E150 UOL rebuild - End of project :-)

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E150 UOL rebuild - End of project :-)

Post by td99 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:32 pm

A year ago I bought this partially disassembled Ti with a DET engine (not fitted - it's just sitting there), with the idea "just reassemble with a different exhaust etc, etc".
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Got it out of storage last weekend and started to check it out - looks like a complete rebuild is best, seeing as its pretty much in bits anyway. Bodywork and interior are in pretty good shape but rust is active.
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Rear armature is in v poor shape, the insides of all the U sections being badly attacked. Am thinking about fabricating a new one.
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Trailing arms are rusty but usable I hope with some strengthening.
Even parts of the galvanization coming off in big flakes at rear. Main parts of chassis look to be fine though.
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More to come (lots I guess!).
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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:38 pm

think QRG still supply new armatures but galved Trevor, might save the hassles of making one.
be good to see the project progress in pics too, keep up the good work 8)


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by philhoward » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:41 pm

The armature looks saveable from the pics, Trevor - would something like the POR-15 kit save it, or some type of rust converter?


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by scimjim » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:41 pm

hmm.......that's interesting, I was thinking of having OILs front & rear armatures including the rad surround galvanised. If you speak to Nigel, Trevor - I'd be interested in his prices.


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by philhoward » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:54 pm

Front armature - £289.66
Rear armature - £241.39

From the QRG website..


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by scimjim » Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:20 am

hmm..... I think I can get them galvanised for a whole lot less than that :shock:


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:17 am

yeah but depends how much is left to galv i guess, the rear armatures are p*ss poor thin anyway, once blasted its difficult for galv to stick to holes :lol:


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by td99 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:56 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:the rear armatures are p*ss poor thin anyway, once blasted its difficult for galv to stick to holes :lol:
Was my thought too. As usual, things look better in the photos. Some sections definately need replacing or strengthening and it might be easier just to weld a new one up - it's mostly straight sections. Saves cost of sand blasting too.


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Post by CNHSS1 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:21 pm

good thing with thin gauge as std is its nice and easy to 'mould' into position with a fist or rubber hammer to get it all to line up :lol:


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by td99 » Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:58 pm

So some progress... cant compare with ScimJim's dismantling speed, but body tub now almost ready to be lifted off (I think!) - just have to free up all the glued parts.
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Must say that this forum is fantastic in the amount of info available - searched for info and found thread detailing where all body tub fixings were - made it so much easier!

Interesting that the carpet is so waterproof that the car was still wet in the passenger footwell under the carpet after 12 months standing in a dry barn!

Intending to get chassis de-zinced and then re-galvanised but having problems finding company who'll do it within reasonable distance. All the local ones won't touch car chassis for fear of deformation.
Also, requirements for galvanising are that all hollow sections have lower and upper vents. Looks to me that the front cross-member (not the removable one) of the chassis does not have this, anyone run into this problem? Easy enough to drill a few holes of course.


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by scimjim » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:50 am

have you found the two rivets on each A post rear face - right at the top by the windscreen? also scrape the sealant off down the A post outer face :D


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by td99 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:00 am

No, did not see those Thanks!

What I found:
door sills rivets
2 rivets on inside of each a-post at bottom
3 rivets on each a-post front face
Bolt at front of each footwell (thanks to an earlier thread!)
2 bolts at front of centre console area
Handbrahe fixing bolts
Seat-belt fixings
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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by philhoward » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:25 am

Rivets up the b-post?

I think thats it though...bar checking for bits of wiring at the front..and don't forget to unthread the wiring up from the A-post (courtesy light switches, mirrors/windows if applicable). Not sure about Ti gearbox wiring as the Ford version goes through the tub.


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by td99 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:54 pm

B-post rivets, yes had found them, forgot to list them though.
Got the wiring out of a-posts too. Also around gearbox.
Fuel pump wiring looks like it stays in tub.


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Re: E150 UOL rebuild

Post by td99 » Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:52 pm

Had some difficulty getting the front offside of the tub to move more than a cm or so and persuaded it with jack and crowbar. Only to find I had forgotten the bonnet release cable :cry:
That gave up with a loud crack before I realized what the problem was. That and the plastic petrol breather valve are the only two casualties so far.
Anyway, now I have the tub wrapped in tarps on the drive and a bare chassis in the garage.
Next step is to lower the seat mountings, replace a number of missing captive nuts.


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