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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Snuck in some time on the van this weekend. Decided it was about time to start painting and accepting that it's never going to be show quality. 

    First up, sort the bonnet. The final prime the van side:

    Now get the rustoleum out and paint!

    fairly happy. It was a new gun and I don't think I thinned the paint sufficiently. Hopefully it'll buff up nicely.
    On Saturday I also got fed up with the dirty seats. I had pulled these out of the van when I replaced the floor and left them in my dumping ground (or conservatory as it is known elsewhere). This meant that my cats had become rather partial to sleeping on them and they were then shoved into the garage when building works started last year. 
    Hoovered and used some upholstery cleaner gave this half way through:

    Both seats are now done, making the interior hopefully a much nice place to be!
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    meshking got a reaction from Tickman in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    My finger injury has recovered enough now to wear gloves.
    Earlier I had cut a plate to fit

    Got busy with the welder this morning:

    It'll do.  Also bought some vactan alternative and went to work on the goal posts:



    Time will tell how good it is I suppose
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    meshking got a reaction from egg in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Having recovered, slightly, from my finger injury I took another look at the bulkhead. I had noticed this plate before, doesn't look particularly factory:

     
    So I unclipped the accelerator cable to find the tension of the cable was holding in two pieces of steel either side of a rusty hole
     

     
    Not too keen on rusty holes, and definitely not keen on just painting over it. Look alike the welder is coming out again tomorrow....
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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    My finger injury has recovered enough now to wear gloves.
    Earlier I had cut a plate to fit

    Got busy with the welder this morning:

    It'll do.  Also bought some vactan alternative and went to work on the goal posts:



    Time will tell how good it is I suppose
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    meshking got a reaction from Mr Laurence in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Snuck in some time on the van this weekend. Decided it was about time to start painting and accepting that it's never going to be show quality. 

    First up, sort the bonnet. The final prime the van side:

    Now get the rustoleum out and paint!

    fairly happy. It was a new gun and I don't think I thinned the paint sufficiently. Hopefully it'll buff up nicely.
    On Saturday I also got fed up with the dirty seats. I had pulled these out of the van when I replaced the floor and left them in my dumping ground (or conservatory as it is known elsewhere). This meant that my cats had become rather partial to sleeping on them and they were then shoved into the garage when building works started last year. 
    Hoovered and used some upholstery cleaner gave this half way through:

    Both seats are now done, making the interior hopefully a much nice place to be!
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    meshking got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Snuck in some time on the van this weekend. Decided it was about time to start painting and accepting that it's never going to be show quality. 

    First up, sort the bonnet. The final prime the van side:

    Now get the rustoleum out and paint!

    fairly happy. It was a new gun and I don't think I thinned the paint sufficiently. Hopefully it'll buff up nicely.
    On Saturday I also got fed up with the dirty seats. I had pulled these out of the van when I replaced the floor and left them in my dumping ground (or conservatory as it is known elsewhere). This meant that my cats had become rather partial to sleeping on them and they were then shoved into the garage when building works started last year. 
    Hoovered and used some upholstery cleaner gave this half way through:

    Both seats are now done, making the interior hopefully a much nice place to be!
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    meshking reacted to brownnova in Mr and Mrs Brownnova's new arrival! The human arrival arrives!   
    4 cylinders between them... 
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    meshking reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. A bit of daily tinkering.   
    Time to get started.

    That's my starting point. 
    All this needs to come out.

    Some bolts later and we have this.


    The floor is in great condition, door cards will be coming off next time, I had some soil to move so that was all the car time today.
     
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    meshking reacted to The Old Bloke Next Door in eBay tat volume 3.   
    It could be a good project for a Land Rover Licker, if its actually registered as  series Land Rover and a V5 can be obtained from DVLA.
    Looking at the pictures the chassis looks solid, only missing the out riggers and  the ends of the rear cross member. All of which usually need replacing on a rebuild and are readily available at a modest cost.
    The power take off has some value, its not one I've seen before as it appears to run off the front of the engine crank. The last Land Rover series pto complete assembly I saw advertised on Ebay sold for £1600.
    The engine looks like the 2.2 Diesel, which was used in many 60's to 70's BMC commercials including the fantastic Austin Gypsy. However the pto is not from a Gypsy as they ran off the gear box.
    I have enough series body parts to build on that and if it wasn't 120 miles away I'd possibly be interested in buying it.
    Any way, here's a couple of pictures of my old Gypsy wrecker, sold about 20 years ago., note the sign writing.
     


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    meshking reacted to dome in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Had the pleasure of a prod round this today, belonging to a friend of a friend.


    He's had it for 15 years but it's been off the road a while. He's in the process of getting it back on the road so hopefully I'll get a run in it at some point ?
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    meshking reacted to dc2100k in Fizzy Bimmer - DOUBLE JEOPARDY   
    Having spent the last 36hrs worrying about sending ££££ to a complete stranger it is a relief to finally be looking at a pile of fizzing metal and unidentified parts. The delivery guys gave me the knowing look of sympathy that you give to someone who is about to spend all their spare cash and time on something rather marginal. On the plus side the first person to pass the gates asked how much I was wanting for it... so I'm guessing there will be no shortage of greater fools when reality really bites. Here's the details:
    1990 BMW 318is - Diamond Black.
    167k on the clock, off the road since 2009. Looks like someone has started a resto but stopped and it's been left to sit. No engine or box. No seats. Lots of bits all over the place. Plenty of tin worm in awkward spots.
    Partial resto required - plan is historic rally car. These were homologated in Group N for 1990 and as luck would have it the FIA have just extended class 4 historic rally cars to include up to end-1990. Therefore it is eligible to go up against the Audi Quattros, Lancia Stratos and 037s, Escorts, Mantas, 131s, etc. Should make for a few fun British and European jaunts next year hopefully.
    Looks good from a distance... r,r,right?

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    meshking reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. A bit of daily tinkering.   
    More Toledo progress.
    Yesterday I got the paint code, 96 which is Sapphire blue, and phoned the local paint shop who supplied the mixed can for the GSR. I did another collection by phoning him while outside and he took payment and brought them out and put them in the boot. Very helpful indeed and recommended.

    I also got some masking tape so started on the car when I got to the unit. After masking I put a bit of primer on to see how it was.

    As I'm such a perfectionist* this was deemed to be acceptable so I carried on with primer on the rest, of course I ran out so out came the Lidl stuff from the cupboard which seems good stuff. This is about as accurate as the previous colour match I had used.


    Happy enough with that so far, time for some colour.



    First decent coat done.
    Lunch had now so time for some more.
     
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    meshking got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Mr and Mrs Brownnova's new arrival! The human arrival arrives!   
    Excellent purchase! I probably have a few repair panels kicking about here for the seat box / seat belt mounts if it's any use? Take stock and let me know what you need.
     
     
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    meshking got a reaction from brownnova in Mr and Mrs Brownnova's new arrival! The human arrival arrives!   
    Excellent purchase! I probably have a few repair panels kicking about here for the seat box / seat belt mounts if it's any use? Take stock and let me know what you need.
     
     
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    meshking reacted to brownnova in Mr and Mrs Brownnova's new arrival! The human arrival arrives!   
    The full tale goes thusly... 
    One evening on the 2CV Facebook group someone advertised a 2CV for sale “in need of full restoration.” Mrs B  said oooh that looks nice and started making jokes about it being a pre-baby present... now I thought she was joking, it turned out she was not! I phoned the chap up and he said that it needed a full restoration. He said that the body was rusty and the gearbox was whining... but he was still using it daily. The other thing he said was that it had had a galvanised chassis, new floors and sills. My ears perked up. 
    Upon a quick search I discovered a Boris MoT with an advisory for corrosion last year around the rear seatbelt mounts and boot floor (TADTS). The pictures did indeed show tatty bodywork. I contacted a local 2CV friend to see if he knew the car and he put me in touch with the man who had serviced it for the past 20 years... he gave me the lowdown. Very solid but getting tatty. I can work with that.
    We had first refusal, and opted to take a gamble. @worldofceri was available for delivery and so I was most excited to receive this picture... 

    Ahead of his estimated time he arrived with our new pride and joy

    We got it down off the trailer and started it up... it purred beautifully.... 
    So what do we have a 1988 2CV Dolly. 
    Looks nice from a distance, but one or two signs that there is work ahead. 
     

    Underneath the car is in excellent order. It’s been under sealed and this has protected the replacement sills, floors and chassis. That was a lot of work. There are copious receipts in the box including a new hood only a few years ago. 
    That said... yes, there are a few rust issues in places... 

    Pah seen worse... 

    Bolt on bolt off... 

    Likewise... 
    The patina of the Dolly badge is excellent! 

    Like the underside the inside is in really good condition! 

    Overall we’re delighted that this worked out well, it was a risk but it is better than we thought it might be. Getting the welding done will be a priority, we already have a source of panels through the club... all in all... we’re really happy. We can now do his and hers 2CVing! 
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    meshking got a reaction from egg in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    My finger injury has recovered enough now to wear gloves.
    Earlier I had cut a plate to fit

    Got busy with the welder this morning:

    It'll do.  Also bought some vactan alternative and went to work on the goal posts:



    Time will tell how good it is I suppose
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    meshking got a reaction from strangeangel in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Having recovered, slightly, from my finger injury I took another look at the bulkhead. I had noticed this plate before, doesn't look particularly factory:

     
    So I unclipped the accelerator cable to find the tension of the cable was holding in two pieces of steel either side of a rusty hole
     

     
    Not too keen on rusty holes, and definitely not keen on just painting over it. Look alike the welder is coming out again tomorrow....
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    meshking got a reaction from strangeangel in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Where did I get to? Oh yes. I ran out of abrasives, so ebayer "Dr Abrasives" to the rescue. I thought I would firstly get some better tunes into my garage, bit fed up listening to tinny music through my phone. Rotel amp, Jongo bluetooth and B&W speakers will do the job!

    Finishing off cleaning the panel between screen and bonnet and cleaned up the bulkhead enough for a simple coating. One thing I hate about cars that have had paint is when people only paint the outside. So I've painted the insides and will be painting the underside of the bonnet as well the outside ( which is currently green).

    Unfortunately, I think I'll have to stop here since my plaster appears to have changed colour. Sigh.

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    meshking got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Spent another hour cleaning the other side of the engine bay last night:
     

     
    I never realised that the chassis were painted body colour, everyday's a school day!
     

    The engine looks to have been breathing rather heavily - the tube visible from the oil filler in the top picture was leading to an improvised catch can (an old tango can!). Figuring that was just the reniflard being worn out I was hopeful that it would be ok - however, I found a valve fitted to the oil drain pipe that is used to repair a broken reniflard. So - the engine needs a new reniflard and probably rings/barrels too. A replacement set of pistons and barrels isn't expensive, but it does lead to temptation in replacing it with something faster.
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    meshking got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    So where did I get with this?
    We last saw this with paint on the back half with new doors but no glass.
    Enter one wife who decided that a house extension was more important, a new job that is taking up a lot more of time than my old job and not much happened.
    The van was left with a thick coat of dust, until the building plans were complete. We're still not there, but decided given the lack of travel I can now get on with it.
    First thing was the window sides. This didn't turn out well on one side - the new surround I made up was too small in some places and the existing metal too weak in others. I decided to replace the entire side with a sheet. Worked out ok, need to get rid of a big dent that appeared whilst welding. 
    Then I replaced the side rail and the wing with a metal one with correct large ripples. The fibreglass ones on the van weren't looking too good so I took the plunge 
    Now with those wings on one side welded in, my thoughts are turning to cleaning up the engine bay ready to a bit more paint then get it running.
    Stripped out the old full side:

    Sized up new zintec sheet

     
    Welded in and checking rail and wing for fit:

     
     



     
    et voila:
     

     
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    meshking got a reaction from HarmonicCheeseburger in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Engine bay before and mid cleaning
     
     


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    meshking got a reaction from anonymous user in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    My finger injury has recovered enough now to wear gloves.
    Earlier I had cut a plate to fit

    Got busy with the welder this morning:

    It'll do.  Also bought some vactan alternative and went to work on the goal posts:



    Time will tell how good it is I suppose
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    meshking got a reaction from strangeangel in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    My finger injury has recovered enough now to wear gloves.
    Earlier I had cut a plate to fit

    Got busy with the welder this morning:

    It'll do.  Also bought some vactan alternative and went to work on the goal posts:



    Time will tell how good it is I suppose
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