I would have thought you should replace the ceiling with a similar panelling to the original - ply with laminating on one side. To my knowledge this is still available quite readily. It would end up a better finish.
Thanks Don, I tend to agree with your feedback, especially about normal ply. I did notice when I bought some normal ply to do some other internal jobs that when it was laying on my garage floor it also had a tendancy to warp after a while so I presume when I buy some, the sooner I get it up and securely fixed the better it will be. I won't get around to it for a few days, so others may add their support to that concept by then.
So sorry to hear your news, but glad you told us. You know you have a lot of friends here on this site and we're all barracking for a complete recovery. Keep up those progress reports and God bless you through these times.
G'day one and all, not been around much of late as I don't have any project on the go yet but thought I would stop by to inform those that do not know about my recent issues and to update those that do, I have recently been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus,Yeah!!! thus far all the scans and tests that I have had have come back negative and nothing can be found anywhere else in the body so it is well contained and from all reports can be cured with the surgery they are planing for me in the new year, I am currently waiting to hear back from Peter Mac as to when they want me in for a CT scan to take precise measurements as to it's location in preparation for Radiotherapy, this will take place five days a week with Chemo one day a week for five weeks after which I will have a 4 to 6 week break then surgery followed by some more Chemo. As strange as it may sound I am in good spirits and am not at all concerned with my predicament it is what it is and we need to deal with it like we would anything else put before us the only upside has been a loss of weight and more to loose yet so I'll soon be a slim Jim like I was in my younger days, any one want to buy some fat clothes? will drop by from time to time to update anyone who cares to whatch this thread as to my progress, for now all is well and I believe it to be so into the future all be it with a few hurdles to leap over on the way.
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Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 25, 2014 20:12:15 GMT 10
Now you're talking about a topic I can tell you something about!
Marine ply is essentially a high quality ply which is made using the same technique as other ply, but uses higher grade veneers without defects. As a result it has minimal core gaps, and is therefore both stronger and less prone to absorbing water in the core. Because it uses high grade veneers it is also more expensive.
Marine ply was/is often used for boats (hence I presume 'marine') because of its qualities of being stronger and less prone to absorbing water. It was also commonly used for the external cladding of bondwood vans for the same reasons. Whether you want to spend the extra cash on marine ply for your ceiling depends on whether you need the extra strength and water resistance. For lining your ceiling I would tend to think you don't, but on the other hand if you're happy to pay for the extra cost it won't do any harm! If you were talking about cladding or lining your walls I'd say use marine ply.
I am ready to instal a new ceiling in my aluminium frame 66 Viscount Ambassador. I commenced using 3mm MDF board but found that over a few days and before I was able to instal my cornices etc, that the MDF started to warp. I am guessing that plywood is really the way to do it, with its obvious strength in the way it is manufactured. My previous ceiling was made of masonite and pop riveted to the ceiling aluminium beams, a method of which I think I will duplicate and cover the rivets with pieces of wood. I am after advice on what type of ply to use. Is the standard 3mm ply from Bunnings okay for this purpose? I hear some people mention marine ply, is that for the ceiling or floor???
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 25, 2014 12:24:48 GMT 10
Don't be too hard on those of us that read your threads but don't respond with info or advice. As you probably realise, a lot of us on the forum enjoy reading the various threads but (like me) don't have the technical experience and/or skills to be able to answer the questions you ask. The good thing about the forum is that there are people that can answer most questions that arise, and that they provide the necessary info when they are able.
Anyway, good to see that you got the info you needed from Boblor, Koala and Gregh. Well done to them.
Hello all, I have just got what is left of a caravan and need some help identifying it. The previous owner said that if was a late 60’s Millard and it carries the chassis number M4807. Can anyone confirm this?
To boblar, Koala and gregh, thank you all for your responses. I had my dummy spit about lots of viewers to my post with no responses and the three of you had the decency to throw some advice my way, for which I am appreciative. It enables me to think about what you have suggested and throw around all the options to suit my purpose. I am looking forward to the caravan/camping show in Adelaide in February 2015 (from memory) where there appears to be a good attendance of vintage vans where I can look and ask questions of those who have gone through what I am doing now. Regards to all, Bob.
I little tip for anyone wishing to fit a Anderson plug and run wiring through a tow car to a caravan. Supercheap sell a kit which includes wiring with anderson plugs installed. Just sayin but I don't understand why people would want to fit monster batteries to their van unless they wish to run inverters etc. I run two 14ah batteries (about the size of motor bike batteries) and these are ample to run all lighting, radio and a domestic 3 way fridge. Usually the frige is only running on the battery in the van on 12volt when we stop for a coffee otherwise it is running off the car or on gas. Recent 3 months on the road with this setup and no problems. Koala
Post by markandshaz on Oct 24, 2014 17:55:56 GMT 10
Hi We have a 1967 Frankland Caravelle we have restored and are in need of some external cladding for the bottom LHS as it is pretty cactus with dents. It is a 14 ft van but longer is ok as I can trim back. If you know of anyone with a wreck or basketcase - please drop me a line or sms on 0428 283 510. thanks heaps, Mark and Shaz.
Hi mibosa I Have found the off cuts from solar panel installers are good heavy duty cabling and fit the Anderson plug nicely.The cable I used is rated at 1,5 kv and is a 39 core fine wire double insulated. I don't think the solar panel installers use their off cuts, so go fine one and do a deal. This cable is very flexable and easy to use, I have used it on a number of vans over the past few years, for all 12volt runs. Thats my two bobs worth on the subject.Some experts on the subject may recommend a much heavier cable for two batteries side by side for connecting one to the other ??. Cheers boblor
Thanks Greedy53, of 77 viewers to my topic you are the first to offer any assistance! I am with you on the big wire concept but what have you got going to your Anderson plug? 6 B & S or 16mm2? Regards, Bob.