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MY NEW WB PROJECT

Post by ROCKETROD on 10/7/2011, 1:45 pm

HI. I am a newbie to this site, i just brought a 1981 WB PANNO, i drove down to COFFS HARBOUR 12.00 midnight friday nite to pick up my beauty. i returned 6.00 p.m saturday night i was stuffed. I have brought this panno to RE-BIRTH it to a HZ SANDMAN i have started to strip it and next week will send it to the sandblasters. while it looks rough it actually has a very straight unmolested body, it has very little rust in the usual places i intend on getting it back from the sandblasters and fitting new sills and do a bit of plating here and there. It has a 1981 WB STATESMAN DEVILLE front with a caprice grill thats 1st to go i will replace it with a nice HZ front same as tail lights. I have a nice 253 V8 to rebuild for it. i intend to bring this OLD SKOOL classic back to its former glory. I have posted some pics of picking it up, will post pics of progress as i go..... http://i45.servimg.com/u/f45/16/65/97/90/dscn3515.jpg
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Post by AGR071 on 10/7/2011, 2:25 pm

Welcome to the site.Sounds like you've got some fun times ahead.
There is also a Sandman site if your interested:
http://www.mysandman.com.au/forums/forum.php
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Post by mr sinbin on 11/7/2011, 4:13 am

hey mate
nice van! will make for an awesome project! i live near coffs harbour and had no idea this was for sale haha good score though! where abouts did you drive down from to get? if your interested in selling any of that caprice front end stuff im after a few things, so just pm me and let me know!
good luck with it all
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Post by ROCKETROD on 11/7/2011, 5:01 am

Hi Agro71

thanks mate looks like A great site, and yes i have some awesome times ahead and i will post up coming progress shots of the van. and i will have a look at the SANDMAN site need to know all the colour schemes of the SANDMAN.....

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Post by ROCKETROD on 11/7/2011, 5:04 am

HI SINBIN

MATE DROVE FROM SUNNY COAST Q.L.D TO PICK UP THIS BEAUTY, I HAVE LISTED THE WALK OFF FRONT END ON EBAY, IM GOING TO PUT THE HZ FRONT ON. I WANT TO TRANSFORM THIS VAN INTO A SANDMAN REPLICA....

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Post by mazdragon on 12/7/2011, 6:04 am

Welcome and good luck with the van... hope all goes well for you... can't see the pics at work, so will look 2nite if i remember... Have an 83 WB myself which has been a stocker up to now...202 3pd on column etc etc... currently being transformed internally, but external will happen later as the shell is very good and he's kept garaged (and yes, driven at least once a week too). MySandman forum is a very good site for all yr sandman info. But don't forget to stay on here too as many on this site can help you out as well.
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Post by 0488TINTER on 12/7/2011, 6:28 am

for future refernce - whats the front worth

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Post by ROCKETROD on 12/7/2011, 6:50 am

thanks mazdragon, yes is a great site this one, i looked at the sandman site also very helpful...

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Post by ROCKETROD on 12/7/2011, 6:57 am

Hi 0488TINTER

MATE I JUST PUT IT ON EBAY START BID FROM $600 (NO-RESERVE) IM NOT A GREEDY BUGGER JUST RATHER SEE THESE VANS GET WHAT THEY NEED, AND SEE THEM OUT ON THE ROAD....THERE ARE FEW ON EBAY ASKING $1600/$2000 AND OVER........AS YOU CAN SEE THE LOWER GUARDS HAVE A BITTA RUST IN THEM THEY WILL NEED REPAIRING, THE BONNET IS VERY STRAIGHT BUT HAS A LITTLE RUST HOLE IN THE TOP BUT VERY EASILY FIXED, ALL IN ALL IT IS GOOD FOR A FRONT END.

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Post by 0488TINTER on 12/7/2011, 7:28 am

planning on picking up a HJ later this year (dont like polution gear) and am not sure it ill get a WB front or a full length SL/E statesman grille yet
want to keep an tab on what things are selling for

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Post by vanner065 on 12/7/2011, 10:40 am

Welcome aboard Rocketrod, hope you enjoy the site, plenty to see and read here and feel free to add anything interesting. Good luck with your project mate
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Post by ROCKETROD on 12/7/2011, 10:54 am

Hi vanner065 (james)

Thanks buddy yeah im lovin the site, ive spent a cple a hrs stripping the van back to a shell after work getting it ready for the sandblasting.

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Post by AGR071 on 12/7/2011, 11:54 am

0488TINTER wrote: full length SL/E statesman grille yet

Triple grille's NOW your talking. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
Was going to put them on my HJ but all the lower grille's i found were priced through the roof.
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Post by ROCKETROD on 13/7/2011, 1:41 pm

haha no triple grilles here,i just want a nice HZ front, and HZ rear tail lights, sanblasted and a nice bare metal paint in original sandman colour and decals, NOICE u cant beat the " OL SKOOL" SANDMAN....

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Post by vanner065 on 14/7/2011, 12:21 pm

the good thing here is everyone appreciates the work everyone does no matter what style you have chosen
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Post by ROCKETROD on 14/7/2011, 1:10 pm

Exactly vanner065 i totally agree with you, just agro071 sugested triple grilles it is not what im trying to achieve thats all, sorry agro if i offended.....

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Post by AGR071 on 14/7/2011, 1:38 pm

Nah, i'm not offended at all!!!!!
Takes a bit more then that. Smile
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Post by ROCKETROD on 14/7/2011, 11:47 pm

Thanks AGRO cause it was not my intentions at all. I had a mate years ago with a HZ PANNO it had a set of triple grilles and it looked awesome, if i wasnt aiming to bring my van to a replica SANDMAN i would of definately put a set of grilles on her.... Smile

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Post by Dodgy 88 on 20/7/2011, 10:41 am

Bit of work to do, I'm looking forward to seeing some pics as your wheels come to life, always liked the look of a sweet Sandman.

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Post by ROCKETROD on 21/7/2011, 12:06 pm

Thanks Mark, yeah i have stripped it to an absolute shell at the moment no elecectrics in the dash everything is bare ready for the sandblasters..my sills are absolutely stuffed at the bottom and both side door panels at the bottom where the hinges bolt to are the only real rust issues with it everything else is spotless just a few little rust spots will be cut and plated ..as i go, will keep up with some progress pics soon mate, i got 3 car regos due next week hahaha so a quiet couple of weeks for my van just more stripping and tidying up.


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Post by vanner065 on 21/7/2011, 3:14 pm

Hey Mark, you finally worked out how to reply, what was wrong?
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Post by ROCKETROD on 21/7/2011, 11:37 pm

once the sandman is complete it will look awesome towing my 1976 viscount Royal van i completely guttered and rebuilt from the ground up, if you google (rocketrods viscount reno) it will take you to my link in Ditzys proverbs there will be 5 pages starting when i brought the caravan home on a tilt tray before the journey of the rebirth of another classic. probably be best grabbing a bourbon or 2 and going through im sure u guys would apreciate the work that i put into that project..... Very Happy Very Happy

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