Post by Ian and Steph on Mar 4, 2012 21:52:06 GMT 10
Have finally got around to working out how to post some photos of our supposedly 1959 Viscount Classic. It wasn’t in bad shape, both inside and out, we have repainted inside with the much the same colours as they were, and the red strip on the outside has since gone. Going to repaint a blue stripe to match the tow car. My apologies to Al, we mentioned earlier in re: to identification rego number is N1047 not N1074 as we thought. Also, does anyone know where we could possibly get the curved Perspex front windows from? Van is a 16ft x 8ft wide model.
I resume you found the van in Tassie? People come on the forum and say they can never find any old vans around Tassie, so have you proved them wrong?
I think getting perspex bent is a "fairly simple" operation (although I've never done it or had it done). I'm sure your nearest caravan repairer could point you in the right direction for someone who can do it for you.
The guys who have put new windows in Gracemurs, Sunliners and a Kennedy/Franklin up here have used 3m lexan. It can be bent to almost any shape but has to be held in place and remains under tension. On the Gracemurs the window is in rubber moulding, on the Kennedy it is screwed to the window frame through the external alloy moulding. I have tried the heat trick with heaters, electric heat guns etc and all have been unsuccessful. With too much heat the lexan will get small air bubbles in it and distort quickly. The front window on the Viscount looks similar to the Kennedy and should be an easy fix. We have used the old window as a template, cut a new one and instal. If you need a 90 degree bend you need a sheet metal bending press and the lexan will hold the bend ok Bruce
I've bent Lexan before using a heat gun, true if you use to much heat it will bubble but if you don't rush you may just get away with it, why not make yourself a pattern out of plywood that matches what you have then just lay your lexan on that clamp it gently at one end and then slowly heat it and pull it gentle around your forme, you'll know when you have enough heat as it will get pliable then go for it, and if you have trouble finding Lexan try Cadillac plastics they may even be able to point you to someone who may be able to bend it for you.
Last Edit: Mar 5, 2012 18:58:58 GMT 10 by humpyboy
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Post by Ian and Steph on Mar 5, 2012 22:05:46 GMT 10
Thanks to all for the feedback, I did say supposedly 1959 model, mainly because the only reference we have is the rego label? We were told that it originally came from WA, when and where we don't know? And yes Al we did find it Tassie, we have seen a couple of nice ones about, and by crikey some shockers too? Our local Home Hardware store has the Lexan in stock, but as suggested it is flexible and I thought it may put to much strain on the screws being a flat piece if it is not moulded to shape. I might try the heat gun trick using the old perspex as a mould.