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 Post subject: Latest Roof repairs ....
PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:19 pm 
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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.

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last pic is were the step ladder wooden bracket bolts.

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


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:18 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:34 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:02 pm 
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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!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:19 pm 
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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.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:18 pm 
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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!

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Iain McKenzie
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:36 pm 
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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


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:14 pm 
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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.


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