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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:37 am    Post subject: The DMF... Reply with quote

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Mid October, Germany and this is the first time i get to see it in the flesh....

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Pushed outside ready for loading.... i've already built it in my head...
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On the Euro tunnel on the way home....
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So the plan is to Body drop it, narrow it and get it rolling on the floor!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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From the top all looked good....
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The same cannot be said for the OG 65 chassis... it had almost turned to dust....

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All of the body even the dash is made of ali...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Time to start the work...
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Crunchy front rail....
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Beam dropped out so the welding can start..
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New main rail section going in..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Starting to look better...
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Once the chassis was strong enough it was time to get the body off..
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Cab floor removed, this was the start of drilling out riverts... LOTS!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doors and glass removed it was time for lift off...
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The 65 chassis, time to strip out and finish the welding..
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Well after a mock up to see where it will hopefully sit...
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Lots of welding to the frame was needed ...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The rear cradle was all bent up so ....
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I cut it down and boxed it in...
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Steering box raise time... it does not get easier than this...
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Because the body is to be dropped the front pads were made longer so it could bolt back down...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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N/S pad finished ready...
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The rear rails had to be notched by one inch.. as the body was coming down by three inches...
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and then plated for strength...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Almost there as far as welding goes...
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Fully welded 65 chassis... will still need notches etc...
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Time to get the chassis rolling...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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With the body mounts cut down and the rear bed cut open for the rear wheels it was time to fit the body...
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Now were talking...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats MAD!!

Love it!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Time to sort out the cab floor 4 1/2 inches higher than before...
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Riverted in...
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Followed by the cab floor...
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Time to close in the sides...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GFK member James wasted time sorting out the graphics!!!
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Next step the rear wheel tub's....
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Cut out to the size needed...
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Sides made...

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First wheel tub in place...
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Followed by the second...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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New front bumper mounts made...
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Horn mount made...
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New T shirt..
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New cab floor mounts made but in steel plate....
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Rear wheel arch splash guards made and fitted into place....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cab floor mounts tacked into place...
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All stripped down ready for paint and powder coating...
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The chassis ready for the powder coaters...
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The body stripped and cleaned with the back window panelled in ready for the new window to be cut...
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Tinted clear coat...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The chassis dropped off at the powder coaters...
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While the chassis is away all of the other parts get some gloss black..

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Colin starts the seat re-trim

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The door panels modded and cleaned.. ready for painting..
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The body is getting wood....
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and wooden bows to replace the ali ones it came with...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The chassis is coated just in time and is built up quickly...
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Rolling split bus chassis anyone!!! very odd...

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Time to bolt the body on....after it is sealed and painted underneath...

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were getting there...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tank mounted...
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DMF door check strap's....
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One seat done and fitted!!! thanks Colin...
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Bumpers painted and on... new front badge laser cut and fitted...
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Steering wheel painted...
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and the heater tree...,
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Rear window cut and ....
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Fitted into place...
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Horn painted and fitted into place..
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Finished and on show at Volksworld... 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonkers Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Its been a lot of work in a fairly short time period and has turned out just how i first pictured it at the start...

Thanks to all that have helped... its been great fun to complete....

Folks members!!! Colin, Sam,Sam,Stuart, Andy and Lucy!!!


Cheers Ben
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