1972 Commer PB - another Resto thread

LMR

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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 the cut and butt method as demonstrated by Fitzee's fabrication

a big hole



big hole cut out and replaced with proper metal



I will get better at this. Owning a Commer, there is enough repair and fabrication work required for me to practice on!
 

Panky

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Nothing wrong with that repair. Is that just a test panel or are you going to work your way along?
 

LMR

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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
 

LMR

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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 cannot see one listed). If I need to make one, do I do so from standard gasket paper or do I need to make it from some other material such as silicone? I am guessing that as this sits on the oil system, I should avoid gasket sealant to prevent a blockage in the oil system?

 

PaulJL

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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 the cut and butt method as demonstrated by Fitzee's fabrication

a big hole



big hole cut out and replaced with proper metal



I will get better at this. Owning a Commer, there is enough repair and fabrication work required for me to practice on!
Tony is a top bloke. I've learned loads from him too. Even managed to get some of the flex cut grinding discs from the states.
 

Panky

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If you can't find one get some Flexoid gasket paper. 0.8mm should do the trick and you will have plenty left for those other odd gaskets that creep up on you. You shouldn't need any sealant on the gasket just a smear of grease to keep it in place when fitting.
 

LMR

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LMR

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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
 

Panky

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I've not replaced them ( well I have many years ago before I knew what I was doing so we'll draw a veil across that sorry episode :rolleyes: ) but what I've seen other do, if not replacing the inner sills as well, is to slice the old fluted panel the full length about a 1/4" down from the join and cut the new panel to suit then tack together and then carefully fully weld (after carrying out any repairs necessary to the inners)
To do it properly there's a lot of spot weld drilling to do as the sill to body join also includes the floor edge in the sandwich, you should be able to drill out the spot welds from the inside if it's a bare shell.

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nickclubman

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I've not replaced them ( well I have many years ago before I knew what I was doing so we'll draw a veil across that sorry episode :rolleyes: ) but what I've seen other do, if not replacing the inner sills as well, is to slice the old fluted panel the full length about a 1/4" down from the join and cut the new panel to suit then tack together and then carefully fully weld (after carrying out any repairs necessary to the inners)
To do it properly there's a lot of spot weld drilling to do as the sill to body join also includes the floor edge in the sandwich, you should be able to drill out the spot welds from the inside if it's a bare shell.

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This drawing is giving me bad flashbacks Panky
 
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