1960 RHD Double Cab

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:23 pm

I knew I needed a rear corner panel as one side had been hit and all the louvres were bent. As autocraft aren't making them at the moment I have been keeping a eye out for one else where.
I had it in my mind that it was a LHS one I needed and so when a RHS NOS one turned up on thesamba mid week I did nothing about it. On the following Sunday whilst wondering about in the garage, I noticed it was actually the RHS one I needed. So ran inside a purchased the corner I needed.
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So now have another panel to fit!
It a later one so the rear light hole is wrong but the back of my original panel is ok so that will be no trouble to sort out.

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:41 pm

The I beams under the floor were solid but just a bit rusty on the outer ends.There was about 18" of the original floor left, but this reached neither the end or the sides. I decided to cut them right out and replace the I beams with Autocraft ones and the floor with the complete Klassic Fab one I got of C&C at Busfest. The back top hat was only there in the middle so got an Autocraft one of those as well.
What was left of floor and rear separation panel bottom bracket
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I measured the positions of all the I beams and top hat then cut them out and added them to the ever increasing pile of rust outside the garage.
I fitted a new gear shaft conduit and used that to line up all the new parts. As it turned out later this wasn't such a great plan as the ends weren't exactly inline (only by a couple of mm) so they had to be moved again later!
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Rear top hat section going in
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I beams lined up with gear change conduit
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All welded in (to the slightly wrong position!)

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:21 pm

And a year later, I'm back in the room! Lots has been going on but not a lot of work on the DC.
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I had done a bit to it last year , but not posted on here
The rear inner wheel tub was basically missing at the bottom.
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I acquired a AC repair panel and made up a bit for the inside edge. Cut out the rust and cleaned up spot welds
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Welded in
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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Who.Me? » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:30 pm

Jon Petts wrote:I knew I needed a rear corner panel as one side had been hit and all the louvres were bent. As autocraft aren't making them at the moment I have been keeping a eye out for one else where.
I had it in my mind that it was a LHS one I needed and so when a RHS NOS one turned up on thesamba mid week I did nothing about it. On the following Sunday whilst wondering about in the garage, I noticed it was actually the RHS one I needed. So ran inside a purchased the corner I needed.
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So now have another panel to fit!
It a later one so the rear light hole is wrong but the back of my original panel is ok so that will be no trouble to sort out.
Have you checked the corner against your truck? 1960 was a changeover year. Before the change; trucks had corners that were more square than busses and vans, so early and late rear truck corners are different shapes. Depending on who you ask, that change either occurred in January or 'mid' 1960.

Worth double-checking before cutting a NOS panel.

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:54 pm

Thanks for that, I'll have to check it next time I'm in the garage . Are they obviously different?

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:35 pm

The bottom of the LHS uprights were next on the list
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I had acquired repair panels from both Autocraft and Klassic Fab
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I spent a few days removing what was left of the originals and welding in the new panels
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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:16 pm

I had been stumped for a long time about the cargo door not lining up. It was fine on the hinge side but down about 10mm on the catch side
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I had tried to repair the bottom of the B pillar and trail fit the cargo door sill but couldn't get anything to line up and the door to fit. I had been bending the hinges about and clamping the door up but it just wouldn't work.
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Then while reading Hayburner one evening about a very rusty van, it dawned on me what was wrong. The B pillar was still at the right height as it was still fairly solid, but the back of the cab had dropped where the bottom of the truck had rotted away and it had sat about for years and bounced about on a trailer.
The next day in the garage I took a few measurements and sure enough the back of the cab was lower then the front. I put a body jack between the chassis rail and the inside of the gutter in the back of the cab and jacked up the back of the cab. All of a sudden everthing lined up! I welded a bracing bit of box to hold the cab in place and set about fitting some more panels that now lined up.
I also made a template from the cargo door on my Microbus and straightened the bent cargo door from the DC.

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by monkey knuts » Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:08 pm

Nice project - nice resto.
Dec 62 RHD Tintop Caravette MGR / PW (1 P/O) restoration here:
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It may only be held on by 4 bolts; but one of them is a pain in the @ss to get to!

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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:28 pm

A few more photos of work done some time ago
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loading door outer cill with reinforcing spot welded inside before fitting
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Removed bottom hinge attachment plate which had stripped threads and fitted replacement
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Fitted repair panel behind door with sach clamp to get seem tight
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Removed what was left of outer rear wheel arch panel to expose reinforcing bars
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Cleaned up and sprayed with zinc primer
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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:03 am

The side loading door was remarkable rust free concidering the sate off everything else, just the inside bottom rail was holed and loose from the outer skin
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I had a Autocraft repair panel for the bottom rail, which looked at first glance to be quite a good fit.
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I cut out the rotten part of the rail and cleaned up the inside of the outer skin which was in good nick.
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When I came to fit the repair panel it turned out that although it is the correct overall length the seal channel on one side was too wide so the centre section was too narrow. I had to cut up the repair panel and remove a slice from the seal channel and add some to the centre section.
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This took slightly more time than was planned, by its all part of the game!
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It all turned out ok in the end
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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Jon Petts » Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:21 pm

The next piece of the jigsaw was the rear wheel arch. The original had been cut out and was rotten on the bottom edge. I bought a complete arch panel from Autocraft and popped it on.
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I had never done one of the "external seams" which joins the rear arch to the panel in front, but with the help of a body jack to press into position, a pair of door skin pliers to bend it over and a spot welder to hold it in place, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out
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so thats another bit done
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Re: 1960 RHD Double Cab

Post by Eternal Optimist » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:21 pm

Looking good.

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