Restoration Central

We awoke Friday morning at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway to the sounds of Standardbreds getting their morning exercise. We still had another two hours to get to Colin Hyde Trailer Restorations in Plattsburgh, NY and then a six hour return trip to New Haven so we made tea, had a little breakfast and hit the road by 7:45am.

The trip to Plattsburgh is a straight shot North on Rt 87. With a stop for fuel, we arrived at Colin’s around 10:15am

"My traveling companion is nine years old, he's the child of my first marriage." Does anyone recognize that line? It happens to be true in this instance. :)

“My traveling companion is nine years old, he’s the child of my first marriage.” Does anyone recognize that line? It happens to be true in this instance. 🙂

Colin’s shop is on Trade Rd in Plattsburgh, NY. You can see it as you pull off the highway. You can’t miss it as it has a bunch of Airstreams and a few other vintage trailers out front.

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Here is one of the more interesting campers on Colin's lot.

Here is one of the more interesting campers on Colin’s lot.

A 1955 Airstream that up until recently was in two parts. The guys in the shop just recently reattached the shell and frame.

A 1955 Airstream that up until recently was in two parts. The guys in the shop just recently reattached the shell and frame. The apparatus in the rear of the photo is what they use to lift the shell off the frame.

The trailer is primarily at Colin’s to have gray tanks installed. He is also going to install a new Penguin low profile AC I purchased. There are a number of other things Colin is going to look into for me, like the dent in the curbside rear. He mentioned a number of other improvements that included a deadbolt lock and new exterior AC power connection. If he has time, he might get to those. Otherwise I’ll do them myself.

There was one area he noticed that caused me alittle concern. He said that I have some rot in the rear of the trailer floor that is causing the frame to separate from the shell. He said it is very common. He will know more when he drops the belly pan to install the gray tanks.

Here is the dent in the rear on the curb side. The device stuck to the skin is part of a dent pulling kit - it didn't really work.

Here is the dent in the rear on the curb side. The device stuck to the skin is part of a dent pulling kit I purchased – it didn’t really work. Maybe Colin can do something with it.

We left Colin’s around noon for the trip back to New Haven.

Here is our trailer at Colin's shop awaiting the install of gray tanks.

Here is our trailer at Colin’s shop awaiting the install of gray tanks.

Colin said we will get updates on the progress. I’ll update this blog as that happens.

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