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Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 23 Jun 2018, 18:41

I can't weld. Would cutting the rot in the middle of the step then using a joggler and just gluing a repair plate be strong enough or would the bead of glue just crack the first time someone stepped on the step?

Otherwise I've been looking at used clarke welders on Ebay, Is it something that can be used by a novice with van on the (quiet) road. The welding done by my local garage was so bad that I'm thinking of having a go myself,
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Re: Repairing step

Postby multisi » 23 Jun 2018, 21:21

Cut out the rot then repair with aluminium mesh and fiberglass. Worked well for me and was inspected by local authorities.
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Ant-t » 24 Jun 2018, 06:44

Or have a go yourself, it's handy being able to weld running these old vans.
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 24 Jun 2018, 08:15

Is it realistic to weld, parked up on residential street?
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 24 Jun 2018, 10:20

I wouldn't do it on the street - other people's eyes, kids running past etc. good insurance would be needed. I am wary when I am welding close to the footpath in my drive.
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 24 Jun 2018, 11:27

Anyone had their steps done recently so I can get an idea on what I should be paying?
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Re: Repairing step

Postby multisi » 24 Jun 2018, 11:34

Is the method I suggested not good for the mot test ?
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 24 Jun 2018, 12:01

It's not really for MOT, its passed year after year with the steps like this -I want a permanent repair. Going to mesh above rear arch from inside as stop gap
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Re: Repairing step

Postby fazzer » 24 Jun 2018, 15:03

From what I believe steps are now an mot thing this was from a friend's TRIFLE mot where they checked steps so presume covers all vans .I did mine few years ago as previous owner had it done by garage wno prefered filler to welding charged £80 a side.
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Chunksta » 30 Jun 2018, 06:31

Hi! Steps and battery trays are now included in the new MOT.

My bus passed days before the new MOT and the guy marked up the parts that would have failed under the new rules so that I could get them fixed. The parts included the steps.
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 30 Jun 2018, 07:18

Better get on to it. One of the first jobs I had in mind when a big lump of filler fell out a few days after I bought it
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Re: Repairing step

Postby paperhouselad » 30 Jun 2018, 20:51

Hi cost me £100 to have a repair section welded in, which i supplied ( from brickwerks,).
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 01 Jul 2018, 07:26

Thanks. Probably add a bit for London tax as well
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Gordo89 » 01 Jul 2018, 20:54

I welded my step in yesterday first bit of welding Iv done/ done on the van. it went in ok eventually, still trying to get the hang of not blowing throughImage
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Re: Repairing step

Postby Sir Brixalot » 02 Jul 2018, 15:16

Have you done a course? Looks pretty good to me
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