The first part gypsy was chosen for 2 reasons the first is that " gypsy", makes you think of a free, wandering ,travelling lifestyle.The second reason is that i am nicknamed "gypsy" by our gem fossicking friends, a direct reference to my ancestory . The second half of the name comes from her rose patterned flooring, curtains and accessories.
We have recently bought a 62 Modern off a lovely member here. After heading off to the salvage yard yesterday morning to have a good search for cupboard hinges we got chatting to the owner of the yard. This gentleman, who looked alarmingly like Chopper Reid (sp?), told us we where wasting our time with a restoration and should just gut the van,put in new fixtures and flog it to a mine site up north. I nearly passed out in horror. Anyway when we got home I assured my baby that Uncle Chop Chop wouldn't get hold of him and that's what the Modern has been called all day today so I think it's gonna stick!
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Post by marktaylor on Jul 28, 2011 22:23:43 GMT 10
Hi crown115, I too have a Harris van which I call "Harri" ......mine is towed with a Heavy Duty (HD Holden), so together they're Heavy Duty n Harri ;D........or is it Harri n the Heavy Duty ..........whichever
Can't help you with the year of your van, but am sure our experts will sus it ......
Luv your FB .....what a beauty ! .....looks great in the pic, and will be a good match with your Harris van.
Have fun !
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Our last van was a Millard series 80 pop top, called Little Milly. When I came home to my family with news of my latest purchase, and asked what we would call it (a mid sixties Viscount), my daughter looked up from reading her book and said "Oh dad, really, how about MID LIFE CRISIS!...So "Middy" it is.
Post by King Fisher on Apr 4, 2012 17:18:54 GMT 10
I have always named my cars, motorbikes and now I am starting to toss up a name for my vintage van. My first car was called the “Yellow Perril” a 1973 Gallant who’s main color looked like baby diarear ie: yellowish mustard, and had a camo paintjob consisting of an extra 4 variants of yellow paint. My next gallant was green and I called it Kermit While I was living in Vietnam I had a Honda Suber Cub 50 (50cc) motorbike which I called Bear after Bear Cub – Extremely strong and robust bike When the police repossessed Bear (Long story, but basically the shop sold a stolen bike with fake papers… Doh! And I had just done it up beautiful), I then got a new Suzuki Shogun R which I called Shotgun – 125cc/55km per Litre/ top speed 120ks fairly sporty for VN Then back in Oz it was a 1985 white sigma station wagon who got the name Herby because of his stubborn nature, If and I mean IF!!! he started after much grinding and cranking, it was then many prayers that he won’t stop till you get there. Boiled in traffic and hated hot weather, even though it’s A/c was like a blizzard. Many times were spent at the intersections madly trying to restart the little critter. I currently have a CT110 postie bike I call “Pat” after “postman pat” And my wife has a Mazda 121 called “Jelly Bean” And about a year ago we bought what we believe is a 1959 home built vv which we believe is based on a ‘care free’. Needing some love to bring it back to life. Still an ongoing project. We have decided to use my grandmother’s nick name “Bessie”
Post by mandkscarapark on Oct 30, 2012 19:09:55 GMT 10
Our Carapark 16'2 is called "Sunbeam". ( as in toaster ). So far we've built a shed for her to live in, removed the original but water damaged furniture, internal walls, ceiling, bath & floor. Chassis and frame treated to hopefully prevent rust, new tanks, floor, wall insulation. About to start wiring, then new walls, ceiling and rebuilt furniture. Hope to have her on the road in about 6 months. Michael & Kathy, South Coast NSW.
Post by louisethorpe on Nov 30, 2012 9:10:03 GMT 10
Finally decided that our Baravan is to be LOTTIE. Like the name and it has 2 letters out of OH's, daughter's and my name. Lottie was very Grotty when we bought her but is becoming quite a "Hottie" with her new paint job inside and out!
Post by atouchofglass on Jan 6, 2013 7:03:11 GMT 10
Hey Everyone Glad to see so many are naming their vans and enjoying the great outdoors by using them. ;D ;D ;D
There is something magical or just plain enjoyable using a vintage van. Like a trip back in time with the advantages of modern conveniences.... if you have them. Or a trip back in time to appreciate what our parents and others didn't have.
It always amazes me the amount of people in van parks that will give your van the second, third and more looks, pass by the big rigs with barely a second glance.
Cobbers van is an outstanding example of this. I'm sure he must need to erect a barrier just to keep the throngs of gorpers away. ;D ;D ;D ;D
So keep naming and keep using those vintage vans. All the best for 2013. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Just realised I had neglected to contribute my Newcastle van to this thread. She was found sitting on a wooden platform jutting out into a mangrove swamp with just a tin roof to protect her from the elements. Had not moved for over twenty years and was used as temporary accommodation for visitors. We referred to her as "The Swamp Van" and that is the name that stuck
Might have to think of a more attractive name to drum up a bit of media work for her..... aye? ;D