Post by Geoff & Jude on Dec 3, 2006 18:14:57 GMT 10
Hi All, Well the secret of Marvin is out - it was very hard to keep quiet about it.
At least now Will has been let off the hook and won't have to be a decoy and distract the savage guard dogs while Reddo got Marvin loaded up and did a runner back to Newcastle.
It certainly is one very unique van - we went with Alan & Jenny today were formally introduced. It will be great to watch the resto.
Geoff & Allan spent about an hour changing a tyre on Marvin today, I will have to let the boys explain the problems they had. It kinda looks like whoever built it started with an axle & two wheels and worked up from there.
We love it and I have already put dibs on it - had to be quick before Alan & Jennys kids saw it.
G'DAY EARTHLING'S . WARNING WARNING Dr SMITH & WILL ROBINSON ALIENS APPROACHING ! LOST IN SPACE has got nothing compared to this little number ! Hey Jude is Allan Geoff's brother i meet in Coledale ? And did they have to lift the whole van (Marvin) up in the air and drop the axle off just to change that tyre as i cant see any other way . Regards (NANNO NANNO EARTHLING'S) , CAPTAIN MAURIE . p.s BEAM ME UP SCOTTY !
You pair are a very lucky couple. " Marvin" is totally unique.. a real "One Off" . I dont care what anyone says. This van is a great piece of Australian inginuity ( spelling???) . It deserves all the love and care that i am sure you two will lavish upon it. Cant wait to see it in "The buffed alloy" will look magnificent with a high polish. It is a real credit to the bloke who built it and i hope you track down as much history about it and is its designer constructor as you possibly can.
Some might cry foul .. but i say Bloody incredible. Dont care how much you paid for it.... its a treasure.
"Ground control to major Tom... commencing countdown engines on... ......or should that be" Planet on the starboard bow, starboard bow.. star trekin across the universe........ or " The illudium PU33 spacemodulator.. he has ruined it... Get that earth thing ;D ( Marvin the martian... Bugs Bunny show... '60s and '70s)
Now that is something worth rescuing and restoring. I can't imagine why it hasn't been lined inside, it would be like sitting in a 44 gallon drum, both in summer and winter. Are there any clues that it might be an unfinished project? The door is a slider is it? If you don't mind me saying so....it's so ugly it's beautiful ;D
VeeDubnut and Cobber, if they can get the exterior in a highly polished state, the van will most likely be cooler than a ply van in summer as the polished alloy will reflect heat far better than any ply van can ever achieve. I have been there and done that in single skin ply vans and I have to say, they aint fun in the sun. Oh and it will cool down much quicker when the sun goes down too.
Now winter vanning, brrrrrr I somehow don't think this van is meant for that, brass monkeys come to mind.
313 Royal is right I'm sure I have seen an early 1950's VW Kombi with a modified body using the very same avaition type construction and it's builder was indeed an avaition engineer/builder.
Groovy... Another Greg hmmm this caravan website is full of them ;D I had'nt really thought of the reflection of heat factor but, I can only imagine what it would be like in winter Freezing comes to mind... I can just imagine waking up in the morning with frozen condensation on the inside and one's face frozen against the inside wall hahaha
Post by wildmanaus on Dec 10, 2006 22:07:49 GMT 10
Is Marvins yow bar broke or has it got one like on tipper trailers that pivot that is on cool caravan and seeing it and other vans on this site makes me want to get a few vans maybe one for each day, thanks to vans like this on i am get adicted to the old vans more and more. Wildmanaus
Post by Alan, Jenny & Marvin on Dec 11, 2006 15:03:34 GMT 10
The drawbar isn't broken. The tow ball is just under Marvin's snout and is permanently bolted onto the van.
What you see in the photos is actually the yolk to attach to the towbar of the towing vehicle. There is a quick? release/attach mechanism just in front of his snout. I will probably have to replace all of this with modern apparatus to get him registered.
Onya Cobber Senior Member person Tell 'em like it is Bro. Glad to see someone besides me still willing to serve it up to the RTA. (RTA= Related To Apes)
Too many of us just lay down when some authority starts flexing it legal / compliance muscles. Whats that you say sir" I need five tailights , six blinkers and wall to wall brake lights on my old van.... Yes sir ... straight away... no worries sir . What a load of Sh!t Half the time we are dealing with some half baked uni student or half trained deskperson that has never seen a coupling or towball. When confronted by something that is a bit left of field they run off and cry foul... blow the whistle and march ya outta the registery with a red card hangin around ya neck...... Treated like bloody criminal.
Yep... i enjoy standing at the counter asking to speak to someone whos knuckles arent draggin on the carpet. Ya get to speak to just about everyone behind the glass petition. The whole place comes to a stop and then ya get... " we will make further enquires with Head office"..........I figure they have to ring head office because no one in the shop i am standing in has a "head that can function on its own"
I am on a first name basis with some of the interllects at my local RTA. I enjoy watching em when i take a number from the idiot box at the door. about 5 of em put up " Closed - please use next window sign" and then they all stampede out to the lunchroom screaming something like... " Emergency fire drill.. everyone out" Such is my reputation they stand out the back debating who is gunna come out and serve me. I reckon i should be on the payroll. I have taught more RTA employees how to register old motorbikes on the historic rego system than thier main training centre has in Sydney.
Anyway Al and Jenny ... Best of luck. Make sure Marvin doesnt become a Marleen and loose his balls . Do like the wise old Cobfossil tells ya...dont give up without a fight. ring the nice person on that phone number 'es has given ya........ Tell 'em Reddo sent ya and ya want to claim 12 months free rego............. Then listen for the dial tone.........They will have hung up ;D ;D ;D.