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74 Westy... again
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Bow-Wow
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to be making a direct order from Klassic Fab, with the funky green panels. shortly.
If you need anything, we can share some freight.
https://www.klassicfab.com/bay-window-bus/
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zinkengruven
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the offer Chris. I think I have enough metal for the next few months.
I know I?ll be hitting you up come engine/trans time, so maybe 2019 at this rate of progress Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nose is on?ish, maybe 10% plug welded in.
After drilling for plug welds & dressing the holes, spraying weld-thru, measuring several times, all the planets came into alignment.

Yes this sounds ghetto, but used a ratchet strap to get the side edge past the A pillar corner edges, then went to town with plug weld clamps and just give ?er. Ratchet strap(s) is/are a must for doing this job, just saying.

So after I carry on welding the rest of the holes, time to rebuild the passenger B pillar/tophat/bulkhead/inner & outer rocker, then the seatbelt mount plate & dogleg. Feeling like a few beverages right about now.



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Volksfest weekend everyone!

Op TETANUS continues at a glacial pace. Managed to get the passenger side B pillar, jackpoint, tophat, and dogleg in, and did a wheel mockup just because.

The inner and outer rocker were both pretty crispy, but the middle was salvageable, and most importantly part of the lower track. I trimmed the lower edge that was too far gone, got rid of any remaining rust scale and gave it the conquest treatment. I have used this stuff for years at home and work and it beats POR-15 hands down, just make sure to topcoat it if it will be exposed to sun or it fades.

Had to make sure the door closed properly and the gaps lined up. Was worried at first but found out the later bays have a slightly wider gap in the bottom footstep area, still within spec.

When the old dogleg came off, the whole side where it is spot welded was rotted as well, so had to make a one-off to replicate the curve. Turned out pretty good. The passenger side of this bus is far worse than the driver side, so with this done the other side should go a little quicker.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also patched the passenger side floor. Didn?t have access to a bead roller to recreate one of the factory ribs, but it?s plenty strong. Certainly stronger than the rusted crap I cut out of there.

Still have to drill the dogleg step for the rubber step mat, and cut an access hole on the backside to fit the factory oval-shaped plug back in. Also noticed the original B pillars have what appear to be drain holes at the bottom, strangely they rusted below the holes. Not sure if I?m going to recreate that. I do plan to make some holes in the pillar and rockers for preventative rust treatment access, and have rubber plugs over them.

*Side note, invest in a good anti-vibration angle grinder, your future self will thank you. My old Jobmate one was sounding like it was past it?s prime, and I noticed my wrists were getting numb after grinding. New one is much nicer to use.



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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