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Date:         Tue, 11 Jul 2006 14:08:53 -0700
Reply-To:     Zoltan <zolo@FOXINTERNET.NET>
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From:         Zoltan <zolo@FOXINTERNET.NET>
Subject:      Re: Body Work, welding, and danger - A question
Comments: To: Christopher Gronski <gronski@GMAIL.COM>
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It is a standard procedure in all vans I am restoring. In fact, it is the first thing I do. Remove the kitchen and restore the metal behind to new or better condition. The rust is there even on the ones that don't show any on the outside. Not very simple excercise but one that is most necessary to do. Follow the green book's advice. It is really just step by step work and it is easier than it looks. It makes you do it as you go. Zoltan

----- Original Message ----- From: "Christopher Gronski" <gronski@GMAIL.COM> To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 1:34 PM Subject: Re: Body Work, welding, and danger - A question

> Sam you would be surprised how easy it is to pull the fridge, stove, > and water tank. Most of it just unscrews / unbolts (you also may have > to pull up the westy floor, but again that is pretty straight > forward). > > The propane lines to the fridge and stove can actually be removed from > the appliances and left in place (that is, NOT disconnected from the > tank - but make sure the valve on the tank is closed of course), but > to do this you need to get a dremel or something similar and cut a > path to the back of the cabinet at the opening where the pipes come > through the floor of the van, allowing you to slide the fridge / stove > cabinet forward and out. > > While you're doing this job its a good time to replace all you water > hoses which are likely pretty gross looking with age. > > You'll also want to remove the factory fiberglass insulation as all it > does is hold water and promote rust. > > Chris > > On 7/11/06, samc <> wrote: >> My 84 Westy is finally in the shop for a "body uplift" and the fellow >> doing the work expressed genuine fear about doing the needed welding to >> repair and replace the body parts adjacent to the stove/refridge and >> wiring that exists behind the cabinetry. >> >> He had wondered about removing the cabinetry while he does the work, but >> that seems like a daunting and possibly unnecessary task. >> >> Help? Ideas? >> >> Tks >> SamC >> > > > -- > No virus found in this incoming message. > Checked by AVG Free Edition. > Version: 7.1.394 / Virus Database: 268.9.10/383 - Release Date: > 2006.07.07. > >

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