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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 18 Jun 2017, 11:47

While Gary does his thing to Atlantis (I am sticking with the name!) I am penning a few mods to make it a but more "useful" and works-compatible ;)
I want to add a retractable small vise in one corner at the back (ideal workbench height and the tailgate is a good rain shelter)
Question is: how big? A monster #5 Record would be silly, even a #22 (4 1/2") would be too bulky.
I was thinking that something just big enough to hold a CV joint is all thats needed.
A Record 1-ton maybe (small footprint) is a 4" I think, or do I go smaller so that its simply a third hand to hold a driveshaft?
Thoughts?

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby syncropatrick » 18 Jun 2017, 20:22

Drill press vice? They're much smaller than a bench vice, weight a lot less, and a diddy one would still hold a driveshaft.
You can get vices which fit into US style receiver hitches.
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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 19 Jun 2017, 06:34

Someone still reads the forum!
I hadn't considered a drill press vise but having taken a look, they do have quite a big footprint.
The 1-ton is a 4" and is only 6" wide, so it should tuck in the corner nicely, in the void below the vertical spare wheel.
Barely weighs 8kg, found a tidy Sheffield-made one for £39 posted on ebay :)
If it doesnt fit it can go on the bench upstairs at work!

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby weimarbus » 19 Jun 2017, 07:00

it's good to see some more posts, if you were only thinking of driveshafts what about a pipe vice, very small footprint and not too heavy.
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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby Bigjcc55 » 19 Jun 2017, 17:25

I'm finding it hard to imagine where you are mounting it Ian? Is it going to swing out for use from the boot?
It is good to see some other posts on here there's not a lot happens nowadays..




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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 19 Jun 2017, 20:56

Going to tuck it hard over on the rhs, I have put the spare vertically there (some caravelles had it on the lhs but since its getting aircon thats not possible)
With the spare placed nicely forward and close to the rear bench, there is a good bit of wasted space on the floor for a short slide-out mounting.

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby Bigjcc55 » 20 Jun 2017, 05:44

Ah got you now. When do we get pictures of some cutting and welding?


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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 20 Jun 2017, 11:38

Surgical pics are in the Restoration subforum

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 20 Jun 2017, 16:17

Remembered that I have this little cutie in stock. Ok as a third hand and the swivel base is a bonus.Image

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 21 Jun 2017, 10:34

Postman just brought something nice from Sheffield. Given the small size difference, I would rather have a proper sized vise onboard rather than a toy.
1-ton van, 1-ton vise?
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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 23 Jun 2017, 19:53

A bit of crude visualization using the project bus (factory aircon) and a 300x150 tin box (same footprint as the 1-ton vise)
Looks like it could fit ok, tucked in behind the spare, there is 200mm width available between the grp molding and the hatch, plus the vise is of course lower at the back end.
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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 23 Jun 2017, 19:58

As long as I can still shoot an 8x4 sheet in the back, thats all that matters really.

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby syncropatrick » 24 Jun 2017, 08:21

Could we see a pic of the little cutie and something nice from Sheffield side by side please?
I'm of the opinion the smaller would be better for a mobile utility if its just for van work, especially with its swivel base. I guess it depends what the 3rd hand is for.
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Our syncro Caravelle

Postby clift_d » 24 Jun 2017, 11:32

silverbullet wrote:Question is: how big? A monster #5 Record would be silly, even a #22 (4 1/2") would be too bulky.
I was thinking that something just big enough to hold a CV joint is all thats needed.
A Record 1-ton maybe (small footprint) is a 4" I think, or do I go smaller so that its simply a third hand to hold a driveshaft?
Thoughts?

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I'd suggest you try to pick up a Record 74 Auto vice and then stick it on a Bak-rak.

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Re: Our syncro Caravelle

Postby silverbullet » 24 Jun 2017, 11:59

Thanks for the thoughts chaps, cardboard cutout time reveals plenty of space even with a 215/75/15.
A shallow channel section slide-out mounting should do the job nicely!Image[img]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170624/f8e59aebd6f7519eece1ea6e6c5252d3.jpg[/img]

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