Post by stevefranklin on Dec 8, 2022 10:30:44 GMT 10
Hi All, I'm a new member here, so please forgive me if I seem ignorant. i am trying to find out the model of a caravan i just purchased, i did see photos on this forum from around 2008 which shows the exact van i have purchased, it has the same dent on the left hand front. I have seen similar shaped vans, however the door is in front of the wheel, mine is behind the wheel VIN on drawbar is 229-7 so I'm figuring 1967
I will probably be asking a lot of questions here, but just to get us started; would it be worth trying to restore this to original, i know you never get back what you put into a resto, but, i am thinking of new running gear and coupler ect. hydro brakes, upgrading all electrics, I'm thinking 12v lighting plus ability to connect to mains when possible, i don't know if fridge is working the interior is pretty good for its age, need to replace some timber framing (I don't think this is a sandwich panel construction) around bottoms of front and back windows due to seals shrinking- know any good window/window seal guys in melb area? I am hoping the stove is still working too i cannot test gas as the regulator is gone and i don't trust power due to the previous owners "work" if anyone has drawings of this van or circuit diagram would also be very handy i don't know what the pop-up part of the roof is called, but it is missing, again know of someone who could help with this? i will attach photo of current "paint job" which i am trying to rectify in following posts cheers, steve
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2023 21:32:23 GMT 10 by Don Ricardo: Converted attachment to photo
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 8, 2022 12:36:11 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum. Great to hear that this caravan is still alive and kicking, or will be once you've done your refurbishment of it.
Yes, you are quite correct the '-7' in the serial number indicates that your van was built in 1967, and '229' tells us it was the 229th van built by Franklin in that year.
You may not have found Hughdeany's reply to your earlier post, but your van is a Franklin Safari. (He estimated that the van was a late 1966 model, which is pretty close, but the serial number confirms that it is 1967.)
I'll leave others to comment on your questions about what needs to be done to the van, but the 'pop up part' in the roof is usually referred to as a hatch or roof hatch.
Hope that helps a bit. We'll look forward to hearing more about your work on the van as you proceed.
Post by stevefranklin on Dec 8, 2022 12:48:12 GMT 10
Hi Don, thanks for that, that is great that it's a safari, i will be towing it with a Patrol, which in Japan is also a safari!! i could not find Hughdaeny's reply, will try looking for it again cheers steve
Hi Steve, Those colours were both in use by Franklin,but from memory your van has olive green upholstery so that would be the exterior colours. They also weren’t Holden colours,contrary to popular belief. Cheers hughdeany
Post by stevefranklin on Aug 7, 2023 13:46:23 GMT 10
hi Hugh/Don, i am starting to turn the corner on the resto of my van and was thinking of putting a vapour barrier (left over from a job) on the outside of the frame under the aluminium cladding, have you done this before and is there any drawbacks from doing this?
Post by stevefranklin on Oct 27, 2023 15:11:43 GMT 10
hi everyone, i am currently looking into making moulds for wheel spats for the 67 Franklin, i was wondering if anyone would be interested or wants these for their van, if a few people are interested to purchase some it may make the whole process viable
Post by stevefranklin on Nov 8, 2023 12:40:24 GMT 10
Hi All, i have replaced my old axle with a new one and was wondering if anyone would be interested in the original one, i read somewhere on this forum that a member regretted getting rid of their original axle, i simply do not have room for it. also comes with original brakes and wheels, please note it will need new u-bolts if you wish to use it