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#1 OFFLINE   Arthur Foxhake

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:32 PM

I wrote loads and lost it somehow, so, briefly.
Mk5 Transit, 68K, one owner electricians van. £150.
I intend to own this van for as long as I need a van.

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:37 PM

There is a lot of love for vans at the moment. I wish to join in the fun and am eagerly awaiting a nod from a certain Norfolk based contributor who's forum name begins with W.



#3 OFFLINE   Arthur Foxhake

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 08:37 PM

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Slight picture taking fail after the trial fit there but more to come soon.
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#4 OFFLINE   Arthur Foxhake

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:04 PM

Some more I've missed.

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Those are the, as collected, unwashed pics. The paint is not that bad underneath.

And in case anyone was wondering, I did cut out the inner arch as well.




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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:09 PM

I bloody love these smiley face trannies. A cheap one came up for sale on FB after I'd bought my LDV. I haven't seen one that isn't rotten for years though.


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 08:04 PM

Lucky escape! Always check above where you are welding kids!

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Yikes! (pic is sideways for some reason?)
Haven't had much time on it recently but some filler, sanding and a bit of primer has occurred.
I'm getting towards needing it done so have to make more time for it.
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 08:13 PM

It's quite annoying that loads of panels are available for these Transits. There's next to nothing available for Pilots!


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Posted 21 February 2017 - 09:31 PM

Where did the panels come from? I will need some bits and bobs for mine.



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Posted 21 February 2017 - 09:55 PM

would guess the kit of panels came from the same source as i used http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111874650463

lots on ebay

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:16 PM

Yeah, that's the same as I bought. The wing looks like OEM quality, but the rest?
Not as thick as original and the inner wing is nothing like the original.
I've never done anything this involved before and wish I could have bought an original inner wing, would have saved a lot of ballache.
Won't be chopping as much off the other side. It's a bit less rusty so I'll use what I need and leave as much original as possible.
Did I say original enough?
Original.

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:40 PM

By oem quality I assume you mean already rusty ?
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Posted 21 February 2017 - 10:53 PM

i havent even tried to fit the new panels to my truck and the sharp edges on them have caught me several times already!

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 01:19 AM

 Hi, This guy managed to do it without cutting his hands.

 

 

 

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:42 AM

Great thread. These old Transits are worth putting time, money and Waxoyl into now. With maintenance they're just about unbreakable.

 

We had two of these back in the 1980's/90's. First was a D reg Transit 100 (2.0 Pinto, short wheelbase low top, one piece rear door). White, three years old and rusty bonnet. Replaced that, resprayed it and eventually rebuilt the engine as a regular 100 bhp unit with 10:1 compression, 32/36 Weber etc. D612EHY iirc.

 

Number two was bought from Blackbushe auctions in 1991. Its was a 1990 G reg Transit 80, 1600 Pinto, factory black and super clean. Absolutely stole it as all the traders wanted a diesel, think it was £2500 plus VAT. Gearbox (MT75) was fucked on 3rd gear but bought a Ford exchange unit. I fired a gallon of Waxoyl into it, mixed with paraffin. Inside the bonnet, front and back doors, the whole underside, into the front arches from under the bonnet. I saw it in a breakers about 10 years ago. Battered to buggery but completely unrusty. The 1600 went well too, surprisingly.

 

When you hear of modern shite such as a Renault Tragic that's shat itself..........


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:49 AM

My mate had a battered mk3 1600 petrol, low top swb. Like you say, the 1600 pez went ok, amazingly. Think it ended up seized and crushed for no insurance or something.

Another mate had a mk3 2.0 petrol. LWB, hi-top. he bought it unseen from eBay and when he collected it he found it was absolutely mint. No rust anywhere, one owner from new too. He sold it to some guy even though I had "first refusal"- gutted.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 09:55 AM

Later ones had the DOHC I4 twin cam of death, to be avoided. Unladen, our tweaked 2.0 went like the wind. It was the fastest Transit around and you could race Astramax vans with it. Ideally it needed the diff from a 1600 to get the best from it. It did about 20 mpg though.  :shock:


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 12:29 PM

I think the mk3/4/5 inner wings are all different but only 1 shape is available as a pattern part

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 12:39 PM

We have an S reg one at work exactly the same as yours Arthur.  Unbelievably small amount of rust for it's age.  And only 40,000 on the clock from new.  I badly want it, but I think they'd scrap it rather than sell to me. 


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 01:02 PM

I know someone who dropped a straight 6, 2.5 24v BMW lump into his smiley face transit, flatbed recovery truck, it took some modification to do, but it was something else once he finished it & on the motorway it was awesome, We cruised up alongside a relativity new at the time, transit mk6 van that was doing around 70MPH, looked over at the driver of the mk6, Then Stewart sunk the pedal & we were off.... & i mean this thing shifted.... :-D  :-D  :mrgreen:

 

I often wonder what the driver of the newer transit thought as the old smiley left him for dead & the sound of a BMW straight 6 in a ford transit is also bizarre, but wicked, wicked fun. Stewart also used to slide the rear out on roundabouts etc...peoples faces were a picture.

 

This was at least 15 years ago now.


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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:50 PM

Later ones had the DOHC I4 twin cam of death, to be avoided. Unladen, our tweaked 2.0 went like the wind. It was the fastest Transit around and you could race Astramax vans with it. Ideally it needed the diff from a 1600 to get the best from it. It did about 20 mpg though.  :shock:

as fast a carb  or  car ecu  ( no brick wall rev limiter)  V6 ?



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Posted 22 February 2017 - 08:59 PM

I know someone who dropped a straight 6, 2.5 24v BMW lump into his smiley face transit, flatbed recovery truck, it took some modification to do, but it was something else once he finished it & on the motorway it was awesome, We cruised up alongside a relativity new at the time, transit mk6 van that was doing around 70MPH, looked over at the driver of the mk6, Then Stewart sunk the pedal & we were off.... & i mean this thing shifted.... :-D :-D :mrgreen:

I often wonder what the driver of the newer transit thought as the old smiley left him for dead & the sound of a BMW straight 6 in a ford transit is also bizarre, but wicked, wicked fun. Stewart also used to slide the rear out on roundabouts etc...peoples faces were a picture.

This was at least 15 years ago now.


Father DodgeRover fitted a bigblock V8 from a Jensen into a new transit recovery they built with a new ford shell, even with a car on suspended tow it would still light up the twin rear wheels. Sadly 6 mpg wasn't affordable.
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Posted 23 February 2017 - 05:59 PM

as fast a carb  or  car ecu  ( no brick wall rev limiter)  V6 ?

 

 

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

I remember those limiters on the V6! Cut in at about 85mph on a 2.9 minibus.
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Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

That arch is finally done.
Only three more to go.
If I learned anything from doing it, it was to remove as little as possible, without leaving any rust.
I cut away too much and left myself with next to no reference to put it back right. If the inner wings were the same as the old ones I don't think it would have been so hard.
Luck was on my side and it tuned out OK in the end.

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Need to drill a hole in the new inner wing panel to attach the bumper and put the drivers seat back in and that side is done on the front.
Opposite side front next.
Working my way up to the back one that is the worst, panels available so shouldn't be too hard.
I hope.
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Posted 02 March 2017 - 07:28 PM

Nice neat job sir. 


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Posted 02 March 2017 - 10:38 PM

I've been meaning to get round to this on mine... Keep patching for MOT, really should do it properly this year!

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 10:53 PM

Top work there - lovely to see one of these getting the attention it deserves
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:09 PM

Thought I'd make a start on the back arch on the same side as it doesn't look as bad as the others.

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Is that a spot of rust I see on the chassis?
Let's give it a tap and clean it up a bit.

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Oh dear, I wasn't expecting that.


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Or that.

No matter, found it now so need to deal with it.
Luckily it's two thinner sections that were not to bad to sort.

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That's all for today, plenty more to come.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 04:42 PM

Nice job with this AF. Well worth doing and pumping the thing fat with wax afterwards, these old Transits piss all over any modern van.

I did this on one of my old ones and a mates camper, on his camper there was a big sponge type thing inside the wing/arch. Presumably sound deadening or something but it soaked up water and was just sat there against the metal inside rotting it all out.
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 07:12 PM

Thanks.

Yeah I spotted those, when i was cutting it apart they were full of ice it was that cold. They won't be going back on.

I do intend to spray all sorts of anti rust concoctions in all the crevices and folds (!).

 

The vehicle i miss most of all I ever owned was my last MK5. I should have done this to it but I had no welder or idea how to use one at the time.

I went everywhere in it. It had about 260'000 miles odd when all the suspension went wonky and the mounts were FUBAR. 

I'm keeping this one.

I want to take my motocross bike out again and don't like trailering it, it's an advert to be followed home by land pirates and have it stolen.

The sooner I get it done, the sooner I can go out on my bike. Ive only ridden this bike three times since I replaced my last one do to various reasons but i'm itching to go out on it now. Im also itching to be driving a tidy MK5 van with a turbo.

 

Oh wait, did I mention the turbo yet?


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