I am just about finished dismantling everything from the floor up and have determined what to keep versus what to toss. The things I removed from Sparta fall into three categories – definitely reusable, not reusable and salvageable but questionable. As I have taken inventory and mentally placed items in those classifications I have come head-on again with the question of authenticity. I am putting more and more into the first bucket. The deeper I get into this project and the more I read online, the greater my inclination to salvage as much as possible from the original. This is driven by avarice (I am finding that authentic restorations are much more valuable out there) and motivated by sentiment (remember my earlier reference to my 300 disc CD changer). I like old stuff and it seems a shame to throw-away perfectly good things. By the way, I have become more familiar with the Spartan Trailer community and learning about what is truly coveted within its ranks by joining two groups on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/spartantraveltrailers and another one called “rollin’ oldies vintage trailers”. The first one is particularly geared to Spartan aficionados and both require membership.
So, back to my buckets. I have already covered in some detail the stuff worth keeping. Things like cabinets, light fixtures, doo-hickies (window cranks, etc.), mirrors and some interior trim (window frames) are no-brainers. Much of this stuff is authentic, irreplaceable and adds vintage charm. I have shared pictures. Here’s more.
In the second “trash” pail are the obvious things which will be jettisoned. Old, water-damaged birch paneling, bags and bags of fiberglass insulation (laid double-thick on the ceiling by the way), shredded wood, metal trim, termite-damaged trim [more than initially reported (those little bastards are tenacious)] and, of course, anything having to do with that toxic mess of a floor that will soon be torn up and bagged as hazardous waste (still awaiting lab verification of asbestos risk). Say bye-bye…. Also, the entire electrical system has to go. It is still in place for now, except for the breaker box, but all the wiring will eventually get tossed, once the autopsy is complete and the central nervous system is better understood.
Of course, I have mentioned the old appliances and they are going. They are neither charming nor redeeming in any way. They will fit through the very large window mid-ship which I will remove for said extraction. And then there is the furnace: Get a load of this monstrosity. I have concluded that this beast is the recovered booster rocket that launched Sputnik way back when. At over 150 pounds and 43,000 btu’s, I am thinking it is both overkill for a space this cozy and probably horribly inefficient – assuming it works at all, which is a stretch.