I think it is unlikely that your van would originally have been fitted with 14" wheels. It seems that at some time someone has been fiddling with the wheels and possibly the axles. You are welcome to have the original 13" holden wheels which I have here from our 64 Wayfarer if you would like them.
Our van did not have any brakes from new so I fitted new hub/brake drum assemblies on the original axles (Holden bearings) and fitted ford pattern 14" wheels.
I would not use your van until you fix that problem with the wheel studs and nuts.
Post by shesgotthelook on Dec 21, 2018 7:25:19 GMT 10
Interesting what you say about the wheel nuts. Mr SGTL did notice that. We had 4 new tyres put on in Mildura before we towed it home. It has hydraulic brakes but we will most likely convert to electric as it is a BIG van. Thanks for your offer Ken. I think my nephew is in Canberra atm but probably on his way home today.
I really should be getting ready for Christmas, but I much prefer playing in the shed;
Waiting for my builder man to make a new door. I'm also going to get him to put in a porthole window above the sink.
Post by cardygeorge on Jan 11, 2019 21:28:38 GMT 10
Nice find SGTL! Which park did it come out of? There's a couple of parks up here that had or have some very interesting vans. If we didn't already have two vans and a car, and barely enough time for any, I'd be in there making offers
And it's good to hear Di and Grease are still Vintage Vanners. How many do they have now?
Finally figured out its the journey, not the destination
G'day sgtl, I'm guessing they are hydraulic, yes?? In theory, anything can be salvaged/restored if you throw enough money at it, so the short answer is 'yes'.
However, it's a big van, and the constant shunting of the coupling behind the towball can get annoying out on the bouncy roads. I tow my little van with a 4-litre Prado, and I flip that reversing lock into position when towing, so the van coupling doesn't keep going 'bang-bang' every time I hit an undulation on the road.
I think I'd much prefer electric brakes on a van the size of yours.
Refreshed the tail lights with hobby paint last night;
Oh, good...we'll be able to compare notes in the future, about how well these paints/dyes last. I've just painted the indicator lens on my van with "Autoline Brush-on Lens & Bulb Dye Colour Amber" that I bought from a local car parts shop. Cost me about $20 for a piffling 15ml bottle (must be liquid gold!), and took two coats to get coverage that didn't look streaky/washed out. Funnily enough, the bottle says 'amber' but the lens now look more reddish than amber. I substituted LED festoon globes in warm white into both lights, so from behind the van they still look amber-ish when lit up.
Post by shesgotthelook on Jan 24, 2019 11:06:18 GMT 10
Hey Al, I was horrified at the price of lens marker spray on ebuy so I posed the question on the rusty wrecks page on Facebook. 90% of folks told me to buy hobby/ model acrylic paint & it was only a few dollars. I bought 2 which turns out I didn't need. I think it will see me out, particularly as my vans spend very little time in the sun.
Wish I'd thought of painting white/clear lenses in the past that I spent a fortune replacing with amber ones
G'day sgtl, That is a super professional job on the flooring!😎 I have found time and time again that the cardboard template method is well worth the effort required to put all the pieces of cardboard together to get an accurate template for tracing around. Long after the job is done, you will be pleasantly pleased with how good the end result looks!😁 Nicely done!!