Who knows what the future holds though…
As you know, the team has been pretty successful is acquiring as many original parts to the hull as we possibly could over that time frame. Unfortunately, there were individuals and factors involved that were out of our control and we came up short on one specific critical piece to the project yesterday (after nearly 1 year of tough negotiations and pure perseverance). I’m talking about the original 1979 Squire Shop trailer, which was built brand new by Service Welding and for the 1979 Squire Shop hull specifically. It has been “retired” since the early 90's and the current owner finally decided to part with it after numerous inquiries with them over this past year.
I will not disclose any specific details that resulted in us coming up short in acquiring the trailer, but I will say this………………..we were 99.9% close on making it happen. We struck a deal with the current owner to not only purchase the trailer, but their teams truck/hauler as well.
The plan was to refurbish both the truck and trailer to Squire Shop colors and graphics, which would have been the final key pieces to the restoration puzzle for us. We had secured a business partner to buy the hull that currently sits on top of the trailer as well as part of the deal (with funding in place), and we were working out the pickup arrangements as recent as a couple weeks ago. That however didn’t exactly happen as we expected, and at the end of the day…………….our business partner decided to buy everything for themselves and we ended up with NOTHING.
That being said, all we can do as a team is keep moving forward………………as we will use our frustration as motivation for future challenges. But right now, it really stings and we feel betrayed to say the least by the tactics used by others and what we thought were firm commitments already in place.
So what’s next for us you ask, we still need a trailer…………..right?
Well, we have to continue on and find an alternate trailer that will play the part instead. We have a few options in mind, with the original 1979 “Circus Circus” trailer at the top of the list. We have a pretty good idea where it is and we are in the process of contacting the current owner to see if that trailer is even an option for us to pursue further. The good news is that we don’t believe it's currently being used under a boat right now in the active fleet, so that surely helps in terms of the current owner entertaining the idea of possibly letting it go.
Time will tell, but I’ll let you all know once we’ve figure it all out. Ironically enough, that Circus Circus trailer was used as a Squire Shop trailer in its career at some point (1982-1986)……………..so it still “qualifies” per say.
Until next time…….