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Old 12-19-2010, 09:06 PM   #16
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Honda 90 in a Yetman frame.




Or an Imme R100
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:31 PM   #17
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:12 AM   #18
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HAve to agree about an old vespa - no parts problem, room for two & guaranteed fisty cuffs down Brighton way
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:06 PM   #19
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HAve to agree about an old vespa - no parts problem, room for two & guaranteed fisty cuffs down Brighton way
I love vespas, and have had 3 over the years.

However, I suspect something light will be the ultimate winner here.

In the mean time I keep looking around for the right one.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #20
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Bit of an update.

After we used the Transit bus to move my stuff from my old house to here, which would have been about 7 trips just to get all my "Stuff" from the garage and the old shed, I parked the bus up in the garage at the end of August and have not used it, Myrtle or the teardrop since as we have really been quite busy with the new house, and subsequent to losing my job at the end of October I have been getting down even more with house stuff, breaking down walls, decorating etc.

Today I popped into WH Smith while Nicola went bargain hunting at Boots, and found the new January 2011 edition of Classic Van and Pick-up with a 3 page spread on the Taunus Transit.
Not a bad article, except for a couple of captions being a bit out on the actual facts.

This bus has had its fair share of interest and been in a few publications since I got it.

Today is actually the 3 year aniversary of Oldbus Dave delivering it to me.

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Old 12-28-2010, 04:09 PM   #21
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Show us the inside of the van. That's a real cutie!
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:28 AM   #22
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Show us the inside of the van. That's a real cutie!

I will look through the Photobucket album when I get back for an interior pic.

I am off to see a Sachs Madass which has come up for sale about 10 miles or 16 km from here for 400. If it is as good as it sounds, being a 2006 model with less than 7000km, then I will just have to buy it.

The interior of the bus is fairly plain and empty, but like a sardine can.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:29 AM   #23
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Yesterday I received a big box in the post from Sun Valley , NEVADA.

Knowing it was from Johnny Dye, teardrop builder of infinite skill and ability, I decided to leave it on the kitchen table to let Nicola open it when she got home from work, as she likes to do stuff like that.

When she came in, it was like Christmas all over, fighting her way through the layers of sellotape, delivery notices, and international customs declarations.

First out , a lovely Christmassy shopping bag with a fold out, 3D card from Johnny and Terry, followed closely by 2 pairs of fluffy Christmas socks.........now next up I had to wait for Nicola to get one pair onto her little trotters, then we could continue. Miraculously, the fairy candle light holder they had sent, had survived the trip, putting a beaming smile on her face (she has a thing for candles and pretty holders)
Then she pulled a second bag out the box, peeped into it and gave me a look I have not seen before...... and proceeded to pull a load of stuff out one by one. The pic will show it all together.

Johnny and Terry, you guys are great !!!!

To take the time to get to know someone and know what makes them tick, takes a special person. To then go about collecting bits from all over, over time, that makes a HERO in our book. ( I know how good it feels to find something special for someone)

My parcel included two Sinclair Oil metal wall signs, WOW !!, various stickers, badges, including the eNVy sticker that will go on the rear of the trailer, and some others which will be hidden inside the trailer along with some real Nevada Silver flakes to protect them.
We had a good laugh about the John Deere stickers, as I have real John Deere baseball cap, which I am not allowed to wear (apparently makes me look even more like the "redneck" I already am) They will find a special place too.

The trailer has taken a real back seat since moving here, as there has been so much stuff to do, but better weather, New Year and hopefully a new job with a car should see it back on the road, or behind the Transit bus.


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Old 12-31-2010, 12:31 AM   #24
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PS: This is the plan for the bus colours ultimately.

I have a thing for Sinclair colours and logos.

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Old 12-31-2010, 03:39 AM   #25
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Damn, no ideas either but man you have some great looking toys!

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Old 12-31-2010, 04:30 AM   #26
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Firstly, here are some pics of the interior, taken when I got the bus.

I will add some of the floor I put in later.

I decided to strip out the bus interior (not much of it ;) ) and used a bottle of CIF and a scouring pad to remove 46 years worth of gunge... I parked it up the incline, and used a hosepipe, and a bucket to clean the inside after which I wire brushed the floor rust, and Hammerited both front floor sections, for uniformity of looks.








At the bootfair, my best find to date ;D was this silly Dino, he will be my dashboard buddy from now on.
Below Dino's feet..... Can you say Patina ?

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Old 12-31-2010, 04:33 AM   #27
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OK..... drum roll !!!

Just back inside, photos to be uploaded later and posted.

I have bought a Madass for sensible money (read : I can sell it for a profit should I need to)

It needs to be roadworty tested and taxed, rear wheel has a fast leak, and goes flat after 5 miles.

More info later.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:10 AM   #28
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OK, Wirespokes.... your wish is my search in the build thread.

Interior pics taken and just copied from original posts.


Today started rainy, windy, and kinda like a day not to be spent in the garage.


However, with a late start at 10.30am, I got into the garage, moved stuff, painted, cleaned, got into the loft to take stuff down, and moved my +- 500 numberplate collection into the loft from the garage.
Also moved bus parts and motorbike bits up there.

Emptied the bus and swept it out, then tarted with the Ships hull paint Nicola's brother had got me, on the bus floor, I hope to do at least 3 coats in the next week or so, and then eventualy to lay plywood over the steel for a floor.


Slater popped in later the afternoon to fetch the Honda that I had up for sale before.

Before


The paint


Almost done, need to get a pic of the completed job, must say it looks good now.




In the mean time I had also bought some front seats from a wrecked Ford Fiesta, which were modern, and wide enough to fit in the limited space up front.

I spent part of yesterday playing with various things including the new seats.

Last night Nicola and I went to the O2 Arena to watch Jeff Wayne's 30 Aniversary of: "War of the Worlds"
I have known this music since it was launched in 1978 , when I was still at boarding school.
Anyway, in Novemebr last year when the show was anounced , we decided to buy each other best in house tickets for Christmas,
What a perfect way to spend an evening ;)


Back to today, we did bootfairs, and Fathers day, then lunch untill about 2pm...... at which point I started on these seats in earnest.

They needed to be reduced in height by about 3 inches to work sensibly in the bus.

Below are a few pics of the process, which included carfefull disassembly, and reuse of many bits, then welding part of the old rails into the cut and reduced frame below the seat..... keep in mind this is angle grinder and welder territory, and with nylon type upholstery, I had the seats covered in old duvet and masking tape.

After I finished at 21.30, I have to say I am actually pleased with what a decent welder AND tools can get right.

Starting, try figure out what is connected to what...... where can I cut and where not and what would see the seats destroyed .



Once all the peripheral stuff is stripped away, like plastics, gearing for the height adjustment etc, I welded the front and rears up above the point where I planned to cut, as the frames are made up of sections of pressed steel.



Scored, measured, checked, and checked again, also wrapped tightly to protect the fabric, seat awaits its fate.



Moment of truth, grinder in hand, another self portrait in the interest of sharing ;D



All over.....



I used a pair of locating pins from the stripped bits which I welded into the rear ends of the frames, the plan is to use them to locate the seats, and then use 8mm nuts and bolts up front, so that the seats can be removed with 2 bolts undone for when major service is needed to the engine.... making access easier.



Tried for size..... seating felt good too, just a bit higher than I remember the old seats.



Once I was sure everyting fitted, I welded the rail to what was left of the chassis..... and checked it alongside the passenger seat which of course was next for surgery..... seems a bit lower to me.



Process repeated for the 2nd seat, and then both trial fitted.... everyting feels good.

I will still paint the frames as they are now covered in welds, grinding etc.

Once that is done, I plan on adding some of the plastics that were removed, to tidy up the sides of the seats. Interesting how unfinished it looks without the plastics.



Last pic shows just how much stuff came off the seats to get them where they are now. Plastics will be modified to fit where appropriate.

Chuffed I am, Yes.

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Old 12-31-2010, 05:13 AM   #29
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Today I had my interim performance review with the boss, seems he is happy with me for now ;)


Got home and needed to do something to unwind a bit......



So started to cut out the floor for the bus. Corrugated floors do not sleep very well.


Sarted out with sheets of ply, cut a template from carboard, and after the initial cuts, I then whittled it further with the jigsaw to make it fit nicely.
Then sanded the whole lot , which took me to 22.00, so decided dinner sounded like a better idea.

Will paint both sides with at least 2 coats of ships hull paint, to preserve the timber if it should get wet in the bus.







Blody health and safety, where is ones girlfriend when you need a spare set of hands ??



Almost there......




Done. Paint tomorrow eveing after work.






OK.... Time for a few pix again, on todays progrss.

Sound deadening.










Sexy new floor in, hope it lasts.




Doing the sides as well, and will do the roof once the dents in the roof are sorted.




Lastly... reward time. Though it had started raining, I had a plan, so BBQ was still the magic word.




And that I hope is what you wanted to see Wirespokes.
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Old 12-31-2010, 05:14 AM   #30
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Well Nicola likes the idea of privacy when we sleep in the bus.
I like the idea of noise reduction.

Yesterday I then deceded that seeing as the sound deadening was in the sides, I would proceed and build in the base and framework for a devider.

Knowing what you want and getting there are two different stories.

Ultimately I got what I wanted, and the inside will be covered with car type carpeting later when I do all the panels.

I managed to get a shelf in the front of the devider too, as storage is always a problem, no matter how much you have.

The seats also push back over the steel bulkhead, so I had to compensate for that, and cant the whole panel over backwards, and then close in the sides.


Pics......


Built a base from an old door frame and other bits of cast off materials. (Pretty much all the materials used were cast off, and offcuts.)




Template to get basic curve of the roof, carpet will shut gaps in the end. Only had the width I had to work with. ;)











Structure completed.



More Grey or is that Gray paint.



Front view fitted.

Shelf to be screwed down tonight when the paint has dried more.




Rear view, top brace was cut down kids bed frame, tip find as well.

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