Here we can see the back of the van with the rear diff removed and ready to accept the re-tempered springs. The diff is on the workbench awaiting an overhaul. The gearbox is still away having it’s overhaul…that reminds me I must give them a ring to check on progress, as getting all prepared now for engine and gearbox to go back. Although I do have plenty of other jobs to be getting on with.
Another view of the preparation for getting the springs back on. Don’t worry I’m not lifting the van with those blocks of wood on top of the trolley jack. It is just there to provide added support whilst I scramble about underneath. The axle stands look pretty stable, but as I’ve got the jack I though it would give extra peace of mind. You will also see some of the ZG-90 sprayed on the back of the chassis, which I must admit I’m quite impressed with so far.
Once I’ve finished messing around underneath, I will have to tackle the remaining bodywork. There seems to be a few areas of filler that will need attention, although much of the welding was completed by the previous owner. This is the nearside front wheel and I do have the panel that is missing in the picture.
Having concentrated on the rear of the van I guess the time will come when I need to tackle the front half. It looks like it’ll be worth sending the springs off to Brost Forge for their special treatment. I don’t really want to put everything back together and then find that they need doing. They look a bit worse for wear with some broken and others flat.
Another view of the inside of the van. You can just about see the radiator, which has been re-cored and painted by a local specialist here in Ipswich.
This is looking back in to the rear of the van. There’s certainly plenty of space in there and I’m looking forward to the first large item I pick up.
I thought I would add one last picture today and it is of the rear differential. The only real space I had in the garage was on my workbench. I’m not sure what I will do to overhaul it, but probably just open it up and give it a good clean and see if all looks OK.