Firstly, It’s a hello to all from me as well, as this is my first post as a new member. I was put onto this site by a young fella, who approached me and my partner re the vintage van we had set up at a van park in Mallacoota, Vic during the Christmas break. I acquired the van mid 07 from my mother… she had it for several years. The main history of the van is a bit sketchy, but indications (given to me) are that it was hand built in either the 40’s or 50’s. I am trying to track down the bloke had owned it prior to my mother. I understand it hasn’t seen much use and is in great nick. If anyone is interested, I will post some pics of the interior.
My partner and I had no idea how much interest a van like this would generate, and we had many an enjoyable conversation with enthusiasts that seemed drawn to it like ants to honey. It has given me the enthusiasm to make the repairs needed to the exterior of the van a lot sooner than I may have.
I agree with Bubblehead in that this site seems to be a great place to research and talk vintage van. That said I am hoping to gain some more insight into the van by posting pics of it up on this forum. Any feedback would be great regarding the make and year of the van, how to successfully repair the bond wood and paint, and as you may see from the pics, I need to replace the lenses in the taillights as they literally melted from use. Any pointers on where to head for those will be most appreciated.
The hard core of you may find the hitch on this van to of great interest… It fascinates me and I think the stretched canvas roof is a blast, too.
Hi and welcome abernathy that's a great project you have there keep an eye out on ebay in the auto section under vintage part's for period type tail light's there's always new old stock listed that may suit your need's .
Thanks for the warm welcome, the tips and the advice. (and the quick response!)… the van certainly does resemble the Atlantic, especially in the kitchen area.
Cobber, The plate on the side of the draw reads,
“Manufactured by JONES SPRINGS Pty Ltd 60-62 Ivy Street, Chippendale NSW. MX 2886 ph MX 1041. Patent Pending XXXXXX” (I can’t read the patent numbers)
And Glynn, I have put a few interior pics in. My partner suspects, rightly, that the interior is not of the original colour. If you have any knowledge of the original interior colours of this type of van, we would love you to share it with us.