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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

amazing rescue and really good job by Jeff .. again ... Crazy home made parts for BDs .... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Great story Ben I don't know how you keep doing it.
You could find a steamy dog turd with a VIN tag sticking out of it and somehow transform it into an amazing bus. Hats off to you mate. Very Happy
By the way, 4 Barndoors is just plain greedy. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing Ben, some great fabrication skills and work too !

I still think you guys are crazy though Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Wicked save, can't wait to see the outcome.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 4:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Damn...Shaking my head the entire read. Would've killed a group of average guys. Congrats. Keep the pics coming!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Thanks a lot guys Very Happy

So last week we had to try and work out what to do with the front end, because what's left is a bit of a mess!!!

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Still some major parts that we hope to use and so the front lump was dragged into the shop for the strip down to begin

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This bus really does need breaking down into its component parts in order to repair them and reassemble them, there's just no way to try and repair these panels in situ. Off with the front then ..... for now

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and then tear this apart ...... carefully! ...... to see what else we can salvage

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and finally a pile of vaguely useful stuff to start working on! Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Awesome!
So cool that you went to save this bus. As you said above, it has been laying around for long and whithout no one collecting it among us barndoor crazy swedes. Now it will finally get some love and care Very Happy

IŽll definitely subscribe to this thread Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:07 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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I think he soon realised the calibre of idiot he was dealing with and was soon telling me that he knew of a very bad Barndoor in Sweden that might be available.



Spot on! Very Happy Very Happy

Thanks for sharing the restoration of this bus.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:16 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

I've always said, if you've got something to weld to you can save any bus! But this is nuts!!! Great work, looking forward to following the Resto.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

WOW ! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

So first up for some work was the tool box section. The top and bottom of the toolbox had survived ....... just! ..... as had the strengthening piece that runs underneath with all the cut-outs in for the steering gear, etc. This lump was pretty solid for the main part, but all the edges had been eaten away

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So we started starting fabricating and letting in new metal

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Not the most fun job in the world Laughing

Anyway, we persevered and eventually the section was back where it should be. It would have been way easier to just use new panels but it's great to actually see some original metal going back onto this thing .......

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........ although sometimes there is just nothing left to use but new metal!

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At the rear of the bus the chassis was still missing its cradle, which was lying, half rusted away on the floor.......

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and because it was decided it wasn't really fixable, a new cradle was bent up to match the original

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and then welded into position

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with everything finished neatly with the usual attention to detail Cool

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With a few other bits and pieces taken care of and finished,

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the chassis is starting to look pretty good!!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:06 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Awesome Ben and JC of course! Badass!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Amazing Job on the chassis ... stunning ... cant wait to see how jeff goes to the next step Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Cheers chaps. Well chuffed with it Twisted Evil

Well once the chassis is complete it's time to start building upwards......

Because the front end is ever so slightly rusty Confused we decided to use new Gerson a-posts and screen surround to give us something strong to build from.

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Whilst many buses of this age only have one mirror arm, it was possible to order a second from the factory, and this bus did appear to have mirror arm fittings on both a-posts. (After driving my lhd panel about with only one mirror it will be a great luxury to have two!!). Only one KF a-post had the internal screws so this was quickly dealt with.

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but they were still not ready, they needed more work yet Rolling Eyes

A few years back, the most famous Barndoor owner on the planet Laughing was fitting his new safaris when he spotted that early and late Barndoor a-posts differ slightly in profile and the positioning of the door channel. This is a nice detail to get right on an early bus, and although no-one sells these 50-52 a-posts, later posts can be modified. Scottys thread is here for further detail:

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Well we read and re-read all this, looked at a lot of photos, studied my other buses a-posts, and spent a long time talking about it, but to be honest we ended up confusing each other quite a lot. The Welsh Wonder came up trumps by posting us a section of (Rather Cool ) early a-post to use as a guide. Here you can see what I'm talking about .......... the Gerson a-post is 52+ Barndoor, and the blue is early:

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So new, "wider" sections were fabricated

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and then with the door seal channel removed

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so that the a-posts could be modified

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before the channel was spot welded back on. Here's the modified "early" post compared to the normal, later one........

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........ and side by side with the section of original early style post

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and an early style a-post ready to use Very Happy

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with all the little details looking nice and original. This is how my Jan '51 looks, a handy reference to have in the garage Cool

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Awesome Ben. I love the details and explanations in your posts 😃

A great start to the weekend!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Amazing work as ever Ben and crew.

For the A-pillars you could have just copied what I did. They came out nice.
http://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=42329&hilit=52+samba&start=180
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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Amazing work as ever Ben and crew.

For the A-pillars you could have just copied what I did. They came out nice.
http://www.ssvc.org.uk/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=42329&hilit=52+samba&start=180


Great promotional skills as ever rob Smile I did read your thread ages ago before you took your bus to Paul Wisks but I wanted a stronger a post and also for all the little details to be right. Pretty happy with the way we did them tbh. Jeff's pretty handy at all this!
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