Edmondo arriva a casa nostra! Edmondo the doka comes to our house!

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by Poptop2, Jun 1, 2014.

  1. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Well Edmondo the Italian doka finally found a little part of Italy in this sceptred isle we call England. The 'little part of Italy' being our house. My wife is Italian and my two boys regard themselves as half Italian, the food is Italian. The lifestyle is a mix of Italian and English and Edmundo the doka that @Top Banana Racing Glyn dragged all the way back from Italy only to pass on on to John manyprojects has found us!

    I was amazed when I first saw him at Jon's. I was under the impression it was a basket case and Jon would part it out, when I took a closer look I saw the chassis was solid and the removed front panel revealed a very solid underskin. Jon told me it was just too good to scrap and said he had set about restoring her. I told him I would love it and was after another resto project. but never thought he would part with her. Last weekend I got a phone call from Jon regarding a part for the beetle he had and trundled over to see him. While I was there we got talking about the doka and somehow I cajoled it from his grasp. I do think Jon has toomanyprojects.

    Anyhow. Today we brought Edmondo to our little bit of Italy, complete with 5 cab doors, a new front panel. a new cab floor panel, some t25 sides. a turnkey engine and a load more bits. He rolls well, sits right and the rot is confined to panels as apposed to chassis and beams. the front beam is like new and the rear one as solid as a rock. the bed needs work and it also needs cab steps, sills, inner and outer both sides and battery trays.

    I will update as we do some work. I think I may be buying a welder and doing this one myself.

    Picking him up


    On the wagon..


    Off the wagon..



    Into the garage with a pit..



    I know what I have this time. updates and questions will come slowly as this one is just a slow burner.

    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014
  2. Top bloke:thumbsup:

    Do you want me to pop over with my magic inspection tools?

    Oh and tell lou her bum looks great in that pic:thumbsup:
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  3. davidoft

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  4. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    I think you would be quietly impressed, Steve has seen it and say's the same as me, it's not bad, not for the faint hearted, but nothing like Rhubarb was. Lou say's you've made her day and at least it isn't as wide as the van. :thumbsup:
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  5. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Nice one Dave. not yet though. I'm skint again now. just have to spend my time wire wheeling the surface rust and cutting out the bits of rot for now!
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  6. Ive no favourites malc you know that

    But that women single handed plyd me and mrs para with just enough foreign booze at camperjam that year
    Enough to actually make us talk to each other about what was really wrong

    We wont go to camperjam again but we are stronger than ever

    Theres somthings you cant get accross on a computer or picture
    To me they have been the most magic
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  7. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Well I have to get drunk to talk to her! ;)
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  8. Nice one Malcolm, looking forward to updates :)

    You gotta keep the red stripe, that's part of the Dokas Italian Heritage!
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  9. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Yep. I have seen them loaded up with water melons in Italy looking just like that, same green same white bumpers and red stripes.

    Does anyone know what sills fit the doka, are they bay sills but just lh and rh non sliders?
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2014
  10. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Call me daft, but I actually like the rust on a commercial. unfortunately the panel replacement is going to warrant a fair bit of metal cleaning in places the rust looks best!
  11. You are definitely addicted now ,you have quite a collection...

    Bon courage ...
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  12. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    ha nice one malc, i bet the neighbours love you, it looks like carneys yard at yours...... (carneys was the local scrappy by me) what's under the tarp? so you have 2 bays beeetle enos and micra? next time you tell me you're skint i'm gonna have to get a lorry job lol, mind i reckon that's just a front for the "family business" eh don?
  13. Lou's Eunos Roadster is under the tarp.
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  14. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    ere malc did you notice the steering wheel's on the wrong side?
  15. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Administrator

    Nice one Malc :thumbsup:
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  16. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    I seem to remember you saying something about me being greedy when I was looking at buying a panel van as I already had a camper & a microbus o_O

    Bet you will be spending all your time with the elite posh single/double cab section people now, thinking you're so much more superior to the rest of us :p
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  17. Glad to see that Ed has found a good home!! I did tell TBR that Ed was too good to break!! :thumbsup:
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  19. :lol:
  20. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Yes, we did debate it and decided it was fine as the Italian connection was part of the appeal. We think this one is going scooby too.

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