Welcome to Rob's World!
Old cars, old trailers, motorcycles and camping are what we do here!
My car is a 1928 Ford Model A Roadster.
The Model A was produced between 1928, and 1931.
The Ford model “T” came before the Model A.
It doesn't have roll up windows, but instead uses side curtains to keep the weather out.
The air conditioning is easy to use...just open the windshield!
It has an electric starter, but also has a hand crank.
Starting the car with the hand crank isn’t hard, but must be done carefully to avoid injury…cars were not so “automatic” back then…!
The gasoline tank cap is just in front of the windshield, looks like a radiator cap.
The roadster has a 4 cylinder engine, small but powerful enough to cruise at 55 and pull my camping trailer.
A really fun car to enjoy in the warm weather!Click here to see a few of the cars I've owned.
At times, like everything else in life, things do not always go as planned (stuff happens) and a bit of effort must be
expended to get back on track.
The engine in the roadster needed to be removed and repaired...darn
Click here if you're into that sort of thing!
Now that engine is back in tip top condition, I don't hesitate to drive it anyplace I choose!
Click here to find out why we're in the river.
This was taken along the Mississippi on one of our camping trips.
If you'd like to read about why we built the teardrop and our special trip,
or just see more pictures, please click here.
Our 1948 Mobile Sportsman Trailer, all shined up.
As you might guess from the pictures, I like old trailers...
I like them so much that I run a Web page that deals with helping others
repair their vintage trailers Click to see
If you would like to see what is involved with turning an old trailer into a fun RV, please click here.
The page shows pictures of the process from start to finish, and includes interior shots.
Here is a brief preview...Lifting the body off the floor and frame.
New interior of the Sportsman
The Model A pulling our Cabin Car trailer.
Click here to see the interior and build pictures.
The Cabin Car is a hand built replica.
It is not an exact duplication, but designed with the general look and spirit of the originals.
The interior and galley are a more modern interpretation, filled with all those things we modern “campers” have become accustomed to…
There are only a handful of originals left, and they very rarely come up for sale.
Here are some pictures of originals along with the known history of the trailers on another page I created.
Although the Cabin Car is new, many vintage parts were used in its creation.
The frame and axle were salvaged from a late 1940's travel trailer.
The axle, after sitting all those years needed a little attention. Click here if you'd like to see how it was transformed from a rusty mess...
This is my latest adventure, a 2006 Vulcan Nomad 1600 cc touring bike.
My son and I took a 15 day trip from Illinois to Wyoming this last summer (2008).
If you'd like to see some of the neat places we went please click here!
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