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Old 01-02-2017, 01:32 PM   #481
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Very cool Bbasso. I had forgotten about that on Claude's van too. He did a lot of bodywork on that van, I guess that's when it he did that. Man, it looks perfect.

For the uninformed Claude's van above (VivalaVida) was a yellow rental van with no windows when he started, but hmmm, it has windows now.....and he didn't change the doors! He put them in. Lots of one off custom work in that one. It's still my favorite all time van.

Thank you so much Scotty! Happy New Year to all of you guys.
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Old 01-02-2017, 03:14 PM   #482
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Thank you so much Scotty! Happy New Year to all of you guys.
You're quite welcome Claude. Happy New Year to you as well!
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Old 01-02-2017, 05:40 PM   #483
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If you remember back a couple weeks, I was testing out a method of forming the van's sheetmetal for a recessed fuel door. The dimple dies I designed are hot off the CNC and ready for a test panel!

Mmmmmmm..... machined parts.... :drool: (these things are comically large and super heavy. I need to weld a handle on each one to make them easier to move around and doing this on the van will probably take two people).



One excess panel from a window cut out...



Lubed up the dies, protected the paint as good as I could and then hooked up the hydraulic ram. BAM! fuel door recess!



The paint didn't survive. I kinda figured this going in. It's being shrunk and stretched so much that you can't expect it to live through the process.



Really nice shape though...


Exactly what I was looking for...


The inner structure fits like a glove too...




Now I just need to get everything lined up from the inside on my van and finish off this part of the project. I'll have the paint touched up when I paint my windowless rear doors.

I have a couple other vans with aft of axle tanks lined up so this will make it easier to get the filler tube mounted correctly.
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:17 PM   #484
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Wow. That's impressive. That's a mod I hope to do sooner or later.........whenever you have it all figured out probably. You're welcome.

That window cut out looks familiar, by the way. Josh's van?
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Let me know when and I can be your second person. Just need a couple of days notice.
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MG, that is a thing of beauty. Nice going.
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Old 01-03-2017, 03:46 AM   #487
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If you remember back a couple weeks, I was testing out a method of forming the van's sheetmetal for a recessed fuel door. The dimple dies I designed are hot off the CNC and ready for a test panel!

Mmmmmmm..... machined parts.... :drool: (these things are comically large and super heavy. I need to weld a handle on each one to make them easier to move around and doing this on the van will probably take two people).



One excess panel from a window cut out...



Lubed up the dies, protected the paint as good as I could and then hooked up the hydraulic ram. BAM! fuel door recess!



The paint didn't survive. I kinda figured this going in. It's being shrunk and stretched so much that you can't expect it to live through the process.



Really nice shape though...


Exactly what I was looking for...


The inner structure fits like a glove too...




Now I just need to get everything lined up from the inside on my van and finish off this part of the project. I'll have the paint touched up when I paint my windowless rear doors.

I have a couple other vans with aft of axle tanks lined up so this will make it easier to get the filler tube mounted correctly.
G'day,

This is what I propose for my twin rear fuel tanks. Not an engineering marvel
like yours. Merely a solution, as I do not have an engineering workshop. Yours
is a piece of art. Twin filler built in Australia by Brown Davis who specialise in
fuel systems. Well done
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:30 AM   #488
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+1000. Awesome.
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:52 AM   #489
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Yesterday I finished up the A/C condenser mounts and put together the front end for the final test fit of the components. Everything fits great and looks...kinda like it came that way.



Front end parts are headed to the powder coater today which gives me time to wash down the engine bay and get all the grime out of there, then start installing the wiring harness and wrap up the plumbing. The long 'pre-drive' checklist is getting shorter.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:19 AM   #490
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Its been said several times already, but I'm shocked at how much room there is in there. Definitely has that "from the factory" look, and I'm sure it'll have better than from the factory performance once it hits the road.
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