Saturday, September 27, 2008

Travco Background - Short Story

Ok, so maybe I should give everyone some background on my Travco. I am good friends with the father (Chuck Deaton) of one of my pledge brothers (Craig, or R-Less) from my Engineering fraternity, Theta Tau. Anyway, he (Chuck) likes to work on old vehicles, and had purchased the Travco on the west coast and between a bunch of beer and money, he had it restored it to good mechanical order, more about that later. Chuck has another RV and I took my wife down to his house to see it, as we were planning on borrowing it sometime. As we came up the drive, we saw the Travco, the back window was out as was the door's sliding window. I assured her that it was not "it." Well, short story is later, after Chuck found out I was looking to buy an RV, he offered to give me the Travco. Luckily, my wife wanted to move my office out of the house to make room for the new baby's nursery, so it was a "go."

So some of you other Travco owners have commented on the looks and waves you get from others, and I know how it is, but when you see these pics, you will understand I kind-a get slightly different looks, but always smile. (or laughs!)

As you can see, previous owners painted it with primer gray, then Chuck started to sand off the primer, and that is what you get. I had to remove the luggage rack as it was only held-on with 3 of the 8 bolts, and the other holes just let in water, so off it came.

So current plans are to continue to work on leaks on the back and side windows,install throttle-body fuel injection to replace the carburetor and improve the fuel economy (economy???? Ha!) mainly to improve the drivability.

Check out the 4 cylinder flat-head 6.5KW Kohler generator in this thing, weighs a ton, but so cool!


LisaS said...

Le plus cool. Reminds me of that big old car you had in college, kind of. What was that thing??

1966 Travco 270 said...

Ah, yes, the 1973 Plymouth Satellite
It kind of floated on the road at high speeds.