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Cheap & cheerful 73 Bay panel work & respray

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by robbo68, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    Hello all, I've been watching this forum for a long time but I can't recall posting for a long time. I've had my 73 van for 10 years, bought for $3300 off Gumtree before kombi prices got stupid. It was my only car for a few years, so it did plenty of miles. We used to camp a lot at the beach and I loved driving the van past all the 4WD's and watch their jaws drop.


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  2. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    Afte a few years I noticed the rust starting to erupt. Each year I thought, "I'll get on to that next year". Last month I noticed the passenger side "A" pillar was rusting at the top, and that spurred me to get on with it. I lost a van in the 90's because both the pillars rusted through, and now I can't afford to buy another one. First step was to pull the windscreen out:
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    The wire brush attachment for the grinder revealed more:
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  3. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    This isn't a big budget no expenses spared resto. I don't have expenses to spare...I've spent about a grand on parts, paint, tools, sandpapaer & bog. Parts included seals, engine bay hinges and a single slider window for the passenger side rear (the original flipper window was rusted solid). I've had a couple of original VW slider windows in the shed for 10 years or so, waiting for their new home. Work has commenced on the rest of the body. I had to cut out some solid panels that a PO had welded in, in place of flippers:
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  4. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    I've got a mate who's handy with the welder. He fabricated & stick welded patches in the front doglegs. One of them is stainless...at least it will never rust:
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  5. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Life on a beach appears to be catching up with the old girl, I think.
    The dash needs to come out to reveal what's behind.
    Best to replace front skin after any repairs behind it.
    Front bumper support probably easier to replace than repair.
    Pull hood lining out so roof patches can be welded in.
    Biggish job but only way to save her.
    Fishoil with pressure sprayed everywhere internally in channels afterwards.
    I'm doing the above job currently on a '77.
    Good luck.
     
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  6. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Great to see your Bus getting some love.
    You will be back cruising soon.

    Love seeing busses being used and driven

    Keep posting some progress pics
     
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  7. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    Work is progressing on the rest. I'm on a few week's holiday to finish it. It has to be finished by ANZAC Day because it's transporting me & a bunch of my mates to Straddie for our annual bloke's piss drinking trip.
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    More updates to follow.
     
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  8. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    ;););)
     
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  9. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Hate to be negative but you are building a rust breeding death trap.
    Welding to metal that is also rusted is a waste of time.
    It has no strength in a smash.
    The pissy bit of rusted sheet metal in front of your legs is all that stops them from being turned into mince in a frontal nudge.
    The welds won't give any strength in a prang.
    The rest of the front behind the skin will be nearly non existent.
    I recently pulled off 2 front skins that only had light bubbles at the bottom and much less under the screen than yours.
    The inner valance was shot.
    A pillars almost non existent at the bottoms.
    Inner panel under dash rusted.

    Bog over what you have welded and it just holds moisture and rusts faster.
    Even with fish oil.

    While you ignore it because it has fresh paint it will be crumbling into a unrecoverable wreck.

    Sorry to rain on the party but that's the reality.
     
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  10. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    cbus, this is just a cheap resto, as per the post title. I've had a look behind the dash and it'll be fine. I know the rust will be back - I've painted plenty of kombis and all you really do is delay the inevitable. Maybe in 5 years time I'll have the spare cash to reskin the front. Re the crash risk - I've been driving kombis for 25 years and I don't crash them.

    High build primer on yesterday. It'll still need a bit of a skim bog today to level a few flaky holes at eye level. Top coat on thisarvo. Glass back in tomorrow. Psychadelic paint will take a few days.
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  11. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    We should work together
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  12. robbo68

    robbo68 New Member

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    Completed. New sliding windows and all seals replaced.
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  13. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Love the paint job theme!
     
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  14. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    I love the way you just drive on the beach with those skinny tyres...I have to be braver and give it a go....fish oil first!
     
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  15. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Where's the missing piece?;):p Good colour scheme:)
     
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  16. Poptop

    Poptop Well-Known Member

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    I’m puzzled by the choice!
     
  17. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Wow that is awesome - love that design.
     
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  18. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    How not to draw attention from the police;). Love it & how did the trip go:)?
    Cheers
     
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  19. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    ???
     
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  20. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    That certainly stands out!
     

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