1973 T2 project

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by lovedubs, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. Had some more time on the camper. Welded the sill into place. Happy with that. Coming together slowly.
     

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  2. Finally have the wheels back on , back needs some attention, loads of cracking filler, before I attempt the front re-build.
    Slowly coming together.
     

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  3. Hi there, looking at these photos, was the sill and b pillar in the correct position on page 6 how you were not sure as to me I thought it looked fine on page 6. I am getting an idea for when I do mine.
     
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  4. I’m learning as I go, becoming much more familiar with how it all goes together now, the problems I’m finding is mine has been repaired badly in the past, so couldn’t trust how it looked in the first place. I have also have a run of incorrect shaped panels which have made me question things. I have finally now finished the sill area and once the door is repaired should lineup a lot better, it’s very close.
     
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  5. The same with me. I am learning as I go. I have made some mistakes and have some regrets however have learned from them. My main issue was I would hack out the rusted pieces, damage surrounding metal and take out more than what was needed.

    If you look at mine, you will see what I am doing. I am finishing off the front and will move the the middle sills. The issue is with these jobs, one piece leads to another piece and sometimes more metal needs to be removed to to access the rust.
     
  6. Love it when you find good quality wiring .......
     

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  7. Working on the rear quarter today. Wow a lot of filler been used here, cracking badly and lots of rust underneath.
    Cleaned up, smoothed it all out, will need some TLC, but overall an easy repair, will finish it off tomorrow.
     

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  8. Oh exciting, new front and defo panels arrived today, so can now get on with the front rebuild.

    Any thing I need to take into consideration when removing front.
     
  9. yes the bumper holes need to be filled up with metal and new vertical ones need to be drilled out to match your German bumper not the Brazilian bumper
     
  10. thank you, had read something about that
     
  11. yes just make sure you centre the bumper and drill out the holes and weld a nut to it.
     
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  12. Zed

    Zed

    It can be a bad idea to remove the front panels and he arches at the same time as the front can sag but you've done your arches IIRC.
    I'd keep an eye on that all the same.
     
  13. what do you mean by the from sagging if the arches are out as the A pillars are on the valliance?
     
  14. Zed

    Zed

    There have been a few people on here that experienced the whole front end dropping, A-posts, roof and all. Not by much but even 5mm will mess up everything. Having the arches fitted seems like if stiffens the whole thing up enough that this doesn't happen. This is not something I've experienced myself, but then I never removed the arches, front panel, valances etc all at once... purely by luck. So I base my conclusion that not stripping everything away at the same time is the way to go on those experiences - mine plus the couple of others that had this problem. IIRC they stripped the lot, fitted front panel first and experienced the problems when they then tried to fit the arches and found they couldn't get the doors adjusted to do that because the door apertures had sagged out of square. Probably some minor support of the front end would also work to stop this happening.

    I don't remember who they were unfortunately but perhaps they will see this and chip in.
     
  15. I don't see how this could be possible as the a pillars are welded to the bottom and side of the valiance. They haynes book even showed the arches, front and lower windscreen support out. I took the air box and a pillar out in addition to this however I fitted the dash board after to make sure the a pillar is right. What I am worried with mine is if the whole front end and doors work and is fine.
     
  16. Zed

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    Dude, I was just pointing out that it CAN happen. The secret to everything front end related is whenever possible to have doors fitted as you make changes. The doors will reveal if anything has slipped out of shape before you get too far. Taking off and refitting cab doors is a PITA but absolutely worth it. It's when people do too much without checking the door fit that problems of alignment occur. I'm not suggesting you will have problems but you're doing a lot to the front end so keep checking that door fit is just my advice. At the end of the day nothing else much matters, but if your doors don't fit it's a total fail?
     
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  17. I know it is all about the doors fitting regardless of anything else I was just asking that is all. I totally agree with you. Thanks
     
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  18. Had a few more hours on the camper, removed front, going to need a new top panel, but otherwise not too bad.
     

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  19. at least your a pillar is fine unlike mine. dont even worry about removing the air box otherwise it will make fitting the windscreen support panel even harder/
     
  20. Air box is fine, top panel arrived today, so can remove the damage one next week.
     

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