Post by supreme78 on Sept 20, 2014 14:49:11 GMT 10
I would love to tackle the van myself but I don't own a shed and it would need a shed for a resto. I have an almost finished 1978 viscount supreme and a 1971 viscount royal in good original condition.
I want to tackle this one as it's got a shower in it. The aerolite looks good on the inside and has the different coloured doors like standard. The owner traveled around Australia in the old girl in the 1970's.behind a diesel landrover. That would have been a slow trip in a 70's 4 cylinder Landy towing the old aerolite. Might see if he has some pics to post. The van is in country Vic near mount Buller
Thanks for thinking of me fellas but..... I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for full on caravan restorations, fast cars and fast women and...I don't want a Cath Kidston decorated caravan(as the poms call them) Would be good to see the 1930s van restored though aye ? These rigs are about as fast as I want to go.
By the way..... The Austin is for sale if you want it.
Last Edit: Sept 20, 2014 14:56:38 GMT 10 by cobber
I think I could have found another REAL SLOW tradesman. He's had it 2 months, & its still not ready to paint. He says its nearly ready, & he has given the whole car a rub with 180 on the final primer, with more finer rubbing to go.
I got disappointed when he asked me where the two colours separated, as I had gone to a lot of time & effort working that out, & painting the two colours of undercoat joining where I wanted them to. He just rubbed all that off, not asking if there was a reason for it.
So now he has to reinvent the wheel, & I have to make another trip to check it.
But he reckons that in about 3 weeks he might start painting the white on the bottom.
His workmanship is very good so far, his time management is on a different frequency to mine.
Still hoping to have it back painted & basically assembled by this Christmas.
Keep tuned for the next exciting episode of " Will it ever get finished in my lifetime????" by the guy that can find all the slow tradesmen.
Post by Observatory on Sept 20, 2014 11:04:19 GMT 10
Yes busted the piggy bank on the stapler. The hand action staples were just too wide and not deep enough to hold well. And considering how many staples are used to hold the cladding in place - especially along the lower front and back cladding, I went the big gun.
Hi Greg. No, there are no solar panels connected. I am in the process of doing up a 1966 Viscount Ambassador and thought I would do all the 12 volt electrics, which includes running the lighting and power socket cables through the roof space whilst I have the ceiling out and before putting the new one in. As per my last post/thread where it dropped down to 12.79, I disconnected the red and black main battery cables and the meter then told me the battery was at 12.93v. The idea will be that I will set up an Anderson plug underneath the van to connect to a solar panel to charge it when possible or charge it using the smart charger whilst near 240v. I just could/can't work out why the battery voltage was dropping when there was nothing drawing on it. Thanks Greg, Bob.
What you are experiencing is perfectly normal. All batteries require a higher than set voltage (in your case 12v) to effect a full 100% charge. When the charger is removed, the voltage will drop rapidly to 12.6v - 13v depending on battery type and condition. If your battery is holding 12.9v after initial voltage drop, I'd say you have a pretty good battery.
Question; are your batteries connected to a solar panel??
Thanks Pete. When you say detaching some of my wires, are you referring to the wires from the fuse holders to the individual lights and power sockets or the red and black B & S 6 wires from the battery terminals to the fuse holders? Just checking the meter now, almost 5 hours after I connected them all up it is down to 12.79. The battery seems to be getting slowly lower as the night goes on and at this rate by morning it would be down to the danger/urgent recharging level. Why am I loosing battery charge at this rate when I am not using the lights etc do you think? I might have to go onto one of the 4WD sites where they specialize and trouble shoot these 12 volt system problems. Regards, Bob
Post by Observatory on Sept 19, 2014 19:17:38 GMT 10
Hi Mibosa, my 12volt knowledge is pretty basic but to me your battery seems to be operating normally.
I've used a similar size battery off-grid for my own van for 3 years. Like yours, when charging it goes to a bit around 14.2 volts. When sitting with out charging: 13.4 volts. When under load 12.6.
One thing to note is that DC is very inefficient over greater distances ie voltage drop with longer wiring. Maybe try detaching some of your wires to see if there is any variance in your voltage drop??
Hopefully I have completed the Photobucket transfer properly and you are able to see the photograph of my 12 volt battery system.
I have a 130 AH deep cycle battery which I have installed to power a 9 x 12 volt LED spot lights, two LED strip lights and some 12 power sockets. As the photo shows, I have used B&S 6 wire from the battery terminals to fuse boxes. In the photograph you will see that I have placed fuse boxes in the top row for both + and - leads to address lighting issues and the lower row is for addressing power sockets.
When the battery has been fully charged using an appropriate charger (with no other leads attached) the reading is 14.08 volts. Upon attaching the + and - leads to the battery it then drops to 13.48 and after almost two hours it drops further to 12.90 volts. And that is with no 12 volt lights on or any appliances drawing on the 12 volt power sockets. What am I doing wrong or is all this normal???????? What is causing the voltage drop????????
That'll do me. The Simpson Desert is close enough!! This road runs WNW from Bedourie for about 170km and terminates at Ethabuka Station about 30 km from the QLD/ NT border and 20km from the northernmost extremity of the Simpson Desert National Park. Because of its 'no through road' status, not many people get to travel on it. But it sure is a remarkable remote part of this wonderful country of ours!!
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 18, 2014 23:07:18 GMT 10
Glida caravan listed on Ebay, November 2011:
This van is identical in shape to the two vans shown in the post which commences this thread, except that the walls of this van are mainly clad in the same ribbed aluminium panelling all over apart for the sections around the front and rear windows. The Ebay listing also included photos of the interior which we haven't seen before: