I have came across this old van and I am trying to find out more information about it, I do hope to be able to bring it home this week if the weather holds it is on a mountain top and had been used to house a communication site I hope I can link my pictures here I have been told that the van was made from an aircraft body A DC3 and was use by a family to go on Holidays in
Hope someone out there may know if it homemade or if there was someone making these up in the past, I still don't have a date but think it might have been in the 1950's
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2012 14:25:04 GMT 10 by rusty4510
However none of them look exactly like your van, so the assertion that it was homebuilt is very possible.
Given the age of the tail lights, being 1950s, it could also have been repurposed war surplus stock materials (as it the case with my van) - staff members of those enterprises, and also the public, were able to buy materials as the war industries closed. Maybe even unused or decommissioned parts of DC3s were on offer - they were in production from the 1930s and were quite instrumental in WWII, so the timing would be about right.
Your van shares similarities with vans of the same period overseas - Bowlus and Airstream being the most notable of aircraft vans.
Hi Rusty & welcome. Very different isn`t it. So looks like a chopped section of a dc3 with overhung panels wrapped around each end frame.Internal door probably from cabin. Seems its stood the test of time well. Look forward to other pics. gordon
Looking at the number of windows and their size, I wonder if this has always been a working van - not dissimilar to those that were made by Carapark and also Franklin (?) (the "toasters") for the road crews/mobile operations like councils/etc. They were purpose built, and were not refitted "holiday" vans.
They were intended as mobile workshops or as equipment storage, and at best some bachelor accommodation on the road. Have you been able to see what it is like inside? Is there any evidence of a different fitment previous to it's role as a weather/communications station (or something like it)? It would be interesting to see if you can see any of it's history through interior configuration.
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2012 22:05:56 GMT 10 by seeshell
The Blue Flyer - 1951 Homemade Bondwood
Chryssi - 1966 VC Valiant Safari
The Seeshell - 1969 Olympic Riviera (deceased)
there has been a few question's asked about the van. I now have found out the original owners name and the fact it was build for camping I have yet to find the owner's son as his father has passed on I do hope to find out how it was fitted out inside when build most of the trim is gone see photo inside
the frame and body are in good condition it is all aluminium body and very strong axle and frame been very cold and a bit damp to venture onto the mountain top the last few days
well it looks lie someone has stolen the van from the mountain top we loaded up all the gear today to bring it back arrived at the site to find a bare spot where it was so looks like a search to find out who has taken it the gates were still locked so will be interesting to see what happens ... .I am not Happy
well news on the old van we have found it and is back in my yard long story, sometime soon I will be able to tell it here but for now I have spoken to the Builders son and he has told me more about it I will be visiting him when he is back from Holidays the van was made here took him a year to build it from the tail section of a DC-2 not a 3 as we thought the front section was also made into a van locally. I will be able to tell more when a few things have been sorted out this way
so good news Alan
Last Edit: Oct 8, 2012 18:47:38 GMT 10 by rusty4510