Nothing to do with me .. just being inquizitive cant say too much just being curiuos no my mate hasnt got one that just might be a midget Don of around 9ft and i am trying to wrangle it out of him just need to know ;D No special reason Its made of wood too cant say too much gotta go now just pretend you didnt read this bye now ;D
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 29, 2007 23:24:52 GMT 10
OK Reddo, you just knew you would get a response from me on this didn't you? ;D
The smallest 1934-1956 Don was the 10 ft 110 model, but the smallest Don we have any info about as far as I know is a 9ft 'Cadet' model listed in a caravan price list published in the May 1960 Motor Manual (see Reply #25):
There were apparently three Cadet models - 9ft, 12ft and 15ft (the latter are usually described as 14ft). The only Cadets located thus far are the 15ft model, although we have a picture of the 12ft model from 1956. I personally have not seen a picture of a 9ft model, nor have I heard reference to a 9ft Cadet still being in existence...but I'm guessing that it would a rather cute little baby Don.
The other alternative perhaps would be a heretofore unsuspected Don teardrop along the lines of the 1934-56 series...hmmm...
Over to you Reddo - c'mon what do you know? Don't hold out on us! I'm all sweaty in anticipation, and practicing my eye-popping expression in readiness...
I went and had a look at the little van the other arvo. Timber chassis with steel spring assemblys - leaf springs coachbolted to the timber rails. angle iron draw bar. It has a front kitchen and a 3/4 bed down the back. No rear window with a very "Don-ish" shape about the back end. Has a square timber window either side towards the back and a small sqaure window centre front. The table hinges down off the right side wall and you sit on the bed to eat at the table. It runs on 14" Austin or morris wheels and it has overide brakes. Unusual for a van this small to have brakes at all.
It has a Newcsatle safety hitch coupling which makes me think the van may be local produce. Not a Don. Possible an "Esrom" which where made here in Newcastle by the Morse family .. hence "Esrom .. Morse spelt backwards"
.The quality of the fitout inside also indicates it is not a Don. Although it is well laid out. just not up to the quality finish that i would suspect a Don would be. It has suffered from being left exposed to the weather but its ainly just flaking lead based paint inside and out and a small amount of rot down low at the front to deal with.
Total length from extreme front of the van to the rear is 3 metres. not including draw bar. It is reasonably light and is less than 2.4 metres tall so there is a good chance it will fit in "The shed of restoration" The current owner dragged it out of a local blokes yard a few weeks ago and has no interest in it . He knows i am "Into this old stuff" and i suspect he is gunna try and milk me for all he can. I made him an offer as i was leaving , then he mentioned the bloke he got it from mentioned something about an annexe..... i said i may consider upping my offer if he comes up with a usable annexe. There is a stack of old "turnbuckle clips" mounted along the left side J mould indicating that there was an annnexe fitted to her at some stage of its chequered career.
Meanwhile the owners is considering my offer and ... i am considering wether i need another project. It would fit in nicely between the full sized Fairway 12 footer ( fairly large and slightly heavy) and the TD replica ( cant stand up inside to get dressed but very light and easy to tow).
Biggest plus it has going for it is its MADE OF WOOD and everyone knows just how much i love timber vans.
Pictures soon .
Reddo... "President of the Royal Society for the Preservation of Bondwood Caravans" ;D
Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 30, 2007 7:25:44 GMT 10
Hmmm...on balance your conclusion that it probably isn't a Don sounds right Reddo, especially with the Newcastle coupling. As you know Don was particularly, um...'individual' shall we call it, about its couplings, at least until near the end. Nevertheless the little van sounds intriguing, and it if it's an Esrom, well it's good to have some examples around of some of the products of the more localised builders of the 40's, 50's and 60's. After all anything in wood is good... (Well that is not entirely true - I have seen some examples that...enough said! Just don't tell the tin and glassy lovers ;D ;D)
Re the coupling Reddo..............probably a Burgman, made in Newcastle....they also fabricated chassis for caravans......... especially for Sunliners ( and others)
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