We got it out ;D, the trees had grown over since since it was parked in 82ish. But after rearranging the fence it came out. Even plugged the lights in and they worked, quick change of tires and we were off. Now someone has a mountain of cleaning to do ;D
I'm sure she will get photos of the inside to put up later today.
It looks much better with these nice new chrome wheels,might need to keep them ;D
I thought I would get Dale to put up the photos of Caran's interior earlier before I undertook the cleaning marathon cos I thought I would be scrubbing her out for the next 24 hours and would not have time - or the energy - to get them loaded up!
But, I'd say the previous owner was a bit of a neat freak - THANK GOD - as I have just finished cleaning and it took bugger all time.
Apart from the age damage to the bunk and rear bed cushions, you could move in tonight without any fear of attack from germs or spiders
During the cleaning process, the need for some fresh air grew so I decided to tackle the "opening of the windows" ceremony with a lot of trepidation.
Much to my surprise, not only did they open, but the latches that hold them open work like new!
There were no nasty eight legged terrorists awaiting for me in dark corners at all, which I thought was very considerate of them .
I only thing that I scrubbed to death in vain was the old lino, which is a pity, but we'll make plans for that later
The only other changes we will make inside will be to chrome the latches and hinges and put chrome edging around the benches and table, to break up the off-white. We will also paint inside the cupboards - not sure what colour yet!
Oh yeah, and make some new curtains - as you can tell in the pics, the old ones are pretty threadbare. They are not original, nor are they made of old material, so it won't break my heart to eBay for some new cloth to make some up.
I have been crocheting a bedspread for.... quite a few months, appropriately in shades of blue and off-white - how freaky was that given she is blue and off-white inside and I hadn't seen her when I started it! - so i can now lay it out and figure out how much more I have to go before I can put it together.
In fact, I had planned to have a blue accessorised interior, despite the colour Caran would turn out, so all of the treasures we have been collecting for a caravan suit her perfectly!
I am soooo very happy with our girl, she's so perfect! I am really looking forward to catching up with everyone and introducing her to our friends!
I'm going to go and "play" for a while - catch you all soon
Good grief, how many kb's are there on this site??? Are they rats, the way they keep multiplying. If they keept finding treasures like this one, then I say the more the merrier and keep on breeding them!! ;D ;D ;D What a great find guys! Even got a porthole on your first find!!! Enjoy the restoration journey, and keep up the quality of your parents' work. Ray
Last Edit: Dec 9, 2007 15:09:26 GMT 10 by Roehm3108
Congratulations kb3 (and "assistant" kb4). That is a very nice looking van! Certainly looks like it will scrub up very nicely!!
I think a van such as this really deserves a generous "caravan-warming" present, like...umm...I dunno...maybe a set of chrome wheels?
As my caravan-warming present to you, I'll happily copy your photos and information over into the Hawthorn thread in the History section for you. Can you post a close-up photo of the logo on the back of the van? (I'm assuming the red logo shows the Hawthorn brand). We can include that in the history thread as well. Any other details about age? size? etc, that we can include?
Good on ya guys, looks like many happy hours ahead for you. ;D
Oh and i forgot, if you want to replace that damaged laminex/formica, I'm about to get my hands on some old tables/benchtops that would match. It appears to be blue or grey ice pattern? Let me know. Cheers again,