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Sam the T2 Swagman

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Nozza, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    About a 25km tour in Sam this morning.
    Filled up with petrol, went past the beach to note Melbourne weather was back to normal.

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    Racks carried the 12' board no worries.
    Went to Coles and Super Cheap Auto and purchased cleaning products of various types.
    Had a go at the whitewall / bluewall tyres with Jiff and a scrubbing brush.
    More blue came off, but I'm still not satisfied with them.

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    I might be seeing blue that isn't there.
    Was going to take on the pop top canvass with Exit Mould, but got a realistic grip on time available and tackled the dash with cleaner and then Armourall.
    The black crap that came off was substantial.

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    Tried to polish rust off the wiper arms with Silvo, the bottom bit cleaned up well but the thin arms were more resistant.
    Worried I would break them.
    Need to spend about a week full time cleaning bits inside and out.
    I've put the Just Kampers Rock and Roll Bed in, but it doesn't look very comfortable and I'm not sure how to turn it in to a bed.

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  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Maybe you have it upside down
     
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  3. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Now there's the value of this forum - good, practical advice when you need it...….
     
  4. tintop

    tintop Active Member

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    can see most of your pics but not one of the rock and roll bed
     
  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Need xray vision for this one tintop;). Look in the box:cool:.
    Cheers
     
  6. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Having diverted via the Swagman thread of late, get things back on track here.
    Preparing Sam for his first long (ish) trip to Phillip Island for the stupid football long weekend.
    Fitted some luxury sheep skin covers to Lucky Phil's seats.

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    Fridge loaded and primed...

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    Gear in the back...

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    Consulted the instructions on the Retrosound radio.
    They seemed to be for a slightly different model, but managed to fumble my way through, set the clock, found the aux input hidden around the handbake....

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    Airconditioning installed and checked...

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    OC1 on the roof, board already down there...

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    Shame Melbourne weather is going to be, well, Melbournish.
    Looking forward to it anyway.
     
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  7. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought it was a meditation seat :rolleyes:
     
  8. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Ready for the first big (well, 130km) trip.
    Coffee, Ipod plugged in....

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    Managed to sit on an indicated 80km/h on the freeway, which I suspect was probably about 90 - 95 judging by the speed of other traffic.
    Even had to overtake a Toyota van, reaching an indicated 90 km/h at one point.
    Torrential rain near Grantvill added a new dimension.

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    The wipers not actually spending much time in contact with the glass.

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    Interesting fountains from the still open bolt holes from the old seats too.
    Arrived in not much over my normal time for the trip.

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    Unloaded and tucked in to the car port for an afternoon of cleaning.

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  9. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Had planned to start scrubbing the pop top, but the weather was better suited to the interior, in the car port.
    Several hours with general purpose cleaner, Jiff, Windex, scrubbing brush and rags.
    Cleaned mud out of sliding window tracks, interior, general scrub through.

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    Cleaned mud out from shelves under the roof.

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    Fibreglass furniture run I thought was going to need re painting scrubbed up well.
    Will only do a few chip repairs now.

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  10. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Wipers not making proper contact could be because the arms are bent &/or the blade holders old and not holding the blade correctly against the screen :rolleyes:
     
  11. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Got a shipment of parts last week with new arms, blades etc.
    Next job.
     
  12. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Moved on to the pop top roof yesterday.
    Had previously been waterblasted to remove live growing things, moss, mould etc.
    Still looked terrible.
    Tried more water blasting, scrubbing brush, Jiff with scrubbing brush, ended up with a Scotchbrite scourer and Jiff.
    Didn't take a "before" picture, this is about half way through where I gave up yesterday.

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    Tedious to say the least, and the Jiff and algae soup that resulted from the scrubbing was happy to re stain the top.
    Back to it this morning, hands like prunes by the end of it.

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    Worth it in the end
     
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  13. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Sick of cleaning, late afternoon cruise to the Nobbies and Coast Road, back past Grossard Point.

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  14. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    There are some out there who just love the lichens growing over their kombi :eek: ..... the more the better :rolleyes: ...... exhibits it's been abandoned for many years and they've rescued it;)
     
  15. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Back in Melbourne, time to find out what's in the box of the Just Kampers bed that has been holding down the temporary flooring in the back of Sam.
    Lifted the box up to my board loft and unpacked.






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    Someone from work suggested this looks like the photo before the drug mule denies knowing what was in her luggage.
    Consulted the instructions...

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    Which without being too negative, could be a lot better.
    The instructions list parts a, b, c, d, but nothing is labelled.
    Even the crap Fantastic Furniture flat pack garbage from China manage to label bits.
    And a, and b, are popular labels for many bits.
    Decided to ignore the "cutting to size" bit, and see if I could make something resembling a seat or bed, ignoring the width it might need to be to fit in my van.
    Tried to lay out bits like the pictures.
    Some better indication of which way up things go would be good.

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    Try and put the fixed base together.

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    Still not sure which way up the other bits go, but there is really only one way it will fit together.

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    So far so good, but the pictures in my instructions didn't have the latches on them, which was confusing.
    Note I am still at full width as I haven't cut anything.
    After a bit of confusion, piece the rest together.

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    And I have made something that looks a bit like a seat.

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    All my expectations of horror stories seemed to have been unfounded...…

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  16. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Had to supplier your own spanner;). Looks like a seat to me,good start.:)
     
  17. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nozza,
    Seems like MK2 is an improvement especially if you can do it without instructions;). Instructions were included on the wrapping paper;). You may have missed it as it was in another language:mad:! & why would you want parts labelled:rolleyes:. Would take away the satisfaction of completion without help;).
    Well done:). Now for the 'cut to size' bit:oops:.
    Cheers
     
  18. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Looking good mate :cool:
    I bought a polishing machine from Repco.....sort of looks like a grinder with a swivel head....and used cutting compound on my pop top.....came up a treat with minimal effort. Finished off with a good polish and wax, nothing else required.
    Btw.....I used. my ROK for the first time at Old Bar. Fantastic! Particularly like using my own grind from home and no plastic waste....thanks for the info.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  19. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome - this camper is looking sensational.

    I would suggest you get a GPS to use as a speedo.

    They are cheap and way more accurate than what you 45 year old speed will show.
     
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  20. Nozza

    Nozza Active Member

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    Found a speedo app. for my phone - the 45 year old cable is actually OK up to just under 80, then it tails off rapidly
    Back to my seatish looking thing....
    Measured the width in the van, calculated what I needed, of a 600mm long bar I needed 170mm.
    Re assuring I could stuff this up repeatedly without it becoming mission critical.
    Also discovered I only had to cut one bar, the other 5 would disappear in to the sides.
    Cut my bar, put self drilling screws in to hold the width, measured the fixed base, squared as best I could, screwed the seat base and back.
    At this stage I had the thought my seat shaped thing was possibly looking a bit laid back.

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    Lifted down from the loft to offer up to Sam.

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    It was much easier to lift the seat in a box up than the assembled one down.
    In to the van, discovered my width measuring hadn't allowed for the body tapering in as it went up.
    After scratching the newly painted cupboards, got it in and in position.
    And checked the table top / door would still come off.

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    Still looking very laid back.
    Temporarily screwed to the floor, it wouldn't unfold.

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    Baffled.
    Lifted it out, swore.
    Warning, mild offensive language may follow.
    Looked at the instructions, found that the third unlabelled part A was longer than the third unlabelled part B.

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    By 1mm.
    I had randomly assembled with A and B reversed.
    The difference in length is hard to notice, and some labelling, maybe "TOP" and "BOTTOM" would be good.
    Dissasembled, reversed the stays, re assembled, back in the van.
    Still no unfold.

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    At this point, if I could have easily lifted the seat / bed thing, I would have hurled it across the factory and gone home.
    Calmed myself, looked at things like I probably should have back in the loft, and realised the hinges on the back needed to be fitted inside the hinges for the base with the stays outside everything for the stays to slide past the hinges. Obvious now, but a note "The back hinges go inside the seat hinges, and the other bits go on the outside" would have been nice.
    After what seemed like the 20th disassembly, with burred allan key bolts everywhere, width adjusments to the seat and the back, and aforementioned moderate course language, back in the van.

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    And it unfolded.

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    Almost.
    Not quite flat, and the prop things that are meant to support the front of the bed didn't quite reach the bar they were meant to rest on.
    But cause for sitting in the door of Sam and having several beers.
     
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