Oggy's Resto

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by OggyOggy, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. Hi, glad to see we are back!!


    Computers are great until they crash!


    Never mind as they say, shame we've lost the post's but will do a refresh of what I've been upto the last 2yrs.


    For those who have been keeping tabs on my resto will give you an update, I have been working on the van but have been working alot of nightshifts so something had to give. Those that post alot know how time consuming it is!


    I have uploaded some more pics on photobucket of what I've been upto recently and will post on here shortly.


    Hope you are all well and managing to do a bit.


    Cheers,


    Oggy.


    Photobucket link: http://s989.photobucket.com/albums/af20/OggyOggy/Oggy%20Resto%20Pics/
     
  2. Oggy - I wouldn't bother posting all the old stuff - We'll remember where you were when you start posting. :yes
     
  3. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    looking forward to your udates mate, aparently there is still a slim chance that they may be able to recover some posts up to december so theres still a bit of hope
     
  4. Hi,

    On Zed's advice I'm not going to do a complete re-hash of the resto, the pics on photo bucket show all the early work.

    For those looking for the first time we started the resto in Sep 09.

    This is Oggy as he was dumped down my in-laws.

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    We bought it from a local scrap dealer for £1500.

    It's a panel van converted to a camper, the plan is once the shell is painted is to put in my own interior.

    I've finished the welding now which was a big milestone, I've re-hung the doors and was pleased that they line up nice.
    Due to work being very busy I haven't manage to do much for the last month, we started panel beating around the rear arch butt welds and the join on the sliding door skin.

    Will update with what I've been upto since fitting the westy roof soon.

    Hope you are all managing to do a bit.

    Cheers,

    Oggy.
     
  5. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    Dont listen to zed :p

    there was loads of great info and pics that might help others ......go for the re post ;D

    ......or put it to the vote ;D
     
  6. Por blokes not got time. :(
     
  7. Hi,

    As promised an update of what I've been upto the last few months.

    After fitting the roof I moved on to repairing the front doors, one needed a little more attention than the other.

    Brian working on the bottom of the drivers door.

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    He had to cut a section out and graft a new bit in off an old door.

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    On the other door I did some repairs to the door skin.

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    I also made these two using 6 mm plate as the upper fixing for the rear 3 point seat belts.

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    Welded them in.

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    I then moved on to the rock/roll bed. Having listened to various people I bought a second hand westfalia 3/4 bed. As we are having a full width seat these had to be modified a tad.

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    I wanted the old hinges due to being alot better quality than what you can buy new, however even these needed to be modified as they were not exactly the same. One was short by 4mm so I welded an insert in to make both identical.

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    Fitting them to the van was a headache to say the least, getting them lined up, straight and parallel proved to be a challange.

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    We used spirit levels to get them parallel with the floor then used two lengths of threaded bar to get them parallel with each other.

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    After alot of measuring we welded the plates which were contoured slightly so they match the wheel arches.

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    You can see the upper part fits on the engine tunnel and has a section which the seat/bed frame rests on when in the bed position.

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    I was going to use 22mm ply like the original bed but decided to make it out of square tube.

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    Once the frames were made we fitted them to the hinges.

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    The seated position.

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    Bed position.

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    Then made these two out of thin ply which will be covered in will covered with 5inches foam. The square blocks are to allow me to use longer screws.

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    Thats it for now got to go and do that work thing!

    Hope you are all well.

    Cheers,

    Oggy.
     
  8. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    nice work mate, love the R & R bed work :D
     
  9. Hi,


    Cheers Diddy, the rock/roll bed was a headache but worth it in the end.


    I then fitted the seat belt mounting positions around the rear wheel arches.


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    After that I moved onto making the door cards. Being a van conversion the rear windows are just cut out, when you look in most camper conversions to me they never look very good around the windows. Normally where the door cards meet the window bottom is infilled with wood.
    The Brother-in-law came up with the idea to make a metal frame at the bottom of the frame, so I made a template up with the hope of getting the metal folded in lengths just over a metre. However we couldn't get them made in one piece so had them made in two halves which I then spot welded together.


    Here's the profile, the idea was to allow the cards to butt up against the bottom recess and give it a more finished look.


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    The two halves before spot welding.


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    I also went to plan B with the upper seat belt points, I decided to incorporate them into the new frames instead and so cut off the ones I welded in previously.


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    I painted underneath all 3 windows before the new frames were welded in.


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    Then started welding the new frames in.


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    Then welded in these small pieces to bridge the gap.


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    That's it for now will show the cards I made in the next post.
    Hope you are all well.


    Cheers,
    Oggy.
     
  10. Nice work Oggy


    I had the same problems with mine around the windows and did something similar in the end
     
  11. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    8) nice work on the window surrounds :D
     
  12. Hi,


    Diddy well done on getting best resto, you deserve it mate especially for all the time you spend writing your thread on here, you have dedication which most of us lack!


    Cheers for the nice comments guys, as with most jobs they were fiddly to fit and get them lined up with each other and the recess in the rear corners.


    The other advantage of fitting these frames is where they are spot welded together its doubled the thickness of the steel. The windows on a van conversion are a week point it took me 3 weeks to repair the bottom of these windows so I'm thinking the more steel the better.


    After the frames were fitted I moved on to making the door cards. I made them out of some plastic signage which is the same thickness as the original cards.


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    On this side I used a hairdryer to heat the plastic to shape it around the fuel filler.


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    Alot of measuring was required to get the holes for the clips in the right place, I didn't want any fixings visible when they are covered in vinyl.


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    Mrs Oggy then spent some time marking with masking tape where we want the stripe when they cover the panel. She did this all the way round so when they get re-fitted the stripe should line up.


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    Door cards done!


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    I also welded in the seat belt brackets I made a while back.


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    Some shots with the doors back on, starting to look more like a van again!


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    The next plan is to get busy with the sander then get a coat of primer on, will be good to get the van one color and will give us a base coat before we start the sanding filling marathon.


    That's it for now, hope you are managing to get a bit done.


    Cheers,


    Oggy.
     
  13. glad you re posted progress on here Oggy, loved watching the old thread! keep at it mate, it coming together nicely now, love the door cards!
     
  14. 8) nice to see the vans coming on nicely 8) loving the door cards and the R n R bed
     
  15. hahah loving the kier sponser :p

    i working on a kier site at the moment, god they having got a clue.
     
  16. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    Thanks for the congrats mate :D

    really good idea using the plastic signs :D

    its really starting to come together now, keep up the good work mate
     
  17. Loving the idea of the plastic signs for the door cards


    I feel a night out the lash, if walking home the long way a should end up with enough signage ::)


    Quality work as always keep it up
     
  18. How have I missed this thread?, Liking what you doing with it though, K+ to for the upcoming marathan filling sanding sessions.
     
  19. Crikey there is some great work on here, well done.
     

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