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Post by Grizzly on Fri Feb 11 2011, 17:05


This is my 1964 Panel Van (ex German Fire Truck) in its former glory, lowered sitting on empi 5 spokes and running its original 1500 on twin 34 dellorto carbs and a ceramic extractor exhaust system. The interior had been panelled out in beige vinyl and a rock n roll bed fitted along with a pop out rear window.


The time had come to give it a bit of a restoration so we took it down the workshop and started stripping it down. The paint was flattened and the rest brought down to bare metal. It needed a replacement nearside arch as the old one was rotten and a couple other minor bits to the rear sills.


It was then sprayed in etch primer, followed by the high build primer you see here. This is then rubbed down and we try to spot any dents or marks in the primer etc before we go for the second coat of primer before final paint.


Wessex Metal Finishers did a good job of the tinware powder coating, the Stateside 1776 is ready. Still a fair bit of work to do on some of the other panels


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Post by Liam on Fri Feb 11 2011, 17:32

Haha it doesnt look like it in the middle picture but that was a VERY cold day! Quote of the day was when your brother said "at least this wet patch has iced up"! Haha
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Post by Ronnieboy59 on Sat Mar 12 2011, 23:39

As i love panel vans this has to be the best example possible, i just love it and if had the cash i would buy this, swap plus cash my way Daz????


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Post by Grizzly on Sun Mar 13 2011, 15:33

@Ronnieboy59 wrote:As i love panel vans this has to be the best example possible, i just love it and if had the cash i would buy this, swap plus cash my way Daz????
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Post by Grizzly on Sun Oct 23 2011, 18:08

Welding has been started again and I took the front beam out yesterday, looking to change to drop spindles on the front.
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Post by Erna & David on Sun Oct 23 2011, 19:59

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Post by Liam on Sun Oct 23 2011, 20:43

@Grizzly wrote:Welding has been started again and I took the front beam out yesterday, looking to change to drop spindles on the front.

Easy once you get the shift rod linkage out!..........

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Post by Grizzly on Tue Dec 06 2011, 10:23

Went down the rather freezing workshop yesterday and started rubbing down the floor found a few bits of corrosion where the old fire pump brackets used to mount. They were not really bad but they would have developed in some thing worse in our wonderful climate, so best to sort them now . . .



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Post by Liam on Tue Dec 06 2011, 18:05

good work there dude get some bits welded in now! wish id have known you were going down my mates left his coat in our lockup haha!

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Post by Grizzly on Sat Feb 04 2012, 20:54

Got a bit more done on the van today was a slow struggle with the cold and we had a bit of trouble getting back in the snow pale Will try and get some pictures up

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Post by Liam on Sun Feb 05 2012, 18:42

brave man going down in that cold! get stuck on the way home then?

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Post by Ronnieboy59 on Sun Feb 05 2012, 18:55

Daz,,if you need a pair of hands just let me know as got time on my hands and need to try to keep busy, even if its making the coffee.



Firkin freezin yesterday.



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Post by Grizzly on Sun Feb 05 2012, 20:58

@Liam wrote:brave man going down in that cold! get stuck on the way home then?

Going back next saturday, we had a hairy moment coming home breaking tracks up the hill from the black dog up to the A303 we wheel spun all the way up it and come off the road at one point.

@Ronnieboy59 wrote:Daz,,if you need a pair of hands just let me know
as got time on my hands and need to try to keep busy, even if its making
the coffee.

Firkin freezin yesterday.

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Cheers Ron, by the way pinched the speedo cable from the panel for the moment since it's not going anywhere so not in any great hurry at the moment.

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Post by Grizzly on Sat Jul 14 2012, 22:31

Not updated in a long while the nearside inner and outer arch are on along with step, a new outrigger and jacking point went on as well. After I had rubbed down the cargo floor had identified the area where the fire pump fixings used to be had corroded so we had to patch up the floor along with the rear offside jacking point and some of the strengthen rails underneath too . . . a little bit more welding needs to be done then it is back on to workin on the body . . . all the doors, tailgate and engine lid are rubbed down.

(Liam sorry mate just realised I had been hording your angle grinder in the back of the van thought it was Justin's till he told me his was yellow oops) I have put it with the big beasty angle grinder in your tool chest . . . till next time.

















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Re: 64 (Fire Truck) Panel Van

Post by Aussiboris on Wed Jul 18 2012, 23:37

Go for it Daz Very Happy
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Re: 64 (Fire Truck) Panel Van

Post by Grizzly on Tue Oct 09 2012, 15:59

Woohoo all the welding is now finished, now working back on the body and some major stone chipping . . . will get some pics up next time hopefully.

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Post by Aussiboris on Tue Oct 09 2012, 16:16

Rocking. Enjoy the stone chipping...probably a welcome change from welding
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Post by Grizzly on Sat Mar 16 2013, 21:27

Finally got a little bit of time to get down the very wet workshop and made a start on the stone chipping, will have to see if I can make regular Saturdays now to get going it's been too long.

To do final high build primer coat

Rub down finish doors, tailgate, engine lid etc.

Final Coat

finish external pieces fuel cap, light surround etc

Put back together.


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Post by Grizzly on Thu Jun 06 2013, 19:52

Well the van started to go well finished the body work and started the second coat of high build primer only to run out Embarassed. Have ordered some more and thought I would start on the scabby fuel tank and bumpers.


Even though the grey primer was still on it there was rust underneath the paint so started rubbing it down.


Took me pretty much all day to rub it down, even with power tools good news it thought there does not appear to be any rust and very little dirt in the tank.


All done and etch primed day gone . . . bumpers are next.


Next day started on the bumpers front one is being a pig and I have run out of pads for the sander as the paint is so thick. So will have to continue that another day. The rear one is Alan Schofield VW Brazil replacement took a while to remove all the black paint before etch priming.
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Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jun 06 2013, 21:41

That is a fine looking fuel tank Daz. the bumper looks really good too!
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Final High Build Primer

Post by Grizzly on Wed Jun 26 2013, 10:28

The final coat of high build primer before rub down body is done but run out of paint for the doors, tailgate, etc so here we go again. A few pics for you.

















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Post by Aussiboris on Wed Jun 26 2013, 12:26

Looking really good Daz.  I guess you'll be getting chalky with the wet and dry now for a few weeks!  Enjoy...some people dread it but I think it's therapeutic Very Happy
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Post by Grizzly on Wed Jun 26 2013, 21:53

@Aussiboris wrote:Looking really good Daz.  I guess you'll be getting chalky with the wet and dry now for a few weeks!  Enjoy...some people dread it but I think it's therapeutic Very Happy

Cheers Rob I don't mind it either ... still need to prime up doors, tailgate etc as we run out of paint again how much top coat did you need on yours can you remember about 6 litres sound right ?

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Post by Aussiboris on Thu Jun 27 2013, 12:42

6 litres was exactly what I needed.  I have some left over (prob about 1/2 litre) for all the bits I've taken off as I have been assembling.  Inevitable but I learnt to place a towel over the wheel arches and not to wear jeans with rivets.

I highly recommend panel degreaser.  Used about 5 litres of that.  Good for cleaning up after a flatting session and in between each top coat.
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Post by Grizzly on Thu Jun 27 2013, 13:37

@Aussiboris wrote:6 litres was exactly what I needed.  I have some left over (prob about 1/2 litre) for all the bits I've taken off as I have been assembling.  Inevitable but I learnt to place a towel over the wheel arches and not to wear jeans with rivets.

I highly recommend panel degreaser.  Used about 5 litres of that.  Good for cleaning up after a flatting session and in between each top coat.

Cheers Rob and no worries have used nearly 5 litres of it already will have to get some more me thinks and thinners.

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