I bought a wreck for $90 from Lightning Ridge NSW as I've always wanted a vintage van. It's been sitting rooting out in the baking sun and all weather's for over 20 years and the ply central 'skin' (i'e roof/ends/floor) is rotten. It has thin metal sides an solid chassis, shaped cupboards etc.
Hello MatthewK Congratulations on purchasing your first van!! It probably won't be your last! There are many members on this site who have asked what you ask now - where do I begin. The answer - with the very first step, then one step at a time. For starters, where to begin depends on your own level of expertise. Do you want to do all the restoration work yourself, or are you limited by time and experience as to what you can do? Can you take some pics of your van and post it on this site, or perhaps for starters, send them to me by ordinary email and I can post them onto the site for you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org You say that all the ply is rotted. What is the condition of the framing itself, is it rotten too? The climate at Lightning Ridge is very severe - I was out there once in the 1960's. So if the ply is bad, perhaps some of the framing needs replacing too. Are you doing this work from Lightning Ridge, or are you a bit closer to civilisation, where you can easily get to materials you need? What do you mean by "thin metal sides"? Are you saying that it has aluminium sides and ply roof/front/back sections? Does the van have a brand on it? As you can see, it's very difficult for us to guide you with a van we cannot see, so pics would be really helpful. So before we talk much further, perhaps you could help us with some pics or more description of damage. Whatever happens, we will offer as much advice as we can. There are many people and many talents on this site for you do draw from. Cheers Ray