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Monday, June 23, 2014

Making Parts for the Metro Van

Now we turn our attention to the inside of the Metro Van which, after sandblasting (and several years rotting in a field and being used as a storage shed), needed work!

Here are a few before and after pictures showing the old rusty pieces and the new replacement pieces that PJ fabricated.

The engine cover, or "dog house", needed to be adjusted to fit the new larger motor that was going in the Metro Van. It needed to be a duplicate, just three inches larger in every direction. They look the same, but if you look closely, the new one is just a tiny bit bigger.

Here's the front side of the old and new engine covers.

More custom touches can be found under the steering column. PJ added power steering and some new wiring components but he still wanted everything to look original. This newly fabricated cover blends into the original dash but allows easy access to the new wiring.

The original grill shell had rust holes. Instead of patching it, PJ made a new grill.

It was a lot of work but this iconic grill is SO important for the retro Metro look!