Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 15, 2007 11:30:17 GMT 10
Interesting van. I don't pretend to know anything about Chesneys, however, having suitably qualified what I am about to say: To my eye, the side windows are quite noticeably smaller and of different construction to the '52 Chesney posted under the Chesney thread on Down History Lane:
Hi JBJ I had actually bought this van a couple of years ago, but changed my mind and resold it. It belonged to a friend of mine and yes he has forgiven me. He was the second owner and had it for about thirty+ years. Internally it is in excellent condition, and the sign is (according to him) original. I onsold it because I thought it was a 1947 van, but it turned out it was mid fifties and I lost interest. It has always been garaged during my friend's ownership, but don't know how it has been stored since. A coat of paint was all it actually needed. It is quite heavy though, and has very small windows. Don, From memory, you could be right about the point you made too. Ray
Hi All, I know I said I was after a Sunliner but I was just looking around and gave James a ring and asked what how much he was looking for and he said he would like to get about $2,000 and it is at Woodford. TonyH.
Hi Jailbarjuice, I am trying not to get ahead of myself (buying a bondy) - first I want to get a Sunliner for the next project as soon as the ute is finished. I agree that this one looks good value but I would rather see someone get it back on the road than have it sitting waiting for me to complete other projects. Cheers, TonyH
You will find that old double skinned 12ft+ Ply vans are heavy. The big "upmarket" timber vans from the 50s with solid timber frames , internal lining and full of factory "Trinkets" tend to weigh more than your "Plain jane" vans. Most of the average Bondys up to 12ft are quite light and are easily towed with a Holden .especially with a red motor up front. The national speed limits are around 100 to 110KPH so there is no point in wanting to go any faster than that ... especially with a van on the back.. I have a 12ft Bondy that i can easily push /pull around my yard on soft ground. no matter what badge is on the grill or what engine configuration is under the bonnet. Fuel consumption and Performance of the car depends on the state of tune of the engine and how much crap ya pack in the van and car. You cant expect your average australian 6 cylinder car to tow a van ( no matter what it is made of) and perform as well as it would without the van on the back... wind resistance, towed weight, terrain, etc all effect performance. No matter what the van is built of the same rule applys when packing gear for a trip... "less is best" . I.E: Why pack 5 cartons of beer , a weeks worth of groceries into a van when there is a supermarket in 9 out of 10 towns you will be holidaying at.?? Why pack an entire wardrobe of clothes,shoes, bed linen when there is washing machines at every park you will stay at .
Sounds like the collection bug has already bit you. Sunliners, Bondwoods .... it all good fun and i am sure you will be happy with whatever you end up with in the shed. Good luck with the hunt . Reddo
This van is about 14ft long, from memory, so it would pay to make sure you have the car to tow it. I notice that owner reckons it can be towed by a 4 cylinder car - maybe so, but how far??? His asking price is about 4 time what I originally paid for it AAAHHHHH - that's inflation for you Ray