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Re: Red Ven

Postby DG-Unit » Mon May 02, 2022 8:46 pm

Fitted the Fiesta Mk6 fog lights to the new bumper. Not that convinced by the look of them being so close together but because of the design of the bumper reinforcer this was the best place. Couldn’t fit them to the slopes surfaces because of what’s behind the fibreglass. Needs a re-do on the bumper paint and some minor filing but new fogs and bumper should be a bit more aerodynamic. Also drilled out the bumper reinforcer holes to lift it 5mm and close the gap under the headlights. Next job before a bodge re-spray is chopping up some Transit Connect plastic arches to cover up my over heating welding warp.

And icing on the cake today fitted a new drivers door switch so my interior lights turns on when you get in. downside is another door causing that stupid annoying buzzer to go off. Need to find that thing and replace it with something easier to ignore.
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Re: Red Ven

Postby ned » Mon May 02, 2022 9:49 pm

That MSP paint is good stuff, I use it a lot zinser is also good stuff no cheap but does the job
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Re: Red Ven

Postby ned » Sat May 14, 2022 1:35 pm

Saw this and thought of you :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Red Ven

Postby Altransit » Sat May 14, 2022 2:14 pm

ned wrote: no cheap but does the job

Who are you, and what did you do with the old Ned :shock: :P :lol:
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Re: Red Ven

Postby ned » Sat May 14, 2022 3:45 pm

Altransit wrote:
ned wrote: no cheap but does the job

Who are you, and what did you do with the old Ned :shock: :P :lol:


Ned’s dead baby Ned’s dead :lol: :lol: :lol:


Hopefully the years of scrimping are behind me
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Re: Red Ven

Postby DG-Unit » Sun May 15, 2022 12:59 pm

ned wrote:Saw this and thought of you :lol: :lol: :lol:

At first i was going to argue that everything is pretty cheap. For instance my new to me £30 drivers seat. But yesterday I went through my ‘van stuff’ and realised I’ve got three boxes full of paints, sprays, fillers and stuff. Must be hundreds spent and that’s just the stuff I haven’t already used up
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Starting to look pretty mint on the interior now 8)
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Re: Red Ven

Postby ned » Sun May 15, 2022 1:04 pm

The cost soon add up, I was thinking more what you have invested in welding (ok so you did it but if you hadn’t how much would it have cost)

Staring to look sharp now.
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Re: Red Ven

Postby DG-Unit » Sun May 15, 2022 11:56 pm

ned wrote:The cost soon add up, I was thinking more what you have invested in welding (ok so you did it but if you hadn’t how much would it have cost)

Staring to look sharp now.

Did all the front brakes and control arms before the welding at about £200 plus 2 days working on it.I reckon panels and parts for the welding came to about £1k with all the welding. Add on the gas, wire, tools, sundries and easily another £500. Maybe more. Wouldn't surprise me if it was nearer £2k all together. Downside of doing it myself was that I had to do it. Upside was that I got to take the time to deal with surface rust, zinc prime and top coat everything and get rid of the Ford foam. I think a welder for hire would have got it done in a couple of days and it would look prettier but it wouldn't last as long. Took me about 3 weeks full-time and then some.

After the MOT it was £200 for the rear drums that popped a cylinder, followed by another £500 and a week of work on the gearbox, driveshafts and rear main seal. Then that shocker of a bill for the elastic timing chain about 6 months later at £1600. Work on the leaky power steering and turbo cartridge replacement was maybe another £400. I'm not going to add all those numbers together because I will end up just walking into the sea. Hard to imagine all that horror show when today I'm looking for cushions to put in it :lol Let's not also mention the Mk.7 dash conversion, wood paneling, insulating, installing electric windows, stereo, new seats, new doors, window blinds bla bla bla. Stupid van thought it was going to get a rest in the scrapheap in the sky but now it'll have to keep going forever and ever and ever because I can't stop even though it's just a bloody duff low roof SWB Mk.6 with tiny wheels, the wrong ratio gearbox and wonky panels... I am a clown.
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Re: Red Ven

Postby DG-Unit » Mon May 23, 2022 12:17 pm

Was wondering why i plan two things to do on the van every weekend and it takes me two days to do one. Realised I spend a lot of time thinking/ overthinking and giving myself silly challenges. This one was to mount a roof rack that isn’t designed for this van (but now looks like it was always meant to be) as low as possible so I might still get under car park barriers. I haven’t tested it at a car park yet and might be pretty damn close. Got the rack as another FB marketplace bargain and saves me loads of work i was planning to fabricate something for a roof deck. Next step is to find something light to board it with and after that i’m thinking water tanks made of soil pipe (not used) an awning, maybe a hanging chair. Space at the front for solar panels in the distant future.

Anyway. The rack is mounted with 2mm steel brackets welded to the stronger outer sections. I had to weld one penny at a time so it had cooled by the time i came back to the first bracket. Had visions of setting fires on the insulation and burning down all my progress. The x10 brackets and rack are M8 threaded with stainless bolts and blue thread lock. Main thing was to stop forward motion under breaking. Will have to keep an eye that the steel bolts aren’t wearing into the aluminium or ceasing to it. Also plan to put a couple of ‘safety stops’ above the back door to catch the rear cross bar just in case everything fails under heavy breaking - but if it’s that strong maybe it’ll just snap the cross bar. I’ve watched too many final destination films i think.
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Re: Red Ven

Postby DG-Unit » Thu May 26, 2022 7:51 pm

Finally got to the point I can work out the interior with SketchUp. If the weather is good on the 4-day weekend I’ll paint the exterior. If not, I’ll do the kitchen galley. Also ordered a leisure battery today. Can’t wait to sit in the back with the lights on and not worry.
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