as you lot were thinking ive been quiet lately you need not have worried!!!
i had an idea floating around my head for some time and decided to put it into action recently using a mk4 van i got for nought with a very solid front end and chassis legs etc and mk1 chassis/cab i got hold of a while back with only the upper cab in good condition and the lower sections in very poor shape.
i find it easier to conduct these experiments when the project is in bad shape to start with rather than taking an angle grinder to a mint van, lol!! i had done a lot of measuring beforehand and mostly am figuring it out as i go along. having my mate who is a qualified fabricator helping me is also a huge help. its great fun figuring out a lot of this stuff!!
Last Edit: Jan 15, 2014 21:53:27 GMT 1 by oldskooler
you do love a good weld up dontcha! What's gonna happen with the front wheels?
ill be fitting the mk5 twin wheel hubs and brakes etc. the pcd for the early 14" rims is different so ill be redrilling the hubs. it also looks like the the callipers and steering arms ill foul the 14,s slightly but ill deal with that when im there. it will be worth it for the modern brakes and cheap easily available replacement bits.
don't know if this is a sill question or not but what happens about the chassis number?is the mk1 still used or do you go off the mk4?
ill be keeping the idendity of the mk1 to keep it looking proper as i dont want to spoil its appearance with a later reg. the plan is to have it looking as close to original on the outside as possible.
bit more progress on this girl, we got the front end (bulkhead and inner wings) more or less figured out and made up. the original inner wings were shagged so new ones were made up to join onto the mk4 ones. the original plan was to keep the mk1 pedal box setup and run a mk4/mk5 servo and cyl same as my other transit but after some head scratching and mocking up to check column to pedal clearance we managed to graft in the mk4 bulkhead panel and pedal box which will make a massive difference to me and my long legs as it ill leave the pedals a couple of inches further away from me!!! these cabs are tight for room where letting back the seat is concerned so its great to gain a bit the other way and it means using all the more modern bits including the clutch cable.
anyway enough of my waffling, heres a few pics!!!
i have the two lower pillar sections cut from a mk2 cab im breaking which will be fitted next.
heres a few more pics of the latest goings on with this project. its actually coming together pretty good as it turns out. there is a serious amount of "figuring it out as you go along" but so far so good!!
i got my hands on this mk2 cab for breaking recently which was sitting in a shed for 20 yrs but still well rotten in the chassis legs, but had decent lower pillars which were used to replace my fooked ones.
i had a pair of genuine sills i picked up ages ago for 15 quid a piece which was a bit of a result. rather than remove the bracing bars from the cab yet to hang the doors for alignment we took in my mk2 van which has untouched sills and pillars, leveled both vans and projected levels down from the gutter rails of the cab to measure from to get all more or less in the right place. it meant getting a bit of strength back into the cab by fitting the pillars and sills tying it all up before hanging the doors for a check.
huge credit has to go to "frank the fabricator" for making these two back cab corners. they still need to be finished underneath but im delighted with how they came out. these two sections were more or less made from filler (like a lot of parts of the cab) when we stripped it down!!
i also got the mk5 pedal box and mk1/mk5 hybrid steering column mocked up and its working out very nice. i got the upper mk1 section swaged down at the hydraulic hose shop to fit snugly into the mk5 section which makes for a sweet job when its welded up.
the mk1 heater ill just go in there!!
the next job was to drop in the engine to be sure the bulkhead step join didnt throw up any clearance issues. all was good as it turned out.
front panel clearance is good too with room for the di rad along with its own viscous fan id say.
mite not have room for the battery in the original location to use the factory mk5 leads but mite set a box into the inner wing under the servo/master cylinder.
beginning to resemble the finished article a little, although still a long road to go!!
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