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Take 2. Bruce gets a face lift and bum tuck!

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by BrissieRex, Jun 5, 2018.

  1. BrissieRex

    BrissieRex Active Member

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    Following on from the misadventures of Bruce here - http://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/new-member-76-t2-swagman-in-brisbane.56788/
    Its time to move on :) My brother is up and about with the aid of a walking stick, albeit a bit slower.

    First task is to recover what we could from the damaged front. There wasnt a whole lot worth salvaging:

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    Then remove all the damage :

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    Tidied up all the cables, and cleaned the glass and blood off the floor :)

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    Next we removed the donor#1 nose section including A pillars, and the first couple of feet of cab floor and sent them off to the sandblaster:

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    Doors, engine hatch and rear bumpber from Donor#2 were removed, stripped down and send to the sandblasters -
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    Then it was time to remove the rear bumper, brackets, engine hatch, engine and gearbox from Bruce. The engine needs to come out so the panelbeater can pull out the left rear, and I decided now was as good a time as any to get the gearbox rebuilt as it is a bit noisy -
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    So thats about all we can do for now. Bruce goes off to the panelbeaters this week for them to work their magic .

    Cheers, Rex
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    So lucky the cab floor stayed flat
     
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  3. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome!

    Love this saving a crashed bus rather than the usual rusted out bus.

    I had a similar rear end repair to my previous 71 low-light which needed slight alignment to the passenger side.

    Your front job is huge!

    Keep showing the progress - love it.....:D
     
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  4. BrissieRex

    BrissieRex Active Member

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    Thanks Barry. Its not as good as it looks - the first 6 inches or so of cab floor folded back, squishing the heater tube and pedal assembly - theres a bit of fettling to do there. But still, yes, we were lucky in a lot of ways.
     
  5. BrissieRex

    BrissieRex Active Member

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    Thanks - hoping to have it all done in time for the VW spectacular in 7 weeks. No pressure! ;)
    We were very lucky to get hold of two rusty wrecks that had the parts we needed for the repair.

    Will keep the thread updated with the progress.
     
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  6. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Well done ,in saving it .I thought it wouldn't be able to.
     
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  7. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Again...BrissieRex...there be no grass growing under you feet:). Absolutely enjoy your thread & enthusiasm:D.
    Cheers
     
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  8. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    No small task Rex and congratulations for the 2nd rising of Bruce ;)
     
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  9. BrissieRex

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    Okay, I gonna have to drive the type 3 to the VW spectacular - progress is slow at the panelbeaters. It took them a while to get their heads around it, but finally some movement.

    A pillars welded in, floor straightened out, and new nose fitted.
    They saved the original floor, found more rust in the A-pillars and need a new LH door... the one from our donor is too far gone.

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    The drivers side B pillar was damaged when the SES pried open the door with a jimmy, so a new door receiver was welded in:

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    Stokers at Byron have reconditioned the 091 gearbox, but it will be a while before we get to refitting it.

    Still lots of work to go, but progress is progress :)
     
  10. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Good to see that Bruce is heading in the right shape (direction) :)
     
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  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Great stuff
     
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  12. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Wow - it looks so easy in those photos.

    However, in reality its a massive job with loads of measuring and thinking....

    Great progress :D
     
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  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Enjoy the steps forward :) albeit slower than hoped for but better to get it done right ;) ..... as Scott said as to the size of the job.
     
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  14. wombatventures

    wombatventures Well-Known Member

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    Amazeballs Rex! I was impressed with Bruces' first rebuild. Now I'm sitting back watching another brilliant resurrection. Great to see your enthusiasm for getting Bruce back mobile again.
    Hope your brother is getting along with his recuperation as well.
     
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  15. BrissieRex

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    Thank for the support everyone :)
    I was concerned that they would be able to get everything in the right place, but they have test-fitted the windscreen and doors, and everything seems good.

    Starting on the damage to the rear today, so hopefully off to the paint shop next week.

    My brother is recovering well thanks - he can get around without a walking stick, but has quite a way to go yet. We are both heading to the VW Spectacular in our type 3's next week.

    Fun fact - Bruce was a star in Wolf Creek 2. Heres a couple of screenshots of happier days!

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  16. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Pheonix shall rise again ;)

    Movie star :eek::D better looking than all others ..... referencing the ones of 2 legged variety :confused:
     
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  17. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    It's amazing what they can do with a bit of Spakfilla and makeup(paint)
     
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  18. Grantus

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    Really glad your brother is up and about, and on the road to recovery. ;)

    Could have been a way worse result, with that sort of impact! :eek:
     
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  19. BrissieRex

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    Not a lot to report, but progress is progress!
    Front panel work is DONE. The guys have done an awesome job.
    Rear is nearly complete, they are just trying to sort out some 'oil-barrelling' in the rear left quarter where they pulled the kink out, and some missing tabs for fitting the indicator.

    We are still missing a good L/H door to suit a '76 if anyone knows where I might get one?


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  20. BrissieRex

    BrissieRex Active Member

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    On an unrelated matter, I had forgotton what a pain in the @rse the old safety glass windscreens are - copped a stone on the Grafton-Casino road on the way back from Valla in the type 3.

    Thank goodness I took out glass cover with Shannons - I have installed a spare windscreen (off the parts car) while O'briens source a replacement screen and rubber.


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