Vintage Vehicles - Teardrop Trailers
January 8, 2003 7:03 PM   Subscribe

Teardrop trailers were all the rage from the '30s to the '50s, and in vogue today with vintage aficionados. Some are woodies, some are made for motorcycles and most have lots of personality crammed into truly small space. The build-it-yourself bug spread with this 1947 Mechanix Illustrated article (pdf file alert) complete with plans. Follow one man's contemporary build-from-scratch adventure detailed in a photos essay, or get plans to build your own.
posted by madamjujujive (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This brings back some memories. My dad had vintage Popular Mechanics, Amateur Scientist and other publications from when he was in his 20's and 30's. Popular Mechanics always had really interesting projects, and Amateur Scientist had really interesting science projects that can (somewhat safely) be done in the home.

I haven't seen any modern magazines like these. Are there any periodicals with interesting projects in them?
posted by substrate at 7:40 PM on January 8, 2003

being something of a claustrophile, i love the idea of this small a space. And you gotta love the faux-aerodynamics. [this is good]. You rock, Ma'am!
posted by condour75 at 7:47 PM on January 8, 2003

Mechanix Illustrated had MIMI. [sigh]
posted by quonsar at 8:26 PM on January 8, 2003

For a while there I thought you were talking about some sort of movie advertising format that I didn't know about.

"Let's all go to the lobby and get ourselves some snacks!"
posted by shepd at 10:28 PM on January 8, 2003

So cool. Wish I knew how to weld...
posted by gottabefunky at 7:01 AM on January 9, 2003

And some of these old trailers are turned into motels.

posted by DBAPaul at 7:02 AM on January 9, 2003

Nice links, thanks.
posted by patrickje at 10:24 AM on January 9, 2003

Thanks madamejujujive for the links! You might like this Forbes article titled 'Sappy Motoring' on other cool vintage vehicles.
posted by snez at 11:43 AM on January 9, 2003

My gods, Madame, you are forever finding links to things that I then do not think I can live without. ;)

I adore these. I must have one for when the boy is old enough to go camping. He and his dad can sleep in the, I'm getting the camper. :)
posted by dejah420 at 12:01 PM on January 9, 2003

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