Just purchased this old gem it has LY LACK on the front above the front window, not sure of age will post some photo's when i get home. has no fridge or spot for a fridge has gas cooker and oven. It looks similar to a photo i have seen of a 1958 Franklin 12' but there a few differences.
Last Edit: Jul 21, 2009 19:13:17 GMT 10 by fatboy71
No listing for LYLACK caravans anywhere in the history section - I wonder where they are from? The lylack nameplate certainly looks like a proper makers logo as opposed to a sales outlet sticker or plaque. Also, perhaps the modernators should whack this thread in members photos as well. jennison
This van definitely has the appearance of a Franklin, eh? The forward-sloping wheel arches are usually the first thing to catch my eye in pointing any van towards being a Franklin. Dave's van is a little interesting in that respect, as his wheel arches have relatively sharp angles above the wheels, whereas the other Franklins in the DHL thread from that time period have a more curved cut-out. But overall Dave's van looks a lot more like an early Franklin than any other brand.
The Lylack name is proving to be a bit mysterious. I can't find any mention of it in the Sydney archives (not even a 2nd-hand van), so it doesn't seem like a brand that ventured very far. A search of this forum doesn't throw any light either. We've got a forum member with the name Lylack but she hasn't posted since 2008, and I can't find any posts of hers that say whether she's got a Lylack van or not. Maybe somebody with a Keith Winser book from the late 1950s could say if Lylack get a mention at all.
It's an interesting question you pose, jennison, about the Franklin badge. I've never seen a Franklin badge on any early Franklin until we get to Earlee's 1964 van. I find that very strange considering it appears they made vans for other sellers who were only too happy to put their own name badge on it. Wouldn't you think Franklin were proud enough of the product they were making to at least put some kind of Franklin identity badge on it??
The sooner we get the Victorian newspaper archives from those days available on the internet, the sooner we can find out a whole lot more about what Franklin and a number of other manufacturers were doing in that State.
Dave's van looks like it has had a number of "upgrades" done inside. The floor tiles have a definite 1970s pattern about them, and the random-grooved ply panelling is also from the 1970s or later. The sliding laminex stove cover is from the later 1960s, or so we've been told previously on this forum. The double bed looks like a later addition. And I stress that none of which is meant to lower the opinion of Dave's van (it's a beauty! ;D), but will make it a bit harder comparing the inside of Dave's with the inside of other Franklins from the same time period.
Yeah Al It just strikes me as odd . Badging seems to be very important to the other early VV manufacturers and the distribution/sales outlets as well. The lylack badge itself looks substantial enough to me to be more like an original manufacturers nameplate than a sales outlets rebadge or logo. jeff
Last Edit: Aug 1, 2009 23:07:52 GMT 10 by Jennison
We've got a forum member with the name Lylack but she hasn't posted since 2008, and I can't find any posts of hers that say whether she's got a Lylack van or not.
I had a look at Lylack's posts as well, and in one of the early ones she does refer to her Lylack van, so it appears that is/was the brand of her caravan. I've emailed her to see if we can get back in contact with her. Here's hoping.
Her avatar does look like Dave's van, although it is really too tiny a picture to tell with any certainty. But Dave, it does look like there may be another Lylack van out there.
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 6, 2009 21:12:51 GMT 10
Posts by Dave on 4 August 2009 transferred at his request:
Hey Guys Dave here i just started replacing some rotted pieces in her after pulling up the old 70's style lino i found that she should have been two single beds, the lylack sign fell to pieces while (gently) trying to remove it so i will have to get another custom made from the pictures of her. Coming along nicely i will put up some more photo's soon. Thanks Guys for your welcoming nature and all your info. Dave Hey guys some new pics of my van. ;D
Hi Guys, Lots of work with my buff and autosol then some mothers metal polish and finally a quick go with some car polish. I'm really happy with what i've done so far not as easy as i first thought but hey for a back yarder i think she's coming along really well.