1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 05 Nov 2017, 14:35

Things are moving forward in Gary's capable hands :)ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby bluebus1987 » 05 Nov 2017, 19:43

Got off fairly lightly on the oxide front then!
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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 06 Nov 2017, 22:00

Not too bad for an early syncro bus that spent its first 10 years on salty roads around Banbury.
Usual story of front valance, cab steps, B posts, outer sills, sliding door bottoms (both) and a nasty cheap nearside rear wing that had to go. In the event both rear wings have been cut out up to the waistline.
I had already done the rear swingarm mounts and heavy gauge front chassis leg repairs (a typical syncro fail point) then I realized that I needed a professional to take over the lighter gauge panel work!

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 21 Nov 2017, 20:47

Nearside is coming together nicely in Gary's skilled hands :)
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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 24 Nov 2017, 22:16

Lovely crisp wheel arch now fitted, but an unexpected nearside front repair needed to a rotten and twisted crash reinforcement buttress piece...ImageImageImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 28 Nov 2017, 12:41

Just look at that door shut and the crisp swage lines :)ImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 05 Jan 2018, 21:49

The other side is now looking a lot happier too :)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 05 Jan 2018, 21:53

PS if you were a bit puzzled by the previous sill pics, the syncro has received integral rock-slider sills made from paired 40x40x3 SHS steel tube, along with some other sneaky mods to beef up the shell ;)

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 08 Feb 2018, 07:42

Extensive work around the nearside rear corner, where a Klokkers panel had been fitted by a previous owner...
All datum faces and reference points were spoiled or missing as a result, so Gary had to cut back quite hard before the lower C post could be replaced.ImageImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 19 Feb 2018, 23:37

Forgot to share: the 2wd filler aperture is gone, LH "C" post now has a lower half again and the corresponding rear wing assembly (not a Klokkers one-piece affair) has been offered up a few times...ImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 23 Feb 2018, 23:03

More lovely detail work from Gary before the wing goes on, but we're not quite done under here just yet ;)ImageImage

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby bluebus1987 » 24 Feb 2018, 00:05

Might be a silly question, but how does he weld the top half of the rear vertical seam?
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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 24 Feb 2018, 22:34

I have no idea, but thats why he's the professional restorer and not me!

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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby philmcC » 25 Feb 2018, 11:19

Gary is doing a fantastic job. It all looks terrific.philmcC
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Re: 1986 syncro Caravelle twin slider

Postby silverbullet » 16 Mar 2018, 17:08

bluebus1987 wrote:Might be a silly question, but how does he weld the top half of the rear vertical seam?

Come to think of it, IF I was doing that panel replacement, I'd get it all lined up, tack the vertical seam where I could get access i.e.via the triangular holes in the inner structure, then spring the panel outward just enough to get in and plug weld it up the hidden flange, then bring the panel back in (thereby adding a little tension, no bad thing) before tacking the externally accessible seams.
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