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Post by bedford1964j5 on Oct 31, 2016 13:16:13 GMT
Can anybody tell me what size the timber is above the front window on my 1979 12/2 I want to get the timber before i start the strip out Also how easy is it to bend the 3 mm ply on the front and rear panels
I wish there was one answer I can give for these measurements. A few years ago a member was rebuilding the top front of his Safari at the same time as I was breaking one that was only two years older, so he came round and measured the bits in mine, went home and had all the wood cut to my sizes. When he came to fit the parts, the lengths were the only correct measurement. The thicknesses were fairly accurate but say up to 5mm different, but the width of the top rail was over 1cm different which was not noticed until he tried to fit the window back in the hole and had to remove the lower rail and reduce its height. Fortunately the lower window did not fall below shelf level inside.
I have owned two Safaris made only a few months apart and noticed slight differences in outer panel sizes, so the underlying timbers must also be different.
The only safe way is to buy the timber oversize and only cut it to fit when you have taken yours apart.
3mm ply is relatively easy to bend, although larger pieces can be very unweildly to manage when you are fitting.
Thanks Brian I have a good table saw so can rip the timber to size , its a bit difficult to measure the window header in place im afraid when i take the window the frame will turn to dust its very rotten The rest of the van is solid only needing minor repair in one rear lower corner and the back ply has dried out, might try sorting this without removeing the lower rear panel but going to repair 1 part at a time so i dont get in over my head