Saturday, January 15, 2011

New website and forum

There is a new website called "Old Classic Vans and Pickups" which is dedicated to classic vans, pickups and utes that were manufactured in the UK in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. This will include information of vehicles such as Austin, Commer, Standard, Fordson, Thames, Jowett, Morris etc. The site is free to join, and includes a members forum. Website owner Gary would love to have you look around!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Panel steel for Bugly

I have been spending a bit of time lately studying the various choices in panel steel suitable for the panel repair work on Bugly. I have decided to use zincanneal, so next Saturday I will be picking up a 2440x1220 sheet of zincanneal in 1.15mm thickness.

Zincanneal is a Bluescope Steel trademark, and is a variant of galvanised steel, still being treated by the conventional hot dip galvanising process. Straight after galvanising, the product is specially heat treated to make an iron/zinc alloy at the surface of the steel. As this steel is reasonably corrosion resistant it is used a lot in automotive body panels. That's apparently why they don't rust as much these days.

Sounds perfect for what I want!