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Post by debbie on Thu 8 May 2014 - 7:13

I bought my van as a project for me to do, and I duly started to refurbish it. So I went to Weston Park and enjoyed the rally, but because of what I found out about the van, I decided to do a complete rebuild. The van is the noisiest van I have ever had, ( road noise ) and it is a very cold van. At Weston we did have some cold nights and I really felt it, and the double glazed windows were a joke. So I am deconstructing at the moment and finding all the dirty tricks that manufacturers get up to, like screws that come from the outside into furniture, and the electrical system, which at best is chaotic. The gas cupboard is a one piece fibre glass molding, but from the dirt round the edges is not sealed to the wall. I will be retaining the floor, but trimming approx 3" of both sides which should get rid of any dry rot, and losing the overcab bed and opting for storage space, and redefining the roof line, which hopefully will make it a tad more aero-dynamic. A lot to do, so no rallys for me at the moment, but my plan is to make a warm, comfortable and practical van.

started on Monday
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I found this above the overhead kitchen cupboard, manufacturers carefully prepared hole, the grey in the hole is the roof aluminum
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One of the top corners of the overcab bed. One of the problems with plastic coated walls is the damp being held back, so by the time it does show, it is usually too late.
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Post by Leapy on Thu 8 May 2014 - 7:31

wow - a major job then!
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Post by elldwin on Thu 8 May 2014 - 7:47

Wow Debbie what a project looking forward to seeing it when you have finished it. 

Keep posting pictures on here.
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Post by The Burchies on Thu 8 May 2014 - 8:09

Glad to see you've got the project started Debbie, when we were at weston meet you showed me around & told me your plans for the van, good luck with it & look forward to seeing you & the van in the near future. Mark.
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Post by Quicksam on Thu 8 May 2014 - 10:21

Lots to do - good luck with it - keep posting the pictures   
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Post by debbie on Thu 8 May 2014 - 18:02

Today was getting the rest of the kitchen out, a lot of rusty screws here, and the method of construction was unnecessarily complicated. My motto is, make it strong, but keep it simple.
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So now for another trip to the recycling plant.
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and not a sign of Voringer anywhere, no wonder its so heavy!
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Post by Tugga on Fri 9 May 2014 - 21:04

Debbie, where has your motorhome gone??   Very Happy 

That looks drastic, but bet it will be fab when its put back together again.  Good Luck  Very Happy
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Post by Techno100 on Fri 9 May 2014 - 21:30

What a woman !
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Fri 9 May 2014 - 21:34

Barb n me have every faith in your project Debbie, good luck with it, I assume you have got you project undercover now
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Post by debbie on Sat 10 May 2014 - 5:56

Not yet Bob, I have got use of a barn, but I would need to buy a banger to get to it. Am waiting for word from a local coach company within walking distance, and on a bus route. I've got all the interior out and need one more trip to the recycle centre, then I will be ready to start taking the body down. Once I have a watertight shell, I will be able to do the fitout at home.
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Post by dogman on Sun 11 May 2014 - 9:56

Techno100 wrote:What a woman !
Indeed.
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Re: Rebuild

Post by debbie on Fri 16 May 2014 - 18:17

Today I removed the waste water tank, not too easy as the nuts were a tad rusty. Glad I wasn't under it, as it had a blockage, and when it landed, it emptied the most foul, disgusting yuk out, good job I park on a bit of a slope! Then I did a little work on my Truma heater with a wire brush. Treated it to some Kurust and a coat of zinc 182 paint.

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Hoping to get the van under cover next week and start taking the body off, what fun.
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Post by Don Quixote. on Fri 16 May 2014 - 19:02

Respect thats all I have to say, following with great interest.
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Post by SandJ on Fri 16 May 2014 - 21:51

Debbie all I can say is you have many of us glued to your updates. Well done and keep us updated
Respect is an apt word! Envy is another apt word!
I wish is a couple of words.... In other words...I wish ... I could.... Good luck with the re-build and keep us informed xx
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Post by debbie on Sat 17 May 2014 - 14:05

There are hundreds of little jobs, the ones that seem to take forever to get done, so here's another little job that got done, this is the hole in the floor where the heater sits. the gas supply comes here and air is drawn into the combustion chamber, and the position of the hole dictates positioning of the cupboard surrounding the heater.

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Post by debbie on Thu 22 May 2014 - 7:05

Stage 2 now begins, initially it is slow going as I need to recover some things like the door, and locker doors, and possibly some roof timbers. Found a lot of dry rot round the step and as I suspected, the overcab bed has its fair share.

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Post by Leapy on Thu 22 May 2014 - 7:18

Not likely to see you out and about for a while then lol!!
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Re: Rebuild

Post by debbie on Thu 22 May 2014 - 7:38

If all goes well, maybe later this year for an autumnal rally!
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Thu 22 May 2014 - 7:42

good luck with the rebuild Debbie, hope it all goes well.

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Post by debbie on Fri 23 May 2014 - 14:20

I think I found where the damp was coming in.............

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I wasn't even aware of this dry rot, it was hidden
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Fri 23 May 2014 - 14:47

That does not look good Debbie but I am sure with your skills you will sort it all out.
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Post by debbie on Mon 26 May 2014 - 16:29

Well I am making progress, the roof came of with a fight, but the walls were a lot easier.

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I've started trimming the floor, using the wheel arches as my reference.
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These are some structural timbers
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Post by KSH on Mon 26 May 2014 - 16:34

Keep em coming, your doing a good job there Debbie, credit to you  Very Happy 

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Post by debbie on Mon 26 May 2014 - 16:37

Cheers Ken.
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Post by KSH on Mon 26 May 2014 - 16:49

At this rate you will be with us at Marbury park in Aug Very Happy

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Mon 26 May 2014 - 18:03

Great work Debbie, if you can call scrapping a m/h great  Rolling Eyes  its amazing what you have done and found, keep up the hard work and we will see you before you know in a spanking new "warm/dry" m/h
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Post by The Burchies on Mon 26 May 2014 - 18:37

That's great Debbie, now you can see what you're working with!.
Onwards & upwards.
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Post by Polly on Mon 26 May 2014 - 19:04

Hia

I don't think it is a rebuild

I think you are building a motorhome

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Post by Don Quixote. on Mon 26 May 2014 - 21:21

Debbie, this is one story I'm following with bated breath, every picture tells a story as they say. WELL done you.
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Post by debbie on Tue 27 May 2014 - 16:17

Not much to show today, despite being at it all day, had to remove four rusty nuts on the rear frame. I chased a " little " dry rot out of the rear corner and then discovered that I would have to repair both rear corners, no point in burying trouble, cos it would surface somewhere down the line. Started on the framework with timbers recovered in the pull down, so tomorrow will confirm my timber order, and start building in ernest.

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Tue 27 May 2014 - 17:23

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Doing a great job and it will dry/damp rot free when you have completed the rebuild, respect
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Post by debbie on Tue 27 May 2014 - 18:03

Thanks Bob, had a funny feeling that the cooker was not quite as it should be, explains why the egg pan kept falling off!
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Post by Polly on Tue 27 May 2014 - 20:25

Hia

Goodness all this energy
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Post by debbie on Tue 27 May 2014 - 20:49

Red Bull, Pro-plus, Philosan, them things with friendly bacteria, hot baths to ease the pain. LOL
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Tue 27 May 2014 - 22:03

debbielectric wrote:Red Bull, Pro-plus, Philosan, them things with friendly bacteria, hot baths to ease the pain. LOL

and the desire to have the m/h you want, not something some pimple faced kid in a design office thinks we should have.
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Post by debbie on Thu 29 May 2014 - 18:13

My timber arrived just before lunch, so now I can start. The floor is framed and strengthened and I've started on the door frame and step, so slowly it begins to rise.

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The timber is treated, so hopefully it will last.

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Thu 29 May 2014 - 19:52

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Post by debbie on Thu 29 May 2014 - 21:12

Forgot to mention, allways measure twice, and because I measured it, better measure it twice more, then just for good measure, check the plan and measure again!
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Post by debbie on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:45

OK today was a step in the right direction
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Sorry about that! Then did a trial fit of the door to check that it will fit the new dimensions
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And this step will be insulated, unlike the original one
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Post by The Burchies on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:56

You clever thing you, it's coming together quicker than I thought it would.
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Post by dogman on Fri 30 May 2014 - 18:59

Yes, a step at a time.
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Post by debbie on Sat 31 May 2014 - 22:12

Thanks to Ken for help in sorting pictures. Had to use my phone as forgot to take camera, and they were upside down! More work on the frame and I am now seeing the shape emerge. Start on the overcab section next.
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Post by debbie on Mon 2 Jun 2014 - 17:40

Today was a keep fit day......I was up and down them step ladders like a flippin YO YO. But I got the overcab framework up.
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Post by The Burchies on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 12:54

Is that low profile Debbie or is there just enough room too sleep?
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Post by debbie on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 21:15

Its low profile Mark, but it gives me some nice storage space, and hopefully will cut through the air slightly better than before, but not expecting miracles.
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Post by debbie on Mon 9 Jun 2014 - 15:51

Now I have started the cladding process, and adding support framing as necessary, and trimming the fibre glass which is a filthy job!
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Post by debbie on Mon 9 Jun 2014 - 15:52

Don't know what happened to that top picture, hope Ken can right it!
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Post by Don Quixote. on Mon 9 Jun 2014 - 15:56

Looks great, like the way you have the door opening towards drivers door, thats a better way for me. Enjoying the pictures.
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Post by debbie on Mon 9 Jun 2014 - 18:18

Thanks Ken
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Post by debbie on Fri 13 Jun 2014 - 16:24

Work is still going ahead steadily, so here's a shot in the sun
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I am now working on the cab surround, a mixture of curves and straight edges, such fun, but I am pleased with the progress, and I do like the new lines of the van. But that of course is in the eye of the beholder.
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