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Alfies restoration

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by VZR69, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Hi all, it's been a couple of years or so since I was a regular here.
    My son Andrew and I started our restoration business a couple of years ago and it's been flat out ever since.
    We've been doing plenty of kombis amongst other models in our little backyard business.

    Anyway I thought I'd kick off a build thread here and keep you posted on Alfie's makeover.

    Restarted a new Photobucket account so I'm in the process of resizing for the site.

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  2. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    So the owner mr.happy has done a great job of stripping this bus down.
    It's difficult to do a full job when you still have wiring/ mechanical/ dash etc still installed.
    We can work around these things but it's easier with a naked body .

    Alfie is a very honest kombi and is the most rust free and straight one we've tackled so far.
    Apart from the slight accident damage it's been pretty easy repairs with the usual hammer and dolly work with some stud pulling and a bit of shrinking here and there.

    We are just waiting for our spot at the sand blaster so we can get it all in epoxy then the new nose and door skin can be fitted.
    A few hours were spent adjusting the bent a-pillar with it getting close now .

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  3. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Nice work. :)

    BTW, you can select to show “full image”, after you upload images in your posts. ;)

    Means they all show full size in the thread, rather than viewers having to click each thumbnail.
     
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  4. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Cool,' I was wondering how to get the bigger photos.
     
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  6. VZR69

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  7. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    Are you trying to shrink down the panel metal?
     
  8. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Yes mate, a couple of areas had some oil canning and a bit of heat and quench does the job. A combination of shrinking disc and stud welder with shrinking tip.
     
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  9. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    I used the same process on Blitz.Well done.
    I'm totally interested. Keep the pics coming.
     
  10. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Had some positive feedback on those risks.
    Have never tried one.
    You find it a significant improvement over Oxy plant shrinking.?
     
  11. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    I think that is a good alternative because it's slow in achieving results. Oxy is " the quick and the dead" (for me at least)
     
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  12. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Yep.
    Besides cost of maintaining a set which I don't really need due to main use of mig, and rarely needing gas, the gas also ends up causing more oxidising to metal and necessitates removal of all combustible material on inner of panel which adds a fair bit of work that sometimes isn't necessary.
    Might have to invest .
     
  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice :):D

    (Edited your posts so you now have Full size image(s)) ;)
    Cheers,
    Bert
     
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  14. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Today saw all the loose panels sandblasted with the main body getting started tomorrow afternoon.
    After prepping, the standard product we use on all our builds is epinamel PR 250 epoxy primer.
    It sticks like glue to everything, is anti-corrosive and can be sanded and filled over.
    Alfie is given the best treatment to ensure longevity against rust.
     
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  16. mr happy

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    Looking good fellas, look after my boy,

    Mr h
     
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  17. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Nice to see all those bits stripped completely:). Well not quite...engine bay hinges still on & outside rubbers still there:(.
    Cheers
     
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  18. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    You have a keen eye David,
    Hinges have since been removed and primed.
    New rubbers throughout on this project!!
     
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  19. mr happy

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    These guys don’t miss a trick Greg,

    Mr h
     
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  20. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    Alfie is back from the blasters with everything bare except for the middle of the large flat panels which I prefer to remove manually to be safe.
    After prepping I sprayed epoxy on most of the outside and all of the inside until I ran out so the rest can be done tomorrow when I pick up some more.
    We have a grand total of 4 small patches to cut out and weld. Pretty awesome for a vehicle of this age and the best one I've ever worked on.
    We have also started reskinning the passenger door.
    So traveling well so far.
     
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