Viking Caravan Winter Project

  1. Paul.

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  2. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Eat your heart out boy racers, my 1971 caravan has independent rear suspension with coilovers. ;-)

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  3. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Sad but very funny. The OP had a good sense of humour
     
  4. Burdekin

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    I was over this afternoon doing a bit more prep for painting and needed to do the wheel arches so took the wheels off, all not too bad. I now have the dilemma do I take the suspension out and clean it all up, rebush and fit new dampeners if I can source them.

    The wheels are rusty on the inside would probably be okay with sandblasting but does anyone know if they are available new, 140mm pcd I think? Needs new tyres too, brakes need checking but at the moment work fine.

    Some pics of the inside and 3 possible floor choices. It's Amtico.
     
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  5. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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  6. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    More prep but getting closer to getting ready to paint. Took the windows out, the front had been bodged up a bit so fixed that. Put some paint on the repaired corners and am happy how well they turned out. Also put some paint on the two trim areas so I can put the trims back on before painting properly. Been lots of wee jobs to fix things.


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  7. postie jon Member

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    you mentioned heating earlier on, we stayed in ours for 5months over the winter until our house was built, no heating except 3 labradors cosy .....
     
  8. Nick67GT

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    Great thread @Burdekin.

    I’m a fan if vintage caravans as well and think the roofline and front window arrangement on your Viking looks fantastic.

    Can’t wait to see the body finished in your chosen colour.

    I’ve just spotted one of my pet hates though - jacks without any addional support.

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    Please, please try and put some additional solid support in there somehow, so if it does slip off, anyone working on the structure or brakes / suspension won’t get injured in any way.

    It’s also good practice so as not to rely on the corner steadies, which may not exactly be up to the job.

    Thanks for taking up my comment in the friendly manner it’s been made :thumbup:
     
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  9. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    It’s on 4 1t jacks, the 4 stablers and bricks under the A section. She only weighs 600kg.
     
  10. slim_boy_fat

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    Bricks can shatter, better with sleeper offcuts - although you're well 'belt & braces'd already. :)
     
  11. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    They're high density concrete blocks supporting not much weight and are what they are desugned for, supporting compressive loads. There's probably a safety factor of 10 or more supporting a caravan that I'm not working under.
     
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  12. slim_boy_fat

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  13. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Well I’m sick of screws. Replacing all of the external screws and putting on some PU adhesive on every one. The smaller trim the screws weren’t coming out so I have fitted new screws in between all of the old ones. Sealing it all and all screws now stainless. Still one trim to do, glad I’ve done it but taking much longer than I thought.
     
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  14. slim_boy_fat

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    Aye, it one of those "I'll just do this today" jobs....:(
     
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  15. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Wheels done, what a difference.

    Tweed sent away to get curtains and cushions made.

    3/4 way through sealing the trim.

    The opening window seal is no longer made and alternatives aren’t great so getting the old trim recast and made bespoke.

    Can’t wait to start painting but couple of days of prep still to do I reckon.

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  16. Burdekin

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    I am the slowest masker in the history of maskers.

    Have to paint the van in sections as there isn't enough roof clearance, got the bottom painted today.

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  17. Wallace

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    Looks well, wheels are superb too.:thumbup:
     
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  18. gaz1

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    I can see that you have your speakers plugged in :laughing:

    I do hope your enjoying the music in there that wide space makes it sound much better in there
     
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  19. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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    Still need to sort my iPod.
     
  20. gaz1

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    i know you have done this one before as you present files to it before



    however on some files itunes needs to convert music files before sending them

    this one points to it mp3 to aac format

     
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