Post by cobber on Dec 16, 2014 14:08:08 GMT 10
What am I doing with an aluminium caravan ? ?
Well from a distance you might think it is plywood but it is another of those few examples we have found of vans made in the late 1940s from war surplus aluminium.
Unfortunately there is very little known about it's history so I can only tell you about the here and now.
About ten years ago forum member Graham 'Beetlesbailey' spotted this van while he was touring around the Wisemans Ferry area.
It was not for sale so Graham left a card and said if they changed their mind give him a call.
He got the call a week ago.... they wanted it gone in a hurry as they were moving house. Circumstances have changed for Graham during those ten years so ...... eventually I got the office to go get it.
Sitting in the driveway for twenty years or so, wheels buried up to the rims, put air in the tyres and ..... they stayed up ?
Another unusual tow coupling.
You see what I mean, almost looks like a plywood van ?
All aluminium, even the window frames are aluminium.
At first glance it appeared to be riveted, but up close it looked like the panels were screwed together with all the slot heads 'dressed' ( lined up ) all over the van.
But inside we see the panels are actually bolted to the aluminium framework.
All the fittings, cupboards, shelves etc. are made of aluminium.
Even the refrigerator..... Yes refrigerator ? is aluminium.
Do you like all the sticky back paper somebody stuck on all the lids ?
Will be interesting to see if that still works ?
It came with a very basic awning with MARCONI CLIPS ?
It is lined with plywood panels that just clip into the aluminium framework, any that are water damaged will be easily replaced.
Suspension is some sort of tension rubber system, similar to 'Dynatorque' suspension.... appears to be working still (I hope)
The friction type scissor dampener.
Yep, lots of surface rust to clean up ?
It has a space for a gas bottle to supply gas to the 'Jetflame' cooker.
We'll see how all this aluminium polishes up aye ?