Builds 1982 Desert Troopy - Glutton for Punishment

jgeoffr

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Sandblasted the floor/bed to get an idea of the damage. Lots of pitting and outright rot. Poor patches by PO and a couple of intentional holes for water tanks through the floor. Primed the blasted area afterwards to prevent rust.

-Geoff

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jgeoffr

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As I said, lots of majoon in the truck. Only good thing about so much previous bodywork is that it provides lots of holes to get the torch in to cut bolts. :rofl:

-Geoff

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Rear bed forming. No one makes a replacement stamped bed for the troopys, so the next best thing is to form our own. Used 1.5mm galvanized steel (equivalent to 16ga). Nice thing is that it's one piece the full length and it matches up well to the original floor profile.

-Geoff

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jgeoffr

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Looking good! Nice floor, did you heat up and flatten the back edge? I hate welding galvanised myself but this should last for ever now
Yep, exactly as you said. Only way to flatten it after bending the floor with the brake.

I don't know about galvanizing elsewhere, but here it has a tendency to give off a powder on the surface which makes paint adhesion down the road problematic. So we're blasting back to bare metal before epoxy priming. The galvanizing does a good job preventing rust until we're ready to move forward.

-Geoff
 
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Yep, exactly as you said. Only way to flatten it after bending the floor with the brake.

I don't know about galvanizing elsewhere, but here it has a tendency to give off a powder on the surface which makes paint adhesion down the road problematic. So we're blasting back to bare metal before epoxy priming. The galvanizing does a good job preventing rust until we're ready to move forward.

-Geoff
I learnt to weld using scaps of galvanised metal and remember it being difficult to get perfectly clean for welding edges. When I finished that vehicle we sandblasted the whole body and hot zinc sprayed both body and chassis. Etch primed before paint and as far as I know it is still pretty good after 35 years

Watching your 45 project with interest as I am looking to get one asap
 
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