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LiveJay
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

After being exclusively a bug owner for most of my life, I ran across the perfect project to dip my toe into the bus world! I got "Odie" yesterday and have started making plans to get him back on the road.


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My first question, of many I expect, is can this be fixed?


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Looks like a pin is missing that keeps the latch mechanism from turning too far. I can't find a source for a new sliding door latch so I guess a used replacement is my only option.

This should be fun. I'll post progress pictures here as we work towards getting Odie back on the road again.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

Have you tried looking in the door for it? You might also try going to a hardware store & see if they have a "roll pin" that might fit.

Welcome to the club... sucker! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

After quite a bit of reading and searching, it looks like the "Remote Control Lock" is pretty hard to come by and nobody makes a reproduction. So I'm going to open mine up any try to fix it. I'll post progress after the weekend.

Meanwhile I got started on filling some holes. There are so many little screw holes everywhere!


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Given the number of screws the previous owner used to install mirrors on the front doors, I'll be at this for a little while. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

Nice bus, that looks like a great project. I wish mine was in that good of shape when i found it. I would totally buff out that paint job and call it good. Keep us updated!
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

What possessed a PO to put padlocks on? I had a similar engine compartment lock! In your case, the hatch lock dented the engine lid too, what a bozo!
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

sethpat@ That's the plan for now. Just filling holes and hitting spots with POR15 to keep things from getting out of hand.

Sage79@ Must have been all the pot those hippies kept in the back. Laughing

I got the trunk latch all reassembled today and it works great now that it's cleaned up. I also found a local clutch pedal assembly. Should get to spend some time on the slider this weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

Nice otherwise....
But yeah, Bozo the Paranoid Clown locked that loaf up TIGHT.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: I bought a bus yesterday Reply with quote

Keep your powder (or herbs) dry and secure whilst peeking out the curtains with the scary parry's. Nice Bus overall.
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