Before you all go "yuk!" wait till it's all assembled. You might still go yuk anyway!!
Good to see the progress you've been making on Cino Vardo. It's looking fantastic. I hope you'll consider bringing it down to the 2020 Nationals? A lot of us will want to have a good look at it once it's finished.
Regarding the paint, I've seen a couple of your restorations/creations before. You have a real eye for colour - often unusual combinations, but they work together. So I don't think any of us will be going "yuk"!
Well, first my intrepid Gypsy caravan spotters Wal and Anna Robinson sailed up the mighty uncharted waters of the Hawkesbury River for a photo snap of an elusive gypsy caravan, but this time they've really excelled themselves! Whilst on a tour to the Rosedale Vintage and Antiques Fair, they found this gypsy lurking around. A very fine specimen, which makes my feeble attempts seem almost childish! Must say that the built-in aircon is a bit OTT!
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2019 8:11:20 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 27, 2019 22:03:26 GMT 10
Now there’s an interesting venture. I reckon you should try a similar trip with Cino Vardo!
Good to see that the tow vehicle is a good old Australian built Chamberlain tractor. I note that their average speed is 40 kmh. The Chamberlains have a reasonable turn of speed (for a tractor). One even took part in one of the Redex rallies - it had a top speed of 110 kmh!!
Maybe somebody could dust off their little grey Fergie and donate it to the Cino Vardo traveller!!! But then I'd have to definitely include an ensuite in the build and it's gone too far down the track to change anything DonR! Interesting to see how Queensland has been excluded from their journey!
As it seems to be a rather slow week on the site, i thought I'd give an update on progress.
I am happy to say that the electrical work is finished. Internal LED lights and clearance lights are fitted. As well, I added both internal and external 12 volt outlets for fridge and side awning light, as well as a double USB outlet. Deep cycle battery is fitted to 240 volt charger as well as to vehicle via an Anderson plug, so that it charges when travelling. Have also fitted internal and external 240 volt outlets.
Have also made progress with the fitout. Benchtops are in and splashback tiling done. Unfortunately there had to be a join on the sink benchtop which has slightly mismatched colour. I might build a shelf over it for coffee/tea items. Yes, the plumbing is also finished, with water connected to tank and outlet all working!
The door hardware has been fitted and they will be installed next week
The "to-do" list is slowly getting shorter!!
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2019 11:28:01 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
I think this will be my last posting for the build of Cino Vardo. Twelve months ago I designed and commissioned a rolling chassis 2400mm by 1500mm with outrigger frames to allow a 2000mm width and 2600mm trailer length. The total length of the roofline is 3300mm, so not a big van - hence the name!
I know that if I had the tenacity that DonR displayed in his O'l36 research, the final build would probably have taken far less time. Suffice to say, I (and I think my immediate neighbour) am happy to say "It is finished!", as much as a build like this is ever finished. Have already thought of a couple of things to to "when I've got nothing to do" on her.
I know you guys all like piccies, so I've put some up with the final finish. For the eagle eyed, the white paint bitas are now painted!!
These pics were taken last week, the first time out of the carport since the start
I painted the outside cabin light yellow to keep the bugs away at night
Interior pics. Feel free to ask questions
Last Edit: Aug 26, 2019 22:39:33 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
Nothing wrong with your tenacity old mate, or your imagination.
The van almost looks like you built it from plans and you new exactly what the next step would be, and you had all the bits and pieces sitting in the warehouse waiting to be fitted to their allotted position ....... in fact, is that how it was ? 😆😆😆
Hey cobber, I still have the original drawings sticky-taped to my tool cupboard in the carport and the only thing I really changed during the build was swapping the kitchen over to the opposite side and off-setting the entry door. It feels good being able to walk in all parts of the van and not hitting you head on the roof, something I couldn't do with the Hunter Minor or the Properts.
You're right about the warehousing part too. I've had the porthole for about 4 or 5 years - found it in a chandlery at Ettalong Beach. The water pump I've been carting around for about 10 years from my Victoria days - won it off ebay! The rear light I got at a market in Howth, Ireland in 2014. The guy got it from a ship dismantler in Hong Kong! It gave me some grief at Dublin airport when I passed through security - they thought I had a hand grenade!! The leadlight windows are from a couple of old kitchen cupboards I bought off Gumtree here on the Sunshine Coast. The hinges and door catches are from the same cupboards. The metal frieze decorating the side/front is from an old Q'lander and I found them in a second hand shop in Cooroy. The corner brackets of the verandah roof are from another Q'lander, and I found those at the local tip shop.
So there's a bit of my personal history in this van!
Hey Gordo, thanks for your comments. Good to see you're up and about down there.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2019 7:34:50 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
I have a lot of admiration for people who can dream up an idea, and then follow through to complete a high-quality result. It will certainly be a talking point wherever you go... (which leads me to ask: "Quo vadis with Cino Vardo??" )
I doff my cap to you, Sir!
Last Edit: Aug 29, 2019 14:56:50 GMT 10 by Franklin1: Edit: just realised I'd typed 'vardis' instead of vadis. D'oh!
Hi Al Thanks for your kind words. I still believe that your Newcastle project will always remain the measuring stick for all builds/rebuilds. Whence from here? CV will have her first run next week as I head for the Lockyer Valley to do some work and will be away for almost two weeks, a sort of "shakedown" trip. Hopefully not too much will shake down!! That will be a monthly run till Christmas. The October run may include a detour to Shellharbour, all going well. Cheers. Ray
Hmmmm SGTL!! WHat about converting the drawbar to a folding type, so you can raise it out of the way, install a harness shaft to the rear, add a verandah floor and you could get that pony back, sit under the verandah and cruise the countryside around your area!!