Thanks Cobber ;D, This old homemade van is a bit of a mystery The old owners said it was 50-60's, I have found nothing to I/d it with so thought I would throw the couplings out there see what response came back It looks like a late 50's to me but am no expert. ;D The fridge and a faded plywood stamp are the only other clues prior to searching through old homemade van plans I have plowed through the pics here and think the last pic is the closest. What can you tell me about the over ride brakes - Why special Someone mentioned the suspension leaves (13) of them where quiet rare also. When I brought the van they said I could turn these upside down for more clearance Any Ideas on this Cobber?
WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR COUPLING …....... mate, it's the first example we have seen of that flat mounting type of coupling adapted to fit the round shaft of an over-ride brake....THAT'S SPECIAL Don't let 'em talk you out of keeping it on the 'van when you take it to get registered.
Turning your springs upside down could be a first too They probably were talking about putting the springs on top of the axle instead of under it.... might have to turn the axle upside down depending on the set up you have.
That coupling appears to be in good nick for what it is. It's the same coupling that earlee had that started this whole tow coupling thread back in 2005. I also had it on "Free to a good home Mk 1". back in 2004.
That tow coupling looks like a "Henderson" brand made by Henderson Springs, which was around Newtown or Alexandria, in Sydney, from memory. They supplied springs, axles, brakes, couplings and other bits and pieces for caravan builders. Don't know if they still exist. I accompanied my Dad to Hendersons where he purchased this coupling for the caravan he was building, when I was about 9 or 10 old, in the early fifties. Had great times in that caravan.
Thanks for that information..... now that you point it out if we look at the Henderson thread in DHL we can see the coupling in photos there. Apparently in those days there was no requirement for manufacturers to brand their couplings, which can cause restorers problems with the "Blue slip" inspectors if we want to retain these old couplings and they don't know the relevant rules.
Post by sportsman 1 on Sept 3, 2010 13:28:41 GMT 10
if you have a look at the pics of the original Treg type coupling it showed the tube part welded to the drawbar and the coupling through it.
I have several possible tow cars and the thought of having to put on and take off the other part of the Treg to each car every time I wanted to go somewhere seemed a lot of trouble as well as the fact they are notoriously hard to put the two halves together.
Some time ago I advertised for a 50mm override coupling to do a conversion. Seeing as the override coupling has the same diameter shaft as the Treg I figured if I take the ball coupling off the override and shorten it to suit I could fit it into the original tube. This gives me a ball coupling for multi use without destroying any of the original bits. If I want to I can just take the nut off the end of the ball coupling, remove it and replace the original.
I did cut the handbrake bits off the ball mount as they were not required. I know it is not original but hey, it works for me!
This I was told is a “Show Van Coupling”. The screw on lid pictured is used when the coupling is not in use but....... the ball passed through a similar lid that also screwed on and held the ball in contact with the socket.... plus the weight of the van would have kept it in contact.
I am assuming this part attached to the tow vehicle.....I am also assuming we are talking about Showmans 'vans or “living vans” as the Poms call them.
Enquiries from another member of the forum have prompted me to go get some more comprehensive photos for this towball connection thread of a complete jones dolly wheel setup. It's on a VV that I have had in my wish list book for a while now. The owner wishes to REMAIN anon I will send the photos to Cobber to add when and where he thinks fit Enjoy ;D jennison ;D
Last Edit: Feb 27, 2011 21:13:20 GMT 10 by Jennison