The Chev and the "Don" are a perfect period match, as the Don caravans of the same shape and size as mine with the leadlight windows were manufactured pre war, even though mine was manufactured in the late 40's.
I was originally going to use my 1949 FX for the job, until the "1948 Holiday Home" weighed in at 940kg (due to its Jarrah frame & floor) ..... the FX has still has a grey motor, its original "knee action" shockies and brakes, so it would have been struggling
Enter the Chev Standard ......216ci straight six, 4.2 rear drive and a recently installed 350 Chev clutch plate ....it has the torque of a light truck and won't even know 940kg is hangin' off the back. The only thing to do is to add a towbar.
I had the Chev cruising down the freeway yesterday and it was doing 90 - 95 kph easily without annoying traffic, and I expect it will do the same with a caravan in tow
I would be surprised if your 14' Carapark van is only 630kg .....I would take it over a weighbridge.
The old magazines show the early Holdens towing larger vans, but back in those days 35 to 40 mph (70 to 80kph)with a van in tow on the highways was the norm. Anybody towing a van these days at that speed could be seen as a menace on the roads.
My FC has a 186 fitted, and tows "Joker 11" comfortably at 95 to 100kmh, its a recommended conversion for towing larger vans.
Mark, If i remember correctly a radio fits in the square hole and two lower holes and clock fits in square of glove box. You might want to contact Resurrection radio in Prahan Victoria for possiblity of radio to fit. hope this is of assistance to you. ps my dad had one of these chevs when i was a kid and i used to snooze on the front wing at picnics. (o for the good old days ) don ;D
Post by jenniewren on Jan 31, 2012 15:28:56 GMT 10
Well Mark.....your chev is beautiful just the way it is......luv it with the van.....and the boy is impressed, you have lots in common it seems - aussie muscle cars/racing etc......and you both appreciates old cars just for their stand out beauty!!! Nothing compares....enjoy!!!
Post by surfersrust on Apr 24, 2012 18:15:04 GMT 10
Hi Mark, 6months ago I bought a '37, Chev Master Deluxe, Aussie build from Adelaide. 99% Original, just runs an 12v alternator now, starts on 6v. The 216 drives hard. I have bought a couple of items for it from Chevs of the 40's, in the US. I would also like to out a sunvisor on mine, if anyone spots one, & over riders would be nice. I'm in Qld. I will try to post a shot of the Chev and recently puchased Olympic 60's van.