Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 27, 2014 23:51:15 GMT 10
Congratulations on your new van. Thanks for posting the pics. Forum members always enjoy checking out other member's pride and joy!
As JBJ has intimated, your van is actually a Gracemur, which means that it is a Sunliner built under licence by Gracemur in Bundaberg, Queensland. That's indicated by the three piece front windows as well as the 'Q' serial number. There are other differences between Gracemur's and Sunliners, as well, but those two things are the most easily identified features.
I'm not sure if you've had a look at the Down History Lane section of the forum, but if you look there you will find a thread which tells you more about the history of Gracemur vans, and also shows some pics with the original livery (paintwork). You may find that useful if you are wanting to restore the van to a more original look. You can find the Gracemur thread by clicking here.
The other good news is that in the case of Gracemur vans, the serial number of your van tells you quite precisely when it was built - Q5 610 015 equates to 'May 1961 number 15'. So your van is the 15th Gracemur van, and was built in May 1961.
Im suggesting Canungra on the weekend of October 3/4/5/6 & very much how it used to be a few years back:
a pretty laid back camping event with campfires, camp oven cooking, no money collected, as little or as much organization as the participants want & a bit more family friendly than the last few events at Canungra...
Hi there. Gretel and I are newbies and plan to go to Canungra to learn about the camp ovens and just to relax. Cheers, Tricia
Having difficulty sourcing long beams (over 4 metres) to re-build the kitchen wall
Don't bother chasing 4 metre lengths. Try a different approach and join two shorter lengths with splints above and below the joint. If you stagger the joints on the wall, the resulting strength will be as good as a single 4 metre length. For example, the joint in the timber above the windows might be placed between the rear side window and that little window; the middle run of timber might be joined just back of the fridge opening; and the bottom run just forward of the fridge opening. If you look at working with multiples of 2.4m and 1.8m lengths, you'll be able to sort something out (2.4 + 1.8 = 4.2m).
Sometimes when the cladding is pulled off these vans, you discover some of the timberwork is cracked, and splinted joints is an easy way of repairing them in a lot of cases, rather than replacing them. Just put plenty of glue and a couple of screws in the splint, and it'll outlast you.
The coding written on the framework might stand for Offside (OS) Window Rear (WR) Wraparound?? Dunno what the 15 relates to. When you take the cladding off the other side, there might be the corresponding scribble for the NSWR Wraparound (meaning Nearside Window Rear...)??
The 1977 Millard poptop I restored needed 23mm square timber in the framework. Such a pain to find timber to match. However, I was in Bunnings one day during the early part of that restoration, and I scored a table saw kit for $70 on clearance, down from $140. It had the table, plus a 71/4" power saw, plus a jigsaw, plus a router -all in a box. I've given that saw table such a hiding over the last six years, cutting timber to various sizes to suit specific purposes in the restorations. I'm onto the third power saw now - burnt the first two out. The router was fitted to a router table I've got, and is still going well. The jigsaw hasn't been out of its box yet. (Got a good Makita one I use instead.) Best $70 I ever spent, I reckon.
Good progress being made on your project. Keep at it...
Last Edit: Aug 27, 2014 21:04:26 GMT 10 by Franklin1
If you've had your van rewired in the last four years, you are advised to check the brand of cable that was used in the rewiring. Imported electrical cable sold through 18 outlets over the last four years has been found to be substandard and MAY lead to the insulation becoming brittle within a couple of years, depending on the environment. The two brands of cable affected are Infinity and Olsent.
Post by teaandfleur on Aug 27, 2014 15:39:09 GMT 10
I am looking for a vintage caravan in WA. We are after the rounded shape! Approximately 15 foot (not too much smaller), licensed, preferably with sink, cupboards etc still in it. Happy to do a bit of work to it. Thanks
Post by Observatory on Aug 27, 2014 13:19:35 GMT 10
Having difficulty sourcing long beams (over 4 metres) to re-build the kitchen wall - perhaps available in Port Macquarie for a price.
Another issue is that the studs, beams and rails all have to be custom sized to 24mmm thick. 24mm no longer being used as wood sizes have progressively gotten smaller since the 60's. Thankfully I've found a mate with a thicknesser and ban saw.
I'm carefully diagramming and photoing the whole wall - 12V, 240V, structure etc and eating a little patience.
Post by strugglebrook on Aug 27, 2014 12:01:40 GMT 10
Just letting everybody know the annual Broke Village Fair is on Sunday the 14th September at the Broke camp ground. The Vintage caravan legend Reddo will be there camping the Saturday night ready to display on the Sunday. The trusty pooch Rattcliffe and I will be camping with him in the Supalite and the trusty EH Special, others most welcome. Who knows what Reddo will turn up with from the Shed of Invention.
Post by King Fisher on Aug 27, 2014 10:33:56 GMT 10
That bus sure is a beauty. We had the opportunity to chat to Russell & Rose about it, very loverly people. They did the current interior fitout in the early 80s and traveled all around Australia in it. There is plans for a more current interior refit and another trip around the block. When they did their but trip in the 80s, in ? Port Douglas ? they parked it up and used the suzuki to get right up the top of the cape. Pretty amazing engineering the rear contains a bedroom with big bed and a set of bunks for their 'children' at the time. All these fold out of the way to make room for the car to be driven up the ramp and parked inside the bus. Got a couple more pickies here one of Russell the owner and the other from the side outside.