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76 DC - finally made a start

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Rocky, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    I have finally made a start on the 76 DC!
    I picked this up a few years ago and have now dragged it halfway around the country....
    But finally have got busy with the grinder and cutting out the worst of the panels and getting close to welding in the first new metal.
    Here are a couple of pics of the starting point:
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  2. Dubman

    Dubman Well-Known Member

    Nice....Going to be a cool rat for sure
     
  3. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    In a weird stroke of luck, a cyclone helped to polish one side of the bus, revealing an old company logo running up the whole right hand side. This has been very difficult to get a photo of, but reads "TRANSPORT SPECIALISTS".
    When we bought the DC, it was thought that the van was a former railway workers vehicle...... I have spent a lot of time on google trying to confirm this, but no luck so far...
     
  4. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    And the first cuts -
    Separation panel was stuffed - I have a replacement ready to go, although not an exact fit, so will take some creative work i guess....
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    Rear Valance was also cactus, I have a replacement outer and trying to resurrect the inner, it is not too bad, just a little bent...
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  5. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Well-Known Member

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    The fun begins. I'm sure you will do a great job, have fun.
     
  6. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    Thanks Guys,

    Well, have been busy in the shed and starting to see some progress.
    learning all about hammer and dolly use, getting to know my grinders very very well, and now becoming acquainted with the welder... A few pics of the progress so far...
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  7. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    New RHS battery tray - fortunately the outer rear corner of the old one was the only part still in tact - I had to use this to add a small patch section to the new one. As this is a hidden corner, I have simply layered this over the top of the new section. Not perfect, but made the job nice and easy.
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  8. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    Now onto to the sills
    My outriggers and jack points are in remarkably good condition, considering the sills had pretty much vanished.
    Now my dilemna -
    I need to make some repairs to the lower pillars on both sides, but not total rebuilds.... What to remove in order to install the inner sills? DO I remove the jacking points - these are secured with around 40 or so spot welds and a couple of seam welds, so will not be simple and risks damaging them...
    Or should I cut the lower pillars, then rebuild and reattach afterwards, this seems like it could be a bit of a headache, but could be the lesser of two evils..
    Any advice very much appreciated!


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  9. Rocky

    Rocky Well-Known Member

    OK, so that was a bit optimistic, I had a better look at the pillars and decided the repair would be easier on the bench, so have removed the lower parts and inner sill fitting should be fairly simple now....
     
  10. BrisDubba

    BrisDubba Member

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    Making some great progress, I thought I would be finished ahead of you but not so sure now that you have started getting into it.
     

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