@Burdekin That's going to keep you out of langour over the holidays.
Yep certainly will.
at least its warm and dry for you in there
plenty of plug points and still not long enough to reach lol
Did some sanding over the weekend but forgot to take a pic, still got the roof to do for the first pass with 80 grit. Bit of old rust on the chassis near the hitch which I’ll cut out and weld some new metal in. Took out the old knackered hitch shock and will order a new one. Small repair on the front cover section and have started filling the few dents on the body. Still a few days of prep to do before I paint her. I was originally going to prime and then flat, prime and topcoat but too much work so will prime and topcoat in one go. All the exterior lights need replacing and the jockey wheel but so far no real issues.
Started the A frame repairs after work today. The chassis is about 2mm but didn’t have any so used 3mm. My Gabro folder wouldn’t handle bending 3mm over that length so just cut out the rusty bits and started welding in new metal. There’s another repair to be done on the opposite side and a strengthener under the caravan is bulging due to rust so will fix that too and that will be the welding done. Will see how I go for time this week after work but would be good to get the welding done this week.
While I’m there is there any additional strengthening is recommended?
A couple of pics of my sanding progress from the weekend.
looking good there a good job that ceiling is pretty high though some pics it looks closer to the ceiling and other pics it dosnt
while your there check the a frame at the join of the caravan they tend to go there as well due to the weather and flow off your car as you drive along
certainly looks like your enjoying that workshop now
There's enough room to sand and paint the roof so that's good.
Will check the fixings when under the van. Will check everything is fine under the van while I have it in the workshop.
Colour matching the Volvo paint on the van?
Not really, staying with white and cream but may be close to the Amazon colour. I don't actually like the Caravan and car being the same, so not for me that style.
Old English White is a typical period colour, although I think that the Vikings were two tone?
Flame red and orange is the seasonal colour in Dorset in Summer.
Just joking, the rebuild is looking good.
Was that style van fitted with the nasty double lip window seal?
This is the colour scheme and will stay two tone. White and cream
That's the paint delivered to my work. Jotun 87 for the primer and Hardtop HB for the topcoat. Should do the job nicely.
Would they clean up in an electrolysis bath, or are they too 'ripe'?
Why is the middle rubbing strip along the side slightly higher than the strip at either end that's just under the window ? All the other trim lines seem to line up, that middle one would bug me.
Nah the exterior lights are common and easy to get and have ordered new ones. The chrome number plate light is actually from a mini and cost a whole £6.
As much as that!!?
Do you really expect me to know? That trim only adds some strength to the aluminium panel so no idea why they didn’t align them.
I know I was surprised, who would have thought old mini parts were so expensive.
Welding done and applied a coat of Jotamastic 80, will give it at least one more coat. It created a lot of dust sanding the chassis frame and was vacuuming it up after but still more vacuuming and cleaning needed. The new hitch damper arrived so put that back in. Hope to get back on doing some sanding on Boxing Day.
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