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 » Yesterday, 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 » Today, 00:05

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