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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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    Started removing the roof today. Original plan was to attempt removing it in one piece but that was going to be a lot more work and not worth it as the roof is very stretched and not worth repairing.

    The rear roof bow was creased in many spots so I cut this out and will be replacing it.

    I have been able to inspect the gutters better this way, and there is more then what I was expecting to be repaired and replaced. This being rust and previous owners attacking it with hammers :roll:

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  2. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    I will be sandblasting all of this to have a fresh start...

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  3. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Some rear corner damage...

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  4. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    A little more progress...

    I have removed the last sections of roof that were attached to the side and rear strengtheners. Which just leaves the section directly welded to the gutter to remove.

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    Rear strengthener above the rear hatch removed, plenty of flakey rust in here and the metal is very thin...

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    Left hand side gutter much the same as the rear. Very thin and full of pin holes. The strengthener is also very thin in places and will be replaced..

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    Right hand right gutter is quite good, I will only need to repair a small amount on this side and I will be able to sandblast and reuse this strengthener...

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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Wow:(. Versions of 'good' & 'bad' differ from mine but nice to see your progress.
    I watch with interest & please keep posting:).
    Cheers
     
  6. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Air box vents on the right hand side had been smashed with a hammer. The profile was out of shape so needed to be repaired. Managed to score a donor repair section...

    The damage...

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    repair section...

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    Clamped in place... the whole air box is going to be sandblasted so this will all get done at the same time.

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    Headliner card channel sand blasted, sprayed with weld through primer and installed..

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  7. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Love your work, and the updates. :)

    The task is well beyond most, but full admiration for the few, with the “can do” attitude, to save another bus....
     
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  8. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    First section of gutter removed and replaced. Also the rear corner gutter removed...

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    The top half of the rear corner removed, pillar and side join were sandblasted.
    A small repair was needed at the side...

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    Rear corner installation...

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  9. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Nice work:). Love watching your work!
    Cheers
     
  10. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Left side rear corner removed and replaced. Sandblasted and primed pillar and side panel...

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    Rear hatch gutter section removed after taking a lot of measurements. Also the rear corner required some modification to fit and line up nicely...

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    New rear gutter section welded on...

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    Rear corners prepared and ready for the corner gutters. Next will be the left hand side from the corner to above the cargo doors...

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  11. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    you make it look easy , which it isnt!!...
    well done on all the prep work bracing and removing that roof with all those hundred of spot weld holes to drill out.
    slowly getting there, it will be worth the big effort in the end .
    Keep up the good work,
    cheers chuck
     
  12. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    still ticking off the jobs...

    Front roof bow has been removed to make it easier to sandblast the gutter at the sides. I have also blasted and primed the roof bow...

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    Left side gutter has been removed...

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    New gutter clamped on and getting lined up..

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    Welded in and tied in to the rear corner...

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  13. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Special work:cool:.
    Loving it:cool:.
    Cheers
     
  14. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Has all the ingredients of a top class excellent restoration............. loving the updates, and the obvious skills you have! :)
     
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  15. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    The seal channel/ cargo door upper catch piece was slightly damaged, so I decided to order a new one. When it arrived I compared the profile and details of the original vs the new KF one. The shape was way off and the cargo door rod holders not even close. So I had no other option but to repair and reuse the original. I couldn't reshape the KF panel as the strengthening pressing would be in the road... Bummer..

    Sandblasted, repaired and straightened out...

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    Some comparison photos...

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    Refitted to the new gutter and tied back in. Much better...

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  16. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Started work on the front sections on gutter. These weren't rusted out but had been beaten up and out of shape. Looks like they tried to relocate the drain location but made a mess...

    Left side damage..

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    Cut away, blasted underneath and repaired with a section from and Autocraft panel...

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    Right hand side damage..

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    Cut away, blasted underneath and reapiared, Autocraft panel used again for this side...

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  17. Wiz

    Wiz Well-Known Member

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    Looking good.
    What are using to sand/grind in those narrow sections?
    PR
     
  18. BrissyGeorge

    BrissyGeorge Active Member

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    Awesome work and so far above my pay level...................but just so interesting to see what can be done - reinforces the old adage - where there`s a will _ there`s a way

    BUT on a slightly different tack in your last photo, in the background are three "things" - what are they?
     
  19. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the kind words. The three things hanging on the wall are Harley Davidson primary covers. Two panhead and one shovelhead
     
  20. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Front roof bow is welded back on and sandblasting the airbox and gutters...

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    Primed...Looks much better without the surface rust

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