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Hilda the desert dual cab.

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by VZR69, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Hello boys and girls, I thought I would share with you the ongoing build photos of my beloved Hilda.
    Because of several other priority projects my old ute has been put on the backburner over and over but eventually we will get her done.
    So I thought I would put up some shots from a few years ago so you could see what we've been up to so far.
    This isn't a 'correct' factory restoration but it will be built for strength and practicality for it's future use as a desert nomad. There are more insane offroad kombis out there but this will be a compromise between a reasonable long distance highway tourer and mud plugging mountain goat.
    I would like to get all the structual stuff and bodywork sorted by the end of the year............
    I think that's what I said last year :)

    Here is a few before we started in all her rusty glory
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    She sure is rough but I'm an optimist
     
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  2. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    It was time to give the old girl some surgery in Lauries factory
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    Metal master Laurie at work, I couldn't do these projects without his craftsmanship
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    Once you start you just have to keep removing the rot
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  3. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Although I admire and appreciate "back to factory correct" restos, if it doesn't suit your needs and future plans to use your Kombi, adapt it as necessary.

    Besides, it's your Kombi, so do what you want with it! :)
     
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  4. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Hilda will be running heavy duty suspension with twin shocks on the rear so some new extended mounts were fabricated
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    Forget flimsy inner and outer sills....... Steel RHS should hold up to some punishment and will make an excellent jacking point (for the whole car)
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  5. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    I also want the interior to be full hose out friendly so a new smooth floor will be in order so we will fit that when everything structual has been blasted and epoxy primed
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    Cheers for now
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  6. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Another one saved - great work.

    The flat floor is good for hosing out but they tend to buckle when you stand on them (with my weight anyway) - thats why they had the ridges - to stiffen them up and not require heavy thick gauge steel to cope with the expected abuse..

    Anyway, it seems to be in the back so not so much of an issue anyway.

    Keep the resto pics coming :D
     
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  7. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Yeah I've thought of the rear floor 'buckling' but with what we have planned that won't be an issue.

    Saving to get all the body blasted now and then we will take it in to the factory for more surgery.
     
  8. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    2 prong jack a kicker ;)
     

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