Post by grumpster01 on Oct 20, 2019 18:43:38 GMT 10
Been a bit slow of late with the wet weather stopping most work on the van, and a the bite of the black dog keeping me under the weather as well.
The latest episode of the vlog is now live at the link below. Episode 6
Also got the 3rd wall panel replaced on the off side today so only one panel left to replace on the that side, there is the same water damage hidden beneath the front wall panelling which will be removed and cleaned up tomorrow all going well. Photo's will follow
Post by grumpster01 on Oct 21, 2019 17:10:32 GMT 10
After a week or so with wet miserable weather things have been slow, but after that the warmer and drier weather has allowed me to finish the re-sheeting of the off side of the van, the off side now has 4 new sheets attached and some filling and prep for undercoat has been started..it's very rough but progressing,think I will need to go down the builders bog path to get the sides nice and smooth, much to my own chagrin....
Also the latest episode of my vlog is now live on YouTube here..
Post by grumpster01 on Nov 2, 2019 19:36:31 GMT 10
I had the absolute pleasure today of meeting the owners of this Vacation van at the SA meet in Meningie, what an absolutely fantastic gathering of vans & cars and their happy owners.
One thing is now beyond doubt, the serial number of my van is definitely V755 as per the registration papers and is a very similar number and is marked on the a frame in the same fashion on both mine and the van seen today. It would appear that Vxxx was the way Vacation marked their vans.
Viewing this immaculate van has given me the vision I needed to get the interior of mine sorted, whilst I will be straying from the original in many ways I will be rebuilding to the original layout using white with a grey for contrast.. This van is an absolute treasure of information, and is a joy to see.
Post by grumpster01 on Nov 16, 2019 16:52:27 GMT 10
Been while between getting any real progress on the van, but had some good weather today so got the side joins and bottom recessed bolts bogged up, still got a few recessed bolts to do and finish the interior roof supports and will be ready for her first coat of undercoat sealer..
Post by grumpster01 on Nov 18, 2019 19:54:50 GMT 10
Well finally got a couple of good days weather, so have managed to get joins bogged and sanded, however feeling that I have used the wrong product to fill between the sheets, but that's a whole other story... Also got 2 coats of undercoat / sealer on today.. but the big find was when I removed the side rails supporting the roof cross members..... in pencil hidden from view the wording "Front 14' 6" Barwon" so assuming it was either the builders name or the model of the van...
So quite happy to have the sheeting all sealed and the information find, now to do some searching through trove amongst other historical sources..
Post by grumpster01 on Apr 3, 2020 16:18:46 GMT 10
Well it's been a while since any updates from me, post New Years things have been slow going, but I have finally got the aluminium angle edge moulding in place and sealed, windows are in place and door is on at last.. Next is to get the old aluminium 4 seasons hatch rebuilt with spares now on order followed by the window insect mesh & window winders back in place.
At least the van is 99% weather proofed now. Looking forward to getting started on the internals.
Hey Graeme Good to hear that you're still on the job! Quite often other "thing" get in the way of doing what we really want, but that's OK, because as I said before even a little progress is progress. Good to hear your van is almost watertight. It will certainly make life easier for you, especially with winter coming up. I reckon that like so many others, this coronavirus shut-in is making us cast our eyes on things to do around the house. I reckon we will see a lot of progress happening on a lot of vans being restored. I know for myself, I've already repainted the two thirds of the interior of my house which I had been putting off for two years!!! Only internal doors to do and that job is done. Good luck with it all. Ray