Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

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Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:32 am

Hi All

Corgi do a mk 1 Ford Transit but what I really need are Mk2's (mk3's would have just appeared in my era so they would be quite rare).

This little project is all about turning a corgi van into the later mk2 utilising the Mk2 front casting available from ABS.

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First up the destructive bit.

The main pic shows the Mk 1 nose cut off. This is a straight cut just in front of the windscreen and then the body has been cut back under the windscreen to 1mm in front of the doors. The first small pic shows the trimming required to the interior for the new nose to fit and the second likewise for the glazing (originals on the right in both pictures) The glazing is simply held in place in the chopped van body and trimmed with a razor saw.

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Test fit of the new nose. The rear of the nose has been trimmed slightly to fit. You can see how the body is wider than the new nose so some filling and shaping is required.

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Jim
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:15 pm

Hi All

Pondering this over night I decided it would be easier to fill the bonnet than match the sides. Next morning someone on another forum had suggested the same so as 2 of us thought it a good idea...

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...theres a ridge down the bonnet that lines up with the angles at the front - seemed the obvious place to make a couple of cuts with the razor saw and to spread the nose a smidge.

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After a spot of filler.

Cheers

Jim
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Richard Oldfield » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:27 pm

Hi Jim,

That's Transit-tastic ! :D

Cheers,

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby iak » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:43 pm

Will it be white Jim? ;)
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:59 pm

Hi Iain

Not this one

Already slapped some paint on the transit. Turned out quite well i thought. In the end I just glued the wheels solid and filled the hubcaps.

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Cheers

Jim
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby gobbler » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:42 pm

A good looking model.

You must be pleased with the results.

What happens with the reg plate???

Thanks for sharing

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby ColPeake » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:24 am

Very nice Jim, captures the shape and look of the Mk2 very well. If your drill and files are up to it, how about a minibus version? :D

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Cock Sparra » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:11 am

Hi Jim

Not white van man then :devil:

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:43 pm

Hi All

Been doing a spot more work on Mk2 transit vans. First up, for those interested in such things this site it pretty handy

http://fordtransit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=46969

Now then - to the models. First up the quickie one

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Similar to the blue one but with wheels from paragon models and the addition of a side door. (door scribed on - hinges and handle from microstrip)

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the middle difficulty one - this will end up a luton. I didnt go mad on the chassis as you wont see it but if you had the patience and did want to go for it a rake of these without bodies, mounted on a load of Carflats would be pretty cool.

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Finally - this is the awkward one. Conversion to a long wheelbase. I have used the spare back from a previous luton conversion and so far sorted the nose and the roof. the drivers door will need converting to a slidey type and the rear wheel arches need making. Also the rear vent needs filling and the rear panel (below the waist and behind the rear axle needs filling and re-shaping.

Cheers

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby iak » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:27 am

You need one bashed up Jim
You always used to see Transits which looked "used..." ;)
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:00 pm

Hi All

A bit more progress, I think i'll knock up a tail lift for the Luton.

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Dukedog » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:28 am

Very good Jim.
Would these vans be "as new" in your time scale? OR would they have some wear and tear?

My recollection of most of this model of Transit was the rear doors with about 4inches of pure rust across the bottom edges and spattered with Paint, cement and other builders materials!

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:11 pm

Some could be from 1979 and some could be a few months old. The mk3 (wedge shaped one) were brand new in 1987

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:50 pm

Hi All

thanks to comments on another forum I have added translucent roofs to my Lutons

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:16 pm

Hi All

Progress on my White arrow van

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A little comparison of where it started from.

I Am hoping this might end up another signature vehicle (like my WHSmiths lorry) that spark a few memories for people.

Cheers

Jim
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby trebor » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:22 pm

Jim S-W wrote:Hi All

Progress on my White arrow van

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A little comparison of where it started from.

I Am hoping this might end up another signature vehicle (like my WHSmiths lorry) that spark a few memories for people.

Cheers

Jim



Certainly does Jim, first up is White Arrow, worked for them once in my yoof, a lesson learned quick, multi drop, Nah don't fink so guv.... I stick with the class one continental work, pays better....

so where I ask are all the dents, scrapes, scuffs and rubbish on the dashboard
just an observation.

cracking work though

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby ColPeake » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:50 pm

Seeing the White Arrow van makes me feel my age Jim! I can recall seeing one on our estate and being fascinated by the sliding door. I seem to recall having a large (very large) scale van with a similar feature at one time, may have been a Bedford rather than a Transit...

Keep up the good work, as and when I see 'New Street' I think the trains may take second fiddle to everything else....

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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby westerner » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:34 pm

When I lived in London my next door neighbour use to buy ex White Arrow vans, do them up and then flog them on.
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Re: Making some Mk2 Transit Vans

Postby Jim S-W » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:24 pm

ColPeake wrote:Keep up the good work, as and when I see 'New Street' I think the trains may take second fiddle to everything else....


Could be Colin

It might just end up a 70ft long diorama of a city that just happens to have trains running through it!

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