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Post by carl & helen on Tue Mar 08 2011, 14:56

Veronica Wheatywheels or the V-bus for short by Helen & Carl.

Here’s the first instalment of our story. We bought V in 2004 and spent 2 ½ years in the restoration of her. We knew nothing in those days and have learnt loads in the process of getting her back on the road.

Veronica as we found her in 2004 – UK registered RHD tin-top in diamond white & Citroën green. She’s had all her welding done by the previous owner and a fresh coat of paint.


No engine bay let alone an engine! Just an old bird’s nest nr the petrol tank

No bulk heads, no panels, no interior, just the glass for the windows

Grinding back & redoing the stone chip layer

The reconditioned 1641 engine in place


V-bus on the low loader going to Bridport for interior door cards

The new door cards by SJ Bowles




The new leather seats, the fresh coat of pearl white and velvet green, note that the roof has been chopped ready for the Martin Walter dormobile roof

The nose sprayed with pearl white & pastel white over velvet green, we chose pearl white.


2009 cleaning the underneath and then putting protection on the underside.
Before:


After:


Us doing the dirty work



More to follow.....

Installation of the twin carbs Dec 2010 - very cold  silent
V-Bus going into the work shop

The engine as it was a 1641 Single carb

The engine out



Mr Muscles

Mr Muscles work – a broken fly wheel nut


Rob the DJ – kept us all grooving in the cold.

Carl was very good at cleaning & polishing tinware!



Winter afternoons turn into night – more light needed

Right carb needed a bash to get it on



The oil breather tower in place

Daz putting the linkage on

The engine back in

Fuel pump on left hand side

Jump starting the engine


The Rolling Road @ Millway


Driving onto the rollers

The readings on the score-board!

Headley doing his thing


Thank you once again everybody for your input, advice, experience, patience & fun!

Found some more photos on the Vanshack website of our resto....2004-2006
The new Dormobile roof (found in a ditch!)


The subframe for the roof

The bulk heads welded in


Front nose

No back engine lid


New engine lid and wheel hole

In the workshop

Reconditioned engine


Engine going in


Undercoat of paint


New coat of Velvet Green & Pearl white


Safaris fitted

Fitting the Dormobile interior






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Re: Carl & Helen's 67 Split Veronica

Post by Liam on Tue Mar 08 2011, 17:20

Great pics dont like the look of that dirty work underneath! Helen are you so tired you had to rest your head on a bucket?!?!
Are your interior door handles deleux ones?
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Post by carl & helen on Wed Mar 09 2011, 08:47

Our handles are not delux, they are just standard chrome handles. The most difficult handle to source was the exterior cargo door. Interior chrome handles also a bit tricky to source but plastic ones easy to find. We will have to look through all our old stuff to see what you can make use of.

The bucket was actually an old potty!! God knows where it came from but it was the perfect hight to rest my head coz my stomach muscles couldn't cope any more - I had toned abs after all that! All gone now mind cyclops
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Post by Grizzly on Wed Mar 09 2011, 09:47

Great story Helen & Carl

You did forget to put
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before and after the pics, so we can see them without clicking the links I have started amended . . . Very Happy
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Post by Liam on Thu Mar 10 2011, 17:34

Great pics love the shots of it on the rollers!
Forgot how cold it was doing the carbs though! Why is it we allways seem to do things on the coldest possible day! Reminds me when we were stripping Dazs bus in the snow!
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Post by carl & helen on Thu Apr 07 2011, 17:04

Just been browsing on the Vanshack website and managed to lift more photos or our resto story. Seems ages ago now!
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Post by Grizzly on Thu Apr 07 2011, 18:00

Great pics surprising how much work has gone on there . . .
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Post by Tone & Linz on Thu Apr 07 2011, 22:57

It's good to see those early pics again C & H!

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Post by Liam on Thu Apr 07 2011, 23:25

@Grizzly wrote:Great pics surprising how much work has gone on there . . .
Hell yea especialy the bulkheads and roof! I wouldnt have wanted to cut that!
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Post by carl & helen on Sat Apr 09 2011, 09:55

What Liam not up for doing Dormobile mods then????
Me thinks that you are the reso king now... or will be in 4 years time when you've done the same and completed your soon to arrive split! What a Face
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Post by Grizzly on Wed Jan 15 2014, 10:14

You mean this one . . . they are all in the general chat page at present !  Very Happy
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Post by carl & helen on Wed Jan 22 2014, 18:22

Yes thank you, just need to get photobucket to upload my pics of the new engine. Has any one else struggled with photobucket recently....with it failing to load pics.
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Post by carl & helen on Wed Jan 22 2014, 18:48

The new engine install:
A 1776 engine, with Dell 34 carbs, vintage speed exhaust and a MST serpentine pulley








Starting the engine for the first time....






The engine and tinware finally on....



Many thanks to  Owen & Ron for all the elbow grease and manual labour, thanks Daz for the advice as always.
So far she runs lovely, with so much more power. Just need to run her in a bit now at a gentle pace.
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Post by Ronnieboy59 on Wed Jan 22 2014, 19:11

All looks very nice guys
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Post by tint1n on Wed Jan 22 2014, 23:00

Looking good  Very Happy
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Post by Grizzly on Wed Jan 29 2014, 18:40

Well done guys ... good determination over those cold / damp days too .....
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Re: Carl & Helen's 67 Split Veronica

Post by carl & helen on Wed Aug 27 2014, 17:53

Many thanks to Ron who came around and helped us check our safari windows and fit our Butty's seals.

This is what we found:




The filling:



Carl doing lots of 'inspecting'


Who's doing all the work???


Tea break







The fine painting left to Helen

Result Very Happy



Seals now fitted


And they don't leak.....fabulous. Thank you all for all your help.
Thank you Owen for helping our Rob & Tamsin with their dynamo issues.
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Post by Aussiboris on Wed Aug 27 2014, 21:53

Yes, Thanks Owen for your help and C&H for being the start of the holiday ;-)
Was great to see you despite it being an unplanned visit.
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