The 11th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering (i.e. 2019)

Following the huge success of the 10th International Gathering we'll be at Retrofestival again. It's a massive show now and is popular with everyone.

It's held at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ; on the weekend of the 9th, 10th & 11th of August 2019.

Don't book with the organisers, just contact me to get your pitch saved.

Chassis Removal

Any questions about maintenance or the restoration of your Portafold or Ansfold.
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The Gomersalls
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Chassis Removal

Post by The Gomersalls » Wed, 18 Apr 2018, 10:15 am

We are coming to the stage where our Portafold could do with the body coming off the chassis so the chassis can have a full overhauls and look at the body to chassis mounting points for condition. Has anyone any tips for removing the chassis with the van complete i.e roof sides and ends still attached to the hull? Looking forward to any comments you can share.

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Re: Chassis Removal

Post by Admin » Wed, 18 Apr 2018, 10:34 am

I would ask if it’s completely necessary to remove it completely? Basically, in the factory they glassed over the bolt fittings to add more strength. If you want to detach it you’ll have to cut a load of GRP out of the way to gain access to the fixings. Not the biggest job in the world, but it’ll be a pain.

I’ve only ever seen one chassis that required welding, and that was only because it had been left basically in a pond. If you can strip and paint in situ, that would be my choice.
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Re: Chassis Removal

Post by Portaloo » Wed, 25 Apr 2018, 8:42 am

I've been under with the same intention as you - taking the chassis off.

I decided that angle grinder with wire brush was more than enough - its pretty solid stuff, so am painting it in situ. Also meant it gave me more time to do other things on it!


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