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Post by speedy555 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:05 pm

I bought this Cheltenham Sable Caravan from Phil Howard as a bit of a project a little while back (2 months ish), and although not quite finished, as the soft furnishings need doing, I thought I'd share it with you all :D
As usual with these things, you end up spending double the money you expected, and triple the time :roll: .... Nowhere near an exhaustive list, but has had the cooker fixed, a new fire, new window rubbers & ledges, door handles, new lights, bodywork / resealing & repaint, all the wood revarnished, re-plated hinges inside, 240v charging system fitted, corner steadies repaired, brakes sorted, front inner panel rebuilt, and so much more Ive forgotten!!
Despite its 1960's look, this is acyually a 'fernden' cheltenham sable, and is a 1980 model. The original company went bust in '76 (IIRC) and 'fernden' bought the stuff and built them from 1980-82. Despite going back to using quality materials and all hand built (Mine has the bloke who built its name & date signed behind one of the wall panels) needless to say they would have been out of date even in 1980, so didnt sell too many or last very long (Mine is chassis no.2, and was built in July!!!)

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Post by speedy555 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:38 pm

I have a forum member interested in a possible purchase, and maybe 1 other, so typical of me to just get to the finishing post and move on :) Though if nothing comes of it, I expect it will be worth more in the spring, so may keep it a bit longer.
Shame I havent a suitable scim myself to put it behind :(


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Post by Scimher » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:23 am

Looks lovely...congratulations on a very fine job!



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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:50 am

Thanks - Think I need to tow it about somewhere so it can be seen, instead of hidden on a farm! lol


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Post by scimjim » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:25 am

looks lovely - you didn't mention it was for sale though :-) let me know if it falls through please!


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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:35 am

I will Jim. One person wants it as it is - i.e. still needing carpets, and ideally the seats recovering. Curtains are being made as we speak. I reckon It will be worth a few hundred more in spring/summer, but a sale is a sale, and if I get my money back on her then its not so bad. I will let you know what happens. If it was a 4 berth Id be keeping it, but kidded myself that a 2 berth would be ok.....Have enjoyed doing it though!


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Post by ScimmyMike » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:16 am

Dave, you are a man of many talents me thinks, that looks really good, didn't expect that after your description at the noggin, hope you manage to move it on so you can return to working on 4 wheeled grp thingies.
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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:42 am

Thanks :)
Ive no doubt it will sell, its just to who, when, and how much! Considering its never been advertised theres fair interest in her even in the off season.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:52 am

Looks good Dave, you've done a great job of restoring it without losing it's classic period charm. :D


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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:00 pm

i think 'sympathetic restoration' is the phrase ! Lol :)


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Post by Taggers » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:12 pm

Just lovely. I am a bit jealous.

When does it getsprayed yellow?


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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:10 pm

sod off! Lol. Thats a new coat of old english white on her - though it was very odd not seeing yellow coming from the gun! Lol


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Post by philhoward » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:24 pm

Got to say well done, Dave - its just the job the old girl deserved.

Daren't show the pics to the wife - she might decide we have to buy it back...and have already agreed to its replacement!


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Post by speedy555 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:12 pm

You could always have two phil!! lol


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Post by speedy555 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:51 pm

Got the carpet fitted today, and the curtains back - Not all fitted yet but looks much better with something at the windows...Wants a couple of blinds at the back, and thats it. Then either try and sell it before xmas, or wait for the prices to rise! I do like it though - was freezing cold at work today, but I was all snug with the fire on in the caravan :D

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