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mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby blue.van.man » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:10 pm

I bought my 1999 Mk 5 Smiley tranny two years ago, its an ex British Gas van and was in very good condition for its age and with full history. It had got some rust on the arches and back doors but I would of been very suspicious if it hadn't. It also had a dent in the passenger door and side door but was solid and the 2.5di sounded sweet. Anyway here she is just as I bought her

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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby redcube » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:14 pm

nice clean van u got there
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby blue.van.man » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:37 pm

After deciding to tidy the bodywork up this year, before I knew it it was September and the summer was disappearing fast. I got a few days off work and got cracking asap before I lost the weather. I bought a new repair panel for the LH back door but got a peice of angled steel for the right one, ( Reapir panels £16 a door, angled steel £3, easy descision :wink: ). I cut out the rot with an angle grinder and treated any surface rust with Hammerite Kurust, I've used this before and highly reccomend it. Welded in new sections and prepped ready for paint.

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The body wasn't bad so the back arches just wanted sanding down, :shock: yes they are the original ones and dont have holes in, AMAZING !

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The passenger side front arch wasn't as good as the drivers side so I've put on a new lower wing repair panel and a new lower arch section, chopping out the rot first :D
The door had a crease down the middle and the side door had a couple of dents on the top half so I knocked and filled them. Now its definately got the RAT look :lol:

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After 4 days of prep it was a nice sunny day and perfect weather conditions for a top quality, outside respray, low bake ( the sun was out ) :lol:

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Ok its not a £500 respray and the neighbours might not speak for a few days but I think you'll agree its lookin' good 8)

I've since sprayed the mirror backs blue and the grill so I'll get some more pics this weekend ( weather permitting ) and let you have a look at her.
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby AlanN » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:19 am

Looks good from here... :wink:
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby sticky » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:57 am

Yes the good old out door spray job looks good. i've blown over 4-5 cars and vans over the years and got a good job each time you just have to pick a good day. you want sun but not to hot and no wind or flys :lol:
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby Scotty86 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:09 am

great work 8) 8) 8)
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby trigger » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:24 am

Stuff the neighbours :twisted: that's looking great, nice colour too 8)
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby dirtydiesel » Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:59 am

Ok its not a £500 respray and the neighbours might not speak for a few days but I think you'll agree its lookin' good
Have the same problem with my neighbours :P . Great work your doing, love the colour.
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby snap-on » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:16 am

Wow super job well done
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby rover » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:04 pm

Tidy work mate 8)
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby blue.van.man » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:45 pm

Thanks for all the good comments, got some latest pics today despite the weather, just a few more finishing touches to do now. I reckon the grill looks better in blue than it did in the british gas grey, and the blue mirror backs look cool. I've put a chrome number plate surround on at the back and a neat little ST badge. The colour by the way, as a few of you have mentioned it, is British Gas Dark Blue all I can say is well done British Gas, you've got taste, I've got the paint code if anyone wanted it.


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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby ripbuster » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:52 pm

That looks lovely so much better than bt grey :D
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby jerry2 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:58 pm

Nice job mate.
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby slater14 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:23 pm

Very nice turnaround!

The alloys look fantastic - how much? what are they? where from?
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Re: mK 5 smiley, putting the smile back

Postby trigger » Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:41 pm

Did you put the ST badge on it? bet you wish it went like one lol :D
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