i got a bit more done with this one for the last while, its gettin there now.
got the front crossmember finished and got the tubes welded in to take the bumper bracket bolts.
fitted the twin wheel hubs so i can fit the 15" wheels to see how they sit with the wings.
took the front off again to finish off all the welding underneath and got all the other welding around the cab finished.
next job is to get the cab blasted, etch and epoxy primed before refitting the front for the last time. hope to get this done soon if this dry spell of weather lasts.
meanwhile inside the cab i got the steering column mocked up with the cowlings etc and finished.
and i also tackled another job ive been avoiding for ages!! the headlining was in bad shape, torn in a few places and i was unsure what to do with it. well i bit the bullet and ripped it out the other day. the scrap cab i got the pillars from has a good headlining and dented unuseable roof so im gonna try and cut the roof off from the top and carefully pick the lining from that one.
it took a while to get all the bits of material out of the toothed track but i was glad i took it out as the inside of the roof is in good order with only a wee bit of rust at the front behind the screen which just needs a clean and paint.
im lookin forward to gettin it blasted and primed. it should give a good push to get on with getting the front panels on and getting her away for paint.
thanks for the comments guys. ya those headlinings are a pain to deal with alrite. the sides and back section are attached using the same system as a 2dr mk1 escort and many others too i imagine. the material is tucked up into a track with teeth inside which wont let it back down without tearing. as this one was ripped anyway i just tore it out and using a large flat screwdriver i just widened out the track a bit to make it easier to tease out the torn pieces of material. you can see in one of the pics i used a piece of metal wire to get it all out. the track is easily closed back in with a mallet.
as i said to remove the lining from the scrap cab i intend to cut off the roof skin from the top and carefully slit through the track with a small slitting disc hopefully releasing the lining if i dont set it on fire, lol!!
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not a huge update by any means, just been doing the last few wee bits to it before blasting and priming.
the recent spell of dry weather has spurred me on to try and get it blasted asap.
we had made a total new back chassis section for this truck before doing the cab swap after i got my hands on three 8 foot sections of folded 3mm guage steel from the place where my mate works. turns out they were bent 5mm too narrow for a job they were doing but almost identical to transit chassis dimensions. and best part of all they came for 20 euro a piece so i was more than happy!!
just had to weld in crush tubes for the bolts, new shock brackets and side sheets and that was my new chassis.
but now looking at the chassis after doin the cab swap there was one section of original chassis left each side between the new section and mk4 section that looked a bit dodgy having a suspect looking repair done before. so as all the rest had been replaced we thought we mite as well get some new steel in here too, so out came the grinder again!!
rather than re using the old tank hanger brackets which were gone a bit thin, two nice new ones were made up and fitted from heavier guage material. looks the job now.
while lookin for more work to do i also dealt with another rust trap on these vans. the wee joiners on the roof gutters as seen here on my mk2 van. always seem to breed rust!!
so i wiped em off the mk1 and welded in solid sections in theyre place. hopefully it will help the rust situation.
i seem to keep finding more bits to do with this thing but hopefully the next update will be primer stage!!
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