Saturday, 21 July 2018

Missing the point

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.
Henry David Thoreau

I have long been distracted by the doubled-up and anachronistic jack points under the centre of this Kombi. They are an eyesore and they simply have to go. They were part of the whole joining-up process where I cut the two donor buses alongside the reinforced areas on their circumferences and then joined the two halves by welding those areas of strength together.

I got the angle grinder out and hacked 'em off - simples! Unfortunately this left a rectangular hole in the underside of the reinforced crossmember under the bus. Two square panels cut from scrap and neatly MiG welded in by the friendly neighbour and the job's done.

Isn't that lovely? Small job but it's a big improvement to my eye :)

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When you need body

I am thankful to all who said no to me. It is because of them that I’m doing it myself.
Albert Einstein
I reported back in January that I had found a fit young helper who was as keen as mustard to work on the project. Sadly he was far too bright and ambitious to remain available for long - he has started his own small printing business and is pretty tied up with it full-time. Good luck Patton.

This means that the ongoing bodywork for the project has taken a virtual back seat, and I have focussed on other minor tasks in the interim. But the body is rusting away faster than it's being fixed, so I simply must get on with it.

I got myself some fresh body-filler, loads of sandpaper and sanding discs. Oh and a new rotary sander, powered by compressed air - flippin' awesome!

Following advice from someone far wiser than I, I am going to try to complete one panel or section at a time, before moving on to the next bit, Starting at the back, let's see how that goes...

There are loads of flimsy bits, some of which were previously drilled for reflectors and other ornaments, some of which has just rusted away gently by itself.

The new MiG welder is roped in to fill the blanks and then I'll cake on a bit of the new body filler to test it out.

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