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Primered, sanded and coated with silver basecoat, 100 micron silver flake and clearcoat. In a few days I’ll flat it down and add some orange candy and the final clear. Not really looking forward to flatting this down though!

The silver base is a fairly coarse metallic but the microflake really improves it. You can’t really see it under the crappy lights in my workshop but it should look amazing in the sun…

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The roof of the van is in primer now but more importantly, I’ve finally started attacking the colour. I’ve started with something small, namely the dash, primarily because I don’t know what I’m doing and if I fuck it up it won’t be too much trauma to fix. Having welded up the unnecessary holes in the dash, it got filled and primed with 2k. There’s been a slight change in my paint plans so it got hit with sparkling silver base then 100 micron silver flake followed by 3 coats of burnt orange candy. Before the candy went on I dug out my old model making airbrush, a £20 cheapo one but it seems to do the job. I masked up the design on the dash with 3mm fine line tape from 3M and sprayed it with “Root Beer” candy. I’ve never tried to do anything like this before but I’m chuffed with the results! If the rest of the paint job comes out like this I’m gonna be well pleased. Sadly pics indoors don’t really do it justice as the colour is way brighter than it look here and it’s very sparkly!

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Rust begone! Finally, the main shell of the van is all welded up and free from the dreaded rot. The last areas to repair were around the front footwells and bulkhead. As it turned out, the left hand front corner was the worst bit of the whole van, requiring two and a half days of welding and fabricating the repair all the rust and previous bodgery. On the right hand side, some repair work was needed inside where the heater intake is located in front of the passenger footwell. For some bizarre reason, this area had been hacked away in the past and a metal plate fastened over the hole with screws. I guess it was rotten but couldn’t be welded due to the plastic heater casing being located right behind. I pulled the heater and aircon out, chopped the whole lot out and welded in a section cut from another van. Pics after the jump…

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… I’d have no luck at all. That’s how it seems sometimes, anyway. The old mojo has been at a pretty low eb for the last month, as evidenced by my lack of posts on here. This was largely brought about by some knuckle dragging halfwits breaking into my workshop and taking all my tools, followed by another attempted theft the following weekend. Apparently I live in a “low crime area”. Hah!

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, Mrs Ratdat seriously injured her hand whilst helping me sort things after this second episode, which required specialist surgery, five days in hospital and probably around three months off work. Surely, that’s got the be the bad luck quota for the year all used up?

Anyway, after dispelling the “why do I bother” feelings, I got things back up and running enough to make some progress with the van. After forcing myself to work on it during the recent artic weather (though admittedly it’s toasty warm in the workshop), the mojo has recovered somewhat and I’m now super keen the get it done by April. Progress pics shortly…

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