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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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    Sandblasting the airbox revealed one small section that had rust swelling in a seam.

    View from inside the cab...

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    Top section cut out and sandblasted to see how much needed repairing...

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    Bottom edge cut out and repaired...

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    Top section fabricated and welded in. Happy with the result...

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  2. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Got the new roof strengtheners welded in on the sides...

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    Rear hatch tapping plate put in place and the rear strengthener welded in...

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    Rear roof bow supports were removed from the old bent bow and installed along with the new bow...

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    The new roof suspended above the bus after a trial fit. Primed and painted the internal parts of the roof, air box and gutters that wont be accessible later on. While the roof was sitting on I marked out all of the areas which will be bonded and ground them back to bare steel. I used masking tape to cover these areas while priming and painting...

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  3. onetrackwonder

    onetrackwonder Well-Known Member

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    Some lovely work there well done, she is going to be a beauty once done, cheers Greg
     
  4. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    The roof is on! 8)

    Really happy with the fit of this new roof. I used a combination of 3M panel bond, spot welds and plugs welds to make it secure.

    In place with clamps holding areas that were glued and spot welded...

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    Plug welding completed...

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    Panel bond after full cure and all welding finished off...

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  5. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant

    Door open and shut?
     
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  6. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    A little bit more progress...

    Cargo floor starting to come out. There was steel plate welded over the floor that needed to be removed first so that I could see what I was working with...

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  7. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    That's actually better than I expected:rolleyes:. Rails look real good:).
    Cheers
     
  8. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    More work on the cargo floor. Original plan was to try save as much as possible but the i beams, top hats and cross members had been cracked and butchered from work completed many years ago. There was also a step welded to them underneath and the welds had blown holes in the i beams and the decision was made to make a fresh start.

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    Previous repairer used bog and fly wire mesh to cover a rust hole...
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    Back to the chassis rails...
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  9. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    First chassis repair ticked off. This inner section was very thin and needed replacing. Inside the chassis rail was sandblasted, treated, primed and painted for future protection.

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  10. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    More chassis work. Sandblasted, primed and paint inside for protection.

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  11. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Onto the left side chassis rail. Blasted, primed and paint inside before closing it back up.

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  12. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Final chassis repair, didn't get a photo of it ground back and primed but you get the idea...

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  13. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Spent a few nights after work stripping the paint off the back side of the bulkhead. Strip discs, wire wheels etc. The edge of the left B pillar will get stripped properly when it gets repaired.

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    Repair section welded in the bottom of the bulkhead and ground back. Still a little bit of welding to go but this will be completed along side the B pillar repairs...

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  14. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Love your work
     
  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I just want to say, that not only am I admiring your awesome work in progressing this project, but also admiring the time you are taking to capture and uploading the images.

    When I do I stuff, it’s always, “another thing to remember to do”, to take the the time to photo document the progress, and sometimes hard to be bothered to spend the extra time to do.

    Thanks for sharing, and really well done, on all accounts! :)
     
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  16. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    ^^^^ what he said
     
  17. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    I appreciated the comments, I make the effort to keep a build thread to keep a record of progress and to keep me motivated. Its always a bonus if it keeps people entertained or helps others out with their builds.

    Long side coming off piece by piece...

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    I beams, top hats, shift tube and handbrake cable tubes clamped in for a trail fit. Shift rod tube is the OG sandblasted and primed. Handbrake cable tubes were rusted so I made new ones to spec. including the flared end on the front...

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  18. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    going well
    long way to go
     
  19. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Brilliant job.

    Lots of trial fitting will pay off in the end as you will only have to do it once.
     
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  20. Mid West Dubber

    Mid West Dubber Well-Known Member

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    Been spending some time sandblasting and stripping rust and old paint on the long side framework and wheel well.

    I will strip the paint and surface rust from the chassis when I roll it on the rotisserie.

    Primed and ready to assess the areas needing work...

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