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Old 22-02-2018, 01:28 PM
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Well i guess this is a good place to start.

My girl and i recently aquired a 1975 11 foot York caravan.
The grand plan for the old girl is to strip her out clean her up fix a couple of small issues and then completely re do the inside the way we want it to be, then paint the outside something other than the boring brown and white that is on there now.

I can already hear the snears and snickering from the back of the room, yep your right we are in for a whole lot more than we bargained for.

So lets get this build underway.

This is how i found the old girl after i had made the trip out to Jeramungup about 3 hours drive from where i live in Esperance.
She was quietly tucked up behind an old farm house, hadn't been lived in for about 12 years and had not been moved in 10 years.
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Old 22-02-2018, 01:34 PM
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So a few checks were in order.

Tyres holding air - CHECK
Lights working - NOPE
Tow Hitch working - CHECK

Righto time to go home off we gooooooooooo!

Oh yep that is a pajero towing the van.
The Pineapple Express previously belonged to a mates parents and he offered to come with me and tow it home as he knew the area.
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Looking forward to this. Any pictures of the inside?
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Looking forward to this. Any pictures of the inside?
Yeh mate got a handfull of pics, they are all part of the story so far and will be along in a timely fashion for all to enjoy
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Go to some caravan shows, have a look inside vans of your size, you'll get lots of great ideas for the inside, look at suspensions, and don't stint on the bed. Look at a compressor fridge, evakool make some good ones, solar and batteries. Have a trawl through caravan forums, great wealth of knowledge, but, you have to shovel a lot of gravel to find the diamonds.
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About 5 hours after seeing the van for the first time she was safely tucked away in my driveway.
Not too long after i got home Mrs Phoenix arrived for her first look at the van and to be honest you would have had a pretty tough job getting the grin off her face.

Then the work began.
First things first time for a clean.
So out came the karcher and a broom and the old girl got a good scrub.
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Time to turn our attention to the inside, my friends let me tell you this was a mission.
The things i saw on the inside of this van will haunt my dreams for many a day.

The tiny bed at the end of the van was harboring a very dark secret.
once the horibble old mattress and blanket was safely relocated to the waiting trailer i made the foolish desicion to inspect under the bed, what i saw stuffed away in a dark little corner has come to be known as the gonorrhoea rug, it can only be described as a very old very well used very sticky doona, it too was safely relocated to the trailer.
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It was now time for the strip.
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Given that we have decided to completely strip the inside of the van other than the fridge and the sink we didnt save anything and showed very little sympathy.
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The bed tried to give me a bit of trouble with removal right up to the point i decided it had been a while since i used my grinder.
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Then came the only significant cupboard in the van.
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The wardrobe came out without much fuss.

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While Mrs Phoenix worked on the wardrobe, i made the bed dissapear.

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out came all the other small cupboards around the tops of the windows.

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Pineapple Express is empty.

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Now it was time to take up the old lino tiles.
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So once all the tiles were out and the floor was cleaned.
It was time to take out all the wall and celing pannels.

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Taking all the panneling out was a whole lotta fun and came out easier than expected.
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With a compleately stripped out van we began the planning.
Given we have a nice flat floor to work with we dicided to break out the chalk and draw out where we want things to go including the new full size queen bed with under bed storage.
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At this point the demo is complete and we now turn out attentions to slowly gathering the required materials for the rebuild.
In the comming days i have a mate dropping by to help me replace a couple of rotten meranti timbers in the roof and patch a couple of small holes in the plywood floor before all the timber in the van gets sealed and painted ready for an electritian mate of mine to run the new 240v wiring.
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Looking forward to seeing the build on this.. I know nothing about vans, and the modding of one is rather interesting!
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Looking forward to seeing the build on this.. I know nothing about vans, and the modding of one is rather interesting!
Im looking forward to it too mate, ive never done a van rebuild before so its all new to me too.
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Good start
I used to have a van like this, it got towed all over Oz when I lived in it for a year - bloody fun times

My wife and I did something very similar to a Jayco Swan last year, came up mint.
Our requirements were slightly different, off grid camping, so the van was fitted out with over a grand's worth of 12v gear, including electric pump, DC/DC & Solar charger, power points, LED dimmers etc.
The project was HEAPS of fun, we really enjoyed it. Hope you have a blast with yours as well.
Will follow your progress with interest.

Out of curiosity (perhaps I missed it), what's the overall goal for the project?
Road-going rig? Light Off-Road? Other?

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Out of curiosity (perhaps I missed it), what's the overall goal for the project?
Road-going rig? Light Off-Road? Other?

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So far the plan is to have it ready to go to Broome next year.
The trip so far is planned to go from Esperance where i live to Broome via as many inland roads as possible, we want to avoid major highways as much as we can.
Once we are home from that trip with a bit of luck im going to get the van to a point where i can take it off road a little more.
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sounds like a great plan mate. While you're at it, design your 12V requirements, and plumb these into the walls ready to go - Just a suggestion of course
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I think in all the other full van restos I've seen the outside cladding was removed and then put back last after the internals were complete so that wiring changes and additions could be carried out with ease.
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I think in all the other full van restos I've seen the outside cladding was removed and then put back last after the internals were complete so that wiring changes and additions could be carried out with ease.
Yes that has been my experience as well, with a big reno you really need easy access at a glance to all the piping and electrical mods/upgrades.
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because the van is so small the ammount of wiring is is also small, having all the internal panneling out gives plenty of room to rewire.
my neighbour across the road is a sparky and has recently finished a van rebuild himself, he has agreed to come over a look at mine and give his opinion on what i should and shouldnt do.
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Use as much 12v as possible, couple of panels on the roof and a couple of batteries. 12v compressor fridge.
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