New Year’s Day

I got a bit done today on the truck interior. After scraping as much crud off the steel that would budge I took to it with the Gerni. It came up a treat and all the old dirt and dust of the past 42 years has gone. I lined the engine bay with the new lead lined insulation. I’m looking forward to testing this out tomorrow. It’s going to make a huge difference. Here is the engine cowl which is in between the driver’s and passenger’s seat. You can see the engine bay walls and the cowl lid are completely lined.

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I’ve painted all the tinware and reinstalled it. I’m even treating the old girl to a new gear boot rubber. I ordered one from the UK a few months ago with a bunch of other spare parts.

The old one was split and used to poured hot air into the cabin. I used to have a cable tie around it to try and stop the hot air but the new one is a nice air tight fit.
Here is the old and the new.

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And of course, Cutty found all this hard work exhausting.

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And finally, even though it doesn’t look much different, everything is back together and will hopefully be running cooler and quieter for a few more years and a few adventures.

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I know lots of people probably don’t understand why I do this type of thing. It’s dirty, tiring and often hard work. It would be much easier to just go and buy a camper or truck or have someone build one. I find that restoring something old and building something myself is rewarding and when I finally finish this project I’ll take a long trip and be sitting in the pod with a nice cold beer looking out the window, probably at other people with their fancy bought campers. I’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that I created mine from an image and an idea in my mind to the finished reality. In a world of instant satisfaction and disposable items, I like the idea of restoring a machine that has plenty of life left in it. Sure, it doesn’t look that fancy (ok I concede it looks plain ridiculous) but I built it and it owes me very little.

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