Hi All . I have had 3 goes at putting up the story about the trip to check out supalite van today. Each time i get the story and photos up the bloody computer has a wobble and i loose the lot. Sooooo... Long story short . The owners daughter and i have agreed on a price. I collect it saturday fortnight. Here is the photos.
It comes with an annexe and all the poles ropes etc. Annexe bag has Supalite cadet- address as being "Liechardt". This puts the van as pre 1960. It has FJ Holden hubs and wheels Will put up photos of the rescue mission in a few weeks time
Cheers.. One happy Reddo
This purchase will mean that "Rosie "will be for sale once i get the Supalite up to a livable / usable/ registered condition.
I'd hate to be a rabbit in your sights mate, headshot every time!! an impressive pickup Reddo ;D Might know someone who would be interested in rosie I reckon for their EH regards see you at blackheath next weekend and don't forget your pith helmet for our ritual opshop hunt ;D ;D ;D jenno
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Well you certainly bagged the game on this safari, would have liked to have seen the pith helmet , camel, and elephant gun in action ;D ;D Hope the mounting and stuffing ;D of your trophy runs smoothly,
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Hi All. Yup... I am as happy as a dog with two di ... ummmm.. dishes Tried again to bung on a description of the van and its condition.....10 mins typing and it all turns to poop. Still having dramas with the 'puter.
I guess if ya wanna know more about the Supalite and its condition you will just have to come to Blackheath and HEAR the story.... or wait till it comes home and hopefully the bloody computer behaves itself long enough to string a few sentences together... Cobber .. the coupling is the same as this'n..
Diane ( owners daughter) is searching for the 2 piece ball. Gunna be a lllllllllllllllllooooooooonnnnnnnnnggggggg 2 weeks to pick up time/rescue. ta ta fa now Reddo
Part 2 .... the retrieval.. Up early today and over to the friendly renta trailer people. Trailer has no winch???.... oooo bugger... just as well i packed an old boat trailer winch and some chain... Trailer has a flat spare .. with no valve in the rim to blow it up... Oooooooooo bugger..... Trailoer has nolense on left tailight.. The list goes on... No time to waste.. patch things up and off we go.
1 hour later we arrive at Gosford. Blow the old tyres up and the eldest son Luke and i slip a rope around our wastes and drag the van to the driveway gates..... no wuckers... We took youngest son Joel Nissan GU Turbo Diesel ute for the haulithome car...
At the gate waiting to be loaded....
Bit of winching and tying down and we are off...
About an inch to spare either side of the trailer to the sides of the van... sweeeeeet.
Home about an hour and a half later . unload and start washing....
Took about 1 hour to scrub up to this condition....
Then i remebered i had to have the trailer back by 1.30.. shot over and dropped it off. Came back and started on the inside... Mopped the floors. wiped a few walls down and set the table up..
Cushions are gunna need new cloth .. the vinyl appears Ok... just missing buttons...
Plugged the power lead in and there was no explosions....the 2 lights both work inside. Gunna do a bit more mopping up and chuckin junk out of inside tomorrow. If i get time i will roll the annexe ot and have a gecko...
I think i have found the water leak up front... its the rubber around the Supalite sign.... it leaks in there and runs across to above the right side window and dribbles down onto the seat cushions... Given the right conditions down at Gosford the rain would hit the front oof the van and cause the sign to leak..
More pix later. I am Happy. Before i go.... Just like to thank the little bird in W. A that put me onto this little van ;D Regards Reddo
Thanks for the very interesting and intrepid story about the Supalite - pith helmets, Dr. Livingston and all.
Amazing how well it has come up with just a wash!
The curved shelves inside the wardrobe are an interesting design feature - quite practical really and less weight than more drawers. I wondered what the item was above the kitchen bench fixed to the wall - a shelf/display case/spice rack? The shelf over the end of the bed seems a useful idea - is it original or a thoughtful afterthought of a previous owner?
Enjoy your find, big game hunter!
The Blue Flyer - 1951 Homemade Bondwood
Chryssi - 1966 VC Valiant Safari
The Seeshell - 1969 Olympic Riviera (deceased)
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 9, 2011 23:42:22 GMT 10
Another rescue successfully accomplished! How many does that make it for you?
Anyway the prize you've won at the end of this excursion looks like a great little van. Amazing what difference a bath makes!
The van looks to be a similar era to Kingy's Supalite - it has the same Bosse & Eunson style windows, not the aluminium frames of the later models. The interior is also very similar to what Kingy's van originally had (he's changed it quite significantly now), so I'm thinking mid-50's. Is that what you are thinking?
One thing which makes your van different to any other Supalite we've seen is the Supalite sign above the front window, which I can now see is itself a small window (also indicated by the fact it leaks ). I presume it's original? Is that the way it looks? If so, I guess the rubber seal has perished a bit after 50+ years. (I'm a bit the same myself come to think of it... ;D ;D ;D)
Okay Dossie... i will take the van back this morning.... Seashells The little bizzo above the sink is an add on by the previous owner. It should have a water tank mounted there.
I have placed a wanted advert in the "wanted section "here on the forum for another tank. I will probably have to get one made to suit the area where it use to fit. Likewise the bench over the end of the bed is an afterthought by the owner. The problem with this kitchen layout is there is no bench space besides the sink and the table. I have a narrow "hinge up"bench i removed from an old Furness van i demolished some years ago. I think it has the same "Cracked ice"laminex on it , so shouldnt look out of place if i mount it at the end of the sink so it hinges up whenever we require extra benchtop space while cooking etc. Don R... Yup... 1956. Diane ( previous owners daughter) states she has a picture of her and her parents standing near the van when mum and dad bought the van. It was taken in 1956 .... when she was 2 years old.
Yup.... the sign is some sort of perspex. Gunna hunt ( i am good at hunting) down a new rubber and have a go at replacing it without breaking the plastic/ perspex. It will be brittle.
When i hooked the power up to the van yesterday i could only get the 2 lights at either end of the kitchen cupboards to light up. There is a light inside at either end of the van . they look light 240v fittings but are 12V. They can be tilted up or down. I can tilt the front one up so that when its on of a night time it will illuminate the "supalite"sign..... way cool.
Gotta do "domestic duties as directed by she who must be obeyed " today. Not too sure what that will involve ..but i hope to sneek a few hours of van time in as well.
Would like to trot the annexe out for a fit up....
ummmmmmmmmm... what am i saying... i gotta get the van back to uncle Dossies joint before he notices it missing....
love your pics and stories, yep I reckon you need to write us a adventures with Reddo Book, well done on your new purchase..... Poor Rosie I so hope someone will love her as much as you do mate when she goes Kaz
My cuz, Sue has some of that ice laminex(new) she saved from her dads place. She was looking for anyone at Blackheath who might like it. If you could use it for the superlite I will PM her number to you jenno
yo.. Spent the day scrubbin inside .Lotsa flypoo, which i managed to knock down with truckwash and washing powder.. inside now smells sweet. Turns out the domestic duties involved a barrow load of split firewood bought up inside for next weeks heat in the loungeroom.. No probs for a powerfull big fit bloke like me... cough splutter wheeze.. coupla stubbies later i was fit enough to tackle scubbing out the interior of the van. It has been repainted at some stage but will do as is ... for now.. Need to sit in there on a few weekends away to get an idea on what should be painted and what colour. Outside is pretty shabby. will need a good solid sanding to get it half decent for paint. Managed to drag the annexe out of its bag and have a look at the rest of the odds and sods late this arvo.. The annexe appears to have been use once.. maybe twice in its lifetime...check out the condition of the hessian/hemp edging
Has white light walls and heavy green canvas duck roof.... Was really hoping it would have that period style striped scallopy edging... and ... it has...
I know i harp on about this to everyone that camps near me when we are away but here is a good tip i learned in the scouts. When setting up your guy ropes always make sure that you feed the rope through the tension block ( pieca wood) the opposite way to what it comes down from the top of your annexe pole...
I undone all 8 ropes in the annexe bag and .. to my delight.. they are as i have mentioned... here is a piccy of one of them...
Old scout master told me that when ya tension your ropes and let go of em ... the wood bites harder whenthe ropes are done this way /set up. So... i feel justified now in all i have been sayin for the passed 50 years...
Tent poles still smell of lindseed oil and are like new..
All this indicates that the previous owner had the same outlook on vintage vanning as me... arrive late... drag the sky out... party with the locals... put the annexe up tomorrow... .. move out the next moring .
Also found the canvas "breeze skirt "that fits along the bottom left side of van.. few water marks on the plain white calico... other wise.. as new. Dug further in through the little door in the side of the van and found the annexe pegs.. all 45 of em.. 10 X 2ft long. Bag weight... 8KG Gunna take to em with an angle grinder and halve the length . and halve the total... only 3 annexe poles. Also ditched the full blown 1950s innerspring kaypoch ( spell ) matteress.around 25 KG. Still in good nick .. but way too heavy for an FJ ute to tow..on its own ....without the caravan ;D
Thats it for today.. Gotta ring Dossies uncle and tell im i aint given up the van without a fight
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