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  1. Amazing job Conrad ! Wish I could see it in the flesh.
  2. Today I took the bull by the balls and poked a ruddy great hole in the sheet metal under the drivers seat for the additional brake fluid reservoir. Started with a 15 mm pilot hole which is the size of the bolt on my 50 mm chassis punch. The chassis punch made short work of the cab floor and I then poked the 3 smaller mounting holes for the bracket. I cleaned and painted the second hand mounting bracket that I got in from the UK and gave the new reservoir a few coats of satin black to match the existing one. I've ordered 2 meters of 3/8 EPDM fluid reservoir tube which should be more t
  3. Managed to poke a few holes in the spacer for the load compensation valve that I harvested from the Starwagon and its now bolted up to the right hand side chassis leg. I'll leave it in position so I can bend up all of the pipework and I'll then whip it out again for a clean and paint. The two tubes floating about above the valve are my gear shift cables which still need to be bracketed to the chassis leg.
  4. As detailed in a previous post I'm using the original Thames muffler and rear section with a HiAce flange glued to the front of the muffler that attaches to a slightly tweaked HiAce intermediate pipe. The new setup places the muffler closer to the centre of the van and at the time I suspected that I may need to tweak things to gain maximum clearance between the driveshaft and the exhaust. To put things into perspective the muffler sits on the left hand side and the exhaust tip exits on the right hand side of the van just in front of the rear wheel. So as the pipe runs from left to right i
  5. Got a call first thing this morning to say that my driveshaft was ready to be picked up from the hospital after its nip and tuck operation, so took a drive through to town to grab it. After a quick test fit I gave it a quick spank with a flapper disk and chucked a bit of satin black about the place and its looking a lot better. I'll let the paint dry overnight and will fit it up in the morning.
  6. A while back I was giving some thought to what I was going to do about a brake fluid reservoir. The original Thames reservoir is a two compartment metal bottle that is used for both the hydraulic clutch and the brakes. However going to a dual braking system I need to run a three compartment reservoir to separate out the two brake circuits. At the time I toyed with the idea of using the plastic reservoir out of the HiAce, but I couldn't come up with a suitable mounting place. So I changed tack and decided to fit a second Thames reservoir which will allow me to run the clutch and back brake circ
  7. Now that my new rear brake cylinders are installed, today's focus has been on progressing the pipework for the rest of the braking system. I suspect that its going to take me a few goes to get the correct combination of parts sorted out, so for now I'm going to use as many of the existing brake lines as I can and I'll then make up new ones once I've proved that everything is working as expected. Thought I'd start with the easy stuff and work my way up to the complex bits. So first step was to install the original HiAce hard brake lines on the rear axle. Gave them a quick clean a
  8. This morning our Postie pitched up with my new power steering belt. I was keen to see if my hare brained method for estimating the correct belt length had worked so I dropped what I was doing and quickly chucked the new belt on. Sure enough the length is perfect so I'll happily take the win.
  9. With the brakes done i thought I'd reward myself with a few easy jobs. Fitted a new set of Bosch HT leads and then replaced the rubber toggles that hold down the engine cover lid. One of the toggles had snapped in half shortly after I purchased the van and the other was badly perished. The new toggles came with their own cheap looking metal brackets but I was keen to keep the originals if I could. To retain the original through pins I cut the old rubbers out and then pressed the pins into the new toggles. They are a tight fit in the rubber which holds the pin in place. And that'
  10. Today's task was to fit new rear wheel cylinders. I did a bit of a quick and nasty job of it as I plan to do a full strip down and paint when I replace the rear wheel bearings. I'll leave that till after some road testing as I might need to change the diff ratio at the same time. I've got a few centres with different ratios stashed away including a LSD centre that I'm tempted to fit. Anyway, I've been putting off this brake job for a while as its real fiddly. The original right hand side cylinder was seized and the left one looked a bit crusty. Did a quick de-crud job while I was at
  11. At the moment I'm trying to fund the Thames build by selling off parts that I don't need from my donor fleet. Last week I sold a HiAce fuel tank to a chap who is converting his camper from LPG back to petrol which means I have the funds for the shortening of my driveshaft, so I dropped it off in town yesterday for a little nip and tuck. Before pic
  12. Wow, not one, but two Thames 400e vans in your collection. You sir have impeccable taste.
  13. Mate, what a score ! I love quirky looking old vans. I must have been about 5 years old when I started becoming "van aware". I can still remember the first van that made an impression on me. It was an old late 50s early 60s DKW van sporting pretty much the same patina as your new van is. All the best with this project. I can't wait to see your updates.
  14. Managed to get the Thames back on its front wheels for the first time in a few months. Pushed it out of the shed so I could give the floor a good sweep. Looking at the Thames front on the L300 steering angle box hangs lower than the front valance, but it's a small price to pay for the vastly improved steering setup. Even with two leaves removed from the back springs, the van has still got a bit of a nose down stance. Perfect for that 70s look that I am aiming for. Thanks for looking.
  15. Spent the morning fabricating a mounting bracket for the power steering reservoir. I've tucked the reservoir out of the way in the back corner of the engine box. Just need to give the bracket a few coats of Hammerite and I'll call it done My mate Lane dropped by and will take the original L300 pressure hose back to work so he can solder some new hose tails onto the existing fittings. Then its just a case of crimping on a new piece of hose and it will be good to go.
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