Sunday, 6 February 2011

Changing Roofs with Sim Llewelyn Bowen

Sim and his T25 were introduced to the Lo 'E' Nuf blog back in October. Even then the job at the top of the To Do list was the rotten pop-top, despite it being the sought after Autohomes conversion. The original plan was to re-create it from scratch but recently a better plan became possible. ASM in Thame had a T25 camper on its racks, complete with Autohomes conversion. Sim tried to do the proper Lo 'E' Nuf thing by buying it. Afterall, what's better than 1 camper needing work? 2 campers needing work of course! Unfortunately this wasn't possible but he did get everything off it before it went for crushing, including the complete roof/conversion from the pillars up.

Last Saturday was roof day at the workshop. With assistance from gReece, Howard and Greg(!) the old conversion was removed, the roof cleaned up and the new roof fitted. Sounds easy when you say it quickly!

Elevating roof off, roof cap next

Elevating roof off showing original van roof.
The roof top was in quite a state and held together with a layer of
boj tape, a blue plastic sheet followed by another layer of boj tape.

Roof cap off - last chance for a Rag Top .
Next job was to clean up roof and gutters and make
sure any bare metal areas had a nice coat of POR15.

New roof on with test erection
(oooer, snigger snigger, etc)

One thing that Cris really hates is sanding bodywork.
Which is why he jumps at it at every opportunity!

Caution - Sim at work

Looking good

Plenty of jobs still to be done. Sim needs to make an interior out of the 2 he's got plus the sliding door needs a bit of work but it's all coming along nicely and should be in use at shows this season.

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