Well we've started the renovation (?) on the Convair we bought from Ditzy.
lets hope it doesn't become a cubbyhouse for the grandkids.
the before photos
It has some unusual modifications done to it already, so we will modify it to suit our needs rather than try the impossible and restore it back to original. Some changes include..steel front and rear instead of ply....no rear window...single front window...no stove..no cupboard doors...1/2 a bed...whopping big exhaust fan...skylight instead of roof hatch..security screen on all windows. (It makes us wonder what it was being used for ? )
Lets hope it doesn't join the 4 fish tanks , 2 fridges , 1 trailer, the repairs to games room, paint on the ugly duckling etc. etc. that surferboy has started and not finished (yet)
You will be well on your way to a great restoration if you get rid of any blue and white plus any reference to Ford ........ change the decor to red and white... Holden colours ;D and i am sure your little Convair will give you no troubles while restoring / rebirthing it.
What drugs was the young man on when he did that renovation/decoration job???
I can imagine what the security grilles on the windows were for... To keep his date from escaping during the night As for that exhaust fan I can only imagine that sucking all the "mary jane" smoke out of the van very efficiently ;D
Really good to see you guys are going to renovate it to a tasteful standard. I will keep watch on the progress
I ran out of bits to rip out of the interior, we've got a couple of nice warm days, I've got the weekend off work, and I started getting curious so
I started ripping off the exterior to see what all that steel sheeting was hiding !
the original masonite and ply. and what are the white patches ? (i hear you asking)
An absolute must have acsessory............VINYL HOLE COVERS
The perspex sunroof, thats glued, screwed,bogged and silasticed shut........BUT still managed to leak when it rained !
Damage to roof at rear of van I was going to ask for advice as whether this much damage is repairable or whether to replace (but its to late to ask now)
BUGGER...! I'm guessing this isnt some form of lightweight caravan framing
just incase anyone is interested,when pulling off the edge moulding I found .. A. hessian/canvas wrapped over the edges of the ply under the moulding....B. silver stuff (?) along flat edge of moulding
A heavily textured finish (sounds much nicer than rust doesnt it) to the bolts on the springs...Have no idea how serious this is, I dont want the springs and wheels falling off half way across the Nullabor Dont ask me why I'm taking pics of rusty springs when I'm supposed to be pulling ply off the roof ...I dont know
Ripped the steel panelling off the front and found the original masonite (with more holes)
Started pulling the Ply off the roof at the front, It looks OK, some staining but is dry and feels solid
Looking forward to ripping the rest of the roof (and that skylight ! ) off tomorrow Then I'd better go shopping for some tarps or some ply
Hi Surferboy and Cathy, I think your new ply is a good idea, we spent a lot longer trying to work with the old timber on our TD than it would have taken to reskin it .Are you going to put the windows back where they were originally?.And it looked like you uncovered the original paint design too, a bit like an archaeological dig, isn't it. Hope you have as much fun as we did putting it all back together, keep the photo's coming, its great to look back at them when you have finished. Cheers Kris.
I removed the outer ply and THAT skylight and we got 40mm of rain in one day. And I hadnt thought about covering the hole. Than god the tarps held !! (I did think about covering it with tarps ... I'm not completely stupid (?) )
I never intend to remove any ply on my van surferboy, so i glued and screwed my sheets on, not only for the added strengh but it also anchores the ply to the frame while the glue dries I have'nt had the pleasure of replacing roof sheets, i guess the reason they used pins/brads or whatever is because they are easier to seal and cover You would imagine the best way to attach a roof would be to glue only with minimal chance of water entering, then there's the question of strengh Kingy
Hi Surferboy, When I built Princess helen. I pinned and glued. Wasnt taking any chances. If you can get PVC glue then its better, now dont confuse PVC glue with PVC pipe glue. PVC is the grade not the type. Most wood glue is PVA but PVC is a lot stronger and good for things that move and go bump in the night. Scoot
Thanks guys I will most likely glue the whole thing together, with pins to hold it while it sets. some of the frame still looks a bit iffy so i'm hoping the new ply, lots of glue and some replacement framing will hold together for the Nullabor crosssing to Mt Gambier (i'm still optomistic that we'll get there)
Its still raining so i got busy in the shed building this for my grandsons birthday