Hello, sure hope all of you had a great holiday weekend! It’s been so hot here that we stayed inside pretty much the whole weekend. It was so nice to spend time in my craft room working on some Fall projects and getting things organized.
Mr. C and I have been working on Minnie Driv’r, our vintage Shasta trailor, for about a month. We tackled some major projects on her that you can see here. The last thing we were working on is laying the floor…here’s how it looks…
Next we tackled on the refrigerator. It didn’t cool, just heated up, after tons of researching we found out that often times the ammonia settles to the bottom after long periods of time not being used.
The refrigerator hadn’t been used in over 15 years…it a vintage Morphy Richards Astral (made in Sweden) propane refrigerator. Hubs unbolted it, pulled it out, and turned it upside down on the floor. Hitched her up to our SUV and took her out for a ride. Turning it upside down, and giving it a bumpy ride is suppose to loosen up the settled ammonia on the bottom.
When we got back hubs turned it back right side up, but didn’t bolt it back in. He connected the propane to it and started her up. IT WORKED! We were so excited that it worked, I checked the temperature inside and she was at a safe temperature of 38°. Honestly when we first read what to do we expected someone was going to yell out “you’ve been punk’d!
We replaced all the window screens, caulked around the ceiling vent that was leaking and found parts on line for our vintage Veritas gas light from England dating back to 1881. Salomon Falk left Germany and started his business in England in the late 1800’s. The company was named, Falk Stadelmann and Co. and became the largest oil lamp company in Britain.
In 1920 the German trademark “veritas” was available. The brand became a major name in the interwar years in the UK, when Falk, Stadelmann marketed all kinds of wick and candle lamps. In the 1930s the firm employed around 3,000 people.
After WW2, the company declined after poor trading years in the late 1960s. It was taken over and sold to many different companies. Today the Falk gas lamps are still make and we purchased parts for our lamp! I’m sure this bored you, but I love learning the history of everything, and hubs and I were so tickled our research paid off!
In the picture we hadn’t installed the mantel yet. The gas lamp is nice to have in case you don’t have power or are dry camping. We have a 20 gallon water holding tank so we would have water and light access. Our appliances work on propane.
The front dinette area had the original cushions (with bed springs)but the back cushions were missing. This area pulls out in to a full size bed. Again researched how to make them, what foam to use etc. The best route for us was buying a queen 6″ memory foam mattress. The ‘length” of the mattress (81″) was used for the “width” (83″) of the back sitting/sleeping area. The mattress width 60″ needed to be cut down to 54″ to use as the bed.
I thought about just cutting the extra 6″ off, and keep it open as a bed (a lot just leave it open) but, I like flexibility. I wanted to be able to use it as a sitting area too which is more comfortable than the front dinette area. So the foam mattress needed to be cut into 3 pieces.
We laid the mattress out over our bed, and used a chalk line to mark our cutting line. The sitting area measured 34″ and that was our first cut. A few months ago I found an electric knife at the thrift store and it really came in handy.
Before we cut a long board was placed underneath to protect our mattress. Another thin board was used to guide the knife while cutting. We wanted to get the straightest cut we could. After cutting the 34″ off, that left 26″ left. A 20″ piece was needed for the top cushion, which also serves to fill in the the bed are when pulled out.
The cutting line was marked again our using a chalk line and cut the same way. The top of the cushion needed to have a straight line, so instead of measuring 20″ up from the first cut, we measured the 20″ from the outer uncut area down. This really worked out well. The mattress came with a “cover” and we slid both pieces in, and with the extra room from the 6″ remaining we were able to have the top cushion fit rest on top of the bottom. Hope that makes sense?
The next project was making curtains for the dinette and bedding area. I’ve enjoyed decorating her up for our first vintage rally outing we attended last weekend!
In a few day I’ll share her reveal and pictures of the vintage rally…what great fun it was! It was wonderful to finally have some time to play.