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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Looking good the right way up again. Must be a great feeling 😊
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

I talked to a few local dustless blasting companies about getting the body shell blasted inside and out. I was quoted $1500 and $2200. I'll be doing the body work the old fashioned way.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2019 12:42 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

I'm slightly modifying my plan. After flipping the bus back upright I noticed surface rust starting to pop up on the side that was facing the ground so I'm going to sand the sucker down and shoot it with epoxy to prevent this.

layer by layer.
It goes sparkly blue->light blue primer, dark orange, light orange, beige primer, dark blue, light blue (original), grey primer, brown primer, metal.

here i'm getting down to the dark and light blue.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:34 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

I like to post to and read through this thread to remind myself of how much time and work I've put into this project. Thus I'm going to post many pics of this sanding work as it's a major undertaking. Getting into all the nooks and crannies is time consuming.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Sanding, grinding, sanding, wire wheeling, sanding and then more sanding....
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

after lots and lots of sanding i took a break to do some metal work today.


i added some "filler" plates under the rear window inner panel
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I made and welded in the little panel bracket at the bottom of the B pillar:

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and installed the last piece of headliner clip above the drivers side windshield:

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I gotta weld in some nuts for the rear cargo door strap. the holes are there, just no threaded nuts behind them. The door has them though....
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:15 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

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I made and welded in the little panel bracket at the bottom of the B pillar:

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Nice work; it's coming together! I need to weld in some of these brackets too. Thanks for the reminder 😃

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

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Nice work; it's coming together! I need to weld in some of these brackets too. Thanks for the reminder 😃

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thanks Dave.

I did the surgery on the "C" pillar this morning:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Excellent!

Getting those layers of old paint out of the way will make the blasting go SO much faster!

Less chance of warp-age as well.. Wink

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

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Excellent!

Getting those layers of old paint out of the way will make the blasting go SO much faster!

Less chance of warp-age as well.. Wink

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy



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i intend to sand it all down with a DA sander, no more blasting.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:11 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

I had a quick hour to work on the bus and decided to start tackling the giant holes someone had drilled in of the spring plates.

At first I was going to try to add some filler material around the edges of the holes and open them up but in the end i decided to just fill them completely and redrill

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

ive been bad on updates, the camera on my phone is broken.

I shot epoxy primer today:

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gonna need a lot of body work...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Very nice!!! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:59 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Yes ^^^ and unbelievable how you've stuck with this project.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Burlyhammer wrote:
Very nice!!! Cool


BarryL wrote:
Yes ^^^ and unbelievable how you've stuck with this project.

thanks guys. I'm so tempted to just paint it and roll it as is... gotta be patient...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

Looks amazing! Gonna keep going with the 23 window idea or stick with 15?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:31 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

type2rescuemaine wrote:
Looks amazing! Gonna keep going with the 23 window idea or stick with 15?


Definitely 23. I wanted to get the body into epoxy to protect the work I've already done from rust.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:42 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

got about 20 hours of body work in so far and not even close to done.


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these vents were engineered by the devil himself

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:47 am    Post subject: Re: '63 Panel Camper to Deluxe conversion project Reply with quote

edgood1 wrote:

these vents were engineered by the devil himself

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I agree!
I worked a set of those on a 62 Single Cab...they were hell!
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