Bought 6.50X13 Sumotomo's from Bob Janes for $99 ea fitted about a year ago and they had the 1" whitewall/ring on them too
Fibreglass fantasia!....a Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)... 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name (might be Skyline?) ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
Hey Geoff 'n' Jude, Great job on the Roadmaster - looks awesome inside (and out) you must both be very happy. Great job also on converting singles to double, i would like to do the same to the Viscount (when i get to it sometime in 2008).
Pymie here ,great job top unit,we would like to do the double bed in the rear of our 16' quest some day as wel but not till the rug rat's learn to drive (op's get old enough they allready try to drive)it's alway's good to see different van lay out's. All we need now is a period perfect tow car(au at moment)got me eye's on a plymouth cranbrouk but don't tell the missus.Enjoy and see you round.Pymie
Geoff and Jude , What you have done is exceptional . It has done the Roadmaster proud and I think you both should be very proud of what you have achieved. I only hope what we do to our old Roadmaster looks as good . See you in the Mount. ( In the Cougar with Roadmaster in tow ) Cheers Judy and Larry
Hi Geoff n Jude, Just lookin back over the pics and noticed the new AC unit (nicely done bytheway). I can see the venting behind it, but just wondering if you have any problems with moisture from the condensor. I had an AC flush mounted (flush with outer wall) in my onsite van, and found it didn't work well and infact dribbled miosture into a cupboard below. I have since pushed it out through the wall (so to speak). It looks a little untidy (as a box AC always does with its behind hanging out of the wall!) but now works and drains well. Cheers, Gristy PS Hope I haven't given the game away on your 'secret' Airconditioning
Post by Geoff & Jude on Oct 23, 2007 9:19:34 GMT 10
it's a bit hard to see it, but there is a drain for the aircon coming out below the vent. we haven't had an occasion where we needed to use the air as yet, but the test runs were ok - cooled the van down and condensate came out the drain. i'll give it another run and recheck to see if there is any moisture in the cupboard.
Post by Geoff & Jude on Jun 6, 2008 12:25:43 GMT 10
well, it seems the chinaman is still getting us back for killing him!!!
during fairly heavy wind storms this week, a substantial branch broke of the BIIIIIG tree above 'the ritz' and fell onto the roof, punching a hole about 8" dia through it.
i think the tarp over the top probably stopped the branch from coming right through the roof - thanks tarp.
this is the culprit (now broken up to teach it a lesson).
we had planned to chop a few dead branches off the tree next week. our neighbors go on their winter sojourn then and we could have put the van on their nature strip while we attacked the tree. (too late now though, he and i cut all the remaining "bad bits" off this morning).
there is a good side though - we have a bit more firewood available for the winter - plus - it gives us an opportunity to learn more about vintage van restoration/repair as we search for the best way to repair the hole in the gel-coat roof and caneite ceiling.
(haven't taken the tarp off yet, so we don't know what the roof looks like from the outside).
Bad news guys, and to top it off, that tree belongs to a particular part of the eucalypt family known as limb droppers. No surprise there guys sorry to say.
You need to ditch the tree (also a favourite haunt for termites) and or move the van permanently. I have two and you should see what the last branch did to a steel truss when it came down. Soon as the cash surfaces, we have two heading for the kitchen stove....
I was recently thinking of putting my 56 Litecraft under two massive gum trees on my land in order to protect it more from the elements but lucky I didn't because a short time later a branch that would crush a car came down right where the caravan was going to go - gums drop their branches when it gets too dry as they are preparing for drought conditions and get rid of excess baggage like I need to do from the interior of my van with all the stuff in it.
Sorry to here about the damage G and J, hope it doesn't take too much to fix it, NSW seems to be copping it a bit again, we are the opposite down here in Tassie, we've only had 6mm since May 1st and praying for rain, a coupla towns on the east coast only have 60 days water left in their Resevoirs, and still no rain is forecast!
Hey Geoff, didn't you know that the only "bad bits' on a gum tree is close proximity to anything is the whole tree!! Get rid of it, cos next year there'll be even more "bad bits"!! The caneite looks repairable, even if it has to be a "cut and paste" job. Good luck with the roof section - if it's fibberglass it shouldn't be too difficult, especially since you can get to it from inside, before you fix the caneite. A real shame that these things happen, but I wonder how one of those modern vans would have stood it - might have been a total loss!! I presume you have insurance? If so, let them fix it.
Post by Geoff & Jude on Jun 7, 2008 19:03:18 GMT 10
hi chris, exocet and ray
we agree with what you say about angophras, they do drop limbs from time to time (some of them pretty large) but these two in our front garden are going to stay.
a friend of ours is a horticulturist with the sydney botanical gardens and he reckons they are more than 250 years old. they probably looked on as cook sailed around the port hacking area, so they have more right to exist on our block than the caravan or the house.
plus they are part of the local possum highway as they move from place to place.
the main trunk of one of them actually touches our upper verandah railings when we have very strong winds.
so we put up with the inconvenience of having branches fall on the tin roof at all hours of the day and night.
(plus they'd cost about $3500 each to remove).
we'll just keep on paying house (and caravan) insurance so we're covered if necessary.
Geoff Putting my insurance hat on for the moment, can I warn you that if you have too many such claims, that the insurance company can decline future claims under the "due diligence" clause of the policy, in which case you will have to think more about that than the possum highway ;D ;D ;D