I bought this about 2 months ago from a damaged vehicle auction for not very much. Always liked the look of them, and this one was less than 12 months old, with only 11000kms on the clock. Has taken a good hit to the LH side from the LH side, and this has pushed the LH chassis leg across to the right, and given it a good bend in the process. Triggered all of the airbags. Strangely enough, it still drove fine, with no suspension damage.
I have stripped it back, and have the parts to repair it now. It will be going in for repairs in about 2 weeks.
Interestingly, it is FWD, but I am quite sure it is based on the old Mk6/7 SWB floorpan. The engine bay is MASSIVE! You could fit a straight 6 engine in there and make it RWD, if you were that way inclined
The Custom is a stand alone model, different from Mk6/7, nice vans though.
Yes it is a different van. But had a good look at a Mk7 today (RWD) and the floorpan and front suspension is almost identical, many parts are shared. A bit like the Mk2 to Mk3 transition I guess? Didnt expect that.
NZ is going into complete lockdown tomorrow for at least 4 weeks to try and slow down the spread of COVID-19, so I will have a bit of spare time on my hands. Apart from a garage full of Mk1's and Mk2's, I thought I would take a little time and get this thread up to date. Gives me something to do, and you guys hopefully something interesting to read if you end up locked up at home.(which by the way I think is a good idea given the circumstances of this nasty virus!)
So onwards with the story.....
Before the stripdown, I had bought a set of projector Halogen lights, to replace the broken base halogens. Gave them a quick test to see if they would work, they did!
Then the stripdown began. Everything forward of the bulkhead was removed, as well as the subframe and front suspension.
You can see in these next pictures the LH chassis rail is quite bent!
Okay I am going to fast forward this story a bit to two weeks ago, just before lockdown. I had completely stripped EVERYTHING out of the engine bay, and took a lot of pics. But my computer crashed and I lost everything, hence the fast fwd. LH chassis rail was completely replaced, it ends at the subframe mount. This also required a new subframe mount, as you need to pick that off first. New inner wing and all of the various brackets, reinforcements etc. RH chassis rail just needed a new end cap welded on. Here are a few pics of it on the chassis machine, prior to heading off for paint. Which won't happen now until lockdown ends, and we can all get back to work! :?
Is the chassis jig at work? It should keep you busy as a project for a little while anyway!
no that is at the Panelbeater's shop that does my work for me. That is a project post-lockdown, and will become my daily driver once finished.The Mk1's and Mk2's are all at home, and they are keeping me busy in this downtime
All repaired, painted and back home now. Ended up doing a full repaint, as every panel except the side loading door had paint or panel damage (although minor) Just in the process of nailing it back together.
Fancy a chinwag? This live chat box is just for you!
aussiebob: very little rust rear wheel arch needs respray and minor panel beating/250 alloy head motor/upgraded front disc brakes/ running dedicated lp gas/zl fairlane alloy wheels
Nov 7, 2019 5:41:32 GMT 1
aussiebob: due to age and finances i have to put my sundowner for sale; auto/power steering ,disc brake rear axle,e
Nov 7, 2019 5:37:16 GMT 1
paultransit81: hi guys. have been reading some of your posts . I'm glad I live down under .. rust isn't our enemy . the sun is .. keep on keeping on.. transits rockin roll
Oct 11, 2019 12:19:23 GMT 1
paultransit81: mk1 transit standard doors rubber kit available rare spares aust
Oct 3, 2019 10:24:12 GMT 1
cortinae: Long shot aiming at my painting friends Got my screen out my MK 2 transit and for the love of god can not find the paint code for the metal part of the dashboard any ideas , went to paint shop and all the young guy kept saying can you not bring it in no it
Aug 24, 2019 22:02:15 GMT 1
soapysmith: Hi all, a friend of mine, whose husband died last year, has dropped in a cd with pictures of some MK1 bits. I see she has a diesel bonnet and grille assy. I also spotted a front axle with disc brakes. Anybody interested in anything?I am away for a few days
Aug 8, 2019 20:31:16 GMT 1
magnum: hello all new member magnum
Jun 12, 2019 18:20:49 GMT 1
FredTransit: Hello jonnochap!
Jan 25, 2019 22:18:33 GMT 1
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