I reckon there are two different hands writing the info on that draw. I am still able to contact the original owner so I will ask the question and see if she remembers who wrote what.
At a guess I would say the builder wrote the paint information and the owner wrote the insurance info, and yes I have assumed the £750 is the insured value. The original number plate number was enticing too....it is available but I refuse to pay the exorbitant fees to have it....$200 to order it PLUS $90 per year until I die.... thieving mongrels
I have spoken to Dulux to find out if they thought the lead content in the BALM paint would have been the reason it didn't bubble up under the paint stripper. They said............................ possible
Fibreglass fantasia!....a Sunliner, a Carlight Continental plus one for spares (fibreglass roof & ends)... 52 homemade plywood and a Fibreglass Kennedy lookalike awaiting a brand/name (might be Skyline?) ................. EH Premier S/Wagon & '56 FORD Country Sedan for my towcars
The rear lights are “Campbell” brand..... made in Australia and were fitted to the 'van when I got it. They are like hen's teeth these days although I believe this bloke in Queensland can reproduce lenses for just about anything. The problem is that the metal base to these lights is often rusted.
The original “Locktite” “Newcastle Safety Hitch” aye ?
Funny old hitch that one. An inch & 7/8 ball was a real loose fit in it..... a 50mm ball was a real tight fit... and a 2 inch had no chance of going in. Having read about the trouble Reddo had separating his ball and hitch I decided to pull mine apart and see what the problem was.
It was just a matter of grinding a tiny bit off the “Tounge”... mostly on the edges, so that it fitted the circumference of the ball.... she works real good now.
A fair bit later I came across some old new floor covering so I replaced the old tiles because they were cracked and curled up on the corners.... also many tiles had about a 3mm gap between each tile.
And then a bit later again ........ I thought it was time I protected the old girl from the weather. Fortunately I only had to buy a few bags of cement...the roof purlins and screws. I had the roofing, corrugated iron for the sides, and posts “in storage”
Wow what a stunning van - so beautifully restored and decorated. Your post made it all sound so fluid and easy but the true evidence of all your work is the result - just great. Cheers Ruth (new to all this and reading everything)
Hi Cobber Your van looks great mate... Then again....... anythimng that comes out of Newcastle looks great... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
You wrote.. "Having read about the trouble Reddo had separating his ball and hitch I decided to pull mine apart and see what the problem was."
I still havent figured out what went wrong with that hitch on "Rosie" i even used a 50mm ball to make sure i didnt have any troubles. I had used the same ball to tow thw van to Katoomba, Kendalls Beach and Coledale last year.
Got up to Bingara between xmas and new year and it simply refused to budge.
Must of protested about being on behinbd a Car of Japanese origin ( Toyota Prado )
Thank you for saying nice things about "The Swamp Van"
What you're doing as a new member is pretty smart... reading everything. You could go to the Technical forum for instance and start on page 29 and work your way forward.... or the Members Album page 33, if you can remember half of what you read you'll be more knowledgeable than anybody else on the site
That is a worry Reddo.... she worked OK for a while then just seized up
On mine a 50mm ball would not go in the socket.... maybe I could have forced it in but I wouldn't have expected to get it out again. But when pulled apart the easy fix was obvious.
Did you get yours apart in the end...... did you try a bucket of water
LATER..... On the way to Mildura for the 2010 nationals we free camped with Ian and Robyn (Marjie2).... they have the same no-name ... "Newcastle"... "Locktite" coupling. When they bought the van they found a 50mm ball wouldn't fit it either, they contacted the previous owner who gave them the ball he used. Kingy who was camping with us just happened to have a vernier caliper in his toolkit and guess what..... the ball measured 49mm... that equals 1.93 inches----- 50mm equals 1.97 inches---- 2 inches equals 50.8 mm. Not much in it aye?
Coibber.. I deliberately used a 50mm coupling as it is a touch smaller than the 2" ball. Plentyof oil and grease around things. Me n kingy used all sortsa remedies to get it ünknotted"( dog breeding speak).. but nothing worked. I came home unbolted the whole shootin match and fitted a quick release coupling...
Bloody old safety hitches are that safe they wont even let go when ya want em to. >:(What price originality.
I am glad the T*y*t* had a hayman reece coupling .. just pulled the pin on the tow hitch........... rolled the Rosie van into its alocated spot at Bingara and return to the sanctuary of my Malleys esky... ;D ;D ;D
Hemp rope....... check Wooden rope tensioners............. check Wooden poles......... check Wooden poles too short......check
Worry worry, what to do Buy those sissy aluminium twist lock poles.... check Hang my head in shame … check Keep hunting for wooden poles the right lengths........ check
This old traditional style annex really is in as new condition Reddo. I know you were told the top had been replaced but the sides are in as good condition as the top. It's unusual in that they retained the old Marconi clips and added a sail track rope as well.
The only change I would make (which I won't) would be to have the sides clip onto the roof as JBJ has done and Humpty2 did with the annex he had made for “Janorma” (humpty how about adding photos of your annex to Janorma's thread)
Maybe we should start a thread in the Technical board devoted to “Annex designs”...... Sutcac could start that one
Why not modify the walls so they clip on. ?? Being able to simply unbutton and remove the walls tro suit the prevailing breeze is far better than having to wrestle with rolling the sides up and tying them off all the time.!!!
Also handy if you are "Travelling Light"or moving from one spot to another each day and only need a roof for shelter.. You can leave the walls at home and save on weight / load on the car/van... extra
Aluminium poles you say.... . Thats it... No Xmas card for you... However.. i have signed you up for a years subscription at this exclusive club....
Speaking of the silly goose club... and apprentices... and electricity, which we were in another place.
I twigged to the fact that the active and neutral polarities were reversed at the GPOs in this caravan …... not a big problem under most circumstances, but I thought I should fix it .
Turns out the apprentice who wired up the double pole switch that is the only safety device in this van managed to reverse the red and black wires on the output side of the switch....... silly goose, maybe he was an Argentinian
This is the sophisticated power distribution arrangements in the 1960 Newcastle caravan
And here is where the reversal happened, the rear of the switch..it operates vertically in this view of it. Should be both red wires on the right an both black wires on the left.
I just thought I would update this thread with a few of the celebrity events the 'Swam Van' has starred in, to help promote the vintage caravan hobby you understand
THE BIGGEST LOOSER. 6th January 2012, season 7 Episode 25 You can see the episode if you click here ( but I wouldn't bother if I were you.. the swamp van doesn't appear until about 32 minutes into it )
LUKE O'SHEA. 25th September 2012. Recording a video clip for the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Awards. You can see the video 'Lady of the Land' if you Click Here ( worth watching if you like Aussie country music )
SYDNEY CORROBOREE FESTIVAL..Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Sydney with Warwick Thornton,director of the film 'The Darkside' Sunday 17th November to Sunday 24th November 2013. Van was used as a 'story telling booth' where people told ghost stories from 'The Other Side'
Great to see your Newcastle van getting out to see lots of other places besides, err, just Newcastle...
Also interesting to see Luke O'shea bring his own cheap non-vintage imitation plastic fly strips from Bunnings, to hang in the doorway. Maybe the "genuine originals" weren't available back then. You should tell him to re-record the video and bring only genuine stuff with him next time.
I reckon Nicole Kidman is a shoo-in for a photo shoot at the Nats in Broken Hill in this van. Ya better make sure she doesn't shop at Bunnings though...could be curtains for your reputation.