Still some work to do like painting and fitting cabinet doors but the Wayfarer 18'tandem is packed and ready for its first post restoration trip to attend the Shellharbour Vintage Caravans Gathering. I'm sure that the critical eyes of the other VC tragics will find plenty of fault if they look hard enough but we are happy with it and look forward to many trips to come.
We are still looking for an appropriate period clock in working condition if anyone can help. We found a home for the little boomerang which was found in the van, it now has pride of place above the clock. Koala
Would anyone happen to have to spare 2 of these keyhole escutcheons? They measure roughly 3 1/8"long and are actually brass but probably will not look like it as they will most likely be tarnished. Lots of final finishing still being done on the Wayfarer which will keep me busy for weeks to come.
I am trying to put together a display board for when I take the 64 Wayfarer to car shows etc so I am looking for some good quality advertising material which I could copy. I would appreciate if anyone could pass on to me any such photos or articles in their records which would be useful for this purpose. There is some stuff in the Down History Lane section which I could use but I am trying to find anything of good quality to reproduce.
Recently I haven't been so active working on the Wayfarer and haven't achieved a whole lot. One thing that has caused me a real headache are the `spears' which are either side of the 4 badges. The `spears' were heavily corroded and research has found that they are a FC Holden accessory and the correct name is `Wind Split' and were fitted to the top of the front mudguards. The Holden guys who I have spoken to at car shows say that they are simply not obtainable so short of having them copied I set to in an attempt to resurrect them. Originally they were chrome plated but because of the corrosion it was not practical to do this again so I had the old flaky chrome removed and set to with body filler and after much sanding and painting I have something good enough if not perfect. Instead of chrome I painted them so to highlight them against the background which I think is quite OK under the circumstances. I would still be happy to find some replacements if anyone has some hidden under their bed. Now to make some new spats. Koala
This is where I confess to committing sacrilege by modifying the original design of the Wayfarer by removing the bunk and installing a shower and kitchen bench. Judy and I intend to spend a lot of time in the coming years travelling around Australia in this van so we saw a shower as being a nice bit of luxury for us. I had the shower door frame constructed from aluminium with a polycarbonate sheet instead of glass. Overall it was quite a big job overcoming hurdles such as the wheel arch and taking care to make it leak proof. For hot water we have a 20 litre gas/electric storage unit. I guess that this modification won't please everyone particularly when you hear me singing in the shower
We hit the road tomorrow for a couple of days at Jindabyne.
I was tempted to post a photo or two of me soaped up in the shower but you will just have to use your imagination We spent 3 nights at Jindabyne and gave the shower a work out. It is really a lot of luxury when compared to our tenting days and worked very well except for a drainage problem with the water not getting away fast enough. It seems that 22mm is not big enough for a drain so it is back to the drawing board for a plumbing redesign. On a positive note, the Vitri Frigo 12 volt only fridge was excellent in the 38 degree temperatures over the weekend. No shortage of ice for my Bourbon and the beer was icy cold as well.......even the food survived. This van tows very nicely and is very tame behind the tow car which is probably something to do with weight distribution and the tandem axle. Looking forward to a month off around the nationals. Koala
After rushing around for months trying to finish the Wayfarer to the point where we could take it to Wangaratta and travel for a few weeks I have not felt much like working on the van. It has sat in the driveway pretty much untouched while the winter months go by waiting for the warmer months to return. Over a few warmer days I have managed to make and paint some new spats which help to improve the look of the van.
The forward leaning body design of the Wayfarer does look nice and even makes it look like it is going fast when standing still. However, this design does create problems such as difficulty with water leaks and excessive sunlight and heat into the rear of the van.
When we were at Wangaratta I spotted another van with a short canvas awning on the rear window so decided to copy this idea. A mate knocked one up from some scrap canvas and using a bit of sail track we now have a awning which will possibly keep the van cooler and direct water away from the forward sloping windows.
You pinched a great idea Mr KK, but it wasn't an original one! You reminded me of the Advertisement for Trail-a-home caravans vintagecaravans.proboards.com/thread/2080?page=1 which had such awnings on each of the windows. I do remember that the van I salvaged in Childers, still had the framework and canvas remnants on it.
Goes to show that with caravans there's almost no such thing as a "new" idea! Evern ensuites and front verandahs can be traced back to the fifties!!
Hi Ray, I thought that I had better do a good job after you have built me up so much lately. I can see why you have been reading the Trail-a-Home thread lately as it has some good advice for the home builder
Hi Jim No worries. The fittings are from Roadtec Marine or BCF and are made for boat awnings. The pipe I used is 16mm outside diameter steel from Bunnings. I made it so that in the event of strong wind it can be folded back against the van. Alternatively I could add a rope down to the van on each side. As I said previously, a length of sail track is used to attach the canvas to the van.
Judy and I went out on a car club run today so fired the old 56 Buick up to blow the winter cobwebs out. Can't beat a nice sunny day out in a nice car on the highway and she gets up a nice hum at speed...….sounds a bit like angels singing.
And when we arrived back home we had a look how the Buick and Wayfarer get along.
By the way, the Buick will be going on the market in coming weeks so if you are interested...…..
Thankyou for the photos Grandad. The 56 Buicks are very thin in the ground in Australia. Our car has the Dynaflow transmission which is not good for towing as it is a fluid drive and has too much slippage which causes it to overheat. It seems like good lookin' blokes are attracted to 56 Buicks Koala