Its been almost a year, on and off, working on this Vintage Spartan Trailer by Getty, but she’s finally in place, on the mountain side, in front of the rock cliff at the Ranch. I’ve been clearing out the existing road that Archie Moore built to get to his indoor boxing ring, just for this moment. We definitely had our doubts on being able to pull off the move. The 1946 Trailer sits next to the old barn that Mohamed Ali and Archie Moore used to train in at the “Salt Mine Camp.” The picture below is of Ali and Moore sparing in that ring, that once was, and it makes me super proud to know my family is here now. My Grandfather, Golden Gloves in the Navy, took a couple rounds in that ring with the best of the best way back when. There’s so much amazing history on this land. Thanks for letting me indulge.
It took two men, a specially equipped Dodge (bed remove to get an extra 2′ of turning radius out of the 60′ rig), a bobcat, a couple chainsaws and a half of a day to back the beast up the windy embankment onto her final resting pad. The next 70 years will be the best years of her life. She’s getting the special treatment of a polish and complete interior gut and rebuild.
She rests just a 100′ from where the greatest boxers of the world trained in about the same years that she was born.
I finally sold the dump bed that is currently my black Dodge today. I decided I should use it one last time tonight to load up the #Kawi before my hydrolic help went off to another home. I hope I don’t miss this helpful toy. It’s never been so easy to load heavy stuff. The reality is that I’ve only used it a dozen times in the 5 years that I’ve had it. Kind of a shame.
If it was legal, I don’t think I’d have a problem towing it to Lake Havasu with either rig.
On the road again… 7am can’t come quick enough.
A or B?
The things boys geek out about:
Dodge Ram Diesel 3500 Cab & Chassis Freightliner designed frame, 360 miles hand calculated… Are you sitting down?
Today is the first time I’ve seen her in person and I approve. Old folks are giving us a thumbs up as they pass her going down the freeway. I’ve never had this much attention, it’s making us blush. I’m smitten.
The dichotomy between generations is something that has me scratching my head. <30 year olds have no idea what is passing them. Part of me thinks that the younger generations doesn’t know what quality Craftsmanship is, even if it smacked them in the face, but, I’m probably stretching that theory a bit.
1946 SPARTAN by Getty (yes that Getty we learned about in High School Literature Class)