Post by atouchofglass on Mar 9, 2010 17:21:44 GMT 10
Gidday Everyone Well before going up to Lake Tinaroo on the weekend, the trouble and strife let me know she wasn't happy about the single beds.
This photo was taken before refitting the small cupboard.
Originally it was OK but ..... well....... She wanted a double.....
So I had no intention of ripping out the two singles What to do ????
Easy buy a sheet of 12mm ply - dock it to size - rip it up the middle. This gave me two pieces 1850 x 600 and a left over
One on top of each single bed (under the mattresses) until needed.
Take them out when needed rearrange the beds and ...... here's the results
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Now we can have double or single beds as needed. All for the price of a sheet of ply
Talk about a huge bed, luxury plus ..... It's bigger than the queen size we have at home. Miles of room!!!!!! Because it sits over the single beds and the small cupboard- the bed is 1800 wide and 2 mtrs long.
No complaints about having no room to stretch out now ;D ;D
Post by atouchofglass on Mar 17, 2010 6:28:27 GMT 10
Hi Guys Well the story continues.....
While preping the van last year I installed a water filter. Reason being that I wasn't sure of the quality of water that we would encounter while travelling.
Well it was definitely used in Bowen. The camp had access to bore water only..... hmmmm ok for washing and showers... ...... .... but.... don't drink the stuff.
It is highly mineralised and has a smell and taste. There is also a small amount of algae in the water. The stink stays in the filter no matter how much water you flush through it.
Algae must live in the filter. Couldn't get rid of the smell when using mains water wherever we went.
So changed it today. Little bit late but better than not at all.
You will notice at the bottom of the photo that under the bed has been seperated where the water filter and filler are.
I knew there would be water spilt when changing filters or if there was a leak. So that section is seperated and almost waterproof.
So .... What else has gone into the Olympic of late? Well The shake down trip to Bowen also showed up the lack of bench space. Once the Microwave is on the benchtop there is little room for preparing food while cooking. Sooooo Added this over the past week
Bit difficult to get in and out of bed unless....... It can be folded out of the way. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Little more wood work to do before I make a latch to hold it up. Laminated on both sides so it blends in when folded up. Glad I had extra laminate left over. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Bit of fun doing wood work after all these months.
Now that you've nearly finished..............and got nothing to do, there is some work required on a 21' ...... You're doing a great job...."Love your work".
Fibreglass fantasia!....1 Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)...... also a late 30's masonite van plus a 52 homemade plywood......also a 58 Millard with Jones wheel, a 10'6" Country Club and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
Thanks for those. May invest in another filter from best filters some time in the future. Other expenses on the go at the moment.
Hey Humpty Mate haven't you finished that Olympic yet? ;D ;D ;D ;D
I know you've got room down there, so when I'm doing the Round the Block trip....
May just drop in for a few months and finish a few things for you. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D Bet you couldn't handle visitors for that long "I know he said he'd help but the bloke is making too much noise at 10 oclock at night..... the old coot is worse than the possums - At least they don't use drop saws, panel saws and flippin' routers " ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Keep at it mate. She will come up a treat when you get the time to finish her. Seems I've got a job helping fix Tonyh's Olympic Then helping with yours then.....
Maybe I could make a business out of this Atogs Mobile Caravan Repairs Or Repairs- Olympic- Urgent- Gentle and Helpful Or R.O.U.G.H for short ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Post by atouchofglass on Mar 25, 2010 8:42:48 GMT 10
Hey Guys and Gals
Update on the water filter Cleaned out and sterilized the filter housing Replace the algae breeder with a new filter and it's good as new.
So what you say?
Well I thought about chucking the smelly filter away but... Having a bottle of sterilizer used for homebrew - I decided to wash and sterilize the old filter. Old? Had only been used for about 3 months. Too new to just bin. Sterilized it in a bucket for a few days and dried it out..... No smell - no nuthin. Will keep it as a spare- at $20 a filter it was a cheap save.
If you come across bore water in your travels and I suggest you will. Buy some homebrew sterilizer (sodium hydroxide) it will save you a few dollars replacing filters. It is also great for removing the sweat stink out of your workshirts.
Cheers Atog Provider of useless information and tips.
Post by atouchofglass on Apr 21, 2010 8:09:32 GMT 10
Thought it was time to show a few of the problems with the Olympic and my fixes
As you would know Cairns is a ...... little wet most of the summer and regularly up until May of each year. That causes plenty of opportunities to find out where caravans leak.
One of the reoccurring issues Olympics have is the door doesn't always fit well.
Often there is a rotted out floor at the entrance. This is the van door not fitting properly.
Some fit an extra bit of aluminium over the door as an awning. Clever little dicky birds bend the top of the door with weights and fix it there. (Good one Tonyh) But my van was already painted and so I came up with this solution instead.
The water that does come inside the door goes down both sides and out the bottom. Maybe not ideal but at least it means no extra bits on the outside.
My trip to Bowen and then the Gold Coast must have opened up a couple of joins in the van windows. Again the rain in Nth Qld found the issues.....
The kitchen window has been one of these that regularly caused me ... issues. Resealed it and made an awning to remove the problem all together. Lets hope it works ;D ;D ;D
The advantage of doing it this way? Instead of extending the awning out - it adds only the thickness of the f/glass to the width of the van.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 11, 2010 18:13:14 GMT 10
I read the post about your father's Olympic on the Olympic thread. I hadn't realised that you had the family link - you've probably mentioned it before, and perhaps I missed it. Anyway, now I know where your interest in Olympics comes from...
Our childhood experiences have a pretty powerful experience on us, don't they? I can think of a number of people on the forum whose love of V V's stems from their holidays in caravans as children, and quite a few people whose interest in a particular brand also links back to their holiday experiences (myself included). I reckon if we talked to people with period tow cars (including those with rods) the same might apply to the vehicles they have.
Back to your father's van - was it a Stardust? There were a couple of 21' Stardusts at Mildura. Pretty impressive vans!
Post by atouchofglass on Aug 7, 2010 8:35:18 GMT 10
Mate the cost of this rebuild was higher than most cause I spent on things like Stainless steel, rosewood, hydraulic rams, extra fibreglass bits, extra lighting, perspex mirrors and a hundred other things that don't immediately come to mind.
The interior was stripped out so that the only original bits inside are the glass cupboard doors over the kitchen and the door striker ;D ;D ;D
Bit over the top for most ..... But it was all about having fun and learning the skills required to do up a van.
So yes it was expensive. Material costs and a small amount of tradies labour 25k
If you decide to do one up without all the extra bits.... Some have told me they have spent 16k and ended up with very nice results. So ... for 16 ... you will end up with a nice van in my opinion Do it over time and it won't hurt the pocketbook .......... as much ;D ;D
By all means keep in touch Just ask a question in the general section and I'm sure it will be answered...... many heads have to be better than just one.
There are people from all trades and backgrounds here so someone will know the answer to whatever the question is.
Why not start your own thread relating to your Contessa and your rebuild? ...... it helped me push on with mine.
Hi Atog, You've done a great job on the van, you should be very proud, and pleased, with with all the time and effort you have put into it. The end result is fantastic, hope you enjoy the time you spend using it. Cheers Scotty
Post by atouchofglass on Sept 12, 2010 7:29:39 GMT 10
Thanks Hughdeani Glad to see it gave some ideas to you and others ;D ;D ;D Anything done on the van was just a trial and error thing. I don't have a grounding in any of the trades needed to do up a van. But managed anyway. ;D ;D ;D If I can do it so can anyone..... just need to go for it.
Hey Kazandadam Yeah it will be real nice when I get the time to go on a few more outings with the van. Wasted this weekend just doing nothing..... it was a beautiful couple of days...
We have three seasons in Cairns About to rain Raining Just finished raining
Some nice weather inbetween times though ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Update Well it's now been 12 months since the van has been completed And I8 months since registering.
Been to the August 2009 Cairns Swap Meet
Some of the trips have been interesting Such as Bowen for two months work Nov 2009/ Jan 2010 Then onto the Gold Coast
Since making the small bits and pieces for the Olympic I have seen some real nice glossy sheets of laminated ply.... Possibly at Bunnings. That would give you a real nice finish if used. Remember lots of "Mould release" on any mould made.
Nose Cone It was used for one trip..... Drove to Bowen and then had to turn around in a spoon drain.... Tore it off .... So decided not to replace it Besides the wife hated it .
The black rubber on the front of the van Came from a rubber shop in Cairns It is a flooring of sorts A bit oily and quite heavy for it's size
If you choose to use something like it You will need to scuff the back with a sanding disc on a grinder. The reason being is it will not stick well if you don't The first time I stuck in on with Matrix and didn't scuff it
It lasted from Cairns to Townsville before dropping off. Fortunately I saw it starting to go and pulled over Walked to the back of the car and it was on the ground.
You can see the result in the second photo in the update above.
Hi ATOG, matey just read the thread and that is a touch of class! your efforts have paid off. You are the King of the fiberglass mould!!! very inspirational. hope to start our resto soon. no doubt we will talk cheers Bruce
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