pasty smasher my 1972 panel van

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by tommy, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Weld an inch here and there letting it cool or it'll go out of alignment. :thumbsup:
    Mine might have been too narrow now I think about it and it was a couple of years ago. Thought it was a freak, but now I wonder if they've lost the dimension... :(
     
  2. small update for you

    managed to get a full day on it over the bank holiday with the nice weather :)about time we had a few nice days

    got alot of the rot cut out and started to repair my rear tub

    final finished the rear chassis rail. took a fair bit of work to amend the new panel as it was 5mm narrower then my chassis rail. right ball ach
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    got the floor cut out along with jacking points and floor supports
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    the after mass
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    started to fix the rear tub
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  3. found a few repairs i have to do on the chassis before getting the jacking point on the line up the sill

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    at lest the rear axel doesnt look as bad this side. still going to need some work tho but not had a real poke around it yet
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    got the first bit cut out and put a plate in but was starting to get late so only got the front bit done
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    also my angle grinder has a broken cable so spent half hour replacing the cable

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    well its strong anothe to hold :D

    got to do more repairs to do on the chaise rail then clean it all up, red oxide including rear ach and rear post and chassi rail.

    then will get jacking points on to line my sill up, get rear arch and corrner put on and move on to the battery try/mud flap then onto the floor.

    taking a trip to machine mart tomrow to re stock up on cutting disc and a few other bits and bobs.

    hoply get another day on it soon.
    next off work wednesday and thurday so hopley the rain will stop bye then as its raining cats and dogs at the mo
     
  4. evening all. finished work early today so got a few hours on the van

    still doing the chassis rail but its close to being done.

    this is how i left it last time so made a plate to go in, only did the outside of the chassis rail as i didnt want to cut all the way though so i replaced the outside then once welded to give it stright again i will the replace the inner of the chassis rail
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    also my metal pip that runs through the chassis that houses the handbrake cable is doomed can you get the metal housing or what do people use instead

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    yes the back will be getting cut out and replated
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    new plate made ready to go on
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    ground back, looks a little better

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    then made a small plate for the rear arch before mud flap goes on
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    then had to shoot out to the tool shop as my welder was driving me mad the the feed has a kink in it so was not feeding right. had to go over the weld a few time that sucked.

    anyway then the good old rain started so fixed my welded and also got this as my old googles where hard to see out off

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    its like im ready to go paintballing but holding a angle grinder :theforce:

    back home on the boat now so got a few tins on the way home put fire on and vegging out in my pains watching rubbish tv happy days

    got the next two days off so hoping to get a good days work in.
     
  5. Nice work!! making good progress! what are you using to fold your sheets or are you welding themat rightangles and cleaning them up?
     
  6. Dude, turn you welder up a couple of notches for the chassis welding, you don't look like you've got a good weld there, no penetration I'd guess, then you ground it all off. We don't want your bus snapping in half. :)
    It helps to penetrate also if you leave a gap to fill approx thickness of the metal.
     
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  7. cheers dude.

    its a metal bender from machine mart that you clamp in a vice. only got it the other day but wish i had got one from the start now. only £40 but makes life so much easier.
     
  8. hi master zed :theforce:

    the welder have penatrated though just not that neat. i cut a whole in the back plate and look thought to make sure. but im going to go work on it now so when my welder is fixed going to go over it again as inm not happy with the welding fully.

    should have a nice up date for you all later when home.

    let hope the sun stay out.

    thanks for looking and all the comments people and see you all later on :thumbsup:
     
  9. got a good days work on the van so im happy.

    mission for today was to get the sill tacked in place and then start building the rear up but i got carried away on the floor after

    clamped my jacking points in place so i could line up my sill
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    then spent some time welding the inner and middle still together

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    tacked the sill in place

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    i then thought why not carry on with the floor and get the floor supports back in. clean up where i was going to weld cut my floor supports to size and da da fully welding in floor suports

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    looking like a floor again almost yay

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    ran out of time as wanted to miss rush hour taffic coming home so going to pop over after work tomorrow if nice and get it all painted and seam sealed

    beer o clock now so cheers :beer:
     
  10. Days like that keep your pecker up. :)
     
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  11. lol they sure do. shame my missis is at work all night :confused:

    it nice to see some progress as lately it been feeling like ive been working all day and not done much, or too many fags and cups of tea
     
  12. Some days it's all prep and cleaning up stuff, then you do get a day sticking bits back on which is much more fun! I've just spent a day filling and sanding. What used to take a week I've done today and yesterday afternoon + another job as well. A good day in Zeds Bus Garage. :)
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  13. im not looking forward to the filling sanding, filling sand, filling sanding part :eek:
     
  14. little bit more done today as finished work at 10 am so got cracking for a few hours

    thought i would carry on with the floor so todays job was to get the outriggers on and the jacking points

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    then as im working the next few days and need a rest i wanted to get all the metal and welding coved
    redoxide then seam sealed
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    yes thats my mums mini under the cover literally parked in my engine bay :mad:
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    and finaly put the seal on the rear tub to let it stick so next time jobs are, make floor panle to cover floor then start building the rear up (rear corner, rear arc, closing plate, mud flap,rear valance, battery tray.

    like the red oxide almost make it look solid :beer:
     
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  17. Nice work there. :thumbsup:
     
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  18. Love the detail / commentary you provide!! Thanks!!
     
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  19. Just read your whole resto! Really interesting and great work! Makes me feel lucky as mine hasn't had as many nasty surprises as yours! Thank god :) great to see another one being saved keep up the good work! ;) it feels like forever but when you reach a major mile stone it all seems worth it! Sent mine for re spray a few weeks ago :)
    Will be watching your progress with interest!
    Where do you go surfing? We head down to Saunton Croyde Putsborough when we can or Llangennith :). My son is a short boarder but I am a sedate long boarder with a 9:6 Takayama! ;)
     
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  20. Nice work mate your flying at this one ,carn't beat a panel van :) what colour you thinking after ,maybe blue all over would look cool
     
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