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1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Jimble on Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:53 pm

This is the story so far of my restoration of Beryl the Beige Peril, 1988 Autosleeper Legend. More to follow as she gets closer to her MOT and the Easter trip to the Haute Loire region of France.

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by SteveUK on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:16 pm

I think you need to open up access to your YouTube video, else all we get is "This video is private".
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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Jimble on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:24 pm

Sorry! Set to Public now. Hope you can all see it now.

Thanks Steve.

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by SteveUK on Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:46 pm

That's better.  Wish I could work that fast!!

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Dave 418 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:41 pm

Great work so far. My welder friend says he don't get paid enough to work that fast. lol4 I am not sure if I mentioned the rust issues on my Duetto.
Put youre hand under the front scuttle, from above the back of the engine. Also lift up the screen surround were it touches the door pillars. The scuttle on mine was too far gone to fit a new windscreen and I had a wet floor in the n/s foot well. Lastly take the plastic front step covers up.
 My welder friend loves Transits, his pension will be paid for by Ford.
 Great vans if you can face the fact that they are going to be rusty some were. tap_fingers

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Jimble on Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:46 pm

Indeed. Got rust in all the usual places. Door step pans and sills are next for the chop and welder. One side worse than the other. It'll keep me busy alright.

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Jimble on Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:12 pm

Heres some before and after photos of the front spring hangers.






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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by AtoMike on Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:51 pm

Greetings, I have just joined the Forum and wish you all the best with the renovation project.  We have a 1997 Amethyst with a Transit base, rust starting to show round wheel arches and doors. But it passed the MOT last week (yippee) another year of life!
One reason for the base choice was that Ford spares should be available for some time, and guys would have the experience/skills/tools to fix problems when they arise.
Encouraged by video; though working that quickly must mean you get longer evenings?
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She's Finished! (of sorts......)

Post by Jimble on Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:08 pm




So Beryl is all patched up and passed her MOT without any advisories. She got us to the south of France and back over easter. 

Now she needs an engine rebuild! Or maybe a Zetec put in.... Hmm....

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by daisy mae on Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:52 pm

Very good job, well done.  allthumbz allthumbz
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Post by artheytrate on Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:33 am

Fantastic job and very entertaining video.

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by meanchris on Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:25 am

Great job, great video, I really enjoyed that.

Take heart, our 2005 Boxer based Executive is with Ian Taylor of http://www.japcarimport.co.uk/ having some minor welding done as we speak.
The chassis on this 2005 X244 van is nothing like as good condition as our previous 1995 X230, I think that this van was rushed through the AS factory for a special order or show and the cab/chassis was never rustproofed.

Just one more job to prepare for, all surface rust removed and the chassis waxoyled and/or undersealed.

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Jimble on Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:41 am

Thank you all kindly,

Still more jobs to do: blasting the old underseal off where its peeling away and good old slap of waxoyl, the inner wings need replacing but they'll do for now and an engine rebuild before the summer hopefully. 

Luckily the guy I bought it off last year had the habitation space perfect. New heat exchange in the boiler, new heater matrix in the fire, new igniter in the fridge, new skylights all round etc.... 

Having the space and tools to do this makes owning an ancient Autosleeper viable. Also being able to weld is a massive advantage!

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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by jollywalker on Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:04 pm

Excellent work carried out,well done. I have the welder and tools,but have to work outside, and the older I get the less appealing it is to lie in the cold and damp! up!
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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by steamsteve on Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:31 pm

jollywalker wrote:Excellent work carried out,well done. I have the welder and tools,but have to work outside, and the older I get the less appealing it is to lie in the cold and damp! up!

I know the feeling trying to do inner & outer sill repair on our Boxer, out side, if it would just stop raining.
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Re: 1988 Legend restoration.

Post by Campievanner on Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:17 pm

I feel your pain Jimble - we have an '88 Frisky we have had a year this weekend. We had the engine  (pinto 2 litre petrol) rebuild last year.  29.7 mpg apparently.
This year B pillar round front to B pillar - and the gas box (mentioned as MOT advisory last year) we have a brilliant guy nicknamed the metal magician who is doing the work.  Front steps, inner wings & more. Hopefully sorting the scuttle too.
Visited last weekend for a progress update and heartened by the fact the chassis isn't too bad. Some rear end work next year.
Bring Beryl to Gaydon in August to meet Frisky if you can for the Transit Van weekend an excellent cheap camping weekend.would love to see her.
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