Thanks Skooter, oh, one thing I failed to mention. My brother in law and I made a different type topper to carry tobacco plants on a 67 Ford p/u back in 1970. On the way we found out that it blows off like a feather if it's not anchored. I-4 in Orlando, never looked back. I was surprised how fast that 352 c.i.d. would go. Also you can use anodized metal if you want a colored topper. I'm using galvanize color because it looks more country. Wow! Dad's truck looks great. I had a friend that took the trip in the 60's in his 67 Chevy truck. Because of the lime rock road when he got back it looked like someone had been shooting it with walnuts at close range. He put wire cages on the windshield and all lights and took it back three more times. Love your 52. Love my Rochester B's. Doc
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My wife and I made a very similar trip the year previous to yours. We started and ended in Seattle. I took spare parts including spring leaves, head gasket set, fuel pump, water pump and other stuff I no longer remember. The only thing I needed was a part I forgot to bring, a fuel filter that plugged up 20 miles from Dawson City, YK. I nursed it to the NAPA store in Dawson and got a replacement. The old one was plugged with what looked to be goat hair.
I'll upload a couple of pics. Their locations will be obvious.
1st Picture: I talked to the driver in 2004 in St. Mary, MT on the east side of Glacier NP. He was from Seattle and had just crossed Going to the Sun. Was that you? There are differences (like the camper) but there are similarities too.
2nd Picture: Camper was just sitting there up the Bitterroot Valley. Class C?
We took a 2-month trip to Alaska with our truck camper and other great straight 6-cylinder (D*dge diesel). We went to Haines on the Alaska Ferry for 2 1/2 weeks and 5 layovers. Continued on but missed Prudhoe.
Last edited by Wally / Montana; Thu Jul 23 2020 06:13 PM.
28 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
Tom ya got that right! I'm in AZ now, slightly closer than TN (maybe)!
Anyway, I'm thrilled to have found the sketches I'd made to build the camper. Anyone who's seriously interested enough to be able to use the sketches for ideas to make your own, feel free to PM (as long as it's understood FOR PROFIT USE IS NOT AUTHORIZED). Keep in mind the dimensions may or may not have been changed as the build progressed, plus my bed is ever-so-slighly out of square, so measure your own bed first.
Below is my brother David changing one of the flats on the way back from Prudhoe to Fairbanks. This one was a blowout, nothing gradual about it. I reasoned the harsh high ridges inside the period correct Firestones were responsible for chafing the tubes. That didn't cause every flat, as one shop found a valve stem cap between a tube and tire with obvious results, but I know several of the inflated tubes bubbled along a chafe line when checked in soapy water afterwards.
Also some video captures showing inside the camper (with blown out tire in one). That ill fated removal of a main bearing shim (to close the leaking seal) also resulted in sending my wife to find the best-we-could-afford camera that was both video and photo capable, and although I used my good 35mm SLR for hundreds of film prints, the captures attached here is the best of the camper-fully-loaded I ended up with. In other words, the technology of the day wasn't anywhere close to what it is today, although I still wish I'd been able to select a cam myself instead of getting a facefull of 10w40 drips changing that main bearing/seal 3 days before departure.
Forgot this one showing inside cabinet with bottom hinged door so you can still get in there with junk scattered all over the bed. (Sketches mentioned above show outside dimensions only; nothing inside camper.)