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Well I though it time that I shared some pictures and the progress of my Multivan. I picked the van up last year from a forum member after posting up a wanted thread.

I had been looking for a van for a while as a bit of a multipurpose vehicle. I had just sold an old BMW that took me three years to restore and a change of hobbies from cars to MTB made the decision easy.

This is how the van looked when I picked it up.









Not in bad shape and with a recent cam belt service including the crack case seal and sump resealed a deal was done. Thanks Dickie!

The van had some rust around the screen caused from previous screen replacement and several dings and slightly scabby front wings.

Before I tackled the bodywork I needed to get a few mechanicals sorted.

The van was lowered a little too much for my liking and as I intended to use the van for towing both a caravan and car trailer the tow bar was just sat too low.

A set of Sachs super HD and Eibach rear springs sorted the height and handling out. I can’t recommend these enough. They are just the right balance between ride/comfort.

Next up was a new set of front disks and pads along with a fluid change and some bottom ball joints as well!

I then found that the van was still spotting oil on the drive way. After a lot of cleaning and lying on my back I traced the leak to the turbo. The oil pipes required new fittings and washers as there was oil everywhere. Finally the van was leak free! I haven’t got any pictures of the work as it was all a bit rushed.

I've also done quite a few other little jobs but I will be all night listing them

Finally I got the van in for some paint. I had quite a big off on my bike separating my shoulder. Obviously I couldn't drive so it made perfect sense to have the paint sorted.

Ouch!




The Steed and Glen Tress Trip






Some pictures of the bad bits. With the screen out you can see just how far the cancer can spread under the screen! I've not held back with showing all the little dings and dents





















A work In progress.








I have the van back from paint but haven’t got any decent pictures yet as I’ve dropped straight into using it again. As soon as we have a dry day I plan on getting this sorted. Needless to say I'm very pleased. Its basically had all the screen rust sorted and two sides plus the rear.

I still can't make my mind up whether to go colour coded on the bumpers and wing mirrors. I already have a set of non textured long nose but my painter is flat out and said to bring the van back next year for the front end freshen up.

I really fancy a carbon wrap bonnet and some stupid graphics but the OEM Homo in me is saying keep it stock.

Its has also had a remap but I've been speaking with Ron and hope to go the Project Power route with some bigger injectors plus a full stainless exhaust. Keep watching for an update with the finished pics. :)
 

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Nice van. I also have a 2000 Multivan, which I could do with getting a few blips sorted out, so I'm interested to know who you used for the bodyshop work, I don't live too far from York either!

Nice shoulder injury, I smashed my collarbone quite a while ago - caused discomfort ever since!
 

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I use RCP just outside York.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/RCP-Vehicle-Body-Repair-Specialist/1408386916060680

The lad is called Damien. Top quality work. He can fabricate as well. He painted at least five of my past cars.

Some more pics of the work in progress with some quick finished pictures after a polish and wax. I've decided after spending the week detailing the paintwork I can't live with the front end so its booked back in with Damian for front end paint plus front and rear longnose bumpers painting as well. It was just starting to spot with rain so the close up picture show water spots not paint imperfections!

















Damians work is second to none. From factory the paint had a lot of metallic flake and he was worried about getting the perfect match. Plus being black it shows up any imperfections. The van also had a lot of orange peel in the lacquer again hard to blend. He's done a cracking job. It took a little time but I'm happy. I've since cleaned out the front wings and added some thick spray wax to all the arches to protect them for the winter. The last few pics show the brown wax not rust. T:T:


Snow Foam and Two Buckets. We all need foam in our lives!:ILU:






After hitting a pothole a new wheel has been ordered. :eek:





Ive also been tinkering under the bonnet. There has been the faint smell of burning oil when pushing hard. It only happens after a prolonged period of hard acceleration (Up Hill.) I think I've traced it to the cold air feed pipe to the turbo so I ordered new from VW including the O ring. I had tried to use a clamp on the end which improved things but not fully cured. Hope this has fixed it now.





Also this month

Mudflaps
Gearbox Oil.

With a bit of luck it will be Project Power the end of February. Going for the full stainless system plus PP1 injectors and a remap.
 

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Really nice looking van.
Did you need any metal welding in to sort sills and screen?
Are you confident the rust will stay away on the repaired sections?
Finally, how much did the bodywork set you back?
My multivan has similar issues ....... Wondering if I should repair or sell on.
Cheers
Robert
 

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Really nice looking van.
Did you need any metal welding in to sort sills and screen?
Are you confident the rust will stay away on the repaired sections?
Finally, how much did the bodywork set you back?
My multivan has similar issues ....... Wondering if I should repair or sell on.
Cheers
Robert
Robert

No metal work was carried out. Before I sent the van to Damian I hit the spots around the sills with an angle grinder to make sure all the metal pitting could be ground out. Most of it came out. Damian also shot blast small local areas before painting to get into all the areas that a wheel and disk wont touch.

The only way to guarantee the cancer won't come back is to cut it out. I'm lucky enough to be able to fabricate and weld but after spending the last three years in the garage restoring an old BMW E30 I just couldn't do with the ear ache from the boss.

You can see how clean the metal is around the screen before painting. If you love your van then keep it. Anything can be repaired if you have the time and patience!

I could weld before but I basically got an old scrap bonnet from a breakers and practiced cutting, fabbing, welding until I was confident to carry out work on my own.

The paint and screen fitting setting me back £1000. Not the cheapest but I trust Danian's work.

Some fabricating PORN!










 
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