Sadie the 63... OG paint restoration

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Sadie the 63... OG paint restoration

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Hello everyone. This is a 63 that I'm restoring. I think its a pretty cool van, 100% original paint and its fairly straight... but it needs a fair amount of metal work.

The plan is to have it nice and low, keep the paint exactly how it is on the exterior, with the inside repainted, and the chassis painted and detailed.

Here it is when it turned up at our workshop:
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Its going to need quite a lot of metalwork... Few random pics:
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I stripped it down to go to my mate Will at Blasting Die Past. Its about 120 miles from me but its well worth the journey IMO:
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Masked it up before it went so he knows where to blast:
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I decided to get the rough areas of the body blasted. Once the metalwork is done I will be blending the paint to match the OG to look like its never been repaired :)

Before it went to be blasted, I decided to repair the speedo pod. Someone had hacked it about at some point:
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I got the old pod cut out, the lip cleaned up, some weld through primer, then spot welded the donor piece in place. Came out quite nice:
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At Blasting Die Past:
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Should have it back on Wesdnesday night :)
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Nice bus, nice photos!

Glad to help another split live on.


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Bye bye

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Lovely work again blastingdiepast

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Griff55 wrote:Lovely work again blastingdiepast
Thanks Griff

But it is nice to do just the blast work, Mabbo and co will do a fantastic job to the bus, I'm just happy to be apart of it with them.

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BlastingDiePast wrote:
Griff55 wrote:Lovely work again blastingdiepast
Thanks Griff

But it is nice to do just the blast work, Mabbo and co will do a fantastic job to the bus, I'm just happy to be apart of it with them.
Cheers Will.

I havent managed to get much done to it since we had it back, but pretty much all the parts arrived now :) Got most of the bodywork stuff from Schofields and Autocraft... and a steering raise kit from Hayburner, and a pair of tubs from Gav at Trailer Queen Restos.

Should be making a proper start on it in the next few weeks :D
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Awesome bus and great resto. Love a mouse grey! The patina is lovely

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Cheers Kilgore.

I managed to get some done on the 63 :D

I decided to repair the cargo doors first. At the moment we are planning on saving the outer skins, but they are a bit rough so we will see.

I would have prefered to use the Klassic Fab panels as they have all the proper pressings and the height of the lower section is right, where as the Autocraft panels havent... but thats all that was available:

Rotten inner frame, and repair panel:
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And repaired:
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Same on the other door:
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Both doors repaired:
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Moved onto the chassis next... The van had some awful 'repairs' done at the place that sold it. They started to do the welding to get it though an MOT. I pretty much pulled the brand new WW middle and outer sill off :( Then cut the rest of the crappy repairs and rotten bits left out:
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Started by repairing all the posts... First repair panel in place:
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Welded in and tidied up:
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Cutting out the rot on the inner B post:
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Repaired the outer B post before fitting the inner:
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Inner B post welded in place, and trial fitted the sills, outriggers, top hats etc:
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Before welding into place, all the inside of the sills, outriggers and jacking points, cross members, posts etc were epoxy primed, then painted black 2k for protection before fitting:
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Once all the posts were repaired, and I was happy with the outriggers, top hats etc I started spot welding them all in place:
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All spot welded in place as factory with weld through primer on all the bare metal areas before welding:
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All done, ready for the jacking points:
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Mocked up the replacement WW middle and outer sill, fitted the cargo doors and cargo doors to check the gaps and fitment. The outer skin on the door on the right is still loose. The gap is loads better when its pulled close. Not sure if Im repairing the outer skin yet so havent welded it to the inner frame:
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Once happy, it was spot welded in place.
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Got all the jacking points welded in place. For some reason this is the only pic I can find:
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Then onto something slightly more interesting.... steering box raise :D

Cut the old box mount area out and fitted a kit from Hayburner:
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Thats about it up to yet... Enjoying it so far... Need to make a start on my own though... Got a few panels on order :D
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That's a great thread. I've gotta do sills etc. Keep posting please! Good work.


1st time project!

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A little more progress on the 63. Got it out of storage and back into the workshop:

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Cut the rotten tray out and cleaned the inner corner up, then got the hammers and dollys out and re shaped the rear corner so the new battery tray would fit... Spot welded the inner and tub section as factory, but we bonded the outer section in place so the paintwork didnt get damaged:
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Made a start on the passenger front step repair keeping as much original metal as possible:
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Not much of an update but still...
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Realised I hadnt put all the pics on here from the last bit of work we did on it... Got it coming back into work in the next few months :)

Rear small sill panel, and middle and outer sill spot welded in place:
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The front passenger walkthrough bulkhead had been cut out. We fabricated the lower section of the donor panel. Repaired and welded in place:
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A posts repaired:
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Modified the repro front tub seat belt mount to match the original:
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We did a load of welding around the fuel tank lower panel and repairs to the rear firewall but I cant find pics of them at the mo.

Think that just about brings us up to date.
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