Make Autosleeper Great Again

Thin bits of metal and bright blue light. Including glass & trim.

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Re: Make Autosleeper Great Again

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I had to cut out the floor for a repair at the section where the cargo floor rises to the engine bay. There are two bulges where the rear chassis attaches which were rotten, all cut out and found about three inches deep of rust in the chassis member. I think this is where I had previously blown through with my air gun and it had accumulated in a heap.

All removed and treated with hydrate 80 where accessible. I sprayed it in with an air gun and covered most of the outrigger and chassis which I had access to.


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When I brought the van it had two brand new rear arch sections but the arches were just filler. I’ve taken the panel off to reform the arches and get access to the rear pillars.


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Trailing arms are shot, I don’t think the repair section will weld in here so will order two new ones as well as shocks and springs.


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It looks like the previous repairers weren’t very careful when they removed the rear quarter and there is a verticals cut through the C pillar. Ive treated it for now but i think I’ll plate over it. Any suggestions? I have to replace the centre panel anyway so will have better access. Is there a working order for the panel replacement here? I think the rear quarter goes on first and then the central section?


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Here’s the right.


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Left section cut out ready for tidying up and repair.


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The rear chassis leg filler plate is completely gone. I’ve cut a section out, unsure if I should buy the entire repair section or make up some small repair patches.


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I was hoping to save the battery box but the rear was rotten so was really struggling to weld into it without blowing holes. Struggling to the angle grinder in so looks like a war zone at the moment.

It feels like I’m jumping around between pieces but as my missus is helping me with the work we need multiple areas to be working on so we aren’t falling over each other.

This weeks plan is to rebuild the battery box and wheel arch.


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So the whole thing is becoming a bit of a jigsaw puzzle.

On the RHS I have the following panels:

Inner sill
Outer middle sill/panel to waist height
Rear Arch,
Rear Quater
B post repair patch (outer)
Front arch

My logic is currently:

1 - Inner sill
2 - Middle panel
3 - Rear Arch and quater
4 - B post Lower outer
5 -Front arch

To me it seems the most logical order to replace everything.

My main question is - my rear jacking point doesn't look too bad at all - I've been reading some other restoration pages and replacing the jacking point at the rear looks like a complete can of worms. So to avoid that I was going to cut my sill and fix into the existing near the jacking point in order to save a load of aggro. My van is parked on a slope and I am worried about alignment issues etc. Especially as it's all in pretty good condition back there - any advice?
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Well, inspired by the thread 'Co post jacking point fun' I had an inspection of above the trailing arm mount and cut away some perfectly good metal to expose the top of the mount.

Pictures below. I'm unsure whether to do a repair as per this post or if I should bite the bullet and repair the trailing arm mount whilst I'm going to so much effort. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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What lurks below


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View through the inner sill


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Just another update.

I was unhappy with the window surround repair and decided to cut it out and go again with one large peice as the previous repair turned out to be a jigsaw puzzle of way too many small pieces resulting in a wavey window surround. Not ideal.

I found a local engineering shop who made up a profile for me to length and refit. I left the welds proud at the bottom and have used a fibreglass filler to cover as the surrounding metal was a little thin.

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Well that’s the easy part done.


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