. Looks like its been redone.

    I would be putting a stone guard spray on that roof and painting it again to help prevent future damage.
     
  8. carolinacampers

    carolinacampers Nights camped: 2008-10, 2009-25, 2010-6.

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    Good job, and nice set-up!
     
  9. NJGuy

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    OMG! What a piece of PUP history. Montgomery Ward, if memory serves me correct, I once bought a vacuum cleaner there nearly 30 years ago. Now I own a Dyson.
     
  10. Troutfishing

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    That is the neatest I love those old PUPS, when you get ready to set in a field give me a ring.......Is the roof a two layer roof, with an air gap between the two? Actually the fiberglass roof would great, it sure would eliminate the rotting roof problem and repairs would be fairly easy.
     
  11. Catdaddyxx

    Catdaddyxx New Member

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    There's no air space in the roof. It's like a thick plastic covered in a layer for fiberglass. I haven't seen anything like it elsewhere, though it is factory. It's like a thick gelcoat. It is a one piece roof made from a mold. There is no added structure on or under it.
     
  12. NJGuy

    NJGuy Active Member

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    Like a fiberglass boat?
     
  13. Catdaddyxx

    Catdaddyxx New Member

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    More like the opposite of a boat with rough fiberglass on the outside and gelcoat on the inside of the camper. odd
     
  14. NJGuy

    NJGuy Active Member

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    Very! I grew up with fiberglass boats on the Atlantic Coast.
     
  15. insanehognutt

    insanehognutt New Member

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    Man that thing is really roomy when popped up...never seen one quite like that. I wonder who made them for Monkey Wards?
    That thing is awesome!
     
  16. Catdaddyxx

    Catdaddyxx New Member

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    The only name I can find anywhere is on the tag that's on the bed mats. Camel Mfg.
     
  17. insanehognutt

    insanehognutt New Member

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    That slide out galley has to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen...I'd love to have one like that on my pup!
     
  18. NJGuy

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  19. 14erfam

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    THAT is a REALLY cool trailer! Love the slide out gally, and the fact its 50 yrs old and being restored! Nice find- good work.
     

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