and never really wanted one, and often these ad-hoc links don’t warrant a post in their own right. However, I’ve decided to make an exception for a site that I was contacted about. Kombi blog is – or will soon be – hosting some trip reports but for the time being I’m more interested in the how-to guides that the site owner is putting up. It’s one thing to refer to a service manual with grainy black and white photos, but a good walk-through with large colour photos is always so much easier. Unfortunately the site is built with frames (ugh!) which makes it difficult to provide direct links to these how-to guides, but just look at the menu options on the left for ‘Renovations’.]]>
The hardest job was putting new windows in (or old windows with new rubbers). I really needed a swear box, especially when the helpful leverage supplied by screwdriver slipped and scratched the freshly tinted windows! This was not an easy job, and I am not looking forward to doing it again. Ever.
Here’s a bit of the progress from that part of the refurb, done over 12 hours:
On the Saturday just gone, I finally put the refurbed interior back in. It was a bit of a jigsaw, and I discovered that I was missing one piece (thankfully, not a crucial part, and one I can make up out of MDF quite easily). There are still some final bits of work needed – some trimming, floor, and a few other odds and sods, but basically the donkeywork is all done now. And here’s the (almost) finished result:
Now, it just needs somewhere to go, right? This weekend I bravely took to the existing interior. Once I’d pulled up the first bit of laminate floor, well, I was committed to it then. Over the next hour and a half or so, I unscrewed and pulled out the various fittings until the back of the bus was completely empty. It looks positively cavernous in there now!
Before the refurbed interior goes back in I’m going to get a few jobs done on the inside, namely:
Sounds like a lot, but nothing too troubling really. Can do it all myself, the only question is how quickly? Watch this space!]]>
Last week I collected an old Dormobile (D 4/6) interior from a guy in Slough . Originally he wanted just £50 for the units and the fold-out bed, then it went down to £30 but when I actually collected it he had a change of heart and decided not to take anything for it. Perhaps, in removing the units, he realised just how much work would be involved to put them right.
So, for the next few weeks I’ll be cleaning and sanding the units, re-screwing all the joints (with counter-sunk screws that I’ll fill over and sand for a flat finish), covering entirely with new Fablon (sticky vinyl covering) in Beech finish, and putting new hinges on everything. The only hurdle I’m expecting, to be honest, is finding some trip to apply to the edges of the doors – I may need to improvise somewhat!
Once all the units are in good shape inside the house, I’ll take out the existing interior and start plumbing in the new ones. I’m hoping that will be the easy part.
So, I’ll update the progress on the blog, partly for my own records, and partly in the hope that someone searching for door trim for Dormobile units might chance upon this site – and if they do, please let me know where I can get some!]]>
So, I don’t have a split-screen bus, so I can’t do a proper job of recreating Filmore from the film, so the Photoshopped version will have to do!]]>
So, that’s my Xmas present from Manda come early then!
Check out the other pics here ….]]>
And I think there may have been an engine repair or two along the way …
Go check out the site for yourself – this is one well-travelled bus.]]>
Apparantly the kids love the Filmore lookalike (can’t imagine why … I jest) so the owners might well keep it like this for some time to come. Now, if they could only work out a way of keeping the eyes on the front while driving – and staying legal – that would be so cool!
So, why wasn’t I there? Because:
So, did I miss much then?]]>