Obviously new to the site but I have been looking to restore and old caravan for awhile. I have stumbled across this older bondwood sided caravan and was wondering if anyone knew what brand it was? I have looked at all Adelaide builders and can see similarities with Pacific (fridge) and Quest (front windows, front seats and table) but haven’t seen this exact one yet. I was thinking this would be a good caravan to learn on but as it isn’t big enough for my family of four if someone else wants it feel free to make an offer. Any information would be greatly appreciated. The caravan is located in mid north of South Australia.
Thank you hughdeany for that confirmation. I couldn’t locate any badging or welded serial number anywhere. I did notice the hitch and jockey wheel had identification as per the photos but I’m assuming they are manufacturers of those parts only. I have also included a photo of the other side of the blue vinyl cushions for interest, this must be the party side of the sixties I hear so much about. Also I have included some photos of the fridge, are we able to use this or is it generally swapped out for a newer model and do you use the older gas cooker/grill or is a newer one required? If anyone has a rough age that would also be greatly appreciated.
Hi again Kimba, It’s about a 62-64 model,the fridge and stove should be ok if checked by a gas fitter,sometimes removing the fridge and turning it upside down for 24 hours gets it all going again. The bondwood sides do not look too bad at all,shouldn’t be that hard for someone to do up. Hope that helps Cheers hughdeany
Thanks again hughdeany, hopefully I can get the fridge and stove going as It looks like I’ll be taking on the challenge of restoring it. The bondwood sides have me arguing with myself between replacing them with marine ply and getting to see any hidden damage as well as learning how to do it or just fix the edges. Problem is the door has all but rotted out and that patching of the edges seems a bigger job then replacing the entire sheet. But as I haven’t done either before I’m just guessing.
Hi Kurt have a read of some other posts on how to do it the door frame won't be to hard just make sure you treat the are where the rot is to stop it coming back. I think koalas post on his wayfarer has how to fix the ply cheers chris
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Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 1, 2021 14:25:36 GMT 10
As Hughdeany has indicated, that is one cute little van you have there.
As you can see I've used my abilities as a moderator of the forum to enable your photos to display in your post so that people can see them more easily. Hope that's ok?
I have been pondering the age of your van and am basically of the same opinion as Hughdeany. If you look at the Quest thread in the Down History Lane section of the forum here, you'll see that that there are several Quests that are very similar to yours in terms of shape and style. One has been dated as being 1961 and has bondwood sides like yours, but the aluminium panelling on the front isn't ribbed. There's another van dated as being 1968 that has ribbed aluminium cladding on the front and rear, and the sides are also ribbed, although the sides are actually fibreglass.
Your van is somewhere in between those two because it has ribbed aluminium cladding at the front and rear, but has bondwood sides. As best as we understand it, the ribbed aluminium on the front of your van was introduced in 1963 or 1964 and began to be used by manufacturers such as Viscount for their 1964 models. So I think that makes the earliest date for your van as 1963 or 1964, but it could be a little later depending on how long Quest persisted with bondwood sides. We don't really have an answer for that at this point.
You should be fine using the fridge and stove you've got in the van, providing you can get them going. Within the vintage caravan community there is a certain prestige in having original or close to original equipment in your van, so keeping those items rather than replacing them is worthwhile.
Post by Surf Tragic on Jul 1, 2021 19:54:24 GMT 10
G'day Kinsa Looks like a nice van to restore. I will leave a link to some panel patching I have done, sometimes the whole sheet doesn't need to come off. This is a proven boatbuilding method & doesn't crack on the join so easily. It is a lot of work. The Epoxy glues these days are amazing, some from Botecote are safer to use than others I had to take all the sheets off the latest van I'm restoring as they were all de-laminating & there's no cure for that ! It looks like there may be quite a bit of hidden frame damage on yours, you don't have to take the whole sheet off to have a look, cut out a portion like these photos, replace the rotted timbers, & cut in a patch. I'm only interested in basket cases so I have something to do, most of these are a renovators delight, anyone elses nightmare !
Thank you all that have responded. Interesting to know this caravan is probably around the mid 60’s and a link between the aluminium and fibreglass introduction. Maybe this is the poor mans fibreglass model. I’ve looked at all the links provided and have decided that it makes sense to start by cutting and patching first and if that doesn’t work I can remove the lot. I haven’t used resin before so I’ll practise that but I should be able to router the edges and can weld in any supports needed under the corner of the floor if I need to patch that. I am however currently restoring a 1960’s woodworking combination machine that needs to be completed first. Thanks also for making the photos show in the messages, is there a way I can do that or can I only link?
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 2, 2021 11:32:54 GMT 10
Maybe you'll use the woodworking machine to help with the restoration of the Quest? Important to have things in the right order in that case.
You can make the photos display in your post yourself. Have a look at Steps 6 to 9 in the 'how to' post about posting photos from Flickr here. It's reasonably straight forward from where you're already up to with the photos, but yell out if it doesn't make sense and I can help you.
For those interested I did in fact sell it in the end and have since brought another coronet van. The quest van wasn’t showing any information in SA rego department but SA police did have the number plate recorded as a 1969 quest caravan, however I’m unsure how accurate that is.