Post by jimmyj on Apr 17, 2017 10:18:58 GMT 10
Hi everyone..i have just purchased my first vintage caravan and as the seller had very little information on it im in need of some assistance to establish a possible maker, year or any information on it. The van has been in a shed wrapped in tarps for upwards of 35 years and is in faded but solid condition, it rides on 16 inch plymouth wheels, has an ice box, and all original fittings intact. I have been unable to locate any registration details, the last time it was known to have been used was in the early 70s however the owners have long since departed this world and it had been passed down to a neice who used it as storage for the past 30 or so years. Thankfully it has been kept dry and so far i have been unable to locate any rot or borer in the van. It has all timber construction, an angle iron drawbar and chassis. There is a degree of external cosmetic work to be done but all in all a good solid van . It has had lighting added to the rear of the van and has a plate bracket however no licence plate , no chassis number has been found. It measures in at 15ft long. I wonder if it is a home made or possibly a kit van. however the finish inside ,cabinetwork etc is of a high standard. Externally it has porthole window in door and one on the opposite side over the bed, front and rear windows open out. Going on the interior i am guessing it is mid fifties or maybe early fifties. I am in the process of rebuilding/ rodding my 47 buick as the tow vehicle, i have fitted the 47 with a chev truck 292 inline 6 with a small supercharger, overdrive auto, jaguar ifs/irs . I think that should pull it along ok. the plan is to restore the van as it was when built but upgrade it with brakes etc to meet vicroads requirement..speaking of which, how does one register a van with no VIN number/previous registration details? What other problems can i expect to deal with regards registration? Any advice appreciated !