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Otto's Orange Kombi

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by saabman, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. poGo

    poGo Member

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    I love the level of innovation. Keep up the good work!
     
  2. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.

    I could go and buy the sections all ready to go but that would be too easy ;)
     
  3. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Got a bit more time on the kombi on the weekend and it wasn't too hot.

    Been working on the rust spot on the corner of the roof and the subsequent rot in the frame.

    Hmm damn photo bucket on the iPad is crap will post the pictures later now :(
     
  4. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    the hole
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    the donor
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    the rot underneath needed a bit of attention. The roof is made up of 3 layers to get the right shape for the first layer I used a doddad to copy the shape from
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    and traced it onto cardboard before cutting it out of steel.

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  5. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    The next bit has a nice compound curve and I was going to make it out of two pieces and weld them together - flat piece for the top and curve a piece for the vertical section. But then I figured I could bend a flat piece of metal to the right shape - theres nothing you cant fix with a hammer right ;)

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    because I was just making it as I went along I didnt really have a big enough piece of steel to start with so it needs a couple of patches added but other than that it seemed to fit quiet well

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  6. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Hi Saabman,
    If it's not a big enough piece of steel to start with....get out the peening hammer!
    Cheers
     
  7. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I was just playing around with how to do it and it came up pretty good so I just went with what I had.

    I didn't want to end up with steel foil!

    A neighbor a few years ago made me an anvil out of some old railway track. It had been very handy.

    I have no idea if I'm doing it right - not much opportunity to learn apart from you tube since all the Tafe teaches us ESL and poetry or something.

    Actually they did still have a good welding course a cOurse a couple of years ago but not motor trades.
     
  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Great work Bernie.

    I made a piece of metal to cover a gap under my gearbox in my recent conversion and I used the front of my vice as a curve along with other things to get the shape.

    Amazing what you can find that is roughly the right shape and you just fudge the rest .....:rolleyes:
     
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  9. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    You are right there Syncro27 its amazing what you can find around the yard that you can use as a dolly to beat that steel into submission.
    If that doesn't work just find a bigger hammer.o_O
     
  10. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Like what you're doing there saabman. Area that needs a bit of strength to help support the hinge of the rear cargo door. Detailed work:)
     
  11. chuck85

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    Very nice work saabman
     
  12. kool_kombi 79

    kool_kombi 79 Well-Known Member

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    Looking good saabman, I found the best way was to do it in stages like you are doing, that main piece you have there will allow two smaller pieces to be welded onto the ends creating the full piece.
     
  13. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys.

    yes breaking it down into small pieces has helped the sanity - its taking its time.

    Its funny thinking back that 18 years ago this was my daily drive vehicle!

    As Im getting closer to the business end Im starting to give consideration to the motive power!

    I have a 2 liter EFI Motor from the camper I scrapped a few years ago Ill have to mate it up to an 1800 Box as that is all I have.

    or Electric Motor is a possibility as well - a lot more expensive to implement though :(
     
  14. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Things still coming along - ballsed up the cut out and made the hole much bigger than the piece I had to go in and the horizontal piece which the roof sits on wasn't quiet level so things didn't quiet match up :oops:

    So between the screw ups I've managed to get a covering of metal over the hole and the gutter lines up but with a funny dip in the roof :( along the join.

    Nothing a bit of bog can't straighten out :p

    If your reading this at some stage because you've seen this van for sale ( hopefully sometime after 2030) Yes there is bog in the van - not to cover nasty rust holes but just to make it look a bit smoother than it other wise would have.

    My aim with this rebuild was to do as much as possible just using what I had on hand. Substituting money I would / could have spent on replacement panels for my time to attempt to make it.
     
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  15. VZR69

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    Haha people get so hung up on bog.
    That kindig splitty that sold for $300k had gallons of filler spread on it. Bog is just another tool that is misused to cover up rust. Shit, these days all the top hot rods with perfect 5mm panel gaps are just fibre filler built up.
    I crack up at people who say they have a bog free car, it's like being up shits creek 'its only the depth that varies.
     
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  16. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    My misalignment is slowly getting sorted, it hasn't taken as much bog as I thought it might so all good.

    Just had another bub join our family yesterday so either my month off work will be useful and I'll get a lot done - I'm hoping that's the way it will work other wise things are just going to grind to holt :oops:
     
  17. cbus

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    Steel concrete trowl and a long plastic walpaper hangers ruler ;)
    Then a big longboard. And recut the seams.
    All good :)
     
  18. Grantus

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    Isn't that
    Isn't that child abuse? :eek:

    Or did you mean for the Kombi? o_O
     
  19. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Definately kombi.
    Hopefuly he should be able to manage offspring with bribes and threats for a few years at least. :)
     
  20. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Bribes are only just starting to work on Otto.

    Ziggy has a 18months to catch up!
     

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