repairing my pals t4

  1. james butler

    james butler Member

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    completed a patch job on a pals t4 the other week and thought i would share a few pics showing how bad these things rot!:o
     
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  2. james butler

    james butler Member

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    so hammered and cut away to remove the holy rusty metal!
     
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  3. james butler

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    then started a weldathon to awfully thin metal, i really did wonder how far back this metal was going to need cutting back before we found any good metal to weld to:vsad: especially as it was supposed to be a patch job!
    seam sealed and zinc primed to help protect it before the owner sone chipped it all then painted with body coloured paint.
    the great news is it went through the mot no issues this time.
    his tester seems to be very hit and miss with the hammer as he made sure my repair jobs wernt bodges and damaged all the fresh paint :vsad: so hes gone over it again with some more paint.
    seems a bit odd to me
     
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  4. james butler

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    hated every second of it as it was so very rusty it made the job even more difficult.
    next time i think its definately header for the crusher if new panels arent sourced for complete replacement.
    definately would have been easier!
     
  5. Shedendman

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    Is he still your pal?:laughing:
     
  6. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    shame, mines a 1999 T4, wax oiled from new and all original paint AND original dents.....hahaha...
    like a repaint but it'll end up with dents again.....shame......
    only rotten items are the bumper backing stiffeners......
    just done the swivel seats, Reno Laguna all elec....... DSCN1848.JPG DSCN1849.JPG
     
  7. chris pruteanu Member

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    You think t4's rust bad ? You havent seen a sprinter or a vito yet ? They rust from inside out...
     
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  8. Ruffian Member

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    Left hooker also, where did that one come from originally then?

    @james butler to be fair I have seen t4's a lot worse than that. Yes it's a pain job to do but looks like you did well by replacing that much of it.

    As for sprinters and Vito.
    They are horrific. Pair of inner and outer sills on a Vito with outriggers and floor edges.
    That's a week of my life I never want to do again.
     
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  9. Kayos

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    Never understood the VW fascination, I'd have let it rot
     
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  10. Cobbler

    Cobbler Codger bodger

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    To be fair to the T4, it must be at least 15 years old.
     
  11. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    I was under the impression that Testers were no longer allowed to wield hammers or screwdrivers when checking? Maybe @doubleboost can confirm this or otherwise?
     
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  12. doubleboost

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    Finger and thumb pressure
    Light tapping and scraping with the approved corrosion assessment tool
    You can use a screw driver type tool for hard to reach areas
     
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  13. CompoSimmonite Member

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    Have you driven one - your right foot has to be twisted sideways to work the accelerator !
     
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  14. armalites Member

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    What is interesting is how many people who like Land Rovers also like old VWs. You obviously aren't one of them :laughing:

    There isn't a van out there that hold money like the VW do.
     
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  15. frank horton

    frank horton V twins are great but 4"s rule.........

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    mine was originally from Holland, proper moulded partion/bulkhead...bought in France about 4 years ago......it will move with us to Crete this Sept.....
    our forever car.....
    reason for buying, NO ELECTRONICS, 5 seats and van space....wont loose money...plenty of easy to find and cheap parts.....
    enough said I think....oh, and hate anything Land Rover after series 2.....
     
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  16. chris pruteanu Member

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    The t4 is by far the most reliable van Volkswagen brought to date...my combi is only 150k km and looks and drives really good ! It doesn’t have rot yet...
     
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  17. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Thats a really clean one:thumbup:
    Mines a 1996 and never seen an inch of mig wire...i have just sorted the motor after belt got thrown...its the 2.5 TDI 5 holer:)
     
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  18. Kayos

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    Never liked any VW, the 2 year old Transporter I had was the most boring, underpowered, under specced and over rated thing I've ever driven. I also caught it on a gate post and opened the side like a tin can
     
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  19. james butler

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    the thing is from the outside the van looked really clean, the only give away was a rust bubble on the inside part of the side door step.
    you had to get under ther vehicle to really see the damage.
    bit like biting into a shiny apple and finding the core rotton:vsad:
    that said its also had to have a gearbox rebuild shortly after he bought it so i think its been mistreated in a previous life before being a camper combi thing.
     
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  20. james butler

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    i like vws i really do but when i went to buy a caddy and specked it out how i wanted it i nearly fell over when they told me how much:o so i trundled down to ford and bought a fully specked ford for half the price.
    at least with a ford i expect it to rust:laughing:
     
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