Post by snikkerleck on Apr 24, 2021 16:57:21 GMT 10
Hi all, I have been trawling the (very interesting!) posts to make sure I'm not asking the already answered... but I need some help narrowing down the year of my new Skyline van. The seller guessed 1955, I think later. Has the original ice chest & door, short draw bar, timber window frames inside but round bottom Franklin looking aluminium windows,the galley shelf, dimpled ceiling lining and diamond embossed ribbed aluminium cladding... she might be a Franken-van... If this works there are some more pics here www.flickr.com/gp/192840005@N03/2S1Pzg
Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 24, 2021 21:36:31 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum and thanks for showing us the photos of your Skyline.
During the 60's Skyline used to source some of their caravans from Franklin and put their own brandname on them - badge engineering as it is termed. Your van looks as if it is one of those because it has quite a few Franklin features as you've suggested.
Can you look at the drawbar and tell us if there is a serial number on it (created out of weld). If you can tell us that, and if I am correct, that will confirm if the van is a Franklin-built caravan, and will probably also tell us the year it was built.
A quick shout out and heartfelt thank you to all the Franklin window seal/dust seal hunters for making this little piece of the puzzle incredibly easy - genuinely less than 3 minutes on the phone and I'm all sorted!
THESE were hard though; the original fiberglass hatch cover had these hinges that I had never seen before... I asked in groups, I googled every descriptive word I could think of and wouldn't you know it - they popped up in a banner ad!!! www.schots.com.au/quadrant-window-stay.html
So.... does anyone have any advice on sourcing a replacement of this beautiful ceiling lining???