" Trix " our 66 adventure continues.............

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Post by Bren Ralls » Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:01 pm

It is tidy Steve should of seen it before

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Enough practicing and time to bite the bullet with improvised steamer at work.

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Clamped over night

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Tickle with the belt sander on the edges

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And then the other end as ply was not long enough to do in one hit

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Fittings arrived for pipe work so whilst glue is curing wrestled in the pipework in one length. Ie from propex across to long panel , along that then across front bulkhead. Yep tad difficult aiming for all the little gaps & around rock n roll bed as that is fixed and not moving but no joints.

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Also started on electrics for hook up etc pics on that to follow.

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Post by markp » Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:38 am

Looks the nuts mate

well done

nice update coz we all know the rules dont we

No pic's .... or it didnt happen


Chat soon mate


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Post by rusty1962 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:10 am

Where are you siting your gas bottle? Pic's of drop out hole (s) ?

Looking good.

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Post by Bren Ralls » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:14 pm

Gas bottle is stored in buddy seat section Steve. Ive bought a transformer charger so when hooked up to on site hook up will run 12v electrics , fridge etc . Supposedly can be run without a battery but for us is just a means of topping up system but big enough that when hot has the grunt to keep on top of things instead of a separate battery charger.

Cave update so from this

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Then a weeeeeeee tickle with a sander to this

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With storage area working a treat.

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Next stage door card shaping and then it's time to varnish.

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Post by markp » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:04 pm

:cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


you cleaver git !!!!!

well done mate it looks fab


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Post by Bren Ralls » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:17 pm

markp wrote::cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


you cleaver git !!!!!

well done mate it looks fab


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Post by Bren Ralls » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:41 pm

One month on and finally worth an update as watching varnish dry would send you mad.

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So all built door cards finished and buddy seat cushion delivered.

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Propex all done and working a treat.

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Next up start on engine as finally heads arrived from state side tunning. Been longing to get this done just took ages due to first having to get barrels machined to reduce length or make them sit further into crank case in so reducing deck height. Then lead time on custom heads to be made but finally wood butchery out of the way so greasy job can start.

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First up check piston rings for gap and correct orientation, then lap barrels to heads.

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Fitted and sealed with pushrods and tappets adjusted

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Small bit of bling going with adjustable pushrod tubes.

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After that usual tinwear fitment and almost done in the day.

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Finally run out of steam today but hopefully by weekend will be back in and running.
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Post by Cleverchap » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:12 am

The interior is looking fantastic and far from butchery!!
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Post by susta » Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:50 pm

A true Renaissance man!!

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Post by Bren Ralls » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:45 pm

susta wrote:A true Renaissance man!!
Cleverchap wrote:The interior is looking fantastic and far from butchery!!
Cheers guys

Been flat out with work so not much done during week but plan fell into place & stole Friday for play day as one building job finished and next extension starts monday, so small window to get the engine finished.

Pretty much went to plan with only exhaust to fit so engine was done, bit the bullet and paid extra for the stainless heat pipes. Got fed up with the Ali ones looking crap after a short while & the black cardboard ones did not like the exhaust so burnt through. Also spent time under rear panel sorting propex pipework for its exhaust & inlet with another job ticked off.

Fitting was usual jiggle and in, few wires, oil pipes & bingo. Moment of truth fill with oil and crank the key, wait a few seconds for electric fuel pump to purge & final click on key. Turned over for a bit & wahoooooooo we had life purring away, what a beautiful sound with a smile of smiles.

Couldn't do much more then as it was 9 PM ish but very happy.

Had to wait 24hrs as at work Saturday but Sunday was cruise day so quick wash n polish and off for a cruise. So missed it and what a bonus as saw several bay's & t25's all waving like mad hatter's.
Gently gently as running in but hey why the rush, clocked up 50 miles and lunch on the beach then home to check over.

That's me set for the season now with vf in a few weeks ( can't wait ).

Not many pics as to busy enjoying the splitty drive smile. With Trix turning 51 last week 26th march she isn't bad for a young'n.

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Post by markp » Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:26 pm

Bloody hell Bren

you been a busy boy

We only chatted the other night ( monthly man time catch up :D :wink: )

and now I have a little peek at ya thread and you finished the inside and the engines all done too

Hats off to you sir

It all looks Shamazing !!!!!!

well done and fab skills on show as normal

Over and Out

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Post by Bren Ralls » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:33 am

Run in now & re serviced, enjoyed and living the dream once more.
Packed for vf and the fun begins, come say hi if your passing or just kick me if I'm snoozing.

Laters.

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Post by Bren Ralls » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:24 am

A year of ups n downs & nearly 6k miles covered, lived the dream & banished to the cave so 12ish months in brief as unfortunately will be posting again.

Found the love in wild camping spending many a weekend parked up in the middle of nowhere, but beaches are favourite.

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One wedding

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First trophy best camper
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Sam passed his driving test so bought this little polo coupe 1.3s which got a Bren Resto ..
Think he’s happy
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The bug had another opps so visited the cave body shop.

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Had a spring plate failure on holiday, fixed on the campsite. Luckily local vw repair garage volksweld had an old spring plate which I modified to work so holiday carried on .

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Final trip of year to Cornwall in October ended on last day with a strange creaking noise, a look underneath reavealed a nightmare and flat bed home.

Wow sounds like I’m always broken but not scared to use the bus. Trix gets used and abused either trimming miles, shows, camp outs, surf trips or just cruising & living the dream. So a 50+ year old vehicle will have the odd hiccup.

So now engines out, gearbox out, wires removed from chassis, chassis braced & supported. Pic says it all, sure that’s meant to be attached.

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Rotted right through and unfixable so have a good rear beam cut, tidy and solid so next job is cut out old and graft in new.

One winter will end easy and relaxing but enough typing and hit the cave.

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Post by oilyragg » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:30 am

Holy cow Bren that looks lethal! Never seen that before, good luck with the repair.

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Post by Bren Ralls » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:16 pm

Was so lucky had friends visit, we went out in the bus and noticed it slumping that side. At first thought it was lay of the ground so checked again later and horror showed a massive crack around beam..if we hadn’t gone out would of been on the motor way & dread to think.


Today was plenty of measuring to get a datam and took the plunge.

Was soon out

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Scary as other side was rusting through to

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Seems time and it’s previous life has caught up as when we did some work when we first got trix these areas like many were chocker with sand.

Offered up new beam gradually removing metal till it sat sweet with all measurements correct with it sat snug & level.

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Tomorrow is sort the front section but need to de stitch jacking point outrigger inner cross member plus another i beam cross member then can insert new chassis rail as one to original joint section. All being good can then start welding.

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Still along way to go but what seems so daunting several months back, with plenty of thinking is going to plan so far.

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