1967 Safari 15/4 2 Door

A Series of Photographs showing the restoration carried out by myself,
Christopher Beresford, The Chairman.

I purchased the Safari in late 2014 via eBay. It was promised to be "immaculate" and the "best I'd ever see". Like all these things, it was nowhere near the description when I went to buy it. A lesson learnt in always inspecting a caravan before bidding on eBay! There was a bad leak at the front, one above the door, the original paint was too thin to be serviceable and it was still riding on it's original cross ply tyres - you could see the inner tube through the cracks! It was promised that it was ready to go, so I picked it up with my 1975 Triumph 2500S Estate, filled with everything needed to go caravanning for a week. Sadly, when I arrived on site, we spent three days just getting the electrics working, gas working and water working. The bed also collapsed on the first night as it had been bodged in the past and it carried on leaking throughout our holiday. It was also promised to have been fully valeted inside and out - see the photo of the green roof!

Once home, I decided not to cut corners. The Safari would have a full restoration. Luckily, it was completely original, so I could just repair what was there without having to second guess anything. We started by removing several bodged DIY add ons to the chassis which included a spare wheel carrier seemingly made from shelf racking, a TV ariel(!) and a few add ons to the A-frame. We then stripped every single piece of trim from the outside - you don't realise just by looking at it just how many pieces of trim a Safari has! Once these were off, we sanded all the paint down and treated the aluminium oxidisation on the roof. It was then completely professionally resprayed.

Following the paint being cured/dried, the laborious task of sealing all the trims and reapplying them started. We used all new stainless steel screws - the originals being known as a 'slotted pan head' screw, which are still available. The finishing touch was all new white rubber trim inserts, which really smartened up the appearance. I also buffed up the window frames. The caravan was now gleaming! 

It was now time to paint the chassis. We replaced one rotten corner steady leg and had to get a new jockeywheel. Also, the hitch damper had given up the ghost, so this needed to be renewed. The brakes were also adjusted and jut to be really anal, the bearing end caps and wheel nuts were blasted and stripped back to bare metal!

Inside, just re-sealing the exterior trims had completely cured the leak. I cleaned up the damage as best as I could to keep it looking original. All the gas joints were checked and tightened. There were some non-original "gypsy" glass lights on the ceiling which had been placed there for decoration. The 240v inner workings were stripped out and replaced with 12v fittings to work with the existing wiring concealed in the roof. I took out the original cushions as they were thin and uncomfortable and replaced them with an immaculate set from a newer 1971 Safari. I've still kept the originals, just in case. The curtains also were so thin that they were practically useless, so we found some psychedelic 1960's material - it is a 1967 model, after all!

The Safari always gets attention wherever she goes. The beautiful lines draw in everyone's attention. She also shines like a new pin now on any campsite. Our maiden voyage after the restoration was an ambitious 1500 mile trip to France and back. The Safari coped brilliantly. I'm so glad I took it on now and can proudly say that I've got one of the most original Safaris on the road today.
 
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