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Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by Heanorboy on Wed May 04, 2016 11:35 pm

Came across this how many would love a Autosleeper like this

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by roli on Thu May 05, 2016 7:17 am

Certainly an AS (HiHi)
Seriously though AS did build some Talisman Vans (4) on a 4WD Talbot Express Chassis

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Post by NORGIL on Thu May 05, 2016 8:11 am

Like it, must admit I have often wondered if the monocoque can be transfered to a different base vehicle.

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Post by meanchris on Thu May 05, 2016 11:36 am

Of course it could, bit of glass matting, some T-Cut, job's a good 'un. up! hugegrins

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by CC on Thu May 05, 2016 2:48 pm

That's a pretty cool van up!

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by NORGIL on Thu May 05, 2016 3:05 pm

Mine is off to Willersey tomorrow thanks to some idiot in a car park managing to hit the wheel arch and crack the grp and drive off obviously without noticing !

Will have a word about the feasibility of re-bodying since there will be no more monocoques built.  i presume it would be a non starter other than on to an identical van because of the roof heights etc.

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by CC on Thu May 05, 2016 4:19 pm

Be interesting to hear how you get on with that Norgil... Would be brill to see your body on a new cab, can't see why it can't be done, it certainly works well on the Land Rover doesn't it up! No fear of getting stuck anyway hugegrins Be surprised if AutoSleepers would want to take on the task though, but do let us know?

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by NORGIL on Thu May 05, 2016 4:47 pm

Hi CC, will let you know what they say. Mine is still worth a few quid so I shall hang on to it as it is.  Have seen a couple of early Talbot ones going for fairly small money thanks to the tin worm and general age taking hold that might be worth a punt in view of the fact that the body doesnt really deteriorate that much. I suspect its a massive job that wouldnt be financially viable for AS, but there are a few on here who I suspect could give it a go if they felt inclined.

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Post by groundhog on Thu May 05, 2016 8:13 pm

Love it, that exhaust location seems a bit sketchy though!
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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by Heanorboy on Thu May 05, 2016 10:01 pm

groundhog wrote:Love it, that exhaust location seems a bit sketchy though!
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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by groundhog on Fri May 06, 2016 8:14 pm

Heanorboy wrote:
groundhog wrote:Love it, that exhaust location seems a bit sketchy though!
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The deafener snorkel exhaust sits just above the roof line but this one is right under the overhang which would surely cause turbulence and potentially push the fumes straight back into the drivers window!! Regarding what comes out of said exhaust that overhang will be black in about five minutes.... think_smiley_46
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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by Heanorboy on Fri May 06, 2016 8:58 pm

Not wishing to disagree (but will) wave
The Snorkel will be for Air Intake the exhaust takes care of itself in deep  coffee_drink or water as the engine usually has enough pressure through the exhaust to keep the water out, but get water in the air intake and its Bobs yer uncle  not Bob the Builder hence Landies having high Air snorkels to keep the water out

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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by groundhog on Sat May 07, 2016 8:54 am

Thanks David

I think my brain must have been on holiday without me noticing! blushes blushes
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Re: Bob the Builder. Reduce reuse recycle

Post by Peter Brown on Sat May 07, 2016 10:30 am

We've come across several AS bodies that have been transferred to other chassis on e-bay. I can only recall one that was legally professionally done and that was I think an executive body had been transferred from an accident damaged Peugeot to a new Fiat chassis of the same era.

To do the job economically the habitation area has to be transferred to the new chassis without the need to disassemble and reassemble the internals. Therefore the wheel arches of the new chassis have to be in the same place as the old, tanks need to be fitted in roughly the same location, inlets outlets and vents must not be interfered with by the new chassis and you must be able to interface the new chassis electrics with the existing habitation circuitry.

I guess AS could give a much longer list of issues to be considered from their very extensive experience of rebuild after accident damage and I'm also pretty sure they would do anything that was do-able but in most cases I think the cost would be prohibitive. I did mention is passing a couple of years ago the idea of swapping my body onto a new Merc chassis and that wasn't ruled out but we didn't talk money!

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