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by mbcamper
23 Dec 2020, 14:31
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: removing hi top
Replies: 21
Views: 2014

Re: removing hi top

I did this task a few years ago and completely removed the roof as described above with a kitchen knife.   What I found underneath was horrific and I've never have known the extent of the rust or had been able to repair it properly if I'd not removed it fully. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3879/144...
by mbcamper
22 Dec 2020, 13:13
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: Cab door repair sections
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Cab door repair sections

The front of my van is about to have some much needed attention with replacement front wings.  Whilst I'm doing this, I also want to address the crusty door bottoms which have also deteriorated.  Most of the suppliers sell a repair section for the very bottom of the door which covers the step, but I...
by mbcamper
08 Dec 2020, 21:05
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: More economical welding gas
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: More economical welding gas

Thanks - that's the kind of thing I was looking for.  There is even an agent nearby.  
by mbcamper
08 Dec 2020, 19:27
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: More economical welding gas
Replies: 9
Views: 467

More economical welding gas

Having done a partial restoration of my van 8 years ago it is going to need some additional panel work which didn't need attention at the time.  The last time I did this I was using those disposable gas bottles for my MIG welder like this https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/co2-gas-cylinder-600g/ Before...
by mbcamper
21 Jun 2019, 08:22
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Faulty starter motor
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Faulty starter motor

1.9 DG wbx. Not sure that starter will fit, but thanks for offering.

I'm really wanting to reconditioned it myself. It's likely to be cheaper and I know it will be done properly.
by mbcamper
21 Jun 2019, 07:56
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Faulty starter motor
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Faulty starter motor

I'm having a run of issues at the moment and the latest is the starter motor. Problem is it sometimes fails to turn. I hear the solenoid click every time, but it often doesn't turn over. All connections are good and I'm getting good voltage readings to the starter terminals. Annoyingly I had exactly...
by mbcamper
18 Jun 2019, 05:05
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front spring replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1584

Re: Front spring replacement

Yes well spotted! It was intentional as the old ones rotted as they filled with water and mud. This way round I thought they would drain and last longer.

Hopefully not a bad modification. Can always correct it.
by mbcamper
17 Jun 2019, 19:52
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front wheel bearing replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 1549

Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Well whilst I was replacing suspension springs I inspected the bearing which was making a rumbling noise. On removing the hub / disk the inner bearing just fell apart and came out in bits: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48081350228_288d15d5d8_c.jpg The subject of replacing the bearing is well c...
by mbcamper
17 Jun 2019, 19:39
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front spring replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1584

Re: Front spring replacement

Well I've done it! 2 Springs replaced and it took about a day in total - quite a long day! Highlights are: Jacking up and securing on axle stands - well almost, but I think my solution is safer: https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48081388128_899669fe2d_c.jpg The shock absorber needs to be remove fi...
by mbcamper
12 Jun 2019, 19:00
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front spring replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1584

Re: Front spring replacement

Thanks for replies. I've ordered springs from Brickwerks and they advised unbolting the track control arm to extract and refit the springs.

I'll post some pictures of how I end up doing it for future reference.
by mbcamper
11 Jun 2019, 19:05
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front spring replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 1584

Front spring replacement

Just got an unexpected failure point on my MOT test today - a broken front spring! Just seeking information on how nasty this job is to do. Looking at the Haynes manual it says you need to remove the complete track control arm! Looks like a big job. Any tips on this job? I own a couple of spring com...
by mbcamper
10 Jun 2019, 11:16
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front wheel bearing replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 1549

Re: Front wheel bearing replacement

Thanks - I'd not spotted the itchyfeet post and pictures. It looks achievable with tapping in place with a hammer. I was worried that I'd need a big press to do the job. I can make round press surface as shown if I don't have a suitable big socket; have access to a lathe if needed. Van is in for it'...
by mbcamper
10 Jun 2019, 07:54
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Front wheel bearing replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 1549

Front wheel bearing replacement

One of my front wheel bearings has begun to make unwanted noise - kind of a deep wah-wah-wah which is related to the van speed. Pretty sure it's a bearing started to give up. I've jacked up front and the wheel and it's not showing signs of play, but I guess its only a matter of time. It has only jus...
by mbcamper
05 Sep 2018, 20:02
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: sliding door lock repair
Replies: 36
Views: 16716

Re: sliding door lock repair

I've not done the boot lock, but I gather it is the same process.

Don't play with the ignition key lock as you might regret it. I'm told that is a horrible task and far more complex.
by mbcamper
04 Sep 2018, 15:40
Forum: Bodywork, Seats & Glass
Topic: sliding door lock repair
Replies: 36
Views: 16716

Re: sliding door lock repair

I never managed to work out the correlation of lock number to wafers to use.

There are only 4 different sizes of wafer so it doesn't take long to get it correct through process of elimination. All very quick once you've got the barrel out.