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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:10 pm

Progress this weekend at last!!!
Saturday's work:

Fuel tank & gearbox now in.


Shocks fitted, although there's a bit of an angle on the rubbers, even after myself & Mr. Parsons heated up the top mounts to bend them back a little.

Also had to swap the top bolts on the swing axle conversion round as the nuts fouled the shocks Rolling Eyes



Got as far as I can go at the moment with the rear axle as a phone call to Paul @ T2D revealed that the rear bearings are on the correct amount, but I'll need to get the deeper Ali billet bearing covers that Paul supplies, so while I was at it I ordered them, my dropped spindles & a new set of link pins Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:29 pm

Sunday's work:
As I was at a stand still with the rear axle awaiting parts I thought I'd crack on with stripping down the 1600cc engine & robbing all the bits I need for the 1776cc long block that will be residing in the engine bay very soon Twisted Evil

Powder coated tinware removed from the old engine & cleaned.

Hope I can remember where all the bolts go! lol!

Doghouse cooled fitted.

Poorly looking 1600 engine been robbed of parts .... although it will be rebuilt up with replacement tinware that needs spraying up before it goes into the Vamp Very Happy

First trial fit of the BMD Serpentine pulley kit that Sharon bought me for Xmas bounce

Engine from the back with new fan fitted .... And when I was swapping it over I realised that last time I had it off to fit the Alternator, I'd fitted the wrong size washer & that was why it sounded like I had a bag of nails in the engine bay when the revs were high & the fan was rubbing the back of the fan shroud Rolling Eyes Tis now rectified Smile

Engine looking a bit more complete with the worm drive & dizzy swapped out of the old engine.
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:36 pm

Loving the Pulley Kit! Looks spot on.

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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:39 pm

Looking good dude. afro
Hopefully not too much longer before she's rollin' again?!?
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:39 pm

Really liking the look of the serpentine belt system ....they do make a big differance to the look of the motor Cool
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:45 pm

Cheers guys Smile

It's nice seeing bits going back on at long last!!! lol!

The engine is going to look super clean as there's an electric fuel pump & regulating fuel filter being hidden away in the engine bay, so all the fuel pipes will be tucked away behind the engine out of sight & the twin Dells will be by the sides unlike the progressive Weber that was on it before that dominated the engine front! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:47 pm

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Looking good dude. afro
Hopefully not too much longer before she's rollin' again?!?

Hopefully not too much longer mate ..... going to use the time it takes the T2D boys to machine up my dropped spindles to get the other bits sorted, then rip out the front suspension & get her properly in the weeds Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:00 pm

Nice work rick getting there bud Cool
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:12 am

Nice one ricky baby.. afro
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:16 am

Looks ace Rick!

i wouldn't worry about the rear shocks - Bella's are 100 times worse on the front! Shocked and the MOT man wasn't worried about them - as long as they worked, which they do.
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:26 am

Lookin geat rick.. Cant wait to see it in the flesh What a Face

P.S Did you get your mate remaking them interiors that you had a final fling?
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:48 am

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Looks ace Rick!

i wouldn't worry about the rear shocks - Bella's are 100 times worse on the front! Shocked and the MOT man wasn't worried about them - as long as they worked, which they do.
Cheers Lucy .... That's comforting to know that the angles aren't too bad! I've moved the suspension arms up & down & the shocks do the job, so happy days lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:59 am

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Lookin geat rick.. Cant wait to see it in the flesh What a Face

P.S Did you get your mate remaking them interiors that you had a final fling?

Hi Mart Very Happy

Yes the interior is made & in the garage awaiting staining Smile
We used marine Birch in the end, which is tougher than marine ply as it has 9 laminations in a 10-12mm thick sheet.
We used stainless steel piano hinges & all the joints are properly made, glued & nailed for strength.
We also had the table top/bed middle section top face finished with a laminate which is touch & wipe clean, so it won't get ruined.
Ended up costing us 775 at cost so we would probably market it fot about 850 - 900, as it's a superior product than some of the others on the market Smile
The Oak laminated version might still be on the cards at a later date, but at this stage was prohibativly expensive what with all the other build costs on the van, but it would have been laminated with real wood & professionally spray varnished afro
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:15 pm

Dude it is about time we had an update on here for Babylon punk
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:26 pm

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Dude it is about time we had an update on here for Babylon punk

Maybe later Lee.....as another day of Pooh hitting the fan....will get Rick to explain....

lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:35 pm

update needed Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:09 pm

Hi guys,

Yes as Sharon has intimated .... 1 step forward 10 steps backwards No

I inlisted the help of my mates Vince & Dave from the Headcrackers to help give me a boot up the rear end this weekend on the bus.

We were going to sort out the handbrake cable issues I've been having (will explain further when I have more time!) & fit up the 4" slam beam as Vince has built up many bus beams in his time.

Well the handbrake cable wasn't having any of it so we started to check the geometry of the rear hubs to find that the n/s was sitting about 10-15mm out of alignment compared to the o/s Sad
We checked everything & it seems that the Bus Station straight axle kit is basically poo! so we stripped out the rear brakes & took off the s/s kit & arms.
We then drove back over to Berrow & collected a set of Vince's 'Billett 56' S/A kits & modified the original splitiie arms to fit this kit. We also stripped out my front beam from the bus .... and this was Saturday's work.
Then was back up the workshop at 7.30am this morning to carry on with it. We have got the back end trial fitted back up on the bus, complete with wheels on. Then as Dave's Splittie had failed the MOT on the fact it had been lowered on the front (in US before it came over to the UK) by removing all but the centre torsion bar on both top & bottom tubes affraid
So we decided to fit my surplus beam to his bus. While Dave & me were doing this Vince was getting the slam beam built up. Vince & myself pressed in the bearings to the dropped spindles. then we found out that the top arms we had left on the beam that went into Dave bus were the wrong size link pins (I think they are) and the whole assembly from the arms out needed to come off so we could swop over the arms to my slam beam & re-use Dave's arms & his spindles onto my old beam.
And to top everything off the grease seal that goes on the steering idler pin won't fit onto the slam beam, but we've fitted it up for the time being Rolling Eyes I'll just have to re-grease the pin monthly until we can build our own narrowed adjustable beam & sell the slam beam on so I can get some of the money back on it!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:28 pm

What a total nightmare dude i'll catch up with you properly later on in the week.
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:02 pm

Sounds like a funkin knightmare dude, that why i got rid of my 62 split, just ran out of patients with it, but kind of regret selling it now, but hay ho!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:20 am

It'll come good Mart, just gotta pull my finger out and finish the running gear so I can get the engine in!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:09 am

I've never seen it off its axle stands, its a very big/expensive/static tool box - its going rusty too 


   

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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:02 pm

scratch Now play fair Matty .... I've had several crappy set backs, but with the help of my friends Vince & Dave who are stars, it's back on track at long last. Just needed someone who'd done it before to spot the crapness & out of alignment of the Bus Station S/A kit! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:03 pm

lol!
oh giz a kiss you miserable old bear!

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:18 pm

tongue

pirat

lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:50 pm

wurzelspice wrote:
lol!
oh giz a kiss you miserable old bear!

lol!

I'll second that well the miserable old bear bit anyway lol! but surely it should be pirate not bear though pirat
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