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Post by Tone & Linz on Fri May 18 2012, 23:51

Well done Rob you've done some fantastic work there.

Very jealous of your dry workshop!

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Post by Aussiboris on Sun May 20 2012, 09:49

Tone & Linz wrote:Well done Rob you've done some fantastic work there.

Very jealous of your dry workshop!

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Cheers Tone,
Not sure how leaky your workshop is but mine can get really dusty. It's on a dairy farm and the feed room is next door. When theres deliveries it can fill up with airborne matter Rolling Eyes
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Back to one colour (almost)

Post by Aussiboris on Sun May 20 2012, 09:59

After all the flatting back of stonechips and the like with stopper and wet and dry I've got the gun out again and blasted some primer on. There were a couple of small areas that had paint reactions with the acrylic paint beneath and I've got the "toothpaste" out for some bits of filler that were not quite flatted. Really happy I've got it looking like it's nearly ready to paint. Feeling like I'm making good progress again Very Happy












Will be getting the 500 grit out today. Very Happy
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PAINT!

Post by Aussiboris on Fri May 25 2012, 11:18

Yesterday I had a day off work. The workshop was pretty toasty from the great weather we've been having so I got myself down the paintshop and purchased some cellulose paint.
I got the gun cleaned, flatted the roof with some 500 grit, blew the dust away, degreased and tacky clothed, degreased then tacky clothed, then...went round and sprayed!









There's some bits of overspray in the centre of the roof and had some flies decide to land on it, nothing that can't be polished out. Ended up going round twice and the results were very pleasing Smile
Going to leave it for the next 3 days then tidy it up with some compound paste. Will have to mask it up so I can do the rest without the top turning pink.
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Post by Erna & David on Fri Jun 15 2012, 08:06

Hi Rob, Joe has been taking it all in watching this thread, asking questions and wanting to know what colour is the bottom going to be and what kind of wheels you are going to have, he thinks the steels, also he wants more pictures of the workshop please. David
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Post by Aussiboris on Sat Jun 16 2012, 14:08

Brilliant. Maybe Joe's taking note for future projects?
The bottom sections will be Carmine Red (RAL 3002). Before I get spraying that on I will need to flat the grey primer until it is smooth. Lots of elbow grease needed for that but it will mean getting a nice finish (hopefully).
As for wheels I have my old steelies - now with flecks of paint on. I need some help deciding on new ones at some point.
Will get some more pictures of the workshop and the dairy farm where Boris lives next time I have the camera there and it's not too rainy. Very Happy
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Post by Aussiboris on Wed Jun 27 2012, 22:22

Not been updating so regularly lately but have still been getting down the workshop.
Once I was happy with the roof I got masking it off.


Used a section of rug on the roof to give the paper a bit of weight.

With that done I put down some primer on inside. As it was inside I found it was getting in the lungs a bit so some PPE was needed.








Then it was gin cleaning time. This means dismantling the gun, dropping it in thinners overnight and spending a couple hours putting it back together and brushing it with the kit brushes. Normally a very frustrating task but when you get an even spray you know why it's worth doing.



Here are some cows blocking my route to the workshop Very Happy


So, with the roof masked up, I primed the gutters then got on with degreasing the inside, tack ragging then tonight I put down the first bit of red!




Only got some pics with the phone (which I managed to cover in overspray) will get some proper pics soon.
Really pleased with the finish inside even though I didn't bother flatting back. Pleased with the colour too. Very Happy

More to come soon. Getting really excited about finishing the gruelling bodywork bits. Next couple days I will be wet and drying the outside rubbing out a mist coat Very Happy
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Re: Boris

Post by Grizzly on Wed Jun 27 2012, 22:45

Pesky cows . . . . well done rob looking good mate
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Re: Boris

Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jun 28 2012, 13:30

Cheers...getting there Very Happy
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Post by Liam on Thu Jun 28 2012, 19:09

looking good buddy bet your getting really excited to lay some red on the outside now!

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Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jun 28 2012, 22:20

Erna & David wrote:Hi Rob, Joe has been taking it all in watching this thread, asking questions and wanting to know what colour is the bottom going to be and what kind of wheels you are going to have, he thinks the steels, also he wants more pictures of the workshop please. David

For Joe, here are some pictures of where the workshop is and inside:
























You're very welcome to come and visit and have a look for yourself Very Happy

See ya,
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Stuff I did tonight

Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jun 28 2012, 22:33

Misted on some guide coat...



Then got rubbing down with the old wet and dry...



Saving some elbow grease for tomorrow evening then I shall be even closer to getting the first coat on the outside Very Happy

Here's a better pic of the spray over inside. Colour is a bit darker now it's drier. Really pleased with the colour.

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Post by carl & helen on Mon Jul 02 2012, 16:21

Looking great Rob - well done.

Who's is the beetle?

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Post by Aussiboris on Mon Jul 02 2012, 16:28

carl & helen wrote:Looking great Rob - well done.

Who's is the beetle?

Helen

Thanks Helen,
I may be spraying the outside tomorrow. Fingers crossed I can get everything prepped for it.
The beetle belongs to a guy I share the barn with. It's a very rusty 1303. I doubt I will have anything to do with it in the future.
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Got the first coat on...

Post by Aussiboris on Sat Jul 14 2012, 15:49

...and this is what it's looking like now:
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I was waiting for more of a warmer day but with the weather being so rubbish I stuck a couple of heaters on the van and had to get on with it. Did get a few runs on the front but nothing that a bit of wet and dry cant sort out. Also got the engine hatch done too
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Really liking the colour. Could not really see it properly after painting the inside. It will get a tad darker as it dries too.
Getting really excited about finishing the rest now. Can't wait to bolt stuff back on it.
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Spraying

Post by Erna & David on Sat Jul 14 2012, 16:04

Easy from now on Rob, cant wait to see the finish van, when do you hope to have it all put back together.
Joe enjoyed the pics of the units.

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Post by Grizzly on Sat Jul 14 2012, 22:34

Well done Rob looks like youve done a cracking job there mate . . .

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Unmasking

Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jul 19 2012, 09:16

We had a warmer and drier day yesterday which was pretty rare for the
recent weather patterns. I took the opportunity to mix up some paint
and finish spraying the van. Put on a couple more coats, this time
moved a bit quicker and got better results - no more runs! Woohoo.
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was a dodgy moment during the paint where I was pouring mixed paint
through some tights and got some splashed into my eye - not very
pleasant. Lots of stinging and pain in the front of the cranium!
Fortunately all was okay after splashing a load of water in my face.

Tonight
I removed the masked off areas. Really pleased with the results, still
can do with a bit of a compound polish but I've done the best I could
with the DIY conditions.
My mate Gemma came down after work for the
grand unveiling so there are some rare pictures of me doing stuff,
although its only removing the masking...nothing major Very Happy













Now just got the rest of the doors and bumpers to paint...hopefully this weekend as I have some days off.
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Post by Aussiboris on Sun Aug 12 2012, 21:16

Not put an update up for a while. I have mostly been getting the remaining panels painted to a good standard following on from painting the main part.
Wheeled the van back out of the spray booth:



Then used the booth section for flatting back primer and getting some cellulose on the doors











I did have a lapse in concentration which resulted in some runs...nothing major a bit of wet and dry couldnt sort out


Today I started bolting some things to the van. Here's the shiny (freshly hammerited) fuel tank bolted in

Also managed to get the breather circuit in there too...been very productive Smile
Got a bit of undersealing done in between jobs

Tomorrow I shall get the sound deadening in place...
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Post by Aussiboris on Sun Sep 09 2012, 21:40

Not put an update up for a while. Seems that I haven't made a great deal of progress in August mostly trying to work out what to start fixing to the bus first. I've just finished spraying the last parts red and things are going in with a wrench or screwdriver in a clockwise direction which is good.
Spent a bit of money at Action - was great to those that were there although it was a brief appearance on my part. Should be the last time I drive a Pug there Very Happy
I was surprised that Lisa thought I was going too quick with the resto! I've missed my optimistic finish time (Action last weekend) but I think I'm doing things properly instead of rushing it. I generally feel like I'm going slower now that I'm bolting stuff back together as it's now making me think and recall how it was in the first place. So this is where I am now:


This is a bit of last minute paint chip fixing...you really don't see what is there until you paint it. Luckily I have a lot of stopper left over.


Last bit of spraying...




Not forgetting the engine bay hinges...


I've been fixing up some of the stuff in the cab area. Heating levers and linkages and the wiper assembly

As you can see I've got a book out as I was trying to remember what it looked like when I dismantled it Very Happy

Rubber step covers glued down


And breaking up the jobs with a bit of undersealing when I can be bothered to get creepy on my Halfords creeper


I now have the tailgate on which is pretty cool


Not got round to putting any rubbers on yet, I think I will need to purchase a big tub of glue.

Indicators and grill are on the front now too Smile




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Post by Big Red on Mon Sep 10 2012, 10:23

Looking really good Rob,

Like the worlds biggest airfix set, 1:1 model of a VW campervan!

keep it up mate
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Post by Lisa on Mon Sep 10 2012, 22:51

Your making really good progress it looks great Very Happy
Compared to us you are quick, although you have not completed by your action deadline you are as you say doing things properly, which is exactly how it should be.
Keep up the good work, really looking forward to seeing it finished Wink

See you Saturday x
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Post by Aussiboris on Wed Sep 12 2012, 13:34

Thanks Lisa.
I see it everyday so really don't notice how quick / slow it's going. I have been feeling like it's progressing well recently.
See you on Saturday and good luck with all the preparations. You must be very excited Very Happy
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Post by Aussiboris on Tue Sep 18 2012, 00:44

Great weekend enjoying the garden party on Saturday at Daz and Lisa's. Congratulations to you both.
Sunday I spent a fair bit of time polishing doors trying to get the gun finish texture out where I'm not happy. Think I'm being a bit of a perfectionist now.
Remove a cylinder head I bought at the auto jumble at action from soaking in a big bucket of red diesel donated by the farmer. Got lapping the valves and dremmeling the crusty build up off different bits.






Now have the wiper assembly in. So much easier to put in without the dash there. Can remember a time changing the spindles lying on the cab floor to reach them a couple years ago. Not worth putting the wipers on yet as I have no windows fitted so far



My bucket of red (now black) diesel is a superb parts cleaner. These are the bits for the sliding door coming out.



...and getting bolted on.


I got the volks bolts stainless steel kit for the late bay and it looks like this.


Pretty tricky working out which fasteners to use where there's several different ones in the same baggy. The blown up diagrams on vw heritage are helpful so is the Haynes ...



Did a bit of photography around the barn at the weekend. Will stick some of those pics up too.



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Some pics from around the barn

Post by Aussiboris on Tue Sep 18 2012, 01:03

Got my hands clean and picked up the camera. Here are some pics. Apologies about the ones that are endorsing products however I feel that some deserve a mention Very Happy



















can't decide on my favourite Think it's the paint gun side view pic
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