You can get new rubbers for aluminium(Qualcraft) side windows from forum member tonyh on here . Make contact with him by sending him a personal message.
The fixed front and rear windows are a bit trickier. They are made from Perspex(plastic). So you'll need to find a perspex supplier who can cut and bend windows to the required size /shape. If you still have the originals ,then you can use them as templates to have the new ones made. Otherwise you may have to take the van to the supplier, to have them made to the correct size. Each of the 4 windows will be a slightly different size/shape. My windows came with my Sunliner as an unfinished project, so can't help you there Once you have your windows made , you need to find someone who can fit them! I was lucky to find an old school mobile windscreen guy (been doing it for 35 years or so!) who came and looked at my job, supplied the rubber and fitted them perfectly. On my first Sunliner resto I used a "H" type rubber. This time I used one which used a bead insertion like earlier car windscreens. I prefer this type to the "H" type. Most Sunny owners have used a variety of different rubbers for the same or similar results. IF they don't leak, all is good!! Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Cheers Sutcac
hi, there is info on main roads site ... pig trailer or self assestment...you may have to check van weight on weigh bridge $15 located at scrap metal merchants or local dump which will issue you with ticket/ then plus 100 kg for clothing food etc.... if van is still registered in s.a i would cancel or let it run out... then re register on a self assesment form which can be obtained from main roads....fill out as new registration or you will need a road worthy for the brakes.smoke detector.fire extingisher..gas certicate if applicable and inspection at main rds,,, believe me it is easier to self assess... had a van that had been registered as an olympic a long time ago and thought i would do the right thing and change it to sunliner... but all i did was open a can of worms,,, hope this is of sum help,,,, go vv
Do you really need a clue.......or are you afraid you might get it right, and have nothing to post??
Fibreglass fantasia!....1 Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)...... also a late 30's masonite van plus a 52 homemade plywood......also a 58 Millard with Jones wheel and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '54 FORD Skyliner V8 for my towcars.
Hi again Sutcac thanks again for info for lights they arrived today i have got another curly question for you who did the rubbers and windows on your van as i want to have all rubbers replaced in my Gracmur and cant find anyone in Brisbane to do the fixed windows happy to take the van any where to have them done?
Don`t you dare give up Pete....Now:simple solution - a length of scrap timber maybe 4x2 placed its length under the ceiling cupboards.Now gently prop up till you can see they`re level.As you lift the prop you`ll probably see the sink cupboard align with wall.Check the sink cupboard for level.Add a couple of screws through the sink cupboard frame to a couple of frame studs.Now your wall is pulled in straight.Until you`re ready to finish the upper cupboards,cut a couple of timber props & position them say,one each end of the sink which will keep the upper cupboards more or less level.Then its up to you how you finish it off.Maybe a couple of wrought iron style shelf supports from the big green shed? You`ll probably have to add a couple of screws from the outside frame through or vice versa or both.That way your upper cupboards remain flat to the wall/the wall stays flat & the support brackets keep it all together.Ok.afternoon teas over,back to work. gordon
I once owned a Don caravan with the same problem ( a feature of Don caravans I have been told ) I squibbed on doing the restoration and it eventually finished up in the hands of forum member Colin.
My understanding is, he replaced much of the damaged frame work, as you have done, then he removed the sink cupboard and adjacent cupboards, tied a strap from the bowed-out wall across to the other side and pulled the bowed wall into line. He then re-installed the cupboards fixing them securely to the floor and the wall. I don't know for certain sure, but I imagine he would have fixed metal diagonal straps in both directions within the cupboards before releasing the restraint strap.
So as to not mess up your thread I'll just give links to the Don.
Post by Observatory on Sept 30, 2014 14:14:38 GMT 10
Difficult decision time... The new wall is bowing out (see photo) from the pressure of the upper cupboards and the fact that they've sagged for many years after water damage. The sink cabinet is not butting up square to the wall due to the outward bulge in the wall.
I'm afraid it's gotten too big a job to correct as it would probably mean removing the ceiling/roof and untying all the cabinetry to put in new battens.
It's sad to compromise on the quality of this build but I think it will now be a "salvage" rather than "restoration" job.
Post by shesgotthelook on Sept 30, 2014 10:54:04 GMT 10
Visited the Dakdak cafe in the school holidays. Dakdak is the sound of a VW starting Very eclectic mix of items on display. The owner hosts lots of different club meets & is very supportive of anyone doing car restorations etc. I couldn't get him to remove the original clock from the Viscount for me though
'All things in moderation & an ounce of common sense'
Hi jondi, Can so relate to cars breaking down and spoiling your day. ;-Many a time the rod and caravan came home on the Tilt tray. Boring modern cars can still let you down but give me one any day. Boots
You're certainly not mucking around with the restoration. I am not certain of the exact manufacture date of our van as we haven't found any indication of a date. I have had a go at this photobucket so there is a link below for a couple of photo's.
You can see the stained/damaged wood where water has got in. It is worse at the rear windows. I considered rebuilding the damaged wood but probably to much for me. I don't have a shed as you can see and with 2 young kids its hard to get time alone to work on it. I will treat the wood rot with wood rot hardener which I got from bunnings then seal in the windows. I am in a dilemma as to what to seal the corner moldings of the van with. I am considering sikaflex polyurethane sealant for all the corner moldings and butyl for all the windows. Not sure if I should also use butyl for the corner moldings as well. I know if I use polyurethane sealant I will have trouble detaching the corner moldings but if done right the first time it should last the life of the van.
Post by 1954homemade on Sept 30, 2014 8:19:09 GMT 10
Hi Bob, You must have forgotten our conversation about the chassis number. I think you were out at the time, so perhaps didn't get a chance to write it down. Not to worry, I will give you a call again soon. Di
Willow5075, Yes it is sad to part with treasured items but we are starting to get slowly organised and very excited about the big trip.
Post by hughdeani on Sept 29, 2014 22:16:41 GMT 10
hHi all, just found my rego number of my old Roadhaven,H55.095,so a bit out! Must learn to put photos on here so I can show pictures of my van which I sold in 1995,was just so heavy to tow. I first towed it with a Fairmont gxl 351v8,then a LWB Nissan Patrol,then a GQ Patrol.All were just passable as tow vehicles,and all fitted with air brakes and full Hayman Reese towing gear!Boy she was a heavy van!But bloody magnificent workmanship!Nothing before or since has ever come close to quality IMO. Cheers hughdeani
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 29, 2014 22:10:30 GMT 10
Great to see the photos of your van. Thanks for posting them so quickly. Its length give it quite an imposing look.
Interesting to read the comments of Dave01 and Hughdeani about the various Roadhaven tandem vans. Because Herb Pruser was building vans in relatively small numbers, he was obviously able to be a bit creative as he went.
Photos of the 15 ft Roadhaven tandem that Dave01 mentioned can be found on the thread about Tubbygra's collection - click here. Make sure you look through the entire thread because there are various photos of the tandem spread through a few posts. There are also some pics of Tubbygra's 1956 single axle Roadhaven there as well.
Probably about time Dave01 put together a post on the development of Roadhaven vans for the DHL thread. What about it Dave01? I suspect you have enough pics of various vans that it would make quite an interesting post...
I don't know if anyone is interested, but while recently passing through Borrika in rural SA, I noticed an old caravan behind the Institute hall. Upon further inspection I found it was a Quest Swagman, with some old rego papers inside which suggested it may be a 1975 model. It was just the aluminium shell but windows seemed intact, a bit of wood paneling and lights inside. If someone wishes for the remainder of the rego details regarding possibly the last owner, let me know. Regards, Bob.
Hi all, at last a new Roadhaven thread. The information i supplied above was both right ? and wrong. The tandem numbers supplied by manufacturers son, but time clouds facts and all were not numbered, lowest number about 45,thats how many they guessed that made before official numbering. This is why number 1 does not exist. In my records i have no 127 as a 20ft with shower being a 1965 van, could that have once been your's Hughdeani? .The other tandem belonging to Tubbygray is much smaller at 15ft from memory, photos posted previously. Noosabill's van looks restorable and its rarity would certainly add to its value. Roadhaven vans custom built to order so to find two exactly the same a rare occurrence. In 6 years ownership i,ve yet to see another identical to mine. cheers, dave
Good to see you had a great time. We have done a few of the country shows and it is good entertainment as well as being looked after by the locals. We would like to get there next time once we get our old cars sorted. We have broken down on the last couple of trips and it takes the fun out of it. Next weekend we are taking our boring but reliable modern car.
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