Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 12 Dec 2011, 17:49

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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jebiga41 » 12 Dec 2011, 21:39

:ok well done dude how'd you get them out?
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 12 Dec 2011, 22:31

A deep breath before getting the grinder out. Drove a very small flathead screwdriver between the chassis and the subframe - on the inside of the rail the sub frame doesn't have the 'lip'. Then put a large flathead on the outside of the rail jammed down between lip of the frame and the chassis. The downward force on the frame gave just enough to get the bolt to bite - half a turn then tap screwdriver in a bit , etc . One of the bolts is threaded to f**k , cannot believe they came out. Chuffed. Had a grinding game plan all sorted as well. Save that for another inevitable day. Rust situation looks Better than expected as well :D
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby Dai » 13 Dec 2011, 08:03

Nicely done Jes!!!
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby syncropaddy » 13 Dec 2011, 11:36

Wonder why that happened to the bolts? Either they were rusted in or were cross threaded in the first place. Cant see any rust
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 13 Dec 2011, 21:24

One of the bolts through the lower control arm / sub frame bush will not move. ( other one podgered out no probs although shaft rusty) I am assuming its bound up due to corrosion and or bush worn so the arm is sitting out of alignment . Anyway have tried jacking , hitting , etc

I could take grinder to it, how difficult to fit new bush?
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jebiga41 » 14 Dec 2011, 01:40

Probably corroded in the bush happened on tinkerbelles donors rears couldn't get the bolts out at all try 1mm cutting discs to cut through bush and bolt will fit in-between arm and the bracket then burn out the bush, two piece polybushes are easy to fit in by hand (Brickwerks have them and new bolts) but oe rubber ones will need to be pressed in. Hope that makes sense
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 14 Dec 2011, 19:05

Took the grinder to the bolt in the end. Job done. On to the radius arm nuts, surprisingly they are not giving up easily - will give them some heat tomorrow - any tips for this? heat the nut? do i need to cool it / act fast?

Also sorted the rough job which had been made to the engine protection to get access to gearbox
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby lloydy » 14 Dec 2011, 19:36

Are you stripping everything down, or do all these bits and pieces need doing? Good on ya if your replacing everything, you'll have a lot of skinned knuckles, but a pretty spotless van at the end. Where you welded up the bashplate, there is normally a rubber flap that makes it a pretty flush fit with the gearbox
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 14 Dec 2011, 19:57

Not planning to go too far - just trying to get sub frame off ( while diff is out) to treat chassis around it. Long winded job due to iffy nuts and bolts. On the bashplate - I thought I was tidying up where it had been chopped - will I need to shape this to fit gearbox or are you saying there is also a piece of rubber missing ? Got to get the nuts off the radius arm ends to joggle off the subframe so am thinking heat needed
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby lloydy » 14 Dec 2011, 20:14

Here's a pic of mine
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Don't know if you can see from that, will take a better pic in daylight if you like?
You might be able to zoom in a bit better with this link?
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby lloydy » 14 Dec 2011, 20:28

bigger pic
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/imag0027fl.jpg/
then click on pic for super size!
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 14 Dec 2011, 21:07

The detailing on your looks different to mine - are there different designs? My van is '92
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby lloydy » 14 Dec 2011, 21:14

mines a late van too
does yours look like this?
http://www..com/vwcp/Bus-LT/T-3/Karosse ... chutz.html
if so you have a early bashplate fitted to your late van
the later one (like mine) covers the turbo more
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Re: Getting the Panel Van show on the off road

Postby jes*b » 14 Dec 2011, 21:16

That's the one. Curious. A Finnish thing maybe or replacement ?
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