Think you are right, when Tom stripped the cupboard doors they turned out to be "blond" laminex, Friends have a York van but there table leg is "Y" shaped so I am thinking more and more 1968. Have looked into Silver paint and it looks pretty good, will probably go that way. I am off to canberra next week and will try to get to the national library to see what they have on the history of caravans, must have something.
You know heaps about vans, I have seen the ones you are speaking of and they look great, bet they have fewer leaks than the conventional ones.......................LOLOL bet that will get a few responses
Hi. Cheryl You are right, we have spent many days in various libraries mainly NL Canberra doing research and contacting many owners. We now have files on various vans mostly fabuglass but others as well, like Expandavan, Carapark, Propert folding van, Country Club Caravan, Quest, Crusader, Kennedy, E-Zee-Trail, Sunliner, Don and a few others but our greatest knowledge is of the Olympic alum. and fibreglass vans from early '60's until late '80's This info is of interest to you and others Cheers boblor
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 17, 2007 22:46:20 GMT 10
I noted your comment about having a file on Dons. I'm interested to know what you've discovered and whether you can throw any light on the Cadet 9 & 12 models and the 133 model, or on the later history of the company post 1956.
Post by fireballv8 on Sept 1, 2007 22:43:52 GMT 10
I'll hazard a guess...could it be a "Sunliner"? I have heard of that make, and it would fit with the chassis number. The cladding if silver originally, was different to the Valiants, and the early Viscounts...and would make it somewhere between 1960 to 1968
Post by 1954homemade on Sept 4, 2007 9:29:52 GMT 10
Also I forgot to mention. As for your rego sticker saying 1988. The way that tends to happen is that at sometime, someone could have taken the number plates from a 1988 van and then moved them onto your van. If your van doesn't have clearly identifiable chassis number on the draw bar (alot of older vans don't have them) it couldn't be checked properly.
If you are able to find a chassis number on your draw bar you can double check it against the chassis number on your rego papers.
Thanks for the research, I am now almost convinced it is a Valiant, I think they were a little before the ambassadore. Renovations are still in progress and should be finished soon. Hope to get to use the van in November for the first time.
Hi Cheryl, From what I have seen, Valiants and Ambassadors both co-existed in time (that being, I have seen both in white and silver Alluminium - one may have started being built sooner or later than the other though).
Post by michelle68 on Mar 24, 2008 20:06:55 GMT 10
Hi all, looking for information on a caravan I have aquired. It is little caravan that only has enough space for one person to lie down in it. like a really big dog kennel. Never seen one myself. Cheers Michelle
Hi Michelle and welcome to the forum. Very intrigued about the little van you have. The best thing to do to enable us to help you is:
1) Start a new thread in the General.....2008 onwards section of the forum. 2) Type Michelle's van in the Subject field. 3) Give us as much detail as you can about your van...length, width, height, layout 4) Post some pictures as well...they always help (...and will make us envious if your van is better than ours ) Go to this thread for information on how to include photos in your post (if you don't know already)... vintagecaravans.proboards30.com/index.cgi?board=photo&action=display&thread=1110436749
Great to have you join this bunch of enthusiasts. cheers, Al.