Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 19, 2009 19:36:54 GMT 10
This is a request to the owners of aluminium vans.
As you know, many V V'ers initially come on to the forum because they want to identify (a) the brand of their caravan or (b) when their van was built. Fair enough questions too - almost all of us like to know a bit about the heritage of our vans.
Franklin1 has suggested that it might be possible to date aluminium caravans by the design/profile of their aluminium cladding IF we can put together a "library" of pics of cladding on vans for which we are reasonably certain of the build date.
People can then look through the "library" and look for a pic of cladding which is the same as their van. Obviously the photos will need to be close enough to show the detail of the cladding (ie the imprinted design and/or ribbing etc).
So, we would like to ask anyone who has an aluminium van which they have dated reasonably accurately (within 2 or 3 years, say) to post a photo of the cladding on their van, indicating:
the date of their van
An example of the type of photo we are looking for is as follows:
If your van uses several types/design of cladding, then a pic of each type would be appreciated.
The "library" could turn into a useful tool over time if we can get enough pics which show what kind of cladding was used over what period of time.
I can,t remember if I put this up somewhere onsite last week(forgive me I have been studying in Sydney and its been frantic!) but Richard from ourtouring past has some jennison adds stating that "the first test all aluminium pathfinder was built in 1949 and after 4 1/2 years showed no sign of deterioration" Interesting! jennison
This is my "Daisy". I got her a few weeks ago and have been told it is an old Viscount Van. Apparently there was a sticker on the back, but it is long gone. Had to crop photo to fit in. Does anyone know what year she is? Thanks
These pictures are of the "fleetwind gazelle" outside and the real shiny one is on the inside wall at the back. Hope these help. mad. This is the front just under the window. This is the side view This is the piece at the back on the inside.
Oops... hit the wrong "quote", THIS is the same as my Valiant caravan 1964-68
Last Edit: Sept 26, 2017 18:10:24 GMT 10 by Don Ricardo
I recently found this 1959 advertisement for “Alumply” made by Ralph Symonds. I don't think we have heard of it being used on caravans but “Alply” is a name often associated with caravan construction.
The 1955 description of Alply was posted by Geoff 'n Jude in the Gypsy Caravan thread in DHL and it was claimed to be exclusive to them. According to the Keith Winser Caravan and Touring Manuals it was not offered on Gypsy vans as an option in 1959 so it didn't last long. I doubt that “Alumply was ever used in the construction of caravans but............. you never know .
Hi folks, Does anyone know where you can source the diamond aluminium cladding (shown in the above pics) from the 60's vans? I'm in need of replacing some panels on my Sandrover and haven't been able to spot an exact replacement for the aluminium that's already there. It seems to be pretty standard stuff but can't find supplier I've looked in technical section under the suggested websites of suppliers and also to a company in called Camec in Moorabin. No go! Any other clues anyone? Jo Bone
i used to work opposite these guys, as the old company i used to work for anodised their sheets for them. Great products, and good quality.
Even though i am still in the aluminium game, the company i work for now doesnt sell sheeting, but still have the contacts to if i need it. We do sell "J" moulds etc, which i will need for my van at a later date, so might have to be nice to the boss.
Post by The Green's on Jan 1, 2012 12:07:58 GMT 10
Here are a couple of pics of our Atlantic van. Not exactly sure of age, but we have worked out early to mid sixties. Would have been unpainted back then, along the way has had an update, although now it is starting to thin and flake so we are going to have to look at re-painting down the track
just contacted Rimex Metals Australia in that link and they are fantastic they do alot of the older style aluminium for the vintage vans id been struggling to find that old diamond pattern for my 1950s Croydon van and iv now got something from them and they are reasonably priced
Post by Don Ricardo on May 23, 2020 13:19:08 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum. It will be great to see photos of your van.
Yes, there is a trick to posting photos. Because the forum is built on an older platform, pre-Facebook and Instagram, etc, you have to post your photos via a photo storage website such as Flickr or PostImage. There are instructions on how to do it in the 'Forum Guidelines & Helpful Section' of the forum. It may look a bit tricky at first, but is not at all hard once you get the hang of it.
Yell out if you get stuck. Alternatively, if you only have a few photos to show us, you are welcome to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them for you.
Looking forward to seeing what you've got to show us,