boxy white jayco more resembles a tombstone.....keep living life with your pathfinder! PS saw a nice pale blue S series 225 valiant today that may be for sale...power to burn there mate regards jenno
Jeff just to reassure you on a couple of points . The Pathfinder will never become a " coffeegrinder" and I'll never be buying a Jayco while I have all my facilities ,which hopefully gives me a couple more years !!! As for the the Valiant I had a 1 owner 68 Safari wagon back in the lat 80s and I must say it was one of the most comfortable cars to drive! But I'm a Holden man and can't go past an EJ or EH wagon !! Oh and Penguin the wife is happy at the moment ..... She's asleep!
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Thank you very much for sharing your resto, we are currently doing a '53 fibreglass homemade? Not too sure what she is but I do know she is ugly. You are a real inspiration.
Thanks Ruby6689 ! There is plenty of inspiration going on here and I am inspired by resto's that have been done ,some from the ground up! Your vv is far from ugly and will come up a treat! Can't wait to get the van I the shed and do some more work done!! Keep up the good work! Cheers
Getting sick of seeing pictures of a half finished man cave ? I know!! But you get great reception on the roof according to my mate Kelvin! Roof went on today despite winds that would fly a kite and rain that would soak a sheep! Just a normal day in Paradise!
You'll think you're working in paradise once you get the van into the shed, akeepsake. No more excuses about it being too cold, too wet, too miserable to do any work on your van today!
I trust you've done your calculations to know the van will fit under the roller door when it is opened. Sometimes you can get caught out by the way the roller door tracks are fitted to the side frames. I measured both my vintage vans from ground level to the top of the hatch, and they are both about 2430mm high. That won't fit through a standard 2400mm high door (which really only has an opening of 2325mm the way they fit the side tracks). I wanted an opening of 2500mm, so it meant I had to buy the next size up of 2700mm doors and tracks, and the tracks were cut down to the 2500mm length/height. But more importantly, I got the installers to position the end stops in the tracks right up flush with the headsill, so the door opens right up to the full 2500mm height.
I posted some photos of my doors some months ago, to help out a fella on the Classic forum who was having an issue with his door, and so that's why I can show those same photos to you...
This one shows the end stops I'm talking about...
Putting the end stops up higher means you have to adjust the "throat tabs" (or whatever they are called) to allow the door curtain to still slide up and down easily without catching on the tabs (and by 'adjusting', I mean just bending them out more)...
On one of my doors, the tabs weren't bent out enough, and the nylon webbing on one side kept snagging on the tab each time I pulled the door down, to the point where it ripped a bit of the webbing off the door. The angle the door curtain goes into those tabs becomes more critical as the door curtain is closer to the floor (ie. less curtain is left on the axle up top)...
On a totally separate subject, how are you going with finding some appropriate upholstery fabric? I was in Spotlight the other day and saw a roll of tapestry fabric that had a design I thought might suit a van from the 1940s or early 1950s...
That piece of painted ply is my "colour board" with the three interior colours used in my project van. I take it with me when checking for suitable fabrics. That board is about 300 x 300mm so it will give you an idea of the size of the pattern on the fabric. This tapestry was normally $8.99 a metre, and they are currently having a 40% off sale for upholstery fabrics, so it would be even cheaper.
Old Confucious saying: "May the sun shine on your shed."
Hi Al and thanks for the tip on the roller doors . I got 2700mm doors with an opening of 2650mm on the right hand door and 2575mm for centre and left hand door as the gutter height is 3000mm purpose built for VVs! I will have to venture into Spotlight as soon as I get a chance ! Have been very distracted with shed and the purchase of 2 more bondwoods All will be revealed in due course! Thanks again Al. I always enjoy your posts!
Well the day has finally arrived and the Jennison "Shedfinder" is now safely undercover which has been the case it's whole life apart for the last 6 months where it has shivered under a caravan cover ! It was only fitting that she should be the first thing to park in it ....now back to work!!!!
It's been a while since I last posted but the man cave is finally finished and I am all set up for full on renovations to commence again which has been a long time coming but I didn't want to start again until the workshop was sorted and I could find what I needed without rifleing through numerous boxes etc! A place for everything and everything in its place! I started today by preparing to strip off the rest to the paint so I needed to sort out original hand painted logo that was on the front and back of the van The front logo had been completely sanded off underneath the existing blue topcoat but luckily some remenents remained at the rear
I used some fuzzy references from the " Jennison Files" to reconstruct the logo as close as I could and with an artline pen and am very happy with the result so will trace this and reapply after painting!
Also I started cleaning the paint of the brass plaque as well! More to come!
More stripping done tonight ! Over half way there!
Akeepsake, Given up your day job ,just working the nights. So you can spend your days renovating the caravans ..........that's dedication.
Half way there......and working up to the FULL MONTY
Didn't think there would be much work for that kind of profession in NW Tassie ?
Murray here you are ........The FULL MONTY!!! Stripped the last of the paint off yesterday. I am continually amazed with the condition of the bondwood ! No cracking, delamination or rot anywhere! Will treat all the nail heads and sand then undercoat!
Today I removed the back bumper and large clunky combo stop/tail/ indicator lights which I will replace with some smaller campbell lights that suit it much better! I spent the rest of the day filling and sanding ready for undercoat ! The rear bar and front grab handles are made from brass so have sent them to the platers to get them re plated
Fobberglassed the two back corners yesterday . Works a treat! Nails were rust converted and filled prior to going over with resin and glass tape Thought I would stick this pic up as it shows the detail of the corner construction.
Tonight I side one of the redundant aluminium mouldings from the removed corner repairs to replace one of the missing skirt mouldings ( they were exactly the same profile so it worked a treat!
Trying to do some work every evening.....little by little!