Post by paulinaberri on May 30, 2018 23:27:02 GMT 10
Hi Guys, I am new to this site and have found it to be a wealth of information. I have recently purchased a HARDY'S Fiesta. The upholstery is the same green with white piping. The reason I say Hardy's is it is stenciled on the front and back just above Fiesta. I am not sure of the year. The electrican compliance sticker on the window states it was tested in 1974 first rego was 1978. I don't have sliding doors on the inside they are hinged. I also have the 4 windows at the front and I alsi have a gas fridge. Like the picture of the van with the A/C sticking out of the front. I am still trying to navigate this site and working out how to upload photos.
Post by paulinaberri on Jul 29, 2018 0:07:01 GMT 10
Hi, We have recently become the proud owners of a Fiesta (Hardy's). A bit uncertain of the year. Rego papers say 1978. Electrican compliance sticker says 1974. Welded number on chassis says 62. Any help on this would be great. We have named her Patricia after the original owner. Van was found in SA not far from Mildura. The rubbers all need replacing which I have purchased from Roadmaster Caravans in Lonsdale SA. Oh they are gonna be the end of me. (I am starting to swear like a pirate). For an old girl she is pretty good. Upholstery has survived, one minor fix. Planning on polishing her back to her original glorious shiny exterior. Wish me luck as this is the first reno for me....probs not the last. Loving it!
Hi OP and welcome to the forum. It would be better if you were to start a new thread on your van in the Member's Photo Album as this is the reference only section of the site Otherwise this historically important section of caravanning gets cluttered with information that is not really brand specific. All the best
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 4, 2018 21:46:30 GMT 10
Really interesting to read about your van and see the photos.
You'll be interested to know that it isn't a Mildura-built Fiesta caravan, but instead is one of the South Australian built vans which were badged as both Pacific and Fiesta caravans. You can read about them in the Down History Lane section here. The SA Pacific/Fiesta vans have quite a distinctive shape and design features. One of the most evident features is the V-shaped front windows. As you'll see from the thread I've pointed you to, several of these vans have turned up over the last couple of years.
At this stage we don't know who built the Pacific/Fiestas, but your reference to Hardy may possibly be a clue. Hardy was a South Australian caravan manufacturer which was active in the 50's, but then appeared to go out of business...but maybe not? If you haven't already found it, there's a thread about Hardy Vans in the DHL section here.
Being interested in the origins of these caravans, I would like to see a close up of the signage if you are able to post that. Although I've seen a couple of the vans branded as Fiestas, I haven't seen one with Hardy on it. As I think you've already discovered, there were other references to a 'Hardy Fiesta' on the forum back in 2006, but the photos have since disappeared.
I hope it's OK, but I've used my administrator powers to merge all your posts about your van into this one thread. I thought it was better to have all the posts together in the one place, so that it makes it easier for people to follow the story of your van, especially since as it's turned out your van isn't a Mildura-built Fiesta.
Post by paulinaberri on Aug 6, 2018 23:26:52 GMT 10
Hi Don, Thanks for the consolidation 🙂 Thanks for the info. If you zoom in on the photos you can see the Hardy's name is stencilled on and i think it was probably the same color as the stripe was. They have all faded terribly. Hopefully this is of some help.
Based on our previous conversations Kingswood308, that is correct. Your van was built by Fiesta in Mildura. However the Fiesta/Pacific vans like Paulinaberri's were built be someone else in South Australia.
Post by paulinaberri on Aug 9, 2018 11:13:35 GMT 10
Not sure if these photos are of any value. Definitely not any palm trees in sight on this old girl. I recently went to look at some vans at Loxton Caravan Park and found a lovely couple with a Fiesta. Theirs was a 1967. Mine does seem older. The number aparently is the number caravan made, 201 on theirs. 62 showing on mine. Is this correct?
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 11, 2018 18:39:33 GMT 10
Thanks for posting the photos of the 'Hardy's Fiesta' signage on your van. So interesting to see, and most intriguing - I'm sure it's a clue about who may have sold the vans, if not who built them.
If you'd like me to, I can edit your posts so that the photos of your van show in the post, rather than just the link. And/or I can provide an explanation of how to do that yourself in future, which would probably be more useful. Let me know if you'd like me to do that.
I'd also like to copy some of your photos of the signage to the Pacific/Fiesta thread in the Down History Lane section, if that's OK? It would be good to connect that with Mark T's earlier posts about a Hardy Fiesta.
Post by paulinaberri on Aug 12, 2018 22:43:46 GMT 10
Don you are a legend as your profile says. Please feel free to do what you like with the photos. Yes help me with the photo stuff please. I have mastered the window rubber today. Two windows in two days....on fire! Who would have thought a 1/2 tablespoon measure from the kitchen draw would have saved me from becoming a fully fledged potty mouthed pirate with a parrot on my shoulder. I live in Berri SA. Hardys winery has been here for years. I might ask the person I bought it from if they know where it was purchased from. Worth a shot. 😁
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 13, 2018 15:02:30 GMT 10
If you've mastered the window rubber seal trick, then you've got a skill that's far more useful than playing around with photos! But I've stuck with what I know how to do. I've made all your photos 'visible' in your posts. You were on the right track with posting the links, but just needed to go two more steps via the 'Share' button in Flickr. (Steps 6 & 7 in the Flickr instructions here.)
I've also copied some of your photos to the DHL Pacific/Fiesta thread to record the info about the Hardy's connection, and the serial numbers.
The serial number is a great piece of information which often helps to date vans, once we have enough details from a few vans. Was the other Fiesta you saw at Loxton the one that belongs to John&jacquie, as shown on the DHL Pacific/Fiesta thread, or another one?
Post by paulinaberri on Aug 13, 2018 23:04:19 GMT 10
Hi Don,I have just read Mark T's post. No it was not his unseen van 😉. Very entertaining. The couple I met were from Mildura. I did swap phone numbers with them. There were some photos the ABC Riverland put up on their FB page of the Vans that attended the Loxton event. I have included the link. I know the couple with the Fiesta were interviewed. No photos of it here. I will see if I can get a copy.
Hi, The Fiesta at Loxton that weekend is a Mildura built Fiesta and is a one owner passed on from Kevin’s Dad. It is a fantastic and very original caravan. That Fiesta brand has no link to the Pacific/Fiesta Caravan that you have as Don Ricardo has mentioned I did inspect a Pacific caravan in Waikerie a couple of years ago that was very similar to yours. That van had the plastic Pacific badge on the front. They are definitely SA built and quite distinctive in their styling.
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