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Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Mid West Dubber, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone, Recently picked up this '63 split 3km from home. This will be my long term project once the beetle is on the road. No running gear but a good start.
    Where I found it..
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    In the yard at home..
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    A tight fit but under cover for the first time in 20+ years..
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    Cheers Rusty.
     
  2. Bennyharp

    Bennyharp Member

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    AWESOME!!!!! I want one so so badly
     
  3. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    Rusty, that's a great find and so close to where you live!!

    Always hard to tell in photos, but looks pretty good rust wise... how's the cargo floor, front floor, doglegs, under the nose, etc?
     
  4. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Hope to finish cleaning front and rear floors on sunday and will post some photos next week, but seems quite solid. Overall appears to be quite solid, has good roof gutters. Under the nose needs replacing but not overly bad, dog legs appear to be good.

    Cheers Rusty.
     
  5. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    I am finally getting around to posting pics of the rear floor. I haven't cleaned out the front floor yet as I am waiting to get the split onto a frame and stable to work in. For now the split is being used as a storage space for my beetle parts ect.
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  6. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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  7. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    So my bus had sat sideways in the shed for over 2 years while I saved money and collected parts for the front and rear ends. I have put a 4.5" skinned knuckles narrowed beam under and did a straight axle conversion on a type 3 rear end.

    With the help of my dad we put the rear end under and the beam under.This was the first time this bus has had a front and rear end under it in 25+ years.


    the rear...
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    The front...
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    up in the air...!
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    we slowly brought it down lowering it onto wheels in various stages...
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    on the ground :)
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  8. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Great progress.

    good to see the old girl getting some love.
     
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  9. shaven

    shaven Active Member

    Rusty looking good mate.
     
  10. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    The wiper switch hole in the dash was badly damaged so i cut out the bad section and made a new piece to weld in. Its not completely finished and will need a bit of refining but pretty happy with it.

    The bad..
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    Repair section I made..
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  11. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Impressed. Keep it up..
     
  12. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    At the start of the year I decided I wanted to make something useful at school in year 12 metal work this year. After some thinking I decided I wanted to build a rotisserie for my bus.

    After searching the web at different designs I settled for the two 12 sided hoop design as it would best suit/fit the location I plan to work on the bus in future.

    This is the basic idea of what I am aiming for...
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    So with some research and a fair bit of thinking and measuring, I had an idea of how I was going to build the two hoops.

    I started off by cutting 24 (12 for each hoop) 580mm lengths of 50mm X 50mm X 3.0mm RHS with 15 degree angles on each end. (the 15 degree angles will join to make a 30 degree, 12 x 30 degrees= 360 degrees)

    Ground a 45 degree on the end so the welds would penetrate better.

    I then cut 4 lengths of 20x20 RHS which would be tacked into place to hold the top, bottom and side pieces square.
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    With it all square and tacked I placed the other pieces in place, and when I was happy I tacked each join.
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    The steel for the second hoop was laid over the top of this one and when they were exactly the same I tacked all four corners of each join and then fully welded the joins.
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  13. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    With the hoop frames made I then started work on the front and rear mounting locations and got the supports welded into place...

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    Rear...
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    I tack welded equal lengths of RHS between the mounting plates to keep them square and straight when welding them to the rotisserie frame. The rear plates are offset and not central to the hoop as I wanted to have more clearance around the rear wheel arch...
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  14. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    To make for easy installment and transport I chose to join the hoops with a sleeve style method with plug welds on one side and a bolt through the other side of the join...
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    All of the welds/joins/mounting plates etc were cleaned back and painted with a colour matched blue to the existing RHS...
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    I separated the rear hoop into a top and bottom half with the sleeve joins to make the installation easy. I have circled the joins...
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    The front hoop was joined in 4 locations which will make it possible to disassemble part of the front hoop while attached to the car, to remove the front doors for dogleg repairs etc...
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    The main part of the Rotisserie is completed however later on down the track I will add RHS supports which join the two hoops together and also supports to rest underneath the chassis in the centre. Very happy with the outcome of my school project.
     
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  15. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Can I ask how you are going to get it out of the shed? Do you have those things with castor wheels that go under the tyres? Is that a dirt floor? Not going to be easy - or is there something I can't see from the photos?
     
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  16. shaven

    shaven Active Member

    Rollin Rollin Rollin ;)
     
  17. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Same way it went in, I imagine...........:rolleyes:

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  18. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Surely not now that it has wheels!!!
    Will it go in the rotisserie and roll out sideways?
     
  19. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Its been out of the shed for quite a while now but here is a short video of how we got it out. Floor is gravel but the large alloy signs made it really easy to get out!
     
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  20. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Ah ha! All good :)
     

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