The 10th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2018)

Following the huge success of the 9th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 10th, 11th & 12th of August 2018.

Don't book with the organisers, contact me to get your pitch saved.

New member with '72 Portafold

Pictures of your Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel.
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New member with '72 Portafold

Post by shaun_pierce » Mon, 16 Jan 2012, 11:06 pm

Hi All,

I recently purchased a Portafold off eBay. :thumbup: Pictures to follow...


She needs a bit of work; :thumbdown:
- the paint is cracked and flaking (the roof being the worst)
- the roof has sagged in places (any suggestions on how best to fix this?)
- the ceiling is flaking
- the interior could do with a revamp
- the hindges could do with being replaced (only one holding the near side in place)
- a window needs replacing
- the rear lights, door handle and vertical awning channels are missing
- the jockey wheel has collapsed
- the hand brake does not work as a previous owner welded a spacer plate under the towbar and tie wrapped the handbrake to the chassis

So far I have;
- given it a good powerwash
- fitted Wolfies to match my car (which is also '72 and fibreglass)
- ordered new hindges from Isaac Lord
- started the prep for painting

I am hoping to use it at a few shows this year and am planning two trips abroad.

I will post some photos as work progresses and will no doubt have some more questions to ask.

Regards,
Shaun

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Ambubird » Wed, 18 Jan 2012, 6:50 pm

Hi Shaun,
Post some pictures, I need motivation to get started on mine!
What will you be towing it with?
Good luck!
Debbie

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by phunkie hiboy » Wed, 18 Jan 2012, 10:06 pm

Hi Shaun,
Welcome to the forum. I can probably help you out with rear lights and door handles, if you're interested.

Chris
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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by shaun_pierce » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 12:07 am

Hi Debbie,

Here are some photos to motivate you (I spent 6 hours last Saturday wet sanding by hand, ice on the van when I started and when I finished).

Van after collection:
P1060046.JPG
Flaking paint on the roof:
P1060241.JPG
Prep for painting:
P1060137.JPG
A big thanks to Matthew for explaining how to upload photos. :D
phunkie hiboy wrote:I can probably help you out with rear lights and door handles, if you're interested.
Hi Chris,

I could be interested in rear lights & handles, where are you based?

Also if anyone can help with the following please contact me;
- vertical awning channels
- an awning
- sink / bunk

Regards,
Shaun

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Post by phunkie hiboy » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 7:34 am

shaun_pierce wrote:I could be interested in rear lights & handles, where are you based?

Also if anyone can help with the following please contact me;
- vertical awning channels
- an awning
- sink / bunk
Based, Ash or Hook. Have you thought about a free standing/drive away type awning. Working on advice from Vanessa (hattytheherald) we bought a hardly used Just Campers Spacemaker drive away awning. They stopped making these a while back, but are going to start making them again this year.
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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Ambubird » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 5:34 pm

Wow, nice one! 8)
You don't hang around! Keep up the good work & keep the pictures coming, love getting my inspiration from all the cracking work I've seen on this forum!
The wheels look great too!

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Admin » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 5:46 pm

Ambubird wrote:...love getting my inspiration from all the cracking work I've seen on this forum!
Debbie, so yours will be useable ready for the National Gathering in August...? :thumbup:

You notice I didn't put finished, because they don't have to be anywhere near finished to come along. I used black bin liners as curtains with a camping roll and a sleeping bag for the first year of shows I did. :)
Matthew
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Post by Ambubird » Thu, 19 Jan 2012, 6:50 pm

Hi Matthew,
Hopefully will be useable/finished (? are they ever really finished?) before the summer. We are waiting for some better weather to start some fiberglass repairs. The curtains are in the making & I have the fabric for the cushions. Really excited to get going now!
Unfortunately I have double booked us for the national gathering weekend. With any luck I might be able to do both if I plan correctly. Would love to meet up with some of you & compare notes! :D

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Re: New member with '72 Portafold

Post by Admin » Mon, 23 Jan 2012, 9:05 pm

Ambubird wrote:are they ever really finished?
Nope, I've had mine 10 years this year and I've still got plenty of jobs to do on it. In fact I try not to think about the list, it just depresses me. :(
Matthew
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Wanted: Any original Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel brochures, adverts or magazine articles.
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