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#46 Van13

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 07:15 AM

Poor steel quality I've had a van side stripped on the van since before xmas still no rust m machine panels arrived at same time all have light rust

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:26 PM

Finally got some primer on the subframe

 

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Posted 31 March 2017 - 10:36 PM

So if you ever needed any more proof just how cheap i am, tonight I've been refurbing my bin fodder back plates.

 

Strarted by drilling out the spot welds

 

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To reveal this............

 

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Quick scrape later

 

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And a brush over with Metal Prep reveals some pretty deep pitting but on the whole they're still solid.

 

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:04 PM

Today managed to get some quality time in the garage and decided to get some of the jobs i've been putting off done, namely the front scuttle wiper holes. Since they're not actually used i'm just going to blank them off.

 

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Also got one of the swing arms built up, love working with new bits.

 

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#50 nicnoo

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 08:33 PM

Started on the quarter panel tonight

 

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Spot the mistake

 

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In my defense I did save this little job for just this moment. well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

 

Repair panel made and some absolutely awful (but solid) welding done.

 

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I'll finish off later this week hopefully.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 08:46 PM

Welding looks good to me! Just done similar to my back plates, i hate paying for new parts when nobody but the MOT man will see them!



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:33 PM

The photo's don't do the back plates justice, they were actually quite solid despite the pitting. Plus I am not short on things to spend my money on.



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 12:12 AM

Finished up the repair on the quarter panel yesterday

 

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Now onto a job i've been looking forward to for ages.....................the rear panel

 

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I started out by cutting the repair panel just short of the swage lines, i find the less bends and folds to try matching the better. This also meant cutting away the boot opening part of the panel as the original is fine and i want to make sure i keep the shape.

 

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I also cut out the retaining plates for the rear lights as i'll be doing a Mk1 conversion later on.

 

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I then roughly traced round my reshaped panel and cut it out leaving about 10mm safety material so that the panel could be clamped up and pulled into place to allow me to draw a more accurate cut line, leaving me with this...................................

 

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Hopefully get home from work on time tommorow so i can finish cutting out before "quiet" time, it's a real pain in the arse having neighbours  :-) 



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:21 PM

A little more done tonight, first I thought i'd finish welding the subfame mount before welding in the rear panel

 

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Then i gave the rear of the panel a quick prime before finally tacking in place.

 

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Edited by nicnoo, 19 May 2017 - 10:23 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 09:15 AM

Nice work!

Also your back plates are on the wrong side arm.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 11:51 AM

Thanks Steve i will have to check that out before i build up the other side. 



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Posted 21 May 2017 - 02:35 PM

Thanks Steve i will have to check that out before i build up the other side. 


No worries chap, didn't want you scratching your head when it came to fitting your handbrake and hard lines!

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 06:16 PM

Todays progress

 

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Also started a little patch whilst doing the rear panel

 

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also plug welded the holes the last owner put in to hold the rear arches.

 

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Right I'm off to strip down my radius arms doh !!



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Posted 27 May 2017 - 09:34 PM

Quick update

 

Cleaned up the welds on the rear panel and finished off the patch in the rear quarter.

 

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 09:44 PM

More progress today, here's where i left off on the off side.................

 

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Marked up ready to cut and weld in the new section

 

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More hit and miss welding

 

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But it didn't clean up too badly

 

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Hopefully more to report over the weekend.


Edited by nicnoo, 01 June 2017 - 09:45 PM.






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