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zinkengruven
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more shots in epoxy. Used pro form epoxy sealer w/ 1.8 gun & 10íish PSI at the nozzle, 40 @ the reg. Seemed to get the best surface at those numbers fwiw.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work/progress mark!

are you planning to use seam sealer?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Funny you should ask, I applied it last night. Smile
I think Iíll use the can/brush variety next time. The tube application is a bit more of a pain.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progress in geological time continues. 2021 is the year... maybe.

Thought I could patch the passenger door, but did some more pokin around & discovered the exterior was pretty crispy. Decided the door deserved another chance so decided to re-skin it and patch 4 spots. Using my trusty vice brake, some choice swear words and air tools and I was able to bang out reasonable facsimile patches & weld them in.

Any remaining surface rust inside was treated with Conquest, (makes POR-15 looks like kidsí stuff) and coated in epoxy primer/sealer for now.



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I set a goal to finish this part before the end of July and did it. Iím lucky to have a supportive family while I toil away in the shop for hours every day.

Anyways, on to the progress pics.

Finally got the front A to B pillar in epoxy primer, so I guess technically bodywork is 1/3 done..? Sure.

A good cleaning of the paint gun and primer was flowing great earlier. No more drip 😉



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something something, paint.

So Iíve been back & forth about this awhile, and decided the Brilliant Orange was not in the cards and 71-72 Sierra Yellow was the Ď70s way to go here.
So much wet sanding and final buffing to go.

Next up, interior and engine rebuild.



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunna look great for next years show dude!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE work!!!

wet sanding and polishing a bus SUCKS though.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Life keeps getting in the way, and Iím fine with the pace so 2021 is the target for completion.

Tonight was sanding after initial 2 light coats, then wipe down and a 3rd thin coat. Not there yet, but getting better. What a workout!

I know Sierra Yellow isnít a correct colour for this year, but I really donít care. I love it.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still chipping away at things as time and competing priorities permit.

Spent some time tidying up the bag of snakes wiring and verifying all the current tracks against the Bentley book oí knowledge schematics.
Tested the wiper motor, works properly. Didnít want to button up the dashboard without making sure that worked.

Still need to reconnect a couple heater cables that are broke, but thatís cake compared to the rest of this thing.

Had to trim the EMPI plastic glovebox to fit. No big deal, but itís super obvious the casting was off. Hope the newly managed EMPI sorts s*#! like this out.

Yeah, Iím definitely not a pro. Just trying to do this while keeping costs down, making sure I donít have to do things again for a long time.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good work!

My only regret when redoing my bay dash was i didnt make sure the cables were long enough to pull the whole cluster out with only undoing the speedo cable. i have a few wires that are kind of short, so i need to reach under and unplug and plug when re/re.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent some time pressure washing the camper top. It was sitting outside for 10 years, so all things considered it wasnít too bad. Had to source a gently used pull down handle, the original one snapped off. What a lousy design.

It required a few fibreglass patches in the front corners where the wood reinforcing pieces join up. I installed a few screws to clamp them together before glassing them with a couple layers. Plenty strong again. I also removed the fringe on the front, and not sure if I will staple that back on. Later models did not have them so I need to find out if that was a cost cutting measure or they simply were not needed.

Then I spent some time with a heat gun and clamps to get rid of the warps in the fibreglass along the rear driverís side. Not sure what happened there, but it looks much better now. I was led to believe you could not shape fibreglass after it was set, but gave it a try and I can tell you it works. Had to do multiple heat/clamp cycles to get rid of the ripple transition areas but it does work. I am sure there are limits to how much you could bend it back or make it brittle but it seems solid enough.



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

your garage floor makes me jealous Mark. soooo cllleeeeannnn
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW - my only $0.02 on the top install is to look at the T4 fabric tops - specifically how they have an elastic sewn in the rear corners at the hinge height.

my hinges pinched my top one time, then i fabbed up a little guard that went under the hinge and protected the fabric from getting pinched.

if your fabric/canvas is not installed - i would highly recommend sewing in a few elastics before you install it.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Paul, the floor is a catch 22 though, when you drop small hardware itís camouflaged again the paint flakes. Good for spill cleanups though, but slippery when wet. Pros and cons.

This type of canvas hinge protector would do the job, (not mine).



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