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1963 Shasta Airflyte Restoration Begins…

Posted by blogadm on August 2, 2014 in Shasta Love |

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Here she is on the day she arrived. I haven’t named her yet. Her name will come to me. I found her on a website called tincantourists.com.  I was so excited because I had been searching for a year and a half to find a canned ham style camper.  I have bid on a few but to no avail. The morning I woke up and saw this one, I jumped on the chance to get her. She is missing her wings but I didn’t care because I knew I could get her new wings.

securedownloadI called right away, and when the owner called back I bought her immediately. She was in Arizona and I considered going out to pick her up but I figured out how long the drive was and how much gas I would use to go out there, so, I decided to list it on Uship.com and find someone to drive her home to me. That site is interesting because different companies bid on your job. You can check drivers out and see comments that other people who have used them have posted.  You decide not only on price, but experience. They show you how many times the service has been used. Wyatt from Texas picked her up and called me. She was in much worse condition than the above pics showed. In my excitement, I never realized there was no picture of the door side. There was a window missing and the door didn’t stay shut. But I didn’t care, at this point it was like adopting a dog, in my mind she was mine and whatever I had to deal with I would do it happily! When Wyatt pulled into my driveway 3 days later, I was so excited I can’t even explain how tickled I was.2014-06-06 001rev  He parked her for me and handed me the title, which said she was a 1974. I thought she looked older, so I immediately put her picture up on a club page on Facebook called Vintage Shasta Trailers. I started getting comments immediately on her age :) They said she looks more like a 1960’s style. They were so helpful, they told me to look at the underside of the sink to see when it was made. I found that the sink was made in 1962. Then on another day someone told me to look behind the mirror to see when that was made. So I took the mirror down and it said March of 1963.2014-06-06 023  After talking to other people with the same looking camper, we determined she was a 1963. Now the only problem was that my title said 1974. In Illinois you must have a title to get plates. I went to the currency exchange and got my plates.  I was excited when I got what I thought was my title in the mail. It wasn’t. It was a letter saying that it doesn’t match any records and that I would have to fill out the following forms and have either a dealer verify the info or a police department. I have never driven with a camper on my hitch and she was in such bad shape, I was not about to drive her to a dealer an hour away. So, I decided to call my local police department. They were nice enough to send an officer to my home and he gladly signed off on the Vin number. He also agreed with me on the year and signed off on that too.  Yesterday I got the title in the mail, and now I have a big smile on my face!

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