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Trashman Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:56 pm

Another quick little (incomplete) update here. Last week on presidents day I finally was able to have a day off to work on the bus and got to work on the new rear notches. I got everything all cut out of 3"x1.5" 1/8" wall box tubing and prepped for welding. I welded them all out and got one of them welded on the bus on the drivers side. I only had time to finish welding in the one side since I only had the one day to work. I'm glad I only cut out one side at a time or I would have been screwed and out of a car. Gotta love having your project car being your daily driver. I grabbed some pictures of the process but not one of the final product since I was in such a mad rush to finish in time. Anyways, heres some pics and expect to see pictures of them welded in coming soon.

Next job on my plate will be the trans raise.

Cut, beveled, and prepped.

Welded all up (minus the ends being capped)

This seems like it's going to take a little longer than originally anticipated due to lack of time and other priorities. I just got a big grant for my photography and am currently working on producing a gallery show. So if things seem like they are moving at a sluggish pace, that's probably why.

edit: and to give credit where credit is due, frame notch design was based off of a template that Franz from KCW drew up and I found somewhere

AirKooledGarage Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:55 am

Easily my favorite build on Samba!

jpeters Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:54 am

Oldbikedoc wrote: Easily my favorite build on Samba!

Yeah, I like where this is going.

Trashman Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:24 pm

Thanks guys! I wish things were going quicker!

Trashman Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:44 pm

We are back working in the street! Garage space fell through so it looks like I'll be doing the beam raise/air beam in the street. Good news though is that the front will finally start going under the knife tomorrow! More updates more often will be coming your way shortly. Originally, plans were to have this thing ready for Kelley Park in April, but I'm not going to rush it. As long as it's done for Busfest in Antioch I'm cool with it. Hopefully it doesn't take that long :lol: . Tomorrow brings a funky lowrider inspired update and hopefully a naked front end (not mine, the buses lol). In the meantime, I can't believe I never posted this but here is my ash tray, now calling it an Accu-tray.

Getting really excited!

bally Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:22 pm

nice re-purposing of the ashtray :)

Trashman Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:20 pm

Got some stuff done today but not quite as much as I wanted. The weather forecast called for sun all day with maybe a hint of clouds but we got some hail in the middle of the day so that sucked. I was still able to get the beam out and completely torn down.

I also cut out a section of heater tube that goes right above the beam since it will be in the way for the raise. Look at all the shit that was in there!

And I had to have a little fun and put some lowrider inspired flair under the dash lol.

More to come...

TDCTDI Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:29 pm

Donít toss the little black button things, those are the covers for the screw heads where the dash is attached at the base of the windshield.

YOU... are a mad man, pulling that thing apart on the side of the street to do the type of surgery that you are performing.

Hikelite Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:28 am

I'll second that. I'd done lots of wrenching on the street, but taking out the front beam? Damn that's brave. Hopefully you get it done before a neighbor gets pissy and calls the cops.

Trashman Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:53 pm

As usual, things are going slower than planned. Had to help my girlfriend put a new convertible top on her mk1 cabby and it took a couple of days. Looks good though. Anyways, I'm almost ready to start welding the beam together. Here's a picture of the finished end plate showing how much higher the beam will sit. 5" of more clearance 8)

Trashman Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:44 pm

Hikelite wrote: Hopefully you get it done before a neighbor gets pissy and calls the cops.

You jinxed it! Last Monday I got home at around noon and there was a bright green tag on my car saying it was to be towed immediately! I don't think I've ever had the front end of a car thrown together so fast. Within an hour and a half I had it all "together" and hidden a few blocks away down a side street. I kept moving it around for a few days and then I was renting out a driveway across town Wednesday though Friday to finish things up. I got most everything done there so that I could drive it back home Friday afternoon in the rain. Luckily it was raining because my alignment was so off the front tires would have not been happy. The rain was good tire lube for the slow drive home :lol:. I hid it until this morning and worked on it all day. Everything it pretty buttoned up functionally. I'm just waiting for some tubing, bolts, and heim joints to come in the mail so I can make some new tie rods and a new drag link. Still more little stuff to get done like the dog house to cover the beam. I'm thinking about putting in a panel on the top of the cover with some dzus fasteners so I can access the bags, shift rod, steering, grease fittings, etc from inside the car without jacking it up. I ordered soecific bolts for everything but they won't be here until Monday next week so tomorrow I'm going to head over to the hardware store and just grab the ones I need for the bag levers and four link arms so I can start having fun bringing it up and down.


Hole cut in floor for preparation

Beam mostly welded together. Still has the old end plates on it here. After this, I cut of the end plates and separated the two tubes in order to weld them in the bus. The welding of the end plates must be done in the bus since one tube goes under the frame and the other goes over. In other words, the beam is never coming out again unless it is cut out.

Here is the modification that had to be done to the shift rod since the bottom beam tube is now in the way. I made it go up in between the tubes. The steering pitman arm is now flipped to the bottom of the bottom beam tube. The is still a little modification that needs to be done to the pitman.

Beam in the bus freshly sprayed with some satin black

Threw the bags in and ran the air lines. Still waiting on the bolts here in order to bolt on the bottom bag mounts.

Last thing to do when I get those bolts tomorrow is to make a set screw for the bottom adjuster so that the bottom can spin freely in the tub while the center block still maintains its position side to side.

TDCTDI Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:14 am

Time to convert it to a non-walkthrough & toss in a 9 passenger front bench. That'll be a good way to hide all the hackery & have a place for your air tank & compressor.

Spike0180 Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:52 am

TDCTDI wrote: Time to convert it to a non-walkthrough & toss in a 9 passenger front bench. That'll be a good way to hide all the hackery.

X2! This is exactly what I was thinking! Non-Walkthrough!

Trashman Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:54 pm

And we're driving! finally got everything I was waiting for in the mail. Yesterday I was able to make so new custom tie rods and drag link using heim joints. Previously I modified the rear pitman arm (I think that's what it's called) so that the end that connects to the tie rods is 2 5/8" higher off the ground. The thing is drivable (in a straight line :wink: ) when the frame is 1mm off the ground. No steering or other components get too close to the ground since they are all tucked up. Thing drives soooooo nice, especially compared to how to drove before. Can't wait to do the rear. I think I'm going to take a little break on heavy mods for maybe a month just so I can drive again and work on fixing other little things.

Here's the new goodies I made for the steering. Don't heim joints and grade 8 gold hardware just make you feel some kind of way?

Face down, ass up, thats the way we...

First outing and parked next to another santa cruz bus driver.

spacebiscuit Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:43 am

The Golf you sold... looks awesome. I have a 1990 MKII also and I am now dreaming of what it could be... :D

Trashman Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:37 am

Well it seems like I've been MIA on here for a while. I haven't stopped working on the bus in the time I've been absent from here but I definitely have slowed down a bit and have just been really enjoying driving the bus around. the ride quality is so much improved over the static drop and I am insanely happy with how comfortable it is and how much more safe it is and feels. The rear still needs to be done but I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to get it started.

Over the past few couple months I have just been doing little odds and ends on the bus that don't involve it being out of commission at all since I'm enjoying driving it around so much. In no particular order, here are most of the things that I have been doing to the bus.

I put this closed cell foam heat and sound insulation on the roof of the bus and it made a CRAZY difference in sound. The fatmat has nothing on this stuff. I just got a second roll of the stuff and will be putting it on all of the side panels as well.

I also got this rad little 6-channel CB radio just for fun.

I finally started working on the interior panels. So far I have the two front doors done as well as the two bulkhead pieces. They are just thin ply from home depot at $11 a sheet, cut to shape, stained, and poly coated on both sides. More to come on these.

Started doing things in preparation for the rear tubs. I removed the spare tire tub and left it open to make welding the new wheel tubs in easier. I will close it once I'm done with those. I also moved up the fuel door and filler to get out of the way of the tub. This is welded in but not fully finished yet hence not finished picture. And no don't worry that panel is not original paint.

Also finished off the second rear frame notch and sprayed them both with some canned bedliner.

My cv axle boots have been torn for far too long so I wen ahead and replaced all four boots and painted the axles pink, because why not?

And lastly, here is a picture of me with the bus, taken by my girlfriend on her new Mamiya 645.

Trashman Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:38 pm

Little bit more of that insulation has been put up now. Slider definitely has more of a thud sound now than a clang when you close it. Also snagged a pic of the bulkhead wood panels. Missing some ash tray parts and the grab handle. Will be acquired soon enough though. Slowly but surely

Trashman Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:00 am

Got my ash tray and grab handle parts this past week but one of the ash trays that I got is smaller than I need. Is this one for a later bay? Or maybe a different spot? I have no idea since this thing came with practically zero interior and I'm just working off of pictures. The two ash trays looked real similar in separate pictures but side by side they are obviously different. Anyways, at least my passengers in the back can smoke now :lol:

Trashman Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:51 pm

Been wanting to do this little project for a long time now and I finally did it! You all know how bays didn't come with tachs, and if you want one you have a couple of options. First is you could buy an after market tach and either pop it on top of your dash or in the blank gauge hole but that doesn't look great because it doesn't match the look of the other gauges. Second option is that you could buy a ready made tach that matches but those run around $250 or so. not really worth it if you ask me. The third option is to make your own tach. This is what I did. I followed the general method used in this thread;start=0 I did of course have to make some modifications though. I wanted to have a tach that had a max rpm reading that would be room fit for a 1600, so instead of using a 8k tach, I used a 6k tach. The specific one I used was an Autometer Autogage 2306. I remade the gauge face in order to work with the new tach. The only other different thing that I did from the original post was a made my own needle, shaped out of a piece of pvc pipe. This thing is awesome! Would definately recommend anyone trying to make one of your own of these.

Sketchworm Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:18 am

Rad build bro! I'm new to the forum, jus got me an early bay last month. Definitely following this thread, very very informative! :D :D

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