Out doing the garage sale thing with Ilse and look what we came across........the owner is in a Nursing Home, she is in her 90's, her name is Mabel, so this is what we have called this van.
This section is the worst...rear ply will need to be replaced
Some photos of the interior...very dusty, otherwise just need a clean.
photo 7 Unusual spot for icebox...on the opposite side of sink and cooker. Its actually in the wardrobe section
photo 8 Photo of the metho cooker..looks to be in very good working condition.
Photo 9 Underneath all this dust is a metal sink
Photo 17 This old style draw bar is the same as earlee's Lantern Van. This van also has a an all timber chassis with Chev 5 Stud rims and a spare. Also came with a good annnex, without the wooden poles and ropes.
Photo 18 Just as we were getting the van out of the carport, the owner's son in law threw in 2 near new Wibroc extendable mirrors in their original boxes.
We are now eagerly awaiting more history on this van...family holiday photos, rego papers and information on the year it was built. Regards dosse & Ilse
Dosse, You must be the vintage van god's little pet. HOW...WHY...BUT THE... (as you can see I am lost for words which is hard for a guy born in Dublin on St. Paddy's day). Many people have searched for years for this kind of find and you just go and stumble across one...yeh sure we all believe that. Talk about the luck of the Irish (even though your not).
I am going to ring you and give you a piece of my.....(phone is ringing) "Hello Dosse" (...insert supportive comments and non jealous undertones here)"...Yes you are lucky and yes you deserve it" ( ....me seething). (Don't tell me it looks better than the photos...) "Oh, it looks better than the photos does it?" (Yeah but I bet there is a heap of wood rot...) "Hardly any wood rot you say...gee that's great." (Boy am I going to kill him...)
Like Reddo I too hate you brother.... but that is sure one great van.
Will ring you about that other issue on Friday.
PS: Well done buddy ;D ;D ;D
Location: Brisneyland: Car: 1976 VW Kombi...metal, underpowered, no air bags...I'm dying like a man!
G'day dosse, Absolute macco find. Bet you couldn't believe your luck. What I want to know is did you brake a finger or two when you were getting the money out of your pocket in a rush to buy it? great find. good on ya Regards Andrew
Well, we have started on our restoration of Mabel. Was towed down to our old mate, Graham Coleman, our resident caravan repairer. Here are some photos of Mabel, partly undressed.
This photo shows the only dry rot we found that has now been repaired
An unusual hatch...does not have any hinges
We didn't find any old newspapers in any of the cavities behind the ply, but we did find a scrunched up Vincents Headache Powder wrapper. This is evidence that the maker of this caravan, back in the 1940's clearly had a headache.
We have decided to renew the whole roof, as the old ply had stamped on it...water resistant only... More photos coming soon. Regards, dosse & Ilse
Thank's ......Earlee,Clyde and Andrew for your kind remarks
Earlee....not going to be green like the Don but we did want to asked you for the paint code of your Li'l bondy ........we are both impressed with your fleet colours and how do you think a white flash down the side would look ;D ;D Mabel the Li'l Bondy .
Clyde.....Great idea ;D ;D, only one problem.....don't tell anyone though , but I actually enjoy going to Garage sales myself. It's all Ilse's fault Regards dosse.
Dosse The garage sales are getting a bit infectious. Nothing for the van this week but a dining room table and chairs for the house and another retro 'Ampol' sign for the studio. Still looking for wooden tent poles and an 8 Track player though. That shell bowser at your place is very tempting too. Rod G.
I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter break. Well, we have been very busy with our new van, knowing Neurum Creek is just around the corner...there is lots to do.
While Dosse was doing what he does best...Sanding, filling, undercoating and the odd drinking, I spent the day making curtains. On keeping with the Garage Sale theme (the van was bought through a Garage Sale), as I was helping with our Church Garage Sale last week, I came across an old single chair cover which had a few holes and was unusable. I just loved the colours (a deep sea green/blue) and the old rose pattern. I had visions of this material gracing the windows of the old van.
With a lot of cutting and unpicking, I managed to salvage 6 long strips of material to make into pelmets. Not wanting to waste what was left, I made a tea towel and some place mats out of the scraps. There was a lot of lace in my cupboard, which I have cut and sewn into curtains. There is only one small problem...the lace is a little see-through at night. Just hope there will be no peeping Toms at Neurum Creek. Maybe some pull down blinds may be the go.
We have bought the paint for the van and look forward to applying the "secret" colour. I don't like red, yellow, orange or brown; white and cream are boring and show the dirt; grey is a little gloomy; black out of the question (though very nice on Pete & Trish's van); purple a bit loud; pink, well Dosse might get some strange looks; that leaves only blue & green, and it's neither of those. Must be a new colour that has been invented.
I warned you guys..... it was for ladies only!!!! ;D
Look forward to seeing you all next month I have added some photos Ilse
When replacing the roof, we found a stamp of the manufacturers of the ply. Also stamped in the kitchen cupboard. It reads: MOISTURE RESISTANT WRESPLY BROWN AND BROAD LTD. We googled this company and it said that it was around from 1913 - 1940, which makes this van older than we think
This photo is of the galvanised metal which makes up the inside of the wheel arch. at the bottom of the wardrobe.
Went exploring inside the cupboards and found a very old unopened box of mosquito coils, in very good condition. Might come in handy seeing we don't have any screens in the van.