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    Default AmboVan Restarted

    Alright, I've been coasting on Chris' original thread since last fall, and figured I'd start my own now that I'm back hard at work on Ambovan

    Original thread is here: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru....-Next-project!!

    Had a trip to Alaska in late April, sailing trip with our little catamaran to Puerto Penasco in early May, and a week in San Carlos the week of Memorial Day. Nothing else planned for the summer or fall except getting the rig on the road.

    Seeing as it is well into the 100s now in June, first thing I needed is some shade to work in.


    braced it off to the house, and put some relief cuts in the side wall, hasn't blown away yet

    Start the rebuilding from the back forward - First thing is to finish chopping off and rebuilding the bodywork behind the wheels. I cut off the bumper below the rear doors over the winter, but never got any further than that. Easy to cut off the bumper - A little more involved to rebuild the side boxes and doors

    Right side first...



    Then the left side



    Extracting the bottom part of the compartment frame from the chopped-off part...



    Getting it tacked back in place



    Starting to get an idea of how it will look

    Last edited by hobietony; 08-19-2011 at 11:22 PM.

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    Rebuilding the inside of the boxes



    Aluminum welds are starting to get a little more visually appealing, but not so much that they dont look better with a covering of Sikaflex sealant



    Doors need to rebuilt too





    Paint Prep



    A little Ford White paint...




    Still need to get the doors back on, need to do some work on the door latches and get some new weather stripping
    Last edited by hobietony; 08-19-2011 at 11:29 PM.

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    Need to get the bumper built, but need to clean up the frame a bit first. Lots of surface rust, and turns out the ends of the frame have a bit of twist in them

    Rusty before


    Getting cleaner


    All braced and boxed in.




    Also replaced the aluminum trim at the bottom of the box, so I can have a good reference on where the bumper will be fitted



    Trim all bolted in place



    Catches me up to now, more updates as I continue. I just have to keep remember that it will be awesome when I am done - Whenever that is.
    Last edited by hobietony; 08-19-2011 at 11:32 PM.

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    Nice, any chance you recall where you bought the white canopy and frame? I'm shopping now.

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    Very nice!!!

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    Please tell me this will be painted like Ratchet from the Transformers Movies.
    Aaron

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    Looks good! Great job on the doors.
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    Very nice, glad to see your back on it.

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    Very well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loren85022 View Post
    Nice, any chance you recall where you bought the white canopy and frame? I'm shopping now.
    Stacy Tool in Tucson - They sell the tarp and connectors, need to buy the 1" conduit separate

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