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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night I removed the old beam from the bus. There was a lot of hidden rust holes on the shock towers! Shocked Good thing I am replacing this mess. I am going to clean up and finish welding in the center frame piece and hopefully clean up the rest of the front area.
Huge hole:
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Old vs new
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Finally put new grease fittings in and pumped it full of grease. Front beams are pretty heavy when everything is attached to it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2015 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's crazy!!! Not sure if I've ever seen a beam rust out in that spot?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

found some OG sea blue under 49 years of grease, dirt, more grease, and sand. Cleaned up the passenger side wheel well last night. Going to purple power then paint it. Gotta get the new beam back in it.
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cleaned the area where the beam sits as well. Factory or was this painted grey?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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found some OG sea blue under 49 years of grease, dirt, more grease, and sand. Cleaned up the passenger side wheel well last night. Going to purple power then paint it. Gotta get the new beam back in it.
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I've sprayed paint over surface rust like that and within a few weeks the rust had come through the paint, I would've been better off just waxing or oiling it.

I'd suggest grinding that rust down until there is no red dust.

these work pretty good:

http://www.amazon.com/3M-9099DCNA-Large-Paint-Stripper/dp/B00004Z4DV

Then treat it with phosphoric acid or a product that uses it as a main ingredient. Clean that off and then use wax and grease remover, then zinc primer if you can get some, then paint. Otherwise that rust will likely just come back through in short order and still be eating away at the metal.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I agree. Wire wheel or other abrasives down to as far as you can get to metal, ospho, solvent deglosser, then rust preventive paint like POR15 or Eastwood rust encapsulator.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just smear grease on it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love this bus. Not to hijack, but anyone else notice this RHD standard slider in the vintage pics?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Love this bus. Not to hijack, but anyone else notice this RHD standard slider in the vintage pics?

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Hippies on a field trip to Stonehenge circa 197x
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and someone's flipped that image ^^^. It says 'Love' on the cab door, if you flip it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh, and someone's flipped that image ^^^. It says 'Love' on the cab door, if you flip it.


Good catch. Can't quite make out a gas door though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who.Me? wrote:
KWZ wrote:
Love this bus. Not to hijack, but anyone else notice this RHD standard slider in the vintage pics?

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Hippies on a field trip to Stonehenge circa 197x

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I think the gas door is hidden by the paint in that area
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't think the image was reversed.

if the blue car is a morris minor than it would have its' gas door on the left hand side, not on the right.

Also the way they are parked makes sense when you drive RHD.

either way, that would be a double door slider?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

update on some metal work finally.

I just removed the out rigger and jackpoint in order to weld in new ones but without everything it looks like this!
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outrigger had to modified to fit. It is shorter due to the inner rocker, same with the jackpoint.The inner rocker for the door was tricky. I have not had a chance to crawl under a bay window but is it the same.
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placement:
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messy mig welding but its strong and secure.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update:
Got all the parts swapped from the old beam. Dampener, shocks. Now I'm just waiting on my spindles from Greg.
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Also installed a new drag link.
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Now I've been trying to find a sea blu color match from krylon. I thought that a while ago that global blue was a close match. WRONG. Still think true blue is the closest match. Not happy with the test. So i'm going to spray it back to grey for the underside.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got some goodies in the mail yesterday. Freshly rebuilt spindles from campingbox with some very nice backing plates. Now out to the garage in this wicked heat.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I spent yesterday and today putting the spindles on the beam and then wrestling it in place.
The spindles from Greg are so nice. Putting them on and and adjusting them was pretty straight forward.
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My girlfriend helped me fly the beam in place. A little of this and a little of that some swearing and BAM! I also installed the drag link. Every moves great!
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Tomorrow. Shift linkage and welding the last frame cross member. I figured it would be easier to install the linkage without that cross member there. Then front brakes.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now that is by far the quickest conversion from LHD to RHD I've ever seen performed Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally got everything together.

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Welded in cross member support.
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outside in the day light for the first time this year. I only have 6 days before school starts back up I better make it count.
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