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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:26 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

What's your Vin number

My phone/sg is a February of 58 too
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Bus is looking great!
In 1958 did they still use the fat base mirror arms? I know 55 through 57 did.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

sub-hatchtim wrote:
What's your Vin number

My pg/sg is a February of 58 too


Nice! Not too keen on sharing my Vin on public forums though, sorry
Mine was build on the 5th of February. How about yours?

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Bus is looking great!
In 1958 did they still use the fat base mirror arms? I know 55 through 57 did.


Thanks!
Yeah, I'm quite sure it was still the original base on there.
I'm also planning to install a passenger side mirror, so I'll need to find/fab a fatbase for that.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

My PGSG is a Feb 56 but I’m with you I’m not sharing my vin.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:59 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Some small updates I would like to share.

I had troubles to find a fat base mirror arm, let alone the base itself, so I decided to fabricate one.

I found an axle collar/drill stop in my junk, which is actually the same outer diameter and height.
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I attached it to a drill with a bolt so I could spin it (redneck lathe Laughing ) and clamped a file in a vice.
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With only a few passes on the file followed by 240 grit sand paper this was the result Very Happy
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It fits loosely on a WW repro arm, so maybe I'll add a plastic bushing. First I have to get the passenger hinge pin out...

Last weekend I started on placing tar boards over the engine compartment.
To be able to cruise in the weekend with the family, I should at least try to get rid of the worst noise Laughing
I ordered 2.5mm thick 'Vibraflex' mats and cut them into strips.
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They're self adhesive and easily pliable, especially when working in the sun Cool
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It already took the sharp edges from the engine/ gearbox noise and it looks great imho!
The minimum order was 5 m2 so I'll also put it on the side panels, bulkhead and roof.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Well done!!!! Great innovation with the fat base!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

That mirror base is genius! Well done!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

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Last weekend I started on placing tar boards over the engine compartment.
To be able to cruise in the weekend with the family, I should at least try to get rid of the worst noise Laughing
I ordered 2.5mm thick 'Vibraflex' mats and cut them into strips.
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not sure what your plans are for the interior, but he good old westy rear mattress works awesome for noise reduction. or a kids bed mattress? You still have a ton of room for luggage on top. I also like putting a small piece of carpeting under the mattress to keep it from squeaking and sliding. Also protects the mattress cover.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Thanks!
Yes, somewhere in the far future I'll put a rock and roll bed in there with the matress on top of the engine bay.

Actually putting anything sound absorbing in the rear like wood, carpet or curtains will likely help a lot!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Looking really awesome!

Look forward to seeing the rest blended.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Thanks Trevor!
Oh yes I'm also looking forward to that very much!


I got the old lady running again lately. I bought a very fresh 36hp industrial engine core and transferred all the tins and parts from my other engine.

Although autumn has started and she will go in hibernation soon, but still took a few test runs.
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Yesterday evening I replaced most of of the broken hub cap clips on my rims.
The tools I used (and the rivet holder in a vice)
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Used a ratched strap to make sure the clip is hold tightly to the rim while hammering.
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I zinc primered the clips and used a small dap of black sealant on the mating surface of the rivet to prevent moisture trapping in there.
Then it took a few decent blows with the pointy and blunt chisel to spread and flatten out the rivet again.
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Before
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After. Much better!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:37 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

I do my clips with tire mounted, wheel face down , supporting one side with a 4x4 and setting the ww tool directly on the cement opposite the side supported by 4x4, can clip 5 rims in 15 mins that way Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Great update; it's coming along very nicely 😊👍
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

I thought it would be nice to update this thread again. During the last months we had a very mild winter here in the Netherlands. Despite that there's a lot of salt on the roads and it's best to keep vintage cars of the streets.
Therfore I used the time wisely Laughing by restoring the front window sills while leaving the front doors in the hands of a pro.

I didn't like the curve of the repair sill where it meets the front skin (it was folded instead of pressed into shape), so I kept the original and only replaced the inner ledge.
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Repair panel cut to fit
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The driver side is already finished. I'll share some pictures when the pass. side is done too.

As said I went to a professional for welding up the front door bottoms.

Starting point...
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The door skin appeared to be in good shape, but there were some holes in the end. He made a simple template for a repair panel
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Putting it into shape
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One welded, one to go
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While waiting for the doors to be finished, I started on painting the cab.
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Initially I planned on not painting the part which is not primed. Original paint was still strong in this area, but in the end I couldn’t get it blended nicely.
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Next is putting the door seals in. Anyone has recommendations for glue?

Best regards and thanks for watching,

Peter
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Very nice work! The windshield repair came out nicely, and the door looks good, too! s that epoxy primer that you are using? I use 3M weatherstrip adhesive for door seals. It seems to work well. Good luck with your project.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:52 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

hey peter,

i´m an owner of a 1957 pgsg bus too.
it´s great to see your bus transforming.

big respect for your work

have a nice day

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:27 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Burlyhammer wrote:
Very nice work! The windshield repair came out nicely, and the door looks good, too! s that epoxy primer that you are using? I use 3M weatherstrip adhesive for door seals. It seems to work well. Good luck with your project.
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Hi Dave,

Yes, It's a single stage filling primer I use.
Thanks for the tip on the wheatherstrip adhesive, I'll look into it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:46 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Front window sills are welded! Finally Cool
It took me a bit longer than anticipated, but what else is new when welding

Some pictures:
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I tried not to mess with the subtle curvature in the A-pillar skin too much, so kept the cutout as small as possible
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I welded the repair piece in place and bended it more into shape using a screwdriver from below. I had to lay on some extra material so I could file it into shape later.
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Ground down and zinc primered!
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Btw, the cloth you see hanging in my window is a $10 fire blanket. It's works great in catching sparks without catching fire

Some more rot
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Repair piece in place
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Ground down, fixed those damn pinholes and done!
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Awaiting paint (and a bit of filler Laughing )
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Nice work, nice update and thanks for the fireblanket tip!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Thanks Dave!

Small update today, but it makes a huge difference for me.
I bought a very nice condition front floormat ~5 years ago. Seller told me it came from a fire department and belonged to a low milage bus.

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I'm loving it..
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Another box ticked Cool
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