notched ends to make the stainless steel cargo floor edging strip fit snuggly in place

some clouds have a stainless steel silver lining

Having got the first layer of 5mm plywood to fit the cargo floor area, the second layer should be a little easier to do now that I have a working template to base things off. This second layer however goes in a 90º to the first base layer to help make a more stable final floor finish as well as covering any joints and provide a neater final finish – well that’s the plan at least!

trial fitting of the top layer of Oak faced 5mm WBP ply layer at 90º to the base layer
trial fitting of the top layer of Oak faced 5mm WBP ply layer at 90º to the base layer

With Lornas brilliant assistance, and her two trusty knitting machine tables for support, we managed to get the second set of Oak finished plywood sheets cut to size before transferring the template details over to them. Not wanting to take any chances, I still double checked all measurements just to be sure before making any final cuts – better safe than sorry! Once the cut outs had been made, the sheets could then roughly be positioned in the bus. Although the colour match between the two boards was terrible, the fit was pretty good for a first attempt!

We didn’t get too much time to stand around and admire our work as the weather once again beat us and it began to rain! So we quickly scrambled to get the tools packed away and decided to call it a day and head back home. Unfortunately as I headed out of the car park, my left foot went to the floor and I couldn’t change gear. Doh, snapped clutch cable!

Fortunately the bus was not that far from the Resto Classics garage, so I called the AA (no I don’t have a drink problem, it’s the UK Automobile Association!) recovery service and arranged to get my bus recovered there. Not quite the perfect end to the day, but at least it was nothing too major!

>>Fast forward a couple of days… the new clutch cable (plus a spare that I ordered at the same time… #BePrepared 😉 arrived at Resto Classics and they got me booked in to get it replaced. Whilst the bus was there, I used the opportunity to bring forward a couple of other jobs I had been meaning to do at some point!

To help add the finishing touch to the floor, plus to hide the edge of the plywood sheets, I had previously bought an Auto Craft Engineerings stainless steel Cargo floor edging strip (Part Nº: 211-801-413). However I didn’t realise the stainless steel edging strip for the cargo floor comes in a slightly oversized length that needs both cutting down to size and profile to fit around the cargo door shuts on the split screen bus.

From previous experience of cutting stainless steel with a hacksaw is a painfully slow process 🙁  and normally involves going through a couple of blades! Fortunately for me, whilst the bus was at Resto Classics, the guys let me borrow their angle grinder with a thin cutting disc on it…

Auto Craft Engineerings stainless steel Cargo floor edging strip (Part Nº: 211-801-413)
Auto Craft Engineerings stainless steel Cargo floor edging strip (Part Nº: 211-801-413)

Having access to the grinder with the cutting disc was brilliant! So once again, with some more careful measuring, double checking, and then double checking the double checking, I managed to get the strip cut to size and with the right end profiling on the stainless steel edging ends to fit around both of the cargo door posts. Happy days! Some clouds really do have a stainless steel silver lining after all then! If it hadn’t been for the broken clutch cable, this job would have been a real pain without the help of the guys at Resto Classics!

notched ends to make the stainless steel cargo floor edging strip fit snuggly in place
notched ends to make the stainless steel cargo floor edging strip fit snuggly in place

Really nice little bit of shiny ‘bling’ to neatly finish off the plywood floor edging! Now we’ve just got to decide what we go for as a floor finish… Danish Wood oil plus wax finish, or get it covered with the more practical option of some lino? #FirstWorldProblems

crisp, clear and cold – a beautiful day for a run out to Rye Harbour
crisp, clear and cold – a beautiful day for a run out to Rye Harbour

Meanwhile it’s great to be back on the road again!

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