Long term westy resto

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by Zebedee, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. When we bought 'her' in 2001 in all her household gloss glory.
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    We bought it with the knowledge it needed some work doing to it so when time and money allow i've been slowly getting it 100% solid again while keeping it road legal and useable.

    Seatbelt mounts were a little rotten.
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  2. Engine bay repairs:
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    Rear corners and battery trays:
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    Little bit of cab floor:
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  4. A few smallish repairs to the sills (both inner and outer):
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    The other side:
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    NOT a stunt hand!!
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  5. A bit of an archeology lesson in paint.
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    Inner arch:
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    After wire brushing!
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    'Arch'
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    Solid again.
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    It'll need replacement arches soon, but lack of money meant a bit of a botch was needed. I'm not proud of it to be honest but needs must and all that.

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  6. Drivers side cab floor:
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    50 sized hole ended up with this needing cutting out to find solid metal:
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  7. Loving the "after wire brushing"... :lol
     
  8. There were atleast about 1/2 dozen bread wrappers in there too. :eek:

    The first time i touched it with the wire brush on the grinder and it just disappeared i thought *@$*!"£*&. ;D
     
  9. Dubweiser

    Dubweiser Moderator

    That looks like a lot of rust :eek:

    Well done for tackling it. Have some karma for your good work :)
     
  10. the time it took the previous owners to bluff that they could have got you to do a far better job looking good owen nw 8)
     
  11. you had your work cut out!! good work though in sorting some of the rotten metal
     
  12. Woodylubber

    Woodylubber Obsessive compulsive name changer

    keep the good work up ;D
     
  13. Still need to really completely replace the inner, middle and outer sills, front panel, inner front valance and deformation panel, rear valance and both front arches, but i've been putting it off as £££ is a little tight, so its just been patched for its MOT yet again.[​IMG]
     
  14. needs must you ll get there in the end owen nw
     
  15. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    keep up the great work :)
     
  16. Good work so far fella. :)
     
  17. I finally got around to replacing the rotten cab door with one i bought 2 years ago.
    Fitted with new seals, regulator, window and 1/4 light.
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    The one i removed. :eek:
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    I have found out just how rotten the front arch is though after dropping the door through the step end and punching a fist sized hole in it.
    Thats another job that i'm gonna have to do. :mad:
     
  18. Looks like you got your work cut out, good work so far M8. :)
     
  19. I think i've managed to bend the A pillar bottom trying to fit the door on my lonesome. :eek:
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    Theres a bend/crease just where the hinge plate is welded on. :'(

    Door doesn't fit too well. I've got a gap i can get my sausage fingers in at the front:
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    but its nice all the way up at the back:
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    Compared to the passengers side.
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    Small even gap at rear:
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    For some reason the hole the door fits in on the drivers side is 5mm bigger (measured from A-B pillars) than on the passengers side.
    The bottom of the A pillar isn't actually attached to either the floor or the wheel arch as its cracked through all the welds.

    I also found the front step of the arch is/was filler and plastic bags:
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    Can you still buy just the outer step panels?
    I think i'll need to replace the inner, middle and outer sill, a jacking point and crossmember and front tophat plus the bottom of the B pillar before i fit a complete arch. Don't have the £££ to do any of that at the moment or anywhere to store the complete westy interior while i'm doing the work. :'(
    A nice warm (hell, i'll just settle for dry) area to work in would be nice too.
     
  20. Birdy

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