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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Quick update. Things are progressing slowly - I lost a bit of mojo, and coupled with busy work things happening I didn't get much done.
     
    I did get the new sill fitted, then realised I'd cut out a strengthener for the upper door hinge.... Luckily I realised this before I fully welded it in.
     
    Pics below show the progress. Not sure what to do with the window lip at the moment, no repair panels so I'm going to have to put my creativity hat on.
     
    Inner sill
     

     
    Bulkhead repairs and triangle strengthener tacked in

     
    Rusty side window lip

     
     
    My thoughts are with the eventual colour. I quite like this:
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Fumbler in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Managed to spend sometime this morning on unpicking, a few patches had been let in and the floor is on the way out too.
     
    I've placed the first (of no doubt many) orders for bits for the van on Thursday just waiting for them to arrive.
     
    Managed to get a new bottle of hobby weld, no questions about the empty tank and didn't want to see the original receipt.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Fumbler in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Yuk. Plenty of grot in this corner, luckily all panels are available.
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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    This weekend I managed to get 3/4 of the my new kitchen fitted, so I could justify moving my cars around. My garage is long rather than wide, meaning that I have to do some shuffling to get the cars in the correct place. My 2CV has been relegated to the drive, with the Lotus tucked under a cover at the back. That leaves some working space for:
     

     
    I'm working from home this week, so can spend the odd moment poking about with it whilst waiting for jobs to run etc.
     
    Got busy with a knot wheel on this area, which looks like it has had a patch in the past:
     

     
    After a short while there was quite a mess:
     

     
    And not much left of the panel, sill, a post and edge of bulkhead:
     

     

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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Yuk. Plenty of grot in this corner, luckily all panels are available.
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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    About two weeks ago this vehicle was inadvertently advertised by stinkwheel on here. Having recognised this vehicle from my time as moderator on the 2cvgb forum, and having seen it change hands then, I was interested.
     
    A flurry of pm's saw a seed planted in my mind. We've got some building work to do at home - so what better way to help this than to buy a van that hadn't been on the road for 8 years?
     
    Amazingly, my wife thought it a good idea too, and we discussed the proposition with our children. A family fun bus? Why not! My 5 year old son was keen, my 9 year old daughter much less so.
     
    Anyway - wingz123 delivered the mucky beast to my drive this afternoon. Thank you very much sir, lovely to meet you!
     
    So here we are, project acadiane after a quick jetwash.

     
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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    I've gone over it a bit, not too much rusty stuff but I'll certainly have to break out the welder over winter.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from RayMK in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Skizzer in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    No sure about plating over that a hole that size...
     
    In other news, work is slowly progressing. It's clear that there has been a leak onto the parcel shelf for some time. So time to fix that before turning the van around and starting on the other side.
     

     
    Chop chop

     
    Cutout some sheet steel, tack on the old mounting strip and voila! Need to weld it in, but I'm fairly happy. It won't be seen.

     
    My thoughts are turning to paint. I'm not sure my welding skills befit a proper paint job, so I'm considering another rustoleum paint job... It went on well in my first attempt.
     
    Note, doors are professionally painted here...
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    meshking got a reaction from Joey spud in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking reacted to Tamworthbay in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Water and scotchbrite usually sorts emulsion.
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    meshking got a reaction from LightBulbFun in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from shedenvy in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Wow. November since last update. I blame a new job that has eaten into my evenings, but I have made some progress.
     
    I'll let the pics so some talking. Still need some paint on the front end, the sides need flatting down another a finish coat applied, its never going to be perfect, but it's an acadiane - it never was!
     
    I'm moving my other car out of the garage so we can start building works, but first I'll repair the bonnet and spray the wings so it's all in one colour.
     

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    meshking got a reaction from theshadow in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Quick update. Things are progressing slowly - I lost a bit of mojo, and coupled with busy work things happening I didn't get much done.
     
    I did get the new sill fitted, then realised I'd cut out a strengthener for the upper door hinge.... Luckily I realised this before I fully welded it in.
     
    Pics below show the progress. Not sure what to do with the window lip at the moment, no repair panels so I'm going to have to put my creativity hat on.
     
    Inner sill
     

     
    Bulkhead repairs and triangle strengthener tacked in

     
    Rusty side window lip

     
     
    My thoughts are with the eventual colour. I quite like this:
     

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    meshking got a reaction from Aston Martin in 1980 Citroën acadiane   
    Quick update. Things are progressing slowly - I lost a bit of mojo, and coupled with busy work things happening I didn't get much done.
     
    I did get the new sill fitted, then realised I'd cut out a strengthener for the upper door hinge.... Luckily I realised this before I fully welded it in.
     
    Pics below show the progress. Not sure what to do with the window lip at the moment, no repair panels so I'm going to have to put my creativity hat on.
     
    Inner sill
     

     
    Bulkhead repairs and triangle strengthener tacked in

     
    Rusty side window lip

     
     
    My thoughts are with the eventual colour. I quite like this:
     

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    meshking reacted to richardmorris in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Just joined a Facebook group of old pics from where i grew up.
     
    Someone has posted this ( which I remember well!)
     
    I think that’s the one and only time I’ve been in the press. 1976.
     
    Edit. I’m the one staring into the gates of hell. My best friend Chris looks quite happy to be frozen to death in tiny shorts and a cardigan!

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    meshking got a reaction from D Spares & Tyres in Cheap Peugeot 205,305,306,405 parts. Also Xantia Citroen Dyane, 2CV, C15, DS ID ,ZX parts   
    Did you get a chance to look for dyane parts?
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    meshking reacted to D Spares & Tyres in Cheap Peugeot 205,305,306,405 parts. Also Xantia Citroen Dyane, 2CV, C15, DS ID ,ZX parts   
    Many apologies for my slackness in looking for parts. The Dyane parts in particular are well buried but I can now actually see them just about...
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    meshking reacted to warren t claim in The grumpy thread   
    Back at work after nearly a week off with fever, that's two weeks off in the last three. Not in a good mood.
     
    First customer of my shift gets into my car and the first words uttered out of his mouth are "thank fuck you're not a paki"
     
    Well thank fuck you're not getting into my car you track suit wearing benefits vacuum. Have fun walking the three miles return to the all night off licence/petrol station. Oh, and it's run by Asians I took the liberty of telling them your description as I was going there for fuel anyway. And BTW, your address and phone number are now blocked from our company. I'm sure that your Lonsdale track suit helped you to jog the extra four miles to the all night Tesco.
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    meshking reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    Got up too early today. This was the time I left the house.
     

     
    But it was worth it.
     

     
    After a brief catch up with skattrd I then headed off to ACA in King's Lynn. Despite being a non-turbo auto it's surprisingly quick, and the furnace of a heater was very welcome today after the chilly standing around at the auction.
     
    Not home yet. Just having a break before hitting the M25.
     
    Mmm, pillarless.
     

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    meshking reacted to Jim Bell in Shitting in the shallow end. Tychy Poo-nda.   
    I don't call mine a stress toy but I know what you mean.
     
    *Wink*
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    meshking reacted to SiC in The Austin 2dr 1100 story - Part IV - Now in sharleys hands   
    Got on with the inner membrane today.
     
    Chopped a length of 1 metre 1.2mm steel in half, then welded the ends together.


     
    This is why I use my knackered, cheap old Homebase work bench - not my nice and shiny Black and Decker job. Not sure what I expected to happen really!

     
    I then married up the strip of steel against the old membrane and scribed up. Incidentally I wish I bought one of these mechanics crawlers years ago. Even just to lay on while welding or wheelie yourself along as you clamp up the metal, its 100 times better than directly on tarmac.


     
    Looking along I realised that I really needed to cut more steel off. Trying to weld against this pitted metal will be a exercise in frustration.

     
    I then had a spark of inspiration. Cort16 has mentioned before about using self tapper screws to hold the new and old metal together, then using an cutting disc to cut the two bits as a pair to get a nice matching piece. Except and jnstead of self tappers I just used more clamps.
     
    Didn't end up too bad. Did require a bit of remedial work with a flap disc on some bits to get a decent edge but I'm quite happy how it lined up.





     
    Then I tacked it in.

     
    I ground back the tacks holding the two halves in preparation of running a bead down later. Except this meant when the metal flopped about getting it into place, the thin tacks gave way and snapped. Usefully this actually was a bonus as two smaller bits is much easier to work with than one long bit.
     
    Thus I then offered up the second bit.

     
    Tacked and welded right the way along.
     


     
    Next up will be offering up the replacement sill and fettling to make that fit properly. Hopefully I'll get time during the evenings to start doing that, then ready to weld it on next weekend. Finally get the front wing back on that side too.
     
    Once that is done, major bodywork may have to stop until the house move is done. There are a few holes about that I'll patch up as it's not removing noting majorly structural stuff by doing that. Apart from those patches, the only major metal work job is fixing up its rear subframe mounts. This will require the subframe taking off really. By doing that, it won't be easy to move and I really need to keep it able to go on a transporter or trailer.
     
    It will at least allow me to get on sorting the engine again. That needs to be in a reasonably ready state to be moved. Ideally back in the car for the move as life will be a lot easier not having to move that big hunk of iron and steel.
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    meshking reacted to 320touring in The new news 24 thread   
    Yaaay!
     
    Parts for 3 cars

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