Low Light steering box coversion to late bay steering box

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by beerdoc, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. beerdoc

    beerdoc Member

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    Have considered this for a while now with my daughters bus and with a wreck bay to get parts and time I thought I would have crack

    Being under the impression that late bay boxes are easier to come buy there not BUT better box and internal will wear a little longer

    Will try and documents how I did it and will answer questions related

    It was a very much trial and error and turned out a little agriculteral to my liking

    We have old box removed The front holes (relating to the bus) I found out will be reused this was very important as it speed up the process as I did not have to rebuild chassis

    Big thanks to Frank at VolksVair for bits

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    Resizing hole You could dremel

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    redrill using backing plate for bay box

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  2. beerdoc

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    now the other side this is when the fun begins cut out shape for new box use the box to make template do not destroy we will be using the hole mounts and plate (they have spacers in there) Its fortunate that the holes are correct width apart

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    with the box starting to go in this is where we need to modify the chassis behind the bumper mark where it is hitting and get into it with a hammer

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  3. beerdoc

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    after box fitting nice trim the plate we cut out to fit I had to take box out several times and you will have to weld extra on the bottom as it is too big a gap (sorry did not take pic )

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    Welded

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  4. beerdoc

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    All good fit you new box

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    Also needed are the backing plate and bolts are longer

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  5. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    that steering column rubber looks familiar. good one doc
     
  6. starkz

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    Awesome work Doc,

    Been thinking about this conversion for my bus for a while now. Good to see some one was braver than me.

    Rory
     
  7. beerdoc

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    Thanks Kai and Just Campers they do stock reco boxes when available
     
  8. Choco

    Choco Member

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    great work mate
     
  9. Aspro

    Aspro Well-Known Member

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    I've heard a couple of people try this conversion but never knew how to even tackle it. Great work.
     
  10. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    Thats great work, I was faced with the same choice on sunnyjim. I also heard that a late bay may give better steering but I was too chicken and just got a reco low light from jk.
     
  11. beerdoc

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    Well test results are in (went for a drive) Absolutely fantastic don't listen to any bullshit from a late bay driver of how bad its handling these things are huge improvement

    In saying that it all depends what condition the box is I picked this up for $200 and was a bit notchy but no play cant even feel the notch happy days Courts will be over the moon when she returns from Europe
     
  12. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice work Doc.
     
  13. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Not for the faint of heart that one. Top job bloke. Wish I could weld like that, one day might get the time to learn. Much easier to pick up if you are doing it regularly.

    Adrian
     
  14. VanAime

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    Wish I could agree Doc. I'd imagine they got my steering box out of the Titanic. That's how it steers. By the time I've turned the wheel enough to finally get him pointed to where I want to go, it's time to start hauling the wheel back the other way:umm:

    What was that?.............................. Oh, noooooooo! An ice-berg:lol:
     
  15. beerdoc

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    Will have a bo peep at reVOLKS remind please there is a lot of joints under there
     
  16. VanAime

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    Thanks Doc. Will do:)
     
  17. beerdoc

    beerdoc Member

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    For the records it was VanAime drag link not her steering box
     
  18. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes I can concur, she drives beautifully now. Also helps that the Doctor is one of the straightest buses I have seen, and the whole body is really tight. Buying her was the best decision I have made for a while, hope I can get some good trip in now the weather has started to come right.

    Adrian
     
  19. rstucke

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    Hay Doc
    Any chance of getting the pictures back in this thread.
    Rick
     
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  20. rstucke

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    Shame this is now a useless thread
     

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