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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Well, the above diagram gave me plenty to think about! To allow myself some more thinking time (some might call it prevarication), I took the opportunity to spray the panels I bought from Martin with two pack primer. I am terrified of two pack paints, but have found a primer at rustbuster...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Thank you, that sketch is as I thought. I will follow your advice
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Has anyone ever done a write up on how to replace the fluted side sills? I am getting dangerously close to starting work on this. If there are any pointers out there, I would appreciate someone sharing a link
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    Jean the Commer Van

    Love that
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Blimey, its been ages since I last updated. I have spent many hours underneath the van. Mostly, it has been way better than expected. As found [/url wire brushed, rust treated, red oxide primed You will see from the image that I have brush painted the underneath. I will spray all of...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Folks Lots of work going on, and I will write an update shortly. I have a quick tech question. I am about to refit the oil filter housing. As you can see from the photo below, the gasket is past its first flush of youth. Can i still buy such a gasket (I have checked Martin's website and...
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    Practical Classics June 2021, Porsche 914

    for those of you who read Practical Classics, my Porsche 914 is featured this month
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    i have written a long list of panels to order from Martin, including this one. There is only one more bad area, I will attempt a repair before deciding whether to replace or not
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    As I wasn't sure how to progress with the cylinder head, I distracted myself with bodywork - i need to start somewhere. My welding and fabricating skills are pretty basic, but having watched many videos on youtube and watched people in real life so picked up my grinder and had a go. I tried...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Thanks Panky
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    A good Saturday afternoon question - which way up does the head gasket go? I have bought one with a metal face one side and composite the other. There are no markings of top. I have checked it both ways and it is symmetrical. any suggestions?
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Thank you for all the kind wishes So, with a bank holiday weekend, I decided to make some progress. My workshop was a mess, and the back of the Commer had become a dumping ground. I managed to remove 5 bags of rubbish from the workshop and finishing rewiring my workshop (did I really start...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Its been a while since an update. Unfortunately, after a long illness, my Dad died. Arranging a funeral under covid restrictions was tricky, but all sorted now. I have been back working on the Commer for a couple of weekends now, but am faffing a little. I have an allergy to rusty nuts and...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    I've had a bit of a break from the Commer, real life stuff getting in the way. It's far too cold to be lying on the floor in my unit so I have instead been addressing the cylinder head. When I bought the van the cylinder head had been removed as there was some damage. I have had this cast iron...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    I have a question about aqua steel. Below is a photo of a section I have treated with aqua Steel. Do I need another coat, should it all turn black?
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Ha Ha, I know!!
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Martin I have written a list of things I need from you! I’ll be in touch in the next couple of weeks
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Life has been getting in the way, but I have spent a few hours with the Commer. I have had a good prod and poke around underneath and have a fair understanding of where I am at. Wheelarch before any cleaning And after a run around with a wire wheel i was pleased I found mostly metal...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    I have a few technical questions, hopefully you folks can help Chassis coatings - I am jumping ahead on myself here, but when I eventually get the rust stripped and welding done, what should I coat the underneath with? On my Merc sprinter I have used Dinitrol 4941, but that has been over the...
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    1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

    Heating an uninsulated workshop is an issue. Up until now I have being using a propane has heater. I am always nervous about using anything that has a naked flame for the spark potential and the condensation it creates. Being an industrial unit means I have 3 phase supply. During the heat...
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