I spent the last four days driving my chocolate van on Fathers Day promotions. It involves about 80 miles a day of mainly city driving visiting each of the stores. I get to drink lots of coffee, eat quite a few samples of the most excellent chocolate and watch the rest of tbe world go about their business. The photograph shows the van parked outside the shop in Glenelg, a popular seaside location.The warmer weather made people watching much more interseting.
How very cool! Why not have the spare by the rear mudguard to unblock the door?
That's not a spare; it's an armrest.
Nice work, if you can get it...
To get a ride you have to jump through hoops. Or at least one hoop.
If that is hard labour as your posting indicated, you had a very easy life.
Cool van, I love it. I wonder if I could get a T van, put a Budweiser logo on it and visit the local pubs for samples ?
Bud, 20 years ago when I was looking for a South Australian company to sponsor a nice signwriting job for the van, I already had a proposal written to Cooper's Brewery, when I heard the two Haigh's brothers being interviewed on radio. The change of direction netted the period hand painted design lifted from their old chocolate fruits selection. My proposal arrived with them just 3 months before they were to open their Visitors Centre at the factory, so i feel it was meant to happen. Next year is their Centenary Year, and will mark 20 years of my involvement with the T.
Steve, being RHD, that doorway is blocked anyway. There is about 3" between the pillar and the steering wheel. Originally,Duncan and Fraser built this style van for a laundry, on a used 1912 chassis. I had to scale up the design from an original photograph, probably taken before the van was delivered to their customer. Note the original D&F crowned rear fenders, as featured on the original. They had mounted a Stepney wheel where I have my spare.
Cheers, Allan from down under.