Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 23, 2014 20:31:43 GMT 10
Hi SGTL and DC3Td,
Interesting caravan, eh? Generally speaking, coach-style, V-shaped front vans didn't get built much beyond the 1930's, so it's an unusual style for the 1950's. Some really nice period fittings and furnishings inside.
I've been trying to figure out what brand name the seller may have interpreted as 'Glenric', but haven't come up with anything yet. Apart from Carapark, other manufacturers of aluminium 'toaster' vans included (South Australian) Paramount (which were actually re-badged Caraparks) and President, but neither of those names could be read as 'Glenric' I don't think... Maybe we can ask the seller to show a photo of the nameplate?
here is a photo of our FNQ Easter get together at Malanda with Wilson and Bruce's unbelievably comfortable 77 Pontiac Bonneville , and John & Paula's red and white Sunliner and 65 Buick Wildcat . and our ( Coral & Kels ) green Sunliner , our 60 Pontiac is out of the shot , On the other side of the trees is the Malanda falls ,and the sound of the falls all weekend was awesome . Good company -food and a few tasty beverages made the 4 days go to fast . kel.
Its hot up here. 1960 Pontiac Catalina wagon 1960 Pontiac Bonneville sports coupe 1965 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible 1960 Chev 4 door Bel Air 1997 AC Shelby Cobra replica 1963 Sunliner
Yup.. have to agree with you there..."Birthdays" Just another "People" element of the forum been shuffled to the back row.
I know we are all adults but... a simple happy birthday from the "extended family" is always well received. The Cyber greetings is like a hand shake when old mates catch up after a long period of time.. Costs nothing... but means a lot to the recipient.
So... Happy Birthday for yesterday Sue.. As a belated birthday gift I promise I will "Suck face" and share a drink with you when we catch up at South West Rocks "Christmas In July"... XXXX
Money can't buy you happiness .... But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery
Had the Wilson out over Easter so took some pics of the interior as Seeshell and shesgotthelook wanted to see the inside. Layout is different to most small vans as you see in the photos. In the sleeping area there were 4 bunks, the top being hinged and able to be lowered down to become the backs of the seats when sitting on the bottom ones. We used it for a while like this but found the single beds were not comfortable and were very narrow. I have now put in a double mattress crossways and find sleeping a lot more comfortable. The top bunk on the left has been removed which gives us more room. Alterations are not permanent and can be changed back to original in about 5 minutes. Interior is still a work in progress. The kitchen sink, cupboards and stove area are across the front on the van . The sleeping area can be partitioned off by closing the curtains in the walk through area. The misses will not be too happy with these inside photos, if she had known I was taking them it would be a lot tidier. Bruce
Post by shesgotthelook on Apr 22, 2014 21:15:18 GMT 10
Lined up in Wedderburn
Lined up in Boort
At the spanner mans place.
Kids catching a marlin
No.1 Son getting some inspiration
I'll leave it at that for now. I'm not much of a photographer & KFisher & Mrs Dave will give you a better selection. Thanks for a great few days, enjoy yourselves & all stay safe on the tour. Cheers, SGTL
Hi Rob, I replaced the chassis on my Quest last year and know first hand how hard it is. Lots of patience is needed to cut all of the bolts and screws to get all of the rusted steel and rotten timber out from around the perimeter of the body. Also, the body needs to be well supported during this process. I realise you posted this a few weeks ago and may have already done yours. If not, let me know and I'll keep checking on here. Cheers, Perry
One thing this new version of Forum operation has lost is its immediately visible birthday list.
A lot of the longer term members looked forward to being wished "Happy Birthday", as we felt part of a family of like minded people with common interests.
Now thats not happening, as unless you divert your interest to log in to a separate list of birthdays, they get overlooked. A sad thing I believe, & something that has taken another avenue of communication away.
So having said that, I wish my beautiful wife( & for the last 7 months my regular carer/nurse) Boots, a very happy birthday. I know she had a good day, because I remembered her birthday (for a change).
But I think most of us long term members could look at the birthday list, & try to put a little more feeling into this forum.
Sad news for those who have had to withdraw - maybe we'll meet you another time. This is our first Nationals and we are looking forward to it! Counting the sleeps now until Anzac Day which will be our start day for the trip.
- Van insured - Cat booked in to boarding school - Menu done - Minor repairs
Giday Yellowuki been silently following this thread with interest and it is interesting how you coming back to vac brakes! My Jennison has them and I have the hand controller as well. I being a fairly newcomer to all things VV have talked to some old hats and the general consensus is you spend as much getting fittings,tank and all the car related items required to get it up an running as you would on electric brake retro fit (only what I was told!!) Like you I'm all for originality so understand wanting to keep the 13" rims As Reddo sort of said opinions are like backsides, everone has one! But I'm sure when you sit on yours and scratch your head you'll come up with a solution and we can all benefit from it! Don't get me wrong advice and opinions are ok ! Anyway would love to hear what you come up with does your van have hydraulic vac assisted or cable acc assisted? Cheers Andrew
To be honest Andrew, having had the conversation with my Local "brake man", I'm anticipating that if I go to the vacuum option the cost may exceed that of fitting electric brakes. In my little brain, a vacuum setup over hydraulic brakes kind of makes more sense than electric magnets, that being said I understand that they are the ducks guts of trailer brakes. I don't really spare any expense with this van but I can't see myself spending money on an override system alone, given that I think override brakes are just a token gesture to "keep it legal".
I am more than satisfied/comfortable towing the van unbraked, as we don't exceed 50mp/h when towing and keep our huge stopping distance (as Reddo suggested). The whole reason for wanting to fit brakes is legality, however if we are going to spend money on anything it might as well be the best thing for our application (i.e, keeping my wheels, being able to control from the car etc).
I find it a shame that Vicroads can't make you go and put seatbelts in a car that didn't come with them new, however they can make you go back and put brakes on a trailer which didn't have them new....but, them's the brakes as they say!!!!!
Prior to departure I purchased a 1980 Ford fairlane as a tow vehicle, the engine was 25000k old, I replaced the fuel pump, the water pump, had the distributor rebuilt and tuned by experts. I put in a fan assisted transmission cooler and had done some small trips away to test the towing capabilities.
Day 1. Hooked the van up to the car and moved it out onto the driveway, ready for departure. While manoeuvering it I noticed the steering getting harder, and when I lifted the bonnet I noticed a large puddle of steering fluid on the ground. One hour later with the hoses re-clamped we headed off. We met Ken and Judy and Steff and Susan outside Canberra and headed to Gooloogong where we settled in for the afternoon. Gooloogong is a free camping spot with 8 powered sites and a shower in the mens and womens toilets. There were about 20 vans spread around.
Friends of ours came across from Forbes for afternoon tea.
Anne and I did a walk around town to fill in the time, happy hour then early to bed.
Day 2 Early to rise, very leisurely breakfast, the departed for Forbes. We stopped for fuel, then when driving past the main park we spotted some friends from Canberra who come to Forbes after the NSW Council of Car clubs Easter rally in their 1934 Chrysler Airflow. We recognised the car and then spotted our friends. An hour later we left Forbes, drove through Parkes and stopped of at the Parkes Radio Telescope for a look-see. We had morning tea then headed towards Narromine where we settled into the caravan park near the airport. Excellent facilities. We settled in, had a late lunch,and then relaxed until tea time. Early to bed.
Day 3 Rest day in Narromine. I got up early and walked the 3 k into town and back, just for the exercise. I stopped in at the golf club to see if I could organise quick round but the pro-shop was closed. So I headed back to the caravan park and found everyone had risen and breakfast was ready.
We had a leisurely morning and Joe and Maureen joined us for a drive into town where we found a nice bakery and had lunch. We then visited Coles for some groceries and the toured the town. There were some nice homes in the back streets.
Late afternoon Ken went down town to see a guy about his CB radio, and we went for fuel, and the eggs that Anne forgot.
Back at the caravan two more vintage vans turned up, and then later that evening, friends of Ken and Judy joined us. Once again an early night.
Mike and Anne.
Last Edit: Apr 23, 2014 20:40:33 GMT 10 by tooleyau
1980 Ford Fairlane
1935 Buick (Restored)
1935 Buick (hot rod)
Lives in Canberra.