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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Top stuff buddy
U will be cruising in that bus with us to shows in no time
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

More chassis work. Sandblasted, primed and paint inside for protection.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:35 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Onto the left side chassis rail. Blasted, primed and paint inside before closing it back up.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:22 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Final chassis repair, didn't get a photo of it ground back and primed but you get the idea...

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:24 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Spent a few nights after work stripping the paint off the back side of the bulkhead. Strip discs, wire wheels etc. The edge of the left B pillar will get stripped properly when it gets repaired.

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Repair section welded in the bottom of the bulkhead and ground back. Still a little bit of welding to go but this will be completed along side the B pillar repairs...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 1:52 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Long side coming off piece by piece...

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I beams, top hats, shift tube and handbrake cable tubes clamped in for a trail fit. Shift rod tube is the OG sandblasted and primed. Handbrake cable tubes were rusted so I made new ones to spec. including the flared end on the front...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2021 3:02 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Monumental work being done. Well done and keep it up. You’ll be flying around on that in no time.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2021 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Been spending some time sandblasting and stripping rust and old paint on the long side framework and wheel well.

I will strip the paint and surface rust from the chassis when I roll it on the rotisserie.

Primed and ready to assess the areas needing work...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Taking some measurements for the tail light before removing the rest of the rear corner...

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Rear corner and battery tray removed
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After a lot of sandblasting and stripping paint and surface rust. Forgot to take more photos during this process...
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Primed and looking fresh. I have only done the right half at this stage. I will come back to the left hand side when I repair the left rear corner.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:00 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Long side vertical supports repaired and inner sill clamped in for trial fit. Also front section of wheel arch cut out and repair section clamped in place...

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Front right side outrigger prepared and welded in...

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The right rear outrigger prep'd and welded in...

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Front of wheel arch welded in and ground back. Also inner sill welded in place. Forgot to take more pics of this...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2021 3:48 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Now on to the B pillar. Got the rusted out section cut out and cut this KF panel to suit. Very nice fit.

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Welded in after a quick alignment check with the long side..

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Welds ground back and ready to repair the bulkhead edge...

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Bulkhead repair. Still more grinding to be done (welds on outrigger etc.) but getting there...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2021 2:06 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Painted behind the rear corner in areas which will be difficult to spray once it is install. Weld through primer inside the pillar for protection.

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With the long panel trial fitted and clamped on, it was time to weld the rear corner on. The rear edge of the long panel was clamped to ensure correct fitment...

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OG taillight section was used to trace on before cutting the new hole. Used all of the dimensions that I took before cutting off the rear corner.

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Welds ground back and ready for a quick spray of primer...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:01 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Side window repairs, long side inner support repaired (no pics of it welded in) and right side jacking points...

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2021 3:46 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Applause Applause Applause
Wow looking very nice. Keep up the great work.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 2:09 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Engine hatch trial fit and setting the location...

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Stripping paint and getting some primer on the right side inner...

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Fixing up a hole which was hacked above the fuel tank...

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Finishing off the details on the ribs to make them look the part...

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Still some finishing to do but basically have it buttoned up, just the hinge carriers to dress up and weld on...

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Damaged section cut out and repaired...

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:29 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

More trial fitting for the long side panel. Unfortunately this panel was around 4-5mm too long and was hitting on the door and over hanging the B pillar. This required a slice cut out to bring it back in line with the B pillar....

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While the long side was clamped and screwed in place, I took the opportunity to fit and finish of the B pillar close out...

The next step will be to removed and prepare the long side for final fitment...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 1:09 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Long side is now installed. These pics show the install and the finished and cured panel.

Roughed the metal and then taped up the areas where the panel adhesive will be put on..primed and then painted...

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Painted the sections that will be behind the panel and wont be able to be painted down the track...

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Caulking and spreading the 3M panel adhesive...

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Once the glue was dry I got all of the welding completed... Just need to sand off the excess glue and I will be getting this panel in primer.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

You absolutely do a thoroughly job on your bus. But I was a bit suprised when I saw you cutting out the complete original sidepanel which looked almost rustfree, except for the sill part. It seems a bit odd since your bus seemed not extremely rusty at the start and particularly the inside looked very good and dry, except for the floor and some lower parts.
Was the rust behind the pillars that bad? Or was there no other way to do repairs or treat the rust?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2021 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

ddutch wrote:
You absolutely do a thoroughly job on your bus. But I was a bit suprised when I saw you cutting out the complete original sidepanel which looked almost rustfree, except for the sill part. It seems a bit odd since your bus seemed not extremely rusty at the start and particularly the inside looked very good and dry, except for the floor and some lower parts.
Was the rust behind the pillars that bad? Or was there no other way to do repairs or treat the rust?


Looks can be deceiving, that long side panel was full of body filler, the fuel flap area was all bent, wheel arch had a crease from being bent in, these were all factors in the replacement.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Rusty's '63 11 window Reply with quote

Mid West Dubber wrote:
Looks can be deceiving, that long side panel was full of body filler, the fuel flap area was all bent, wheel arch had a crease from being bent in, these were all factors in the replacement.


Yes absolutely, pictures do not always tell the whole story.
I just wondered if there was no other way to save the large amount of original metal you are replacing on your bus. In most projects, some in much worse condition than yours, people try to save as much as possible and probably accept some hidden rust or dents. It's all up to some ones preferences and standards of course.
Anyway, you do a very skilled job and I'm sure you'll end up with a pristine, almost new bus.
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