WELL DONE MATE ! GOOD LUCK WITH THE RESTO ! I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT YOUR VAN IS AN ATLANTIC (9 ' 6 ") AS IT LOOKS TO BE THE SAME AS MY LITTLE VAN "DORIS" . IF YOU WANT ANY MEASURMENTS OR FUTURE REFERENCE INFO YOU CAN SEND ME A PM AND I'LL SEE IF I CAN HELP OR CALL AROUND ONE DAY IF YOUR EVER NEAR BY . REGARDS , MAURIE .
Post by ridgeydidge on Apr 12, 2007 22:29:19 GMT 10
Cheers everyone - I will keep you posted with progress. I'd like to think I can abide by the 20 minute rule, that is do 20 minutes worth each day (or most, or some days) and I'll get there. The reality will be fits and starts. For now I just attack another few square inches of peeling paint at a time as the chance arises. And yes - I have studied the thread on removing old paint and am happy that mine is so far gone it is coming off reasonably easily without chemical products being necessary - on the side I'm attacking for now anyway.
Maurie (and Belinda) - you seem sure its an Atlantic, but are there any markings I should be looking for to confirm this. I can't find any brand name anywhere on her.
Thanks also for the offers of info/measurements etc. I'll certainly take you up as needed.
The total lack of markings seems to be a dead giveaway! Ted Gordon never did go in for decals or name plates or any such fancy stuff.
Another place to look for an ID is on the handle of the water tank. See if there is an oval "T G Patterson" plate folded into the handle. If it's there, I've seen the very machine that made the handle.
There may be some sort of ID on the chassis, which was probably made by Ajax.
Like Maurie, I'm dead sure it's an Atlantic. He and I have spent a lot of hours at the end of scrubbing brushes and paint scrapers so we know all the curves, the lights, the metal strips over the windows (be careful not to catch them on the gate as the van comes up to drive), the legs (everyone else will be jealous of them) and the back windows that leak atrociously unless you re-fit them. The sink, cupboards and water tank are identical, as is that red blotchy laminex.
At a guess though, yours is a later and improved version - smaller wheels, sides made from a single sheet of ply. It also has a longer A frame than Doris or our van (you lucky, lucky person), which would explain the absence of matching dents on either side of the metal stone guard.
"Dirt and mould" are great school holiday keep-the-kids-busy jobs. Why do you think our restoration started exactly three years ago?
If you find any metal buttons down among the crevices and cracks, save them. Even if rusty they will clean up with sandpaper, rust converter and Airfix paint for re-use in the new upholstery.
P.S. How did you get on with the pergola?
Last Edit: Apr 15, 2007 12:40:10 GMT 10 by belinda
Good luck with the resto, David. I luv a bloke with enthooooosiasm ;D ;D ;D By the way, as an aside, that door you have - if you're rebuilding it, why not consider a stable door style with the top section hinged at the top as a weather-shield/sunshade?? Perhaps the purists won't agree, but I think they have real practical application. Cheers Ray
When you repair the door and work on that side of the van, consider making allowances for an annexe: - fit a roller to the top corner of the door. For originality, this should be made from a wooden cotton reel - fit sailtrack when you replace/repair the roof - when re-wiring, have inconspicuous 240v and 12v outlets installed (possibly inside the wheel arch?). Being able to use things like a light, kettle or electric frypan in the annexe can make life a lot easier. - think about how you will install a "skirt" along the bottom of the van to keep draughts out of the annexe. Ours attaches to concealed hooks underneath
I think we'd only been out in our van three or four times before Rob made noises about getting an annexe, and it has certainly made a big difference on trips.
Post by ridgeydidge on Apr 22, 2007 17:17:22 GMT 10
We have progress - all that peeling paint is now off the near side and one coat of primer applied that has been thristily consumed. The surface is still patchy and I will have to devote myself to the technical section to get some tips on the best way to go.
Also, the window frame from the near side is nearly sanded back for priming and u/coating.
As for the pergola - that is waiting for the leaves to fall so I can get a clear run at it, so while I have a let off there for now, the van is project #1.
Shame the old lady you bought it from couldn't wait to see it finished....... she passed away a year or two ago we heard
Haven't been feeling to good myself today..... so do you think you can expedite things a bit
You're right, all that rubbish they write about rot being regrettable is wrong..... best plan is to pretend it isn't there.
Now....... well......soon only two more bits of ply on the off side and you're nearly finished
You may have noticed a few members have been moaning recently about loosing motivation on their restoration projects...... Why don't you tell them what keeps you keeping on could be a good kick starter for some of 'em
what i have done on joins is glue and screw the joins with liquid nails and brass screws then run some filler over the join sand back and there is now way you could tell there was a join there and it never cracks at the join or moves in any way
Post by ridgeydidge on Sept 6, 2013 14:13:16 GMT 10
She's been under a tarp for winter, and bits of the old door are dropping out from under cover - but the sun has started to return, so 'working on the old van' weather must be just around the corner. Or so i keep telling myself. Hibernation time is coming to an end!