Found some old photos of my 1st Camper. It started life as an Advanced Linen delivery van.
It was a Commer walk through with a coach-built mahogany frame. I cut off the rear doors and rebuilt it with second hand caravan bits I got from a local repairer. Even did the upholstery and curtains. It had water tanks shower room/toilet and slept five. later six after I made a swing down single in the cab.
If I remember rightly all in including the basic Van it cost £350.00
1st trip out was south of France and we went back several times and had great times in it.
Full length roof decking that would stand as many on it that could fit.
The ladder and roof rails were part of an old fold over tent type garage that someone up the road threw out.
Hand Brush painted with Teclomet coach paint in the street on a dry day.
Those were the days.
I love those pics, thanks. and a great job too, no doubt all with hand tools and not fancy Dewalts? Probably better built than those that come out of the factory today. Except Neil's & Caro's of course
Fabulous photos and what’s a lovely looking Commer! I had one too, it was a coach built ‘Hywayman’. 1973 I think. Was my most treasured possession ever, till I bought our 2001 Hymer in 2006 after having been van-less for 7 or so years. Sadly I lost all the photos. That van owed me nothing, bought for £1000 and sold for £600, 6 years later with a cracked engine block and serious rust all around bottom of cab doors and front (due to my stupidly leaving her out in the snow in Scotland over winter, at 900 ft! ). I didn’t have the time, money or knowledge to fix her but knew I would get another van ... one day!
Here she is
Appalling photo, photo of a photo, possibly when Drunk!
God how I loved that van ....
“The yellow peril”
“The wandering wok”
“The ice cream van” (my sister’s less than charitable description)
Spinner you are so right with the tools. All by hand with a borowed electric drill and stanley hand plane from the father in law.
Wet and dry from 3m's you could buy a huge wad of it from the gateman for ten bob.
Even borowed a hand sewing machine to make the curtains and upholstery covers.
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