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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

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Nothing for nothing, that's the rule! Thank you very much, I will send word down the line...

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Todd could you please phone me at work sometime, I dont have your number!
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After the recent pedal box extraction drama, a quick "stitch in time" on the clutch pedal:
About 1mm of wear, not bad as they go. Pin barely 0.02 down..
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... qtsrpn.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Lump of copper to hold the weld up and a wet rag to protect the lever pivot bushes
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... uhcilx.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
A decent pad of weld each side. This gives the pin as much bearing area as the clevis:
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... 3xkyuj.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
All dressed down with a flap wheel, just a little side play:
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... tmblcy.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Hole position established with a suitable washer before welding. Using a pillar drill means an accurately sized hole, parallel to the pedal pivot...
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... y1jywu.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I bolted the pedal down through the main pivot, plus a stop to prevent it creeping and a support so that it wouldnt deflect while drilling:
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... 4usgpb.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Reassembled with lots of grease, back into the bus (more fighting) and not forgetting the reason for pulling the pedal box in the first place: fitting the later type heater pipe!
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... xqaecd.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Its been a good day. Some of this on the offside (beefy)
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... xzctte.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
...and this on the nearside (fiddly)
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... 71hvtd.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
...meant that I could finally do this:
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... kssxu3.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
:)

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oooooof! thats some sexy welding....
Any one for cricket? what what?

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Thanks! More of a "do no more than necessary" repair. The little one was a faff because it was only the outer skin that had failed and access is tricky on the nearside.
A powerfile makes many things possible (but dont buy cheap screwfix belts...3 broke within seconds of touching metal)
Neil: you might get it back one day :lol:
Once its back on 4 wheels I can start on the B posts...

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Is the subframe powder coated or galvanised?
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All the fabricated stuff underneath has been galv'd. Powder just chips and peels IME

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What's that lump of pipe poked over the rails do?

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:lol: its a damper rod sleeve

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A bit of long overdue bulkhead trim removal to see the extent of the B post rot.
Not too bad, offside is clean :)
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... 174048.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Turned the van out and removed the board floor to gain access and make a start on repairs. Lots of hay everywhere...
Looks like the board was an original fitment (rare!) but its warped and I dont want the 3-row bosses on the floor, so its all going.
http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g47 ... xbhywu.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Thinking out loud here. It's been a driveway ornament for too long and life keeps chucking ripe cowpats through the back of the vent-axia at me.

I am coming to the hard realization that this one is fast becoming a donor or needs a re-shell. There is too much to replace and it's going to cost ££££. I won't put myself in debt over a toy that we don't need. Global warming = harder winters? The oil will run out first. Buy a canoe, a dutch delivery bike and get fit.

What this RHD syncro needs:

Front arches & steps (PO bodged)
B posts and outriggers.
Rear wings and arches (NS klokkers bodge, offside rusted through below at C post below window)
Rear lower quarters
Front valance & deform panel top shot through.
Front calipers are lumps of rust.

I have a pair of good clean sliders, n/s one is from a Kastenwagen and a rust-free straight tailgate. No other panels.

All suspension and guards now galvanized and re-bushed, RHD PAS kit ready to fit, front suspension will go back on to make it mobile but the front dampers are crusty and the rears leak. There's the SS 2.1 fitted with a Weber and it runs on 95 octane maid's water.

Twin locker, December 1985, Aidan did the gearbox a few years back and the VC is minty fresh. New front wheel bearings.

I was going to fit the Oetti 2.5 as a demonstrator, but a conversation with the accountant is required to see if it's a legitimate business promotion tool and how mush of it's purchase & restoration can be offset against tax...

Any sensible ideas?
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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

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Find a nice solid 2WD caravelle (or option of your choice) and turn it into 4WD....
Yes, I know it won't be a 'proper' syncro but at the end of the day who cares?
It sounds to me that the only good bits left are the syncro parts and engine.
Search for a 2WD with a blown engine and swap the bits over....
Or, just give it all to me. I would take it if I had to...
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Har har har...

As one of the RHD syncro collective I feel an obligation to see it saved. It's probably bodily as bad as Baxter's twin slider when he started, but all the mechanical stuff is done. It would work well as a demonstrator to show what a wbx 2.5 can deliver (4.86 diffs) and with 205/70/15 road tyres on those nice ARC's I have squirreled away.

Add some vinyl graphics and a "restored by ... in 2016" ? IIRC Mike Plompen has a beautiful two-tone Caravelle syncro in white/pastel blue and sign-written.

(It would also serve the business when/if a snowfall occurs because the Vito is fantastically cr@p in the snow. It just spins a wheel and winds over to the nearest kerb)

What I need is a realistic estimate from a restorer who knows their craft: what to expect to find, how long it will take and what it will cost in panels, paint and labour. Then I can cost the exercise.

Too much to ask?
85 syncro Caravelle twin slider Oettinger T3200E-6
90 SA Microbus supercharged wbx/UN1 project

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