Post by Suzann and Matt (Schultzy) on May 24, 2005 16:50:59 GMT 10
Just got her home the other day and have alreaby been pulling her appart ( how do you get the wheel off without pulling the undercaridge off first? ). We only have a couple of weeks to get her ready so we will just do what has to be done for now and the rest will come when I can help too. I will keep on posting photos of our progress and the trip that will follow. I don't think that we will use the original ice box, but it will make a good cupbord.
Who puts the wheel under where you can't get to it?
Post by Suzann and Matt (Schultzy) on May 24, 2005 18:58:07 GMT 10
We are going to put a new frame under her now so we will also cut the body and put in a flap so it all sits neet still, but you can get the flat out from under it. She will not be coming with us this trip as the frame will take to long to do and we leave on the 4th of July. So her first outing will be in August. The jack we cary is a very big one, seing as it has to lift the 71 Ford Ranchero Pickup LHD that we have as our every day car.
Post by willandlyn on May 24, 2005 20:47:55 GMT 10
hi suzann It is great to see your excitement and plans for the little teardrop theres a load of fun just waiting out there for you Im wondering if the tyres have ever been changed amazing state of affairs no wheel arches
Suzan a whole new axle assembly for my teardrop was only $179.00 for the whole kit and kaboodle
It looks great I really like the shape and the little porthole suits it hope all goes well keep us up to speed and thanks for the photos
Just to let you know that I was able to fix the photo that was not coming up...... ( only the tag was showing).
Oh the Power..
And love the photos.... shame your plans were foiled........ but I am sure that when you get her on the road it will be well worth it.......... and a 71 Ranchero jeepers........ no wonder you would have no probs with the jack........
Reddo here. Firstly congrats on your new purchase. she looks great. i see what you mean about the lack of room to get the wheel off.... unusual.
You mention that you will be towing it with a ford ranchero. Have you hooked the van up to the ford yet?? what you may find is that the van sits "nose up" onto the towball. i had a similar delema when i sold my EH wagon and then tried to hitch the van to the back of my '86 landcruiser wagon. There was a difference of about 180mm between the towball hieghts.
I removed the axle which was mounted above the springs and mounted it under the springs . i then fitted 14" wheels with higher profile tyres and the end result is a van that sits dead level with the 4X4.
Why am i telling you all this you may ask??? I feel this mod would work on your teardrop and by doing so it will not only make your van sit better behind your pickup it will give you the clearance you need to get the wheel off without too much drama.
i know the "purists" will vomit at the thought of "jacking up" your teardrop and it will take on the apperance of a vintage off road camper but it will be a much more enjoyable trip knowing that you can get the wheel off if ya get a puncture. Also , you won't have to attack the ply with a chainsaw to make the wheel arch bigger ;D
I sent a photo of my van after i carried out these mods to Mark Taylor ( The grand poohbah / moderator of this site) . Might ask him to post it under "Reddos van" in members photos. So you can have a sticky beak at it.
Oh by the way. where are you heading on your trip???. Trish and I live in Newcastle and we welcome anyone that is travelling the east coast in there vintage van to drop in for a cuppa or a beer on their way through.
your wish is my command though you may have to resend the photo reddo.............. don't remember getting it......... will check with the GP but might be worth sending anyway. It is a good idea to show what needs to be done when it needs to be done. The teardrop would look a liittle silly if it has to tow high at the front.
Good luck with the resto Suzanne.
Last Edit: May 25, 2005 9:21:34 GMT 10 by ditzygypsy
Post by Suzann and Matt (Schultzy) on May 25, 2005 9:44:56 GMT 10
We will take you up on that offer if we get down your way. And if you get up to herer the air is hot pop in to our place.
We have not gotten a toung for the car yet as we wont to see just where she sits before we get one. That is one of the last things to do, that and getting the lights to blike the USA way to match the car..
We are going to Calhope (in land from Gladstno) The to Raglan (under Rocky) to the Old Station Flying Club Fly In. It is a fly in in a cow field. We are there for just over 1 week. Then off to Airlie Beach for a few days before going out on a 1902 tall ship to do jack ;D (3d 3n) . Back to Airly for a few more days then 2 day trip back home again.
In August we are going to a place called Watts Bridge (Toogoolawah). It is a old WWII air field and we hold the 2ed largest fly in in Australin there on the last weekend of August (Queensland Vintage Areoplane Group). This event always has lots of car's, bikes, trucks and some vans to have a look at as well as the plains. It is my job to send the invertations out for that side of things so if you would like to be put on the mailing list just say so. I was thinking of putting it on the events bord, what do you think? There is camping, hot showers, flushing loooos, bar for when you get thirsty, lost of food and lost of things to see all weekend. It runs for 3 days.
Schultzy - is that aluminium or stainless you used for the lower trims and front on your teardrop? I saw it at Fingal and thought how good it looked. Did you have any trouble bending it to the roof curve? thanks earlee
Post by suzann and Matt schultzy on Dec 4, 2005 10:16:29 GMT 10
gday earlee the material on the sides the front and the back is aluminium sheet it is easy to bend or follow the contours, but the trim edging over the top is a bit harder to do it is a two person job but will bend with a bit of brute force ,i used a rubber mallet to persuade it.
Post by Suzann and Matt (Schultzy) on Feb 5, 2006 9:53:02 GMT 10
Matt decided that before we go to Esk he would like to do something to the kitchen , I think the photos speak for themselves . He started with the idea to strip the paint and put in a new top to the icebox which is rotten, the rest of the kitchen was going to be done later. While Matt was stripping (the paint) a small fire started between the icebox wall and the side of the van which he could not get at,. The only way to get to the the cause of the fire was to totally strip the kitchen, Ouch!! The main delema I see here is that we have only 3 weeks before Esk and Matt goes away for 2 of those to Bendigo as part of work training for a Defence Contractor.
Matt calls out from the shed "bring the camera", O this can't be good!!!
Yes that is the bed you can see
As you can see the inside of the icebox is in very good condition, that is pieces of wood sitting on the bottom.