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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Well, when I bought a new set of rims for the VT, I also got a matching spare...as you do. The only issue was that the new rim with a 245 wide tyre was too high for wheel well and thus not only was the boot mat sitting on my shinny new rim, but the rim lifted the boot mat up.

Solution...build a new floor in the boot. So what started as a simple little 1 day project to create a basic frame for the boot mat to sit on turned into a slightly larger project.

1) Given I was using timber to make the frame, I decided to put down some rubber non slip matting to keep the frame from slipping. The rubber matting turned out to be a good choice given the direction I ended up going in.
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2) Build a simple base frame around the wheel well. I had to lay out the the timber first and then cut out various channels / grooves etc to allow for the ridges in the boot's metal floor.
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3) With a floor frame / base made, I then set about using some 5mm MDF sheeting to creat the new floor. When looking at this, I decided that the space between the boot's metal floor and my new wooden floor would make a good area to hold some tools / car parts for the road.

Some after some measuring up of various sections I was able to define the correct shape to cut the new floor to.
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Here's the completed floor.
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4) Given I'm building a raised floor, I need to put some support blocks at various points on the under side of the new floor, plus some stoppers to prevent the floor from moving.
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5) Here's the new floor in raw form.
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6) Given I wanted to put tools in the space between to the two floors, I gave the under side of the new floor a few quick coats on black enamel paint just to hide any marks in the future.
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7) Then I decided to keep going and cover the new floor with some marine carpet. About $20.00 a sq metre from Bunnings (I used 1.5sqm for this project), and glued it with some basic carpet glue to the floor.
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Here's a a couple of pictures of how I managed to get the carpet glued around the edges for a better look.
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I gave the glue, espacially on the edges that had been bent over, a good 12 hours to cure before taking the clamps off.
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8) As I'd decided to carpet the floor, I decided to carpet the frame too to ensure a better look. By carefully planning how to cut the carpet, I managed to get the frame and new floor all covered in the same 1.5sqm piece, with some left over. This part was way too fiddly for glue, a staple gun made this easy and quick work.
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9) Once I'd cleaned up the excess glue from the under side of the new floor, and given the staples a touch of black pen to conceal them, I was ready to install.
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All done. Now I put the rubber liner back in and no one sees my handy work.

I think there'll be a part two for this one. I'm thinking a proper floor cover for the wheel well too.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:07 pm 
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Good work Greg.You have way to much time on your hands.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:24 pm 
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Great work mate. It looks fantastic.
Greg the builder,
Can he fix it?
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Yes he can


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:58 pm 
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Cheers guys. I actually kicked this project off last year, but finding time on a weekend with good weather was hard as I havw to do most of the work outside, thus in was only in the last 1-2 months when the lawn stopped growing was I able to spend a good 6 hours at a time to get the frame and flooring made up. Once that was done, a few nights over two weeks to get the carpet glued on and I was done.

Like all things, you could have done things differently or better once you've done them and then seen a better way, but all in all, I'm happy with the end result.


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Nice one greg stage 2 blacken out inside the square and put some clear persplex over ithe wheel to show it of then using black carpet paint painf the original side carpet to match


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:51 pm 
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telfss wrote:
Nice one greg stage 2 blacken out inside the square and put some clear persplex over ithe wheel to show it of then using black carpet paint painf the original side carpet to match


You evil man....don't give me ideas! :yahoo2:


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Very nice work. Cant tell it wasnt there to start with


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:22 pm 
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May be you could finish Grant and Anthony's cars for them its just a thought.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:38 pm 
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I'll take any help I can get :crazy lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:09 pm 
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There's no wheel in the floor for us.
Got to have a car to work on.lol.
Seen the car today and is getting there slowly.He says the end of next month it will be finished.We will see?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:31 pm 
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HoldenMan wrote:
Very nice work. Cant tell it wasnt there to start with


Cheers James. I was pretty happy with the result, but the more I look at it, the more I see where I could now make those little extra changes to really finish it off.i.e. a fold back or centre split cover for the wheel well etc....Maybe VII come summer.


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Persplex with flashing neon lights on a GKW sign over the wheel?


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The worst thing about building something is that you know where all the mistakes are. The key is to make them unnoticeable to others.


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Persplex with flashing neon lights on a GKW sign over the wheel?

Don't give him any ideas grant he might just do it

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From an old woodwork teacher - Great work Greg!! Looks fantastic!


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