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This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
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Post by bedford1964j5 on Sept 19, 2016 19:03:45 GMT
Thats very tastefully painted the blue realy picks out the shape, I used to have one like that with the arched door I looks in good condition before you started the climate there must be a lot kinder on old caravans
"looks in good condition" -- famous last words Bedford. that's what we thought in blissful ignorance. we are still working away slowly but making some progress. have re-framed the front half and re-glazed the windows with new polycarbonate and double glazing wedge that we were lucky enough to find at a local caravan repairers. and no, the weather is not kind to caravans exposed to the elements in Australia. Shirley had been partially rebuilt by her previous owner in the 1980 and is sorely in need of complete restoration . we are muddling our way best we can. 1st, 2nd and 3rd lessons are "don't presume that the previous restoration was totally accurate" we've had to cut twice on more than one occasion because we followed what was there rather than what should have been there. slow learners! Shirley originally had a brown stripe and sad to say the blue was a much rougher job than the picture shows. our choice will be red stripe but not too showy.a subdued red might be more fitting for "Lady Shirl"
Post by bedford1964j5 on Sept 22, 2016 13:17:38 GMT
Hi Franni I went down the same route as you with my previous one (the same style as yours ) due to other commitments sadly I had to let it go that was about 10 years ago, strangely by chance I stumbled across my old van when me and the wife went to view a modern van in a storage compound. Now my old van is in a sorry state totally rotten inside the door as fallen off and it looks like its about to collapse, i wish i had taken photos on the day. After seeing my old van i realised just how much i wanted another Safari, funny how things turn out we did`nt buy the modern van a few weeks later I saw a 12-2 for sale it was 300 miles away from where i live but close to my family so i arranged to view it on a visit to see my folks When the sellers saw my truck they really liked it so kindly gave me the 12-2 and asked me to keep in touch and send photos when it is restored which hopefully is not too much as apart from the front window surround it looks sound, I have poked around in the places they normally got and its totally dry with no rot (fingers crossed ) Another strange thing is when I got the 12-2 I did`nt know what year it was but have since found out its a 1979 (the same year as my son was born) and when emptying the cupboards I found a set of Malta place mats(where my son lives) guess some things are meant to be .