Latest Roof repairs ....

Chat and banter about Minor LCV's
Post Reply
AMD 69
Posts: 859
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:32 pm
Location: east sussex

Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by AMD 69 »

Hi Gents , work is on the way again on my 1969 GPO Red Postal engineering van having found the van in a garden is been a very hard Build to re make this rare van , the chassis is a NOS one so extremely lucky there , front end is looking like new ... so now am restoring each panel to the back end and with the small amount of time I have I'm starting to repair the roof panel ..... and to keep the shape am splitting up the roof in many sections .... 4 corners, 4 sides but in halfs so in total there will be 12 panels to Make and TIG weld in .
Please consider getting a TIG welder it's a smaller softer weld and easy to grind off to boot which means less expensive consumables .... but as I am not getting any younger you need good eyesight and a good welding helmet suitable for TIG £80 also a very steady hand ......but nowadays I'm using the MIG welder less and less.
Very many UTube vids on TIG welding I like welding tips and tricks ...Jody.

Image Image Image

last pic is were the step ladder wooden bracket bolts.

many thanks Matt..........4 panels done 8 to go. :?

les
Posts: 597
Joined: Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:45 pm
Location: kent

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by les »

Your the man Matt--- but I don't get splitting the roof panel up like a jigsaw puzzle !! Mine was well shot, corners, ends and gutter edges but little at a time prevented distortion.

AMD 69
Posts: 859
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:32 pm
Location: east sussex

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by AMD 69 »

Hi Les, Nice to hear from a friendly face, The jigsaw thing is just to keep the alignment going around the whole roof , I have done templates so might build up the confidence to do one big side let's see how it goes.
I do need lots of positive energy from the forum it will be a great van ready for the postal museum in London in the future.

les
Posts: 597
Joined: Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:45 pm
Location: kent

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by les »

Keep on top of it Matt, think of the end game! I've been in need of motivation lately, I think you can get too much of a good thing. Two lcv's on, I've said goodbye to restos, just want to tinker now!
I'm not saying you don't still dream though!

AMD 69
Posts: 859
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:32 pm
Location: east sussex

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by AMD 69 »

At 47 I still love cool cars and trucks and now restore the cool Karmann Ghia which was Vw,s equivalent to the Bugatti Veyron which was a loss financially at the start for the VW group, but I personally love all old vans , A35 van , Austin Devon etc , but GPO vans are it for me.

iainintenbury
Posts: 68
Joined: Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:21 am
Location: Worcestershire
Contact:

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by iainintenbury »

I'll second the tig welding comment. I'm a recent convert myself - neat and precise like gas welding but with very little heat spread and distortion. I'm filling side windows in on a van now and butt welding it all so no ugly lap joins visible on the inside. Very satisfying!
cheers
Iain McKenzie
Fairmile Restorations
Classic Car Restorer, Bodywork and Minor LCV specialist.

Boxofbits
Posts: 365
Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2016 9:47 pm

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by Boxofbits »

I agree also. TIG machines are now reasonably affordable too. :)

There’s supposed to be new HSE regs emerging on welding, especially if done for a living. They have found some of the fumes to be carcenogenic and tiny welding consumable particles which are inhaled are hazardous, but TIG is apparently less prone to noxious fumes than the MIG.

Kevin

AMD 69
Posts: 859
Joined: Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:32 pm
Location: east sussex

Re: Latest Roof repairs ....

Post by AMD 69 »

Roof all TIG welded now....has taken many dinner breaks to do ...maybe around 35.... 45 minute each time so its a long old job for invisible repairs.

would cost a BOMB in a body shop to butt weld in with Bespoke panels.....no LEAD or filler needed here ...just time and a lov for vans.

so if you go to Iain and he says its this MUCH.....believe him.

Post Reply