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    Welder needed!

    Does anyone in my area [Tameside, Stockport, Manchester, Oldham] know of a decent welder? The hinge on my driving door has broken meaning I can't use the door and the lock won't work as the door frame is out of kilter. My local garage can't do it as they said it needs to be 'gas welded'.

    My sliding side door has also stuck, fortunately in the closed position, but obviously I will need to get it sorted before the camping season begins again.

    They say things happen in threes so I'm awaiting the next problem with trepidation although if I think about the van there is also a problem with overheating if in a queue of traffic. There is no leak and someone suggested it may be because of a stuck thermostat or the electric fan not working. So may be that is the third.

    Time for a supersonic service me thinks!

    Di.

    #2
    Welder??

    Di Would not a new hinge from a scrapyard be a better option. If you get one your local garage may fit it for you.

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      #3
      Oh Dear, Di!

      I think Alfs suggestion for a new hinge might solve that problem... WD40 for the sliding door? Deffo a garage for the overheating - could just be a faulty thermostat, had it in my van but it was soon solved and didn't cost an awful lot.

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        #4
        New (er) van?. I know that sounds harsh,but Ive had a lot of older - preloved - vans and its all too easy to throw good money after bad.

        That hinge is serious and i would need assurance that the others are ok,not a symptom of creeping rust.

        Stuck side doors may also be a rust issue,or a lock failure,both could be pricey.
        The overheat is probably the cheapest item.

        Good luck,try a different garage,and get a second opinion.
        Young men sow wild oats.Old men grow sage.

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          #5
          I don't think that a "new" hinge will be a solution as the hinges could be welded to the door.

          A good "jobbing" car body shop should be able to effect an inexpensive repair. A smaller place would be the answer - perhaps your local garage could make a suggestion.

          If it is the door pillar that is split it should be fixable. Unlike rust repairs these jobs are usually quite inexpensive.

          If the hinge is not repairable then a second hand door might be the solution.

          There are a couple of web sites run by enthusiasts for this type of van and they may be a good place to start. I will try to find the web addresses.

          Peter

          It is the same as the Fiat Ducato, Citroen C25 and Peugeot J5 up to 1994.

          Contacting herehttp://www.jktowers.fsnet.co.uk/motorhome/index.htm might help
          Last edited by peterholden; 03-01-2013, 16:41.

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            #6
            Originally posted by peterholden View Post
            I don't think that a "new" hinge will be a solution as the hinges could be welded to the door.

            A good "jobbing" car body shop should be able to effect an inexpensive repair. A smaller place would be the answer - perhaps your local garage could make a suggestion.

            If it is the door pillar that is split it should be fixable. Unlike rust repairs these jobs are usually quite inexpensive.

            If the hinge is not repairable then a second hand door might be the solution.

            There are a couple of web sites run by enthusiasts for this type of van and they may be a good place to start. I will try to find the web addresses.

            Peter

            It is the same as the Fiat Ducato, Citroen C25 and Peugeot J5 up to 1994.


            Contacting herehttp://www.jktowers.fsnet.co.uk/motorhome/index.htm might help
            The hinges are bolted on to the door and body and as the garage Di uses say the hinge could be welded it is fair to assume as they have seen the hinge they do know what they are talking about. The garage is Di's local as she says in her post.
            I have sent Di a list of firms who are breaking Talbot Express vans and a Autosleeper and Autohome Motor caravans some have doors for sale so I would expect some may sell a pair of hinges.

            The Talbot, Peugot. Fiat and Citroen have large front doors and for the owners who do not use a lot the door hinges need greasing or oiling on a regular basis or a broken hinge will result the same applies to the door check strap

            JK Towers are Engine and Gearbox and transmission specialists as far as I am aware they do not supply body parts

            Alf

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              #7
              Towers are primarily mechanical but they have many years of experience of personally running Talbot/Fiat motorcaravans and thus may have contacts who can supply such parts.

              If the hinges do unbolt then Di's garage should be able to remove it whilst supporting the door and then farm out the hinge to a welders for repair.

              It should still be an economical repair.

              (whilst parts for these vans may be getting a little scarce in this country the french scrap yards are full of them. Some of the Talbot clubs and forums have contacts in France to source body parts etc.

              Peter

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                #8
                My Autosleeper Frisky (Ford Transit) was a similar age and suffered from overheating problems. We tried a new thermostat but it turned out to be the radiator which was US. A new radiator was put in and it was fine. I think from memory it cost less than £200 including the labour.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by peterholden View Post
                  Towers are primarily mechanical but they have many years of experience of personally running Talbot/Fiat motorcaravans and thus may have contacts who can supply such parts.

                  If the hinges do unbolt then Di's garage should be able to remove it whilst supporting the door and then farm out the hinge to a welders for repair.

                  It should still be an economical repair.

                  (whilst parts for these vans may be getting a little scarce in this country the french scrap yards are full of them. Some of the Talbot clubs and forums have contacts in France to source body parts etc.

                  Peter
                  Peter if the hinge has gone the door must have been opened to find this out by both Di and the garage it would be prudent to fit a pair of hinges as the stress this caused on the remaining hinge may not be obvious until it fails possibly away from home

                  Alf

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                    #10
                    Thanks, everyone for the suggestions. I will start investigating when I get home from the physio.

                    Di,

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                      #11
                      Yes I agrree entirely Alf, But I would get the broken one repaired as a stop gap to get back on the road as soon as possible.

                      (Passenger side ones very rarely go as that door gets much less use.)

                      Peter

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