Project "Plonker"

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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby bandit » Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:30 pm

mec wrote:Whos is that ?


Starsky’s obviously ;)
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby DMC1983 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:02 pm

No idea. It was posted in a random car humour group on facebook.
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby mec » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:16 pm

Hi All

Little update on Project Plonker tonight, I have stripped the shell of what was left on it ...

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Passenger door hinges have completed rotted away..

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Windscreen out..

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Most screws as you would expect are rotten and had to be drilled out..

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Also when i bought the van, it came with a number of repair sections, two of which are the rear side panels, I decided that I did not need these as mine are repairable so I used these to trade along with a bit of cash to get myself an original rear door and bonnet panel...

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I also took delivery of a new A frame and heater unit today ...

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Finally I gave the inside a hoover lol..

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Thats it for now, I have some fibreglass supplys coming so hopefully the repairs will start soon :mrgreen:
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby bandit » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:49 pm

Wow those hinges :o
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby cis6409 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:48 pm

bandit wrote:Wow those hinges :o


Was thinking the same! ...
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby mec » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:51 pm

Hi All

Hope you all had a great xmas and new year, bit more of an update for you all, i started off bt going through all the parts i got with the van...

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Since these have been in my trailer they have gathered some leaves, i was too hopful about most of this as its all been outside for years, the engine i knew when i got it was seized so at this point i didnt know if it was savable or not, so i went through the various parts that were there and this is what i was left with ...

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the engine had a gearbox on it but it was so rusted on i had to destroy it getting it off..

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I ended up unbolting the clutch to get it apart

So i started on the engine ...

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not looking good

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shagged i think is the term...

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In the hope it could still be saved i tried to get the head off, I tried everything to get it off, no luck, i even set alight to it ! ...

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So in the end after 3-4 goes trying to get it off i gave up and managed to source a good used 850cc engine and box, the same as Dan has for his...

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Ive also got some rear lights ...

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and an original fuel tank...

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So last night i finally started on some fibreglass repairs, i started with the bit split on the passenger side front wing area...

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I then opened up the crack to get some nice clean edges on the fibreglass

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Then from inside i cleaned off all the rubbish filler and crap from a previous repair...

this was before ...

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all prepped up ...

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And finally with 2 layers of fibreglass ...

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I then moved onto the lower half of this panel ...

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I clamped a length of wood on the outside to try and keep things straight..

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Fibreglass cut to fit ...

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With resin added...

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Its now one piece again..

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It doesnt look pretty at the moment but I'm going to do all the structural repairs from behind first then all the fibreglass filler repairs after.
I was very surprised how strong this is now :D

Finally this turned up today ...

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Thats where im at so far :dance:
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby bandit » Sat Jan 04, 2020 9:36 am

Nice progress Youth. I rekon’ that original engine would have bin a runner with a spin over :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby mec » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:40 am

Haha Me Julie, I really tried with it but the engine number didn't match the chassis plate so i thought enough was enough, so i upgraded to the 850cc which gives an increase of 4bhp ! to give me a blistering 34BHP !! :lol: :dance:
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby cis6409 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:51 pm

Love the repairs with the fibreglass, excellent work!
I've never seen an engine that seized before shocking stuff!
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Re: Project "Plonker"

Postby bandit » Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:06 pm

mec wrote:Haha Me Julie, I really tried with it but the engine number didn't match the chassis plate so i thought enough was enough, so i upgraded to the 850cc which gives an increase of 4bhp ! to give me a blistering 34BHP !! :lol: :dance:


Ha ha 34 horse, with your fuckin shoulders in there, that’s gonna be rapid!!
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