Hi. its my first time posting here so let me know if i am doing anything out of place. Im after any info on this little van. I have a 1965 gypsy ..(that is what it was rego'd as)..and i want to restore it as original as possible, but it was half wrecked and i dont have any info about the seating.. except tell tale paint and scratches etc on the old floor from which i can tell its pretty much like all those little vans, with a small table to the lest of the door between 2 chairs that falls into place to become a single bed, and a couch that slides down into a bed at the back.. ( i do have the couch/bed boards that tell me a lot about that)... There was 2 doors that fit long ways at the front end and i guess they slid to the side to store bedding....anybody?
Its missing the badge at the front.. the lid for the sunroof..and has 4 curious, almost tennis ball size holes at top and bottom, front and back, as if something slotted in there.. there are marks on the inside of the outer skin like something round was inserted into it.. ( a curtain rod could explain the top one.. but the bottom one is a mystery..)
thats bout it.. if anyone has any pics of the insides of the same van or similar or any info.. it would be greatly appreciated!! Ill post a pic shortly. cheers
G’day All, We are at the “Warrawong on the Darling” caravan park at Wilcannia for a couple of days before heading on to Broken Hill by Saturday lunchtime. Some info that might help others travelling west via Narromine, Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia for the first time (like us)… 1. It’s bloody hot out here. Ditch most of those winter clothes you might have packed, and put in mainly summer clothes with a light sweater or two for the cooler mornings. Daytime temps around mid-20s. Nightime temps in mid-teens. 2. Road conditions – Barrier Hwy is pretty good. Can be a bit narrow east of Cobar but widens westward of that. Very little traffic, including trucks. Mostly it’s been just us and the road, and the wildlife near the roadside (lots of feral goats west of Cobar). Fair bit of roadkill along the way, so give yourself some space to react if travelling in convoy. I put some non-slip rubber mesh over the front of the car to cover the radiator area, but the bugs haven’t been all that bad. Only a couple of dragonflies and larger moths have been caught up so far, and we’ve covered just over 1000kms. 3. Flies – yep, plenty of ‘em. Bring flyspray and aeroguard. Not many mozzies around that bite, so they haven’t been a nuisance. If you like to have your van door open a lot, invest in plastic flyscreen strips, or bring some flyscreen mesh and a few pins or tape, to make up a makeshift screen for the door opening. (you’ll thank me for that, if nothing else). 4. Supplies – it’s a long time between drinks out here, so get your stocks in the bigger towns at lower prices. Narromine has Coles; Cobar has two IGA stores – take advantage of that – not much elsewhere along the way. 5. Petrol prices on the way – Unleaded 91 - Nyngan: $1.599 // Cobar: $1.619 // Wilcannia: $1.689 6. Caravan Parks we’ve stayed at this trip… Narromine (only park in town, next to airport) $30 for 2 Adults, pwr site, pet friendly// Cobar Caravan Park $35 per 2A, pwr site, pet friendly// Wilcannia “Warrawong on the Darling” Caravan Park, (an oasis in the desert!) $35 per 2A, pwr site, pet friendly [this is a new park only 12 months old; well signposted on eastern side of Wilcannia town. 1km from town and 1km off highway on graded dirt road. Very easy access. Great place. Note, no eftpos, only cash. Thanks Ken Koala for the tip about this place being here.] 7. Enjoy your travels. The scenery out here is as “boring as batsh!t” so carry something to entertain yourself for the long hours of driving. See you at Broken Hill! Cheers, Al.
I bought this spinflo stainless steel two burner and grill gas stove on eBay at auction for $160 - it is in pristine condition and looks like it has never been used. I bought it for my 1969 viscount because while the stove isn't retro, the size was good for my little van and the 'look' of the stove would not be out of place. However I cant use the stove as i intend to use the van for commercial purposes and It doesnt have a flame safety device. I am selling it for $150 plus postage -ph 0430768307 Fionna
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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.