1966 Westholt Camper

Discussion in 'Camper Restoration Projects' started by Westholt Wonder, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Westholt Wonder

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    Well, I've wanted to get a little camper. Something small I can tow. Low-tech so there isn't much maintenance to keep up with. Came across this 1966 Westholt camper. It just looked like it had good bones! So now the overhaul/restoration begins!
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    Gutted!
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    Sanding and prepping for paint. There is a lot of rust on this thing, so I decided to give the whole interior a coat of the Rustoleum rust reformer, which is the black. No it will not be black! :p I also removed the canvas to get it out of the way.
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    Before I can really paint the inside, there were some holes that needed to be patched. I found a product called Quicksteel that is an epoxy putty that has worked pretty well in plugging the holes. After using that, a little bit of Bondo body filler over the top gives it a nice finish! I also removed the rock guard on the front and patched those holes as well. I have plans to put a diamond plate rock guard back on the front.
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    The exterior paint is very bad. I am taking it down to the metal. Spraying a lot of the areas with the rust reformer again and getting a quick coat of primer on it so it will be protected from further rusting. My main objective is to get the interior done first so I can start having my adventures! So I am just trying to get the exterior to a protected finish right now. Nothing fancy. I also uncovered the original logos which I was pretty excited about! I plan on having new decals made to put back on.
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    Got a looooovely surprise when I took the spare tire off. Ick! This called for some Bondo where rust had pitted out the metal.
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    Found another logo! Cleaned them up a bit so I can take them into a sign shop to have them done.
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    At one point new canvas was made. They moved the location of the twist snaps/fasteners and filled the old holes with a rivet. I have opted to removed those and patch the holes. It also appears that when you buy your camper from a hunter, that when they lose a spacer they use a bullet instead! :) I am getting all new shiny hardware for this thing, don't worry!
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    Very cool. Love seeing the older campers getting a new lease on life! Keep it up!
     
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    Fabulous work! Will definitely be a topic of conversation once she's done. ....Let me get this straight.....young lady doing her own complete resto on her trailer....marry me?
     
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    Very cool. [8D]
     
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    I cant wait to see the finished camper!
     
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    Love it!
     
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    Looking Great!
     
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    Love the vintage campers...working on a 65’ Cox Campsquire myself, almost done
     
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    Great job! You go girl!
     
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    What a great project!! Keep up the good work!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I can’t wait either!!!
     
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    You’ll have to show me your finished camper!
     

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