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  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

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PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:36 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Yes, there is a local welding course that I would like to take advantage of and I will see if I can fit it into my schedule. I wouldn't normally set such a high goal in a short time frame, but I am t ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:40 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
I'm going to at least entertain getting someone in to help on this. I'll see if I can find someone local that knows what they're doing. If I can afford this route, at least I can watch and learn on ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:52 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Clatter - funny you mention it; I changed to a .030 wire and tried patching some holes with a copper pipe clamped behind it. A bit better, but still a few small pin-holes to go back over...

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  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:24 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
I am working on getting myself setup with gas, but for now, it looks like .030 (.8mm) is the smallest flux-wire size available. I will change to the other spool and see how it goes.
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:18 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Ok, I will hit this area hard with the flap and see what's left. The door track is in excellent shape. Just this area got hit hard with salt from the roads.

The wire I am using is 0.035. Should ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:41 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
So I thought I'd start with some patching of the interior supports. There was some rot around one of the holes, so I cut it out.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1851023.jpg

I made up a ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:40 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Thanks for the tips. I know it's not the best place to start, but it needed to be done if I'm going to get it on the road next year. I will circle back for some of the other stuff later. I have to ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:27 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Performed some surgery on the lower 'C' pillar. Will clean it all up inside and start mocking up a replacement. Got some cardboard templates in the works.
Question; are these pillar pieces 18 gau ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:03 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Hey Zed999 - there are braces in the middle of the panel that were spot welded, do I drill holes in the new fender and weld again?
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:53 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Thanks Zed999 - If you can fix that, then I will take your work for gospel Smile So you're suggesting to keep the fold on the replacement panel, but only a few mm into the channel so that it can meet up ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:46 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Not too bad, but now I have a few questions:

I didn't know about the spot-welds in the middle of the fender. How do these get reattached? Drill a hole from outside fender and spot again? Also, w ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:21 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Obvious blemishes are easy to see, I tried to eliminate anywhere the 'felt' non-uniform as well, while trying to keep as much original metal as possible. I will leave some meat by the seams and adjus ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:27 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Ok, I'm going to leave 2" along the channel edge, since I can always cut it again. I will see about straightening up the edge, but being that it's a door seam and there's a pillar right behind i ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 7:54 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Zed999, sorry, I just want to be sure I'm visualizing this correctly, is this what is being suggested?


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  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:08 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
So this tool makes an over-lapped seam on a body panel?

Busdaddy - Are you suggesting that I overlap the new panel edge over the damaged side of the U channel that sticks out perpendicular from the ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:41 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Right, U channel holds the door seal. My edge of the channel that continues across the wheel_arch panel is damaged:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/1846562.jpg

I'm trying to find the be ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:43 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
So my new replacement panel came in today and I will be getting ready to cut out the old one, hopefully in one piece. one question I have is in terms of the 'U' channel. I can drill out the spot wel ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:21 pm   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
How tough it is to fix minor dents beside the seams? I'm thinking if I leave a few inches beside the seam it will save me some aggravation. There are a few dent right next to the seam though, can th ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:29 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Question: Is a 'D' pillar the same as a 'C' Pillar? I've seen sites advertise A,B and D pillars, like a C doesn't exist. Perhaps they're universal? No funky green ones either, I've checked with t ...
  Topic: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Goach2

Replies: 118
Views: 3861

PostForum: Bay Window Bus   Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:43 am   Subject: Re: Body Panel Replacement - A First Timer's Journey...
Thanks orwell84, I hadn't seen that one before.

I would like to keep the seems if possible, but on the door side, there's damage and a rusty C-pillar bottom. On the rear seam, there is damage, n ...
 
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