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Post by Betty Bedford on Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:47 pm

So now the roof is all but sorted i thought i would start a new project and sort out the seat boxes that were looking a bit of a muddle. This turned out to be a much bigger project than i had at first imagined and after three days i am still in the process of sorting it with the limited time i can put in.  It would appear that what can only be described as an idiot had taken the seats completely apart and put them back together how they thought they went, I have pictures and will upload later! so every time i think i am getting somewhere i come across another bodge job and have to go off on another tangent fixing that. I am doing what Roo did and covering the boxes in carpet, i have done the loose bits of wood that i will attach later and then i went to do the fixed units today and thought i will do the job properly and peel back the naff carpet which i was going to replace and carpet the boxes to the floor. As i did this i found the remainder of the back of an old carpet or lino and under that the ORIGINAL!!!! which goes right through!!! so that has saved me some money because its not in to bad a condition ;) so after a bit of elbow grease scrapping it off and an incredible Mum who has been in and finished the last of it of when i went home :) ( love you Mum) the job is now done and i can start back at what i was doing and carpet the seat boxes tomorrow yippee! 
this is when i took the carpet off.

and this is now!
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Post by Guest on Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:24 pm

Looks like you have got your work cut out there Betty. I'm sure it will look great when sorted.  up! Lucky break with the Lino. Good luck and keep us posted on progress.
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Post by Betty Bedford on Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:10 pm

And this is the seat boxes finished, I was going to re do the cushions but i think they look better now and it can wait untill winter lol! :) 
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Post by Roo on Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:03 am

I'm soooo jealous of your original flooring.  smile! 
Great to see Betty getting some love and attention. I know you should never ask a ladies age but how old is Betty? I reckon she would have been gong through the A-S factory around the same time as mine.

Re: Carpet, I've used the following in mine:
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/p-1031-thin-ribbed-carpet.aspx
http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/p-1872-thin-ribbed-carpet.aspx
The beige is slightly lighter but i'll be changing all the original material anyway so it wont matter so much for me. Whatever your using, make sure you use high temperature contact adhesive as the heat in the vans can get quite high in the summer months.
Keep up the great work, I love seeing the updates.
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Post by Betty Bedford on Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:21 pm

Thanks Roo yeah i couldnt believe it when i found the carpet i was just getting ready to have to replace it! Betty says that its ok to post her age so i can tell you that she was created in 1983 :)
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Post by mikethebike on Wed Apr 16, 2014 1:30 am

You are doing a great job. I see you have a little helper as well!!
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Post by Betty Bedford on Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:42 pm

Hia all, haven't posted for a while as Betty's referb has taken a bit of a back seat to buying our first house! Anyway, I was hoping that some clever sausage on here might be able to help me out. I don't know how to keep the roof up? I know that it was held up by bolts that slotted into wooden notches on the framework, but as my better half has thrown away the old wood work ( not such a clever sausage!) I now have nothing to go by to repair it. I was wondering if anyone knows how it should work ( with pics would be ace) or has any cleaver ideas on how it could work?
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Post by Betty Bedford on Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:42 pm

not to worry it turns out that the better half is a much more cleaver sausage that originally thought and has fixed it for me (thats true love that is!). There was a makeshift metal bracket thing on the back that it locked into and he has now put these back on for me. The only trouble is that I am now so used to crouching down in Betty that I am still doing it! now just need to make the lock parts for the front. Not sure any of this makes sense but i know what i mean.
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Post by -mojo- on Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:23 pm

If the roof catch arrangement is the same as on my Transit based conversion of about that age, there should be 2 catch positions at each side/end - one of which holds the side panel fully up against the seals, and a second one which leaves a gap all the way along the top. The latter is really useful in hot weather if you do both sides, as you catch any breeze that's around and it blows hot air out of the top of the roof.
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Post by Betty Bedford on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:01 pm

thanks for the help Mojo. can i ask if yours is around the same year, has yours got carpet on the flap up side pannels because mine has and from what i can make out from pictures on the internet it may of been the wood finish that is underneth before. I am half way through doing the headlining and it is looking great so not sure whever to replace the lining on the side or not? 
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Post by Betty Bedford on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:04 pm

here is one side done!
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Post by -mojo- on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:06 pm

Betty Bedford wrote:can i ask if yours is around the same year, has yours got carpet on the flap up side pannels because mine has and from what i can make out from pictures on the internet it may of been the wood finish that is underneth before.

Sorry - wot I wrote was ambiguous. What I should have said is the van that we ~used~ to own (and owned for 20+ years). But we sold it around 10 years ago.

From memory, no. The side panels were, I'm fairly certain, finished in wood-effect. I can't recall offhand the name of the product, but I'm pretty sure it was a textured vinyl stick-on wood veneer finish. Sounds dreadful, but it looked fine, and very much in keeping with the rest of the interior finish of the time.
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Post by Betty Bedford on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:10 pm

Ah thanks for that I have been pealing the carpet back and it looks good underneath so i think i shall try to sand the backing off of it and see what it looks like then, if all else fails i can always recover it lol!
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Post by SherpaSam on Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:16 am

My Sherpa, which is a bit older, but has the exact same layout (except where an idiot has remodelled it) has plain wood (I think some sort of oak veneer) on the side panels, but then it has the same wood finish on the cupboard doors and only has the Formica wood (like yours) on the work tops.

Not sure if you've got your latching sorted, but as mojo says, it has metal bolts ( flat and about 1" wide) which I assume you still have, going through slots in a flat metal plate. If you still need it, I could take a photo in the next day or so, as I really ought to risk putting the roof up and seeing how bad it is (and measuring the rivet spacing on the hinge . . . sorry, wrong thread ;¬)
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Post by Betty Bedford on Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:47 pm

yeah we found the right bolts for it and fitting them is my next job when Betty comes back. I for one can not wait for the roof to stay up safely as when i was sorting out the front part the one side dropped on my head...... I can tell you that the side panels are very  heavy and do pack a punch, I now see why people go for high tops lol :)
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