Bertie's Journey! 1973 panel van

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by Louise, May 21, 2019.

  1. Excellent! Is it still Rob running the courses? He's such a nice guy. Think he said he used to own a westy at one point, and had an old MG kicking around when I went down.
    Keep an eye out on Gumtree, got mine for £80 I think and have done the whole van with it.
    Get yourself a 10-20L bottle of gas; the little bottles don't last very long. Get the metal back to shiny metal and you'll be golden to weld some fresh steel in.
     
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  2. I’m honestly not trying to pick holes in what you are doing. I totally admire you for having the guts to get stuck in and learn, I’d love to learn how to weld properly myself , but I’m curious why you are starting on the inside first?

    Once you expose the rotten outter panels and sills etc, if the rust extends inwards then isn’t there a risk you’ll need to remove the work you’ve just done to get to it?

    Seeing as it’s normally the bottom six inches that goes on these first, Isn’t the normal way to work bottom to top, out to in.?
     
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  3. I’m doing in and out at the same time really. I just fancied removing the floor to see what was going on there. I removed the interior first as I saw damp & wanted to see what was going on.

    I also don’t have any garage to store Bertie so am waiting on making big holes on the outside until I actually have a welder to fix it pretty sharpish (like, same day).

    I’m also not going to be fitting anything in the interior just yet so it won’t get covered up.
     
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  4. Yes it’s still Rob. He’s a fantastic guy & an amazing teacher. Just great!!!
     
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  5. I spent about 5 hours today removing layers of paint & rust on the areas pictured. Started on the roof but then my arms ached from holding the grinder above my head. Moved onto the bulkhead, then did some of the floor. The poly wheel disintegrated within 20 mins, the 40 grit disc is about half worn & the twisted metal wheel has started shooting bits off at me - ouch.

    Found more rust holes.

    I feel like at this speed, it's going to take me 3 years to remove everything and a million pound in discs. Is there a quicker, easier way to remove rust and paint?! I'm aching in places I didn't realise I had muscles. Feeling a bit meh at the moment!

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  6. Great progress. Do you use a flap disk and/or a wire wheel on an angel grinder? The other way I know is pay someone to either dip and strip or blast it. See what the panel suggests, they may have better ideas. Yes, it's hard work by hand, bit by bit, would be the best advice I could offer, sorry.
     
  7. Get used to getting through loads of flap disks and poly strip discs. It will cost you a fortune but its the only relatively easy way to get back to bare metal.
     
  8. Are you sure you need to do so much back to bare metal.

    If the existing paint is sound and there’s no rust under it just needs a rub down to smooth the surface.
     
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  9. The area of the interior I’m looking at are either rusty, or the paint is bumpy - so I am not sure if there is rust underneath. Some areas that look rust free have sticky stuff all over it so have been sanding it off as white spirit isn’t shifting it.
     
  10. Did tons of research on the best way to remove paint & rust without wrecking metal & the results suggested that these are the bees knees. A guy reckons he did a whole beetle with ONE disc!

    Luckily found an awesome supplier 15 mins away! Will be trying these out tomorrow. I bought 2 to start with!

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  11. Looking good and surprisingly solid so far for a RHD panel!
     
  12. What year is it ?
    Seems previous owners have put early front on...looks late late bay
    That’s a whole lotta work stripping back to bare metal ...what about paint stripper?
     
  13. It certainly has 1975/76 traits to it, ie, engine lid, indicator stalks, round chrome fuel cap and dash clocks
     
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  14. '73
     
  15. Spent the day re-rusting half of the roof with the new discs I bought. So much stronger! Put a layer of kurust on after I finished - there was a lot of black! So I'm glad I did. Then put on a first coat of rustoleum primer. It was a bit thick, so I'll probably thin it down for the 2nd coat & the other half of the roof. It'll be covered so wasn't really fussed about getting a perfectly flat finish.

    Off to Dorset Volksfest tomorrow for the day, so gave him a quick wash this evening too. :)

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  16. Ah DVF is only down the road from me! Didn’t get to it this year though.


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