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Fantastic thread pal, you've certainly done some work but the results are well worth it! 
PS. now your garage is free any chance i can whip my panel van round for you to have a play with :)
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Originally posted by ckjoiner ckjoiner wrote:

Fantastic thread pal, you've certainly done some work but the results are well worth it! 
PS. now your garage is free any chance i can whip my panel van round for you to have a play with :)


Thanks mate, so pleased to have it on the road. Still plenty to do on it, not to mention the Escort needing an engine strip down and the imminent return of our classic Mini from paint! You may be just a bit to far away as well
Too many projects..... Not enough time!
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Been a while and I've just been driving and enjoying it. No faults so far..... I think the back will be staying as is for a while so in preparation for winter (I know, it's come way too quickly) I thought I better do a bit of weather proofing. First up, it needs a clean



I gave it a quick whizz with the orbital sander. Some of the marks are too deep into the wood to get rid of, and the top layer has delaminated in a couple of places so it'll definitely need to be replaced at some stage, but if I refit the sides and fit a cover it'll probably last for years! Especially as it lives indoors now and not under a tree!! Then it got a coat of external clear varnish applied (with a roller of course ;) )


Hopefully it'll lighten a little, but it should protect it a bit better, I may even give it another coat tomorrow.

Oh, and I may just have bought some Corrado mirrors so as I work my way from car to car most evenings I thought I'd have a look at taking them apart for painting.

Mirror popped off (Sorry, bit blurry that one!)


Then unscrew the motors (I'd like to try and make them work as they're heated and living near a river makes it gets pretty damp in the mornings when it's left out!)


That leaves this metal cage which is what the mounting bracket attaches to. Now this took a bit of thinking as it's basically a shaped locking bar that sits inside the spring. After having the bolt through the middle I realised that I need to compress the spring to loosen the other end


That worked  :D


Next up I need to decide on the colour, at the moment its body colour, gloss black or silver to match the roof. I'm leaning towards black!



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Well, been concentrating on the Escort so this has been a bit unloved of late. All the same, I decided to look at how the stereo would fit and where. I liked the BMW clock where it was

 

and planned on the stereo dropping down into the lower dash/heater thingy!


But the heater matrix pipes are in the way, so plan b, move the clock down to there. And as the state of the plastic annoyed me, I chucked on some alcantara to tidy it up.


I'm actually pretty pleased with it. Just makes the dash look a bit gash now ::) Mind you that needs to come out to refurb/replace the heater fan as it's squealing like an extra from Deliverance..... I'll look at the stereo wiring then as well, and the wiring for the rev counter as that's not working properly either.

Today we had the first run out of the year for East Coast Retro's so out she went into the rain, and then back into the workshop



Really need to fix the back window/replace it/fit the original window properly, as the Perspex version started flapping around at 75 :D

God, I love this van.


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Blimey. Things have moved on a bit. Updates to follow.....
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