Post by Don Ricardo on Oct 14, 2009 12:52:57 GMT 10
That is a Propert you've got yourself, so you can take the '?' away. Not only a Propert, but looks to be in very nice condition as well. I think there will be a few other Propert owners out there who will wish that there's had been in as good condition when they bought them. For a 'sight unseen' purchase, you've done very well for yourself indeed!
The serial number plate appears to be missing. It is usually located at the back adjacent to the left hand tail light. The serial plate will enable you to work out how old your little van is, so when you go to collect it make sure you ask the seller if they have it. Hopefully they took it off when repainting the van or something, and have it safely stored away.
Congratulation Guys, that is one clean looking unit.
Don't just accept a picture of the ID plate, make sure it come with the van, as it does affect its value.
It does look like it has been modified internally, as the area on the left should be where the bench sits and table hangs. The right side cupboards have also been added at some time. Or it could be that the van was bought "bare" and the owner added cupboards to his liking right from the start. Maybe the parents could fill you in on that part of its history. Going by the round windows, it's certainly a fifties van, the plate will identify how far back it actually goes.
Also, don't forget the mattress - it should be a three piece if it is original.
Hope you enjoy this little treasure and look after it. They develop a personality of their own! ;D ;D
Last Edit: Oct 14, 2009 17:14:04 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
Post by 1954homemade on Oct 15, 2009 9:35:35 GMT 10
Congratulations on winning the Propert.
I have been looking for a Propert for some time now and saw this one on ebay at about 3.00pm on Tuesday, but wasn't prepared to do the "Buy it now" without seeing a photo. I had contacted the daughter for photos, but by the time she contacted me back you had already purchased it.
As it turns out it's a great looking van, so many congratulations.
Great looking little van you've there, but for the life of me I can't work out how these Propert's work! I look at closed and opened photos but it's still a mystery to me! We're hoping to have our van finished for the nationals at Mildura, hopefully there'll be some there, I've gotta get a close look at one these things!
Hang on, I've had another look, so when it's folded up, the bed is part of the moving bit that comes down over the draw bar?
If we get to the nationals, please please PLEASE can someone show me one these amazing things in action!
I have a Propert named Penelope P. Propert by the previous owner. I call her Penny as there was already a Penelope in the family.....Most people seem to name old vans.... like a lot of old cars.... with girls names.... but it really depends on the owner and whether they think it's a girl or a boy.
I haven't taken her away yet, but I did remove the old lino wax with the ammonia windex... I'm just having trouble finding new wax to replace it with. Then its just a case of dry mopping it....
I have with Penny two bits of wood that fill in the gap created when unfolded to keep the breeze out.... not sure how curved they are without going out to look at them...? Also not sure how much use they would be to stop her folding up though.... There are two little holes in the sides that go through all three layers, and half a long bolt that I do intend to replace, that would have been used to stop them folding up...
The only story I've come across about them folding up by accident had to do with a broken jockey wheel...