Thanks for your help Don, I'll try again with the photos. Ours is the that same one you looked at JBJ, we knew we were in for some major work but my wife has always wanted one so we couldn't pass it up. I'll call Johnnie and have a chat to him I think. I'll get some more photos up soon.
Hi All A follow up on bobandjacqui's post earlier. Demolishion of the office and factory took place recently, and thought we should record this on our forum. Office knocked down on Monday 11th August and the factory on Wednesday 13th August 2014.I understand some caravans and gear (perhaps some moulds)are stored at the rear of the development site.I am hoping someone can take some photos for our records. The end of a well made product enjoyed by many still today 50-60 years later, I don't know of any other marque of van that has stood the time in the numbers that the Olympic marque has been able to do. My register just keeps growing,by people who have just recently aquired a van or found that I have a register and wish to be included. One great 'family'. Cheers boblor
I can think of a few 15 foot Sunliners owned by Forum members. Johnnie & Annie own a restored one, as does Brendan & Stacey, and David & Lyn own one also.All of these live in SE Qld.
I know of a couple more, but they are not owned by Forum members. I looked at buying a 15 footer from Grafton a couple of years back. It was badly bubbled up under the fibreglass from the rusted ribs, & that was one of the reasons I passed up on buying it.
I remember that David had to replace/repair the ribs, & someone else I spoke to had the same problem.
I believe the nature of a metal stiffener glassed into place, in the environment of an enclosed van, would be conducive to it rusting,
Normal size Sunliners had a variety of stiffeners built in over the years. The one I rebuilt had none, & I have seen others the same age that had ribs glassed in.
Maybe making a new rib from polystyrene foam & glassing it in place would provide the desired stiffness, without risk of rust?? Or just repair/replace existing ones, & worry about them in another 50 years.
Hi Don, thye 4 berth version had 4 single bunks and small bunk windows. The 2 berth had 2 singles and larger windows. Top bunks were removeable at a later stage if not required. The Camberwell address was a factory yard only for Roma,factory was in Northern rd Heidelberg,then later moved to Bulleen rd Bulleen. (if my memory serves me correctly!) Cheers hughdeani
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 1, 2014 23:19:01 GMT 10
Roma 10 ft 6 in mini van advertised on Ebay, May 2011:
This van is very similar to Mgal's little Roma which is shown here. However, note that the external ledge under the front window is rounded on this van, while the edge on Mgal's van is sharply angled. Note also that the van in this post has two small windows, one more or less above the other, on the near side, suggesting that this van could be set up with bunks.
The 1969 Winser shows a 10 ft 6 in Roma with the sharply angled ledge under the front window, but also the two small windows on the near side. According to the description in Winser, the van was available as a 2, 3 or 4 berth van.
Note also that at this point Roma was located at 434 Burke Road, South Camberwell (Victoria).
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 1, 2014 22:54:42 GMT 10
Great to have you on the forum. It will be great to read your posts as you continue with your restoration.
I see that your Sunliner is a 15 footer! There aren't many of them around, and I think you may be the first person to come onto the forum with a 15 ft model (can't think of anyone else at the moment anyway).
I don't know enough about Sunliners to answer the question about the ribs, but I will certainly follow your thread with interest.
Regarding the photos, although it may seem fiddly and complicated at first, you might find it easier in the end to post your photos via Photobucket. There are instructions on how to do it in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Hints' section of the forum. That way your photos will appear more full size - and they are great photos, so worth showing them to full effect.
I am happy to help you if you find it a bit hard to work out. Just email me (click on my forum name in blue in the panel to the left).
Post by Don Ricardo on Sept 1, 2014 22:42:21 GMT 10
Aluminium Olympic caravan advertised on Ebay, May 2011:
The styling of this van is similar to the Sapphire caravan in the 1967 Winser, although by that date Olympic was advertising its more familiar fibreglass vans. That suggests that the Olympic aluminium van shown above may possibly be from around 1965/6 (guess only!).
This is the second aluminium Olympic we've seen with what appear to be Ford Falcon tail lights, so that suggests that this may have been a regular fitting by Olympic on these vans.
This is our 65 Sunliner we've had for a couple of years and are about to restore. I just wanted to see if I could load some photos but it's not as easy as I'd hoped. I've taken out the steel 'ribs' as they were rusty and causing bulges in the fibreglass and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts as to wether it was necessary to replace them. I've got a lot out of reading everyone else's resto's so thought I should post some pics of ours too. Hopefully I'll work out how to make them bigger soon and I'll put more photos up. Chassis has been sandblasted and sprayed and I'm still trying to work out the best way to put the floor back in.
I posted on here nearly six years ago about our family's Mintern expandavan. the post is still there, but aside from a few photos Don Ricardo reported, the images have disappeared, so I'll repost them below tomorrow. At the time I decided to give restoring it a crack, replacing some of the rotting timber etc. but after going back to work full time, and realising the amount of work that needed to be done it has sat there for the past few years like a monument to my failure.
We absolutely love the van, partly for its great design, and party because it's been in the family for over 40 years and until my dad passed away it went on nearly every holiday we took. We had been in conversations with a caravan repair place about the possibility of having it professionally repaired/rebuilt it, and saved up to get it done, but they have since advised us that it's not a job they are willing to take on.
So now we're left with a vintage van we love and can't bear to get rid of which isn't in a usable state, some money saved up to do something about it, but no one with the time or know how to actually restore/rebuild it.
Anyone interested in taking it on as a project, or know someone who would be? We'd obviously pay for time, materials transport etc. Its located in Balwyn North, Victoria.