The guys have had there work cut out just replacing the rusted sections, the worst of which has been the two inch channel that runs the entire perimeter of the rear floor.
It seems the old roof must have been leaking behind the wall panels and pooling up around the floor to outer skin area which has had to be replaced all the way around.
The rust has penetrated the outer skin on both sides and someone has put a new arch on the drivers rear but not welded the rotten inner arch so the outside is not connected to the floor causing the sides to flex and vibrate. It sounds like a big drum as soon as it goes over 5mph.
Ric's done a great job of replacing the side sections. The rear floor perimeter and re-doing the rear arch. Trying to replace so much whilst maintaining the panel lines and shape is a big undertaking for anyone.
This is the passenger side when I got the van. Full of filler, and we know why now.
Then cut out and replaced
Now the body shop have worked there magic:
Next time I'll get pics of the drivers side, that was much worse.
Thanks Muttley, quality workmanship on Fred's famous transit.
I'm on the fence as far as the flat front/bullnose goes. Obviously I prefer the diesel bullnose look on this one, it seems the flat front is more pretty and compact where as the bullnose seems more rugged and commercial. Just my opinion, each to there own. I must say that had the van been the 60s style front like the one below I would have kept it flat because that look is timeless.
Behind the drivers seat under the floor is a hole that I think the previous owners must have installed for a leisure battery or water tank or something. So we are going to repurpose it and put a new gel battery and re-route the cables so no need for a battery under the bonnet. More room and less clutter for the conversion.
Has anybody on here heard of or had any experience with banded steel wheels? I was thinking of having the wheels widening by two or three inches to fill the arches better and give me the bigger tyres. Been referred to a company in Essex called bandedsteels but I'm wondering if they are dangerous/legal?
That would certainly give you a good workout when parking in a tight spot. I had 205 tyres on the front and droped them down to 195 for that reason. They where originally designed for crossplys which had a lot less rubber on the road than radials. Wonder what year radials became standard?
aussiebob: Hi Conrod all the best for 2019 the strips look the part please let me know when you have sorted out the final details with them and i will arrange payment for a set. Regards
Jan 21, 2019 5:53:45 GMT 1
FredTransit: Captbingo like the pics, you need to put them in a thread as posts here drop off and don't gert seen eventually
May 22, 2018 10:43:52 GMT 1
captbingo: Getting the hang of postimage- chose wrong option last time! Hopefully here's the photos at last!
May 9, 2018 17:22:38 GMT 1
captbingo: Thought I'd post a 1st photo of newly acquired MK12.5 diesel 1977 Camping Car. Found in France, been a a barn for 3 years, but starts & drives! Blurry 'Eck. What have I started now. s5.postimg.cc/igox1s
May 9, 2018 16:52:25 GMT 1
captbingo: Allo Allo. Just acquired a MK 1 1977 2.5 diesel Camping Car. Its RHD UK Reg, but in SW France, a virtual 'Barn-Find' but starts/runs & only minimal corrosion. Lots to do though. Thought I'd say hello & will add photos later. Capt Bingo
May 9, 2018 16:37:50 GMT 1
patstevens: Loking for some parts for new project build.cab doors .side loader and pair of twin wheeler rear arches
Apr 5, 2018 0:47:21 GMT 1
sean130868: whats the value on 1980 stripped out camper tidy van with MOT any ideas?
Jan 29, 2018 16:44:57 GMT 1
rckybrook: Hi. My Mk1 has a declared date of manufacture on the V5 as 1978. It was first registered abroad, and registered in the UK November 1978(it is RHD by the way). However, the engine plate in the drivers foot well has the build year stamped as 77, and if I dec
Jan 24, 2018 14:17:37 GMT 1
russellhoman: Ihave been undertaking a long term renovation of a 1977 mk1 transit motor caravan sometimes on the road sometimes off this has cost lots of money, recently a completely selfish so called fan of mk1 transits stole rare engine parts from it info please
Nov 8, 2017 8:17:23 GMT 1
russellhoman: I have been undertaking a long term renovation of a 1977 mk1 transit motor caravan sometimes on the road sometimes off this has cost lots of money, recently a completely selfish so called fan of mk1 transits stole rare engine parts from it info please
Nov 6, 2017 20:16:38 GMT 1
davejake: hi does anyone have front brake shoes for a 1976 35 cwt
Jul 29, 2017 23:19:42 GMT 1
k3vyn: Hello All, Brought a Mk2 1978 Ci Motorhome for restoration and so excited and happy to be here.
Jul 9, 2017 7:40:56 GMT 1
justcruiser: Hi I have a French lhd mk1 bull nose and was going to convert it to rhd but have found a 1978 a series lhd does anyone now whitch steering box would fit ie transit etc
Mar 6, 2017 20:49:56 GMT 1
potentialproject: Sadly need, to sell my pickup, photos on classic car site uk. It's in Portugal. If anyone on here wants it. It's 2500, with a free weeks accomadation thrown in. Regretful sale. Thanks
Jan 16, 2017 13:44:04 GMT 1