Post by shesgotthelook on Jul 31, 2017 11:27:10 GMT 10
What is more fun than restoring a caravan? Restoring two caravans at the same time of course! Having long coveted a Propert, I took the plunge & bought one that was in need of a great deal of love. My thinking was that I wouldn't get around to it for a year or 2 & if something in better order & for a better price came along I would sell this one. I didn't bet on my retired builder man Noel getting stuck straight in. This means the Viscount is taking a lot longer than planned but in the end, I will have 2 new vans ready to roll at a similar time.
Noel has tackled it in a slightly unconventional manner & elected not to pull the whole thing apart. It's been difficult but I am happy with the outcome. This poor little van had been crucified with add ons such as perspex cut outs, don't know if this was to fix rot or let more light in? It had a massive square hole in one main panel & was simply rotting away on many main timbers. I know I couldn't have done it on my own.
Still a way to go & many questions to be asked of the Propert gurus but here is an album thus far.
That is a REAL challenge there SGTL. In many ways, fixing it without taking the shells apart reduces the risk of doing alterations that will later come back to bite you because measurements were slightly out. Make sure that you replace timbers with same for same size, otherwise you might strike problems. There is not much tolerance (read NONE) in this construction, when it comes to exactness of timber size. ill watch your progress with interest!!!
SGTL, I had the same problem with the overlap on the hinges. I think that perhaps on the originals the overlap may have been ground back??? Perhaps a Propert owner who has the original ones can vouch for that???
Don't know if you noticed or not, but that whole cupboard seems to have been altered if you look at the original brochures and some pics in DHL. The sink section is generally closest to the bed and the stove (lower cupboard) is near the door, presumably for venting/safety reasons. Does it look like those two sections have been altered, or is it that the original owner bought the van as a shell (which was possible to do) and fitted his own cupboard design.
Post by shesgotthelook on Aug 25, 2017 15:36:00 GMT 10
Hi Ray, very likely that it was altered as I cannot find another with the same set up. The slide in drawer is cut at an angle to accomodate the hose to the sink & there is no ice chest. The big drawers that I am re- facing are a different timber & were never stained & the seating area has been cut out to accomodate a fridge. The table has an added on angle bracket (rather than a leg) to go around the fridge.. I won't be re-building the whole thing, that's for sure! But I do have a green plastic sink & a galley pump tap to put in & some red laminex to put over the bench. I think most properts had a wall mounted water tank with a tap. Mine has a tank underneath (which is no doubt rusted to bug..ry). The big drawers also have pencil on them stating 'LH rear' 'RH front' etc. With all the fiddly little bits & challenges, trying to decide if I have the energy to make up round tail light assemblies or just replace what is there with same 🤔
Post by shesgotthelook on Sept 29, 2017 9:03:22 GMT 10
Phew, it's ok, it fits! Next problem making it all connect as new sink has completely different placement of plughole & have to cut some timber out to accommodate tap as that is in a different place too.
Hi sgtl, love the work that you and yours have done to restore the van to its present condition! The laminated "copy" of the badge is a very clever idea...looks like an original badge in your photo.
I noticed the bedspread(?) in your 2nd photo and thought that would look very good in my van. Can you give some more details and a more complete photo of that bedspread please? Would like to file the photo away so I know what to look for in Op Shops, etc.
Last Edit: Nov 1, 2017 21:14:19 GMT 10 by Franklin1
Post by shesgotthelook on Nov 2, 2017 7:08:32 GMT 10
Hi Al, I'd give it to you but I only just bought it from Ebay UK & with postage it cost me about $70 ! I do have a pinky red one similar somewhere that I don't remember what I paid so might be willing to part with that if you are interested? There is also a monster town garage sale this weekend so I 'll keep my eyes open for you.
Well, I certainly didn't expect I'd have to go searching the Opshops in the UK to find the item!
My van is two-tone green inside, so the one in your picture would be much more suitable than a pinky-red one. I quite like visiting the Echuca region and could easily make a detour to Rochester in the middle of the night. I don't see any padlock attached to the bedspread, so I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hard to make the transfer from your van to mine. Can you tell me if the doggie in the first photo barks when strangers are around?? Will pack some treats as well to distract him/her, if necessary.
Thanks for posting the photo and giving the additional info.
Post by shesgotthelook on Nov 2, 2017 20:16:04 GMT 10
Can't you tell that the dog lives in the Propert to guard it? There is a photo higher up of Mr SGTL training him to do this important job. Lot of riff raff around who would stoop to any level, even stealing a vintage caravan & or it's contents