Post by Don Ricardo on Jun 15, 2010 21:13:51 GMT 10
As a V V'er with a special interest in Don caravans, one of the exciting things that happened to Dona Ricardo and me at the Mildura V V Nationals was to make contact with a local couple - Phil & Rozanne - who had a 14 foot 'leadlight window' Don in their shed. It seems that the Don was part payment for an earth moving job Phil did on a farm.
The amazing thing is that their Don's serial number is 460...and so is the van built immediately preceding ours, which is serial number 461. What are the chances? Phil had been trying to work out the build date of their van, and I was able to tell him reasonably precisely - the first couple of weeks of July 1949.
Phil's intention is to restore the Don to tow behind his beautifully restored 30's(?) Ford. Phil is a member of the Mildura Vintage Vehicles Club.
There is a fair bit of work to be done on the van, but contrary to how it looks, all the bits and pieces are there except for the front window. I'm looking forward to the day when No 460 and No 461 can stand side by side all their glory. What a photo that will make.
Thanks to Phil for showing us his van, and good luck with the restoration. Thanks also to fellow Don owners Raymar who arranged the meeting.