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I also love the old slide in campers. Would love to find one of them. Here's pictures of John Steinbeck's truck from Travels With Charlie, Steve McQueen's Chevy 3800 with camper, and an F-2 with original that is in the Peterson Museum. Stu
Oh yes, Rocinante. I was playing with slide in PU campers slightly after Travels With Charlie was published, still have the book. I took several such trips, although much shorter. I am looking for a period correct camper for my Camper Special, Missy Green or the '49. Would love to have one for a Truckstock trip.
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I think this would merit a separate thread for photos of old trucks with period-correct campers and shells, and maybe their sales literature also?
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I think this would merit a separate thread for photos of old trucks with period-correct campers and shells, and maybe their sales literature also?
There's a couple of threads on the HAMB about (mostly) trailers.
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Not so many about camper shells. Few of the actual 50's shells look nice to me, totally lacking the styling of the trucks. I think it was a much smaller market, back in a time when even car's frames were adequate for pulling a 30' Spartan (if not the brakes and engines).
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Yeah, Ilya, repost the pics. I must have been sleeping under a rock back when you posted them because I don't remember this thread. I too like the period camper shells, and would love to find one to park on the back of my project truck. Finding one from the late 40s or early 50s is a real challenge. Here's pics of one that I know about that is sitting on an early 50s Chevy 3600. But I measured it and think it's a few inches too short for a Ford bed. Next time I go see it again I'll do a better job with exact measurements. I think it could be bought.

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I also love the old slide in campers. Would love to find one of them. Here's pictures of John Steinbeck's truck from Travels With Charlie, Steve McQueen's Chevy 3800 with camper, and an F-2 with original that is in the Peterson Museum. Stu
Fantastic! thanks a bunch for posting those up!

Heh, I had the hardest time finding a camper cap for my '94 F150, and the cap I found, was the original owner selling it, and he said he bought it in 1994. Only used a few times, always stored in a barn, with a tarp over it.


It's mint inside and out!


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Can't imagine how hard it be finding a camper cap from the 50's though!
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Great camper shells guys, thx for sharing the pics.......John that really does look mint
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I think this would merit a separate thread for photos of old trucks with period-correct campers and shells, and maybe their sales literature also?
The title fits, so I'll add some here. One more of McQueen's truck, and a Cree sales picture. And a 1951 Popular Science profile of the Cree slide in. Plus, here's another old thread on the subject. Stu

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I'll have to look around for the pictures. Since that post, I think I've had at least one computer crash, so the photos should be mixed in with the new ones somewhere.
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I am looking for a period correct camper for my Camper Special.
Ford offered two different types 1973/79, both were actually supplied from Open Road.

1) Fibreglass camper shell, has compass emblems on either side in front of the side windows. Two versions of side windows, fixed and slide back/forth.

The front of the shell is raised, could be painted body color, and most I've seen are like this.

2) Over the cab self contained slide-in-the-bed type.

Both are shown along with all the individual parts (including the self containeds toilet!) in the 1973/79 Ford Light Truck Parts Catalog.

Ford also offered their own M450/500 Class A Motor Homes 1973/77.
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Here's one for ibuzzard and the '57-'60 guys. It's an old classified from the HAMB for a '58 with a period slide in. Pretty neat. Stu

1958 ford f350 truck w/Sport King camper - THE H.A.M.B.
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Wow I find that thing nicer than brand new models!
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Thanks, Stu. I actually had a SportKing on my truck when I got it back in 1998. I gave it away because although in great condition, It had one leak needing repair, and I had little skill to do so. That, plus the wife frowned upon it.

The truck and camper were both given to me by the heirs of the original owner, who bought it for retirement travel. My wife cleaned his house after his wife passed, and upon his passing, his kids gave the them to me. He bragged that it had been in all 48 lower states, and across the Kings Highway in Canada. Not sure what the Kings Highway even is.

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The ''Kings Highway'' is the trans Canada highway, it runs from the West coast to the East coast, some other roads are also called the Kings highway......Canada is weird
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The original: El Camino Real ~ The Kings Highway, named by Spanish explorers in the 18th century. This is the Spanish Mission trail from Baja Mexico to Sonoma CA

Today, it's known as Highways 1/101 here in CA
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Bill, I did know our meaning for the term, but not Canada's.

I drive on part of it usually every week,sometimes daily. I am pretty sure that it "roughly" corresponds to 101, not 1. At least up in my neck of the woods.
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Bill, I did know our meaning for the term, but not Canada's.

I drive on part of it usually every week,sometimes daily. I am pretty sure that it "roughly" corresponds to 101, not 1.

At least up in my neck of the weeds.
Fixed it for you and yes most of it is located on 101, but some of it is still on just plain 'ol 1. Before the Eisenhower Interstate Highway Act, 101 was 1.

World's first freeway: Arroyo Seco (dry gulch) Parkway, opened in 1940, known today as the Pasadena Freeway.
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