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Old 05-13-2012, 06:34 AM   #61
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few more pics. polishing still going. three more windows to reinstall.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #62
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finally had to face facts and realised the entire interior ali needs to come out to replace the windows properly. thought i may be able to squeeze the bucking bar into various places but proved impossible and unreliable. mentally went down the road of thinking i could refix them with olympics but as they are not as strong just thought i would be doing the same job again in a few years. took the plunge over the weekend and removed the main ceiling and on end. windows just flew in, glad i did it now. Still not got to that interior yet but with one more window to do it seems to be getting ever closer. Just for the record a safari 1954 takes exactly 24 feet of rubber window moulding. There is a lot of working in restoring the windows. we have totally stripped them down polished every component and rebuilt. painstaking but the result is good.

Brought some solenoid valves for the old (not working) pump faucets. The idea is to use them like a standard faucet but switched using a 12v switch. Keeps the 50's look but no pumping. One will be connected to the water heater and the other direct to the holding tank.
Brought the material for internal doors and walls. black walnut. should be nice with some units painted for a bit of contrast.
Bearing in mind that over here we have no evil looking wildlife whatsoever i keep finding assorts of nasty looking bugs hidden in weird and wonderfully places. Just glad they're all long dead. busy at work so not finding lots of time at the moment but getting there. Greg
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:22 PM   #63
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photos

Not posted for a long time . Trying to get the airstream ready for the big trip. France at the end of the week. almost there. got a list of about 30 or 40small jobs to do to finish. posting some older photos to catch up. last shot is the refrigerator how rebuilt an working perfectly.
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:24 PM   #64
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finding time for a bit of work when not air streaming
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:44 PM   #65
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my take on modern 50's interior

Finally got it completed and went on our first trip to France for couple of weeks some interior shots.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:48 PM   #66
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kept the orional fridge (shortened it by 2") fitted new compressor to it and refurbed. table leg is from a friend of mine's old mid sixties kitchen. lyno floor with melamine door fronts and american black walnut carcassing.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:50 PM   #67
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original wall cupboard. with new doors. the sink is plumbed in with the old working pump backed up by a new electric pump and 12v switches.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:52 PM   #68
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green melamine worktops and table aluminium edging all round. the sink is from a sixties overlander.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:57 PM   #69
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fitted her with and anti sway tow hook and hooked her up for the first time. i took her for ten mile test drive the morning before our vacation. drove 350 miles to lower normandy with out any problems at all she towed perfectly. the last pic is of our first hour of our first vacation in her. totally worth it. recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Now i want another.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #70
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Congratulations on getting out camping. Nice looking work, too.

Your awning is interesting. Looks like you have more support than the usual vintage awning. Could you give some details of how it works?

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:17 PM   #71
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awning

awning is really simple. a piece of canvass 12' side by 7' deep rail fixing on one side and three eylets on the other. this is fixed using three adjustable poles with one guide rope on each. there is also the option to extend this as in the pics by adding another piece of canvass with 12' sides but only 3' deep. each side has three eylets on it. the two are linked together by putting the smaller one under the wider one ant using the poles to hold them together . three more poles are then added to the front side. in theory you could just keep adding.
sorry for the long winded answer hope it makes sense
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:53 PM   #72
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sorry for the long winded answer hope it makes sense
Sometimes long winded answers are just necessary. It does make sense, thanks.

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Old 08-07-2012, 06:30 PM   #73
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Very nice work. Very fine lines. Very inspiring.
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Old 08-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #74
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great joj can't wait to see it when its finished
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:02 AM   #75
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thanks for all your comments and help all
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:44 AM   #76
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Your safari looks great, you got everything finished very quickly! Its a lot of fun going on that first camping trip! I like the awning too, we haven't gotten that far yet.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:19 PM   #77
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old pic of my safari

just found this nice old pic of our caravan. (before restoration) serial no. o 6039. I dont suppose anyone has or knows anyone who has some really old pics of her (called Luna)
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:29 PM   #78
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I am very curious where that photo came from. It is my truck towing your trailer, but it is not one of my photos...
I deeply regret ever selling that trailer. It was to become "my trailer" and I spent a number of months gathering parts. I was made an offer I could not refuse due to cash flow being very tight at the time. It was choice between paying the rent, utilities, and payroll or holding on to it. With my initial outlay, storage, and all the parts I gathered, I took an incredible bath on it. Here are all the photos I have, none are from the 50's as you seek. The story I got was that your trailer sat in the same run down Florida trailer park for over 45 years....
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old pics

Thanks Frank again. for all your help and pics. do you approve of the refit. i know its not original the way you intended but it did not suit us in that configuration. Still it has another 60 years of life now. thanks again Frank
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