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« on: September 17, 2009, 08:41:22 AM »
has anyone removed the roof from a bedford to replace it?
just looking for tips before i jump in and stuff it up.
i bought a spot weld drill, how hard can it be?
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Re: roof removal
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2009, 10:01:57 AM »
Do a split one Worzel. The rear 2/3s Jumbo and the front SWB. I've always thought that looked cool.

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2009, 11:51:11 AM »
nup, looks cool,
but i want a stereo, amp, speakers, dvd and room for discs, gloves, snacks, torch, tools, phone charger, kitchen sink etc all up there out of the way ;D,
and i want to get it done NOW so im keeping it simple

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2009, 11:57:21 AM »
and i want to get it done NOW so im keeping it simple


wish I could remember that!! ::) :-\ :)
ur a bedford owner ....adapt overcome work it out

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009, 12:52:52 PM »
Sorry Worzel but 'roof replacement' and 'simple' really are a contradiction in terms.  ;)

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009, 06:07:58 PM »
keep ya posted ;)

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2009, 06:14:47 PM »
Worzel, did one of these in my younger years, jumbo onto swb, but did it a different way, took a felttip pen sat it on the cutter lip and made a mark al the way around the roof got the saw (recoperating)/ not sure how to spell it and cut the roof off, then cut the jumbo roof at gutter level and spot welded the roof on, the new roof sat over the lip that was left standing above the gutter. Sorry back then I did a soild weld all the way aroung with a gas set and then put a gutting / grinding disk on the grinder and cleaned the weld up, very little filler needed. Tried to do the spot weld thing but there seemed to be know set patten to the spot welds. And don't forget to cut a section out of the jumbo roof. ;D

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2009, 07:54:07 PM »
and i want to get it done NOW so im keeping it simple
Thats what I said when I started my custom van
There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say "watch me"

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2009, 09:29:49 PM »
Sorry Worzel but 'roof replacement' and 'simple' really are a contradiction in terms.  ;)

Yup, thats why I started this thread.
Im pretty sure I can find the arse-about-tit way of doing it.

I am coming to the conclusion that I have to do it proprely, but not perfectly....
for example.
I got the bedford home and found all the rust, (see arse-about-face, should have found the rust a lot earlier)
Benny gave me an old roof for patches, but the patches needed patches.
So ben sold me an almost perfect roof, with a sun roof(perspex sheet)
so I cut a patch out of the old spare roof to patch the new spare roof,
then out comes the welder and the buckles start popping up and down,
then out comes the grinder and cut it out and try more spots and gussets and get it ok (excellent compared to the first, and just ok really).
Grind and sand and bog (and then rain)
Just going for smooth.......

But from here I saw gonna.........
Tack in a few more roof supports to make lining the ceiling easier,
Cut old roof off verry close to the gutters,
Remove lip of roof that is in the gutters by winding around a pailr of pliers, and grinding spots to weaken them,
Wire bursh gutters to see if they are ok,
cut up old roof and put in tip pile,
open up repair above windscreen to examine,
who knows what next, hopefully just wire brush and paint,
cut out rotten gutters and repaiar with new steel section,

remove new roof from old gutters with spot weld drill,
put roof aside and use any gutter sections that I need,
put new roof on,
weld spots,
fully weld to seal?
Fishoil,penetrol,paint, whatever, just loads of it probably with a brush,

then have a look at those other bits, floor, walls etc..
any suggestions or tips would be appreciated

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Re: roof removal
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2009, 07:49:27 AM »
it sounds real easy but you haven't considered the glue in the gutters. there are 3 sections, the outer panel, the inner roof edge and the roof and they have the glue between each. it makes for messy welding (and is worse if you remove the gutters).

it can be done but is messy and time consuming, do it until it gets to you then walk away, have a rest, go for a drive (in something else) then come back to it for a bit more when your calm and rested
There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say "watch me"

 

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