Some pics of the restoration of the 1948 Holiday Home......... the caravan has been taken back to the bare masonite with a heat gun........ a tedious and time consuming task.......the picture of the roof shows the story.
and many an hour was spent up a ladder
at one stage I laid on the carport roof and hung over the edge to work on the van's roof. A good look for the neighbours
Last Edit: Aug 22, 2004 22:55:22 GMT 10 by Deleted
I had a new A frame built for the 48 Holiday Home on Friday, the original A frame was too long, and was a simple piece of angle iron that had been buckled at some stage, not good for Mr Plod's registration inspection.
So, it was off to "Design - A - Trailer" in Malaga, where Ian the owner operator did a top job of constructing a new A frame.
The caravan has a wooden chassis, so the front cross section and a frame are bolted directly onto the wooden frame, so the work has to be able to withstand the stresses of towing.
The new frame has a really antiquated jockey wheel (compliments of Trev) mounted in the centre, as they were back in the 1940's.........whilst it still works, its there for originality purposes only ......... I have had a new jockey wheel with a bolt on - bolt off bracket fitted as well for practical use.
The original coupling was stuffed as well, so I sourced an old style screw type coupling (typical of the period) that is in good working order, and had that fitted to the new A frame.
Lights & wiring are next, so I'm off to the Bendigo Swap Meet ( Vic) on Thursday in the hope of finding some new old stock ......or reproduction lights of the same style currently on the van.
The axles, springs, hubs and axles were all removed and reconditioned several months ago, and at the same time the van was lowered by removing 5 of the original 12 leaf springs. The van sat too high, but has now been lowered about 2 inches.........the bearings have been greased and the springs, axles & hubs remounted using new bolts.
Last Edit: Nov 10, 2004 14:01:04 GMT 10 by Deleted
Well I've just finished two weeks leave following the Bendigo swapmeet.
I had two choices, one was to drive a car east to tow home the Don Cadet I purchased from Melbourne, or the other was to transport the Don Cadet via truck, and spend the time getting stuck into finishing the 48 Holiday Home.
So I've spent the last week & a bit at my brother's 5 acre property in Gidgiegannup where I've been working on the van.
All the wiring is done and has been changed to 6 volt to suit the 39 Chev. The lights used are new old stock period lights and lenses purchased last year at the Bendigo swap. Overide disc brakes have been fitted using HQ Holden brakes and early Commodore rims. I wanted to keep the original Ford Pilot 16inch rims, but finding brakes to suit was near impossible.
The external painting has been finished, so now it only needs internal painting & decorating.
Preparation of the tow car, the 39 Chev is also nearing completion with the fitting of a 350 Chev clutchplate, larger rear shocks and an overhaul of the steering box (it had the shakes ). My only concern now is with the cooling.
hi just wondering did the caravan have asbestos cos we've gotta an old van out the back that we're wanting to pull apart dot know wat the insalation is its prob bit newer than the restored caravan on the site
Ripper!! What a transformation and I do like the go-faster stripe. I almost want to put a stripe down the side of my 1947 Hunter Minor but it's only 9 foot long so it would be a very small stripe and wouln't make it go any faster I think. Great job you've made of it. aAre ther any pics of the inside coming soon? All the best, phargan