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#31 SAL 821X

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:57 AM

Cut the cross member and the inner sill off on saturday.

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As you can see its had a patch over the original inner sill whoever bodged it last night didnt bother to even take the metal out... Think I will end up cutting the rear floor out and getting a new floor and inner sill panel.

Also primed abit more of the bulkhead, didnt quite get all the underseal off though so it reacted abit....

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Also now have the new 7.5 cooper disc brake kit for the front. Need to get some paint on the bulkhead and rear arches then I can drop it back on it wheels.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:26 PM

Looking good mate how long till its done do you think?

#33 SAL 821X

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 03:02 PM

Looking good mate how long till its done do you think?


Gosh good question fella... Its taken 7 years to get this far! lol :P I would like to think its on the road before i'm 30 in 2 and half years time. This is my first time doing a full resto so im kinda learning as I go along bit by bit.

Shes a keeper anyway but would be nice to get out on the road one day.

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#34 SAL 821X

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:27 PM

Got some more work done on the van as I was at my mums over christmas.

And for the first time it looks like it actually getting some where.

Got primer on the roof, rear and both sides. Got a couple of runs so will need to flat a few parts back, but for the first time using a spray gun I dont think I did to bad IMO.

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#35 SAL 821X

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:44 PM

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

looking amazing keep up the great work!

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 03:27 PM

Things to do:

Front Subframe
Fit brake lines
O/S hub and brakes
O/S Top arm
O/S Cone
Bump stops

Rear Subframe
Trunion pins
Fit Radius arms
Hi-lo's

Engine
Centre main strap
Oil pick up pipe
Gearbox
Water pump
Timing chain
Primary gear
Clutch/flywheel housing
roller tips

Bodywork
Black keycoat and flat
Filler work
High build primer
Top coats
Lacquer
Polish

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 05:16 PM

probably most suited to the comment, slowly but surely!

looking good, good luck working on it between uni!

#39 SAL 821X

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:57 PM

probably most suited to the comment, slowly but surely!

looking good, good luck working on it between uni!


hahahaha.... do I tell you at this point I finished uni 4 years ago.

Its a labour of love but your right slowly but surely! I dont get much time to work on the van as I dont have a garage and I live 40miles from my mums were its kept.... but..... this year.....this year!

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:27 PM

Looking good shall be following this one :D

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 02:58 PM

Looks good, would love to have a Van myself!

#42 SAL 821X

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:53 PM

Right need to pull my finger out and get the rest of the bodywork sorted out.

Spoke to my painter and I should be able to get in the booth in March...... YIKES!!!!!

Its all coming alone now.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:59 AM

Hit a milestone in SAL's restoration last night got some topcoat on the bulkhead. First time using cellulose paint, second time ever using a spraygun, dont think I did too bad though. Theres a few spots where I got runs holding the gun for to long in one spot trying to get under the scuttle. Seemed to go one alot better once I'd mixed the paint abit thicker as it didn't cover very well first time.

Anyway crappy iphone pics at the moment sorry will get some better ones when I'm next in the garage and its light.

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Certainly going to be able to see me coming!!!! :)

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 08:28 PM

Top build pal keep it up, olly

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 11:26 AM

I love the colour,just started a 1980 mini van myself and its in alot worse condition that yours orignally, i'm hopeing that it doesn't mean its going to take longer than yours to complete :P




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