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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:06 pm    Post subject: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Previous owner may have tried adding access panel but also looks like they ripped it open trying to get to the gas tank? Who knows?

I donít know if there enough metal left to match everything up and weld?!

I have the access panel so Iíll probably try and finish that part once I get it back together.

Could I get a new piece here?

Any thoughts?? Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Double post, delete

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Man what a major FU. A good metal worker could fix that up for you in an afternoon fairly well, or maybe you could find a donor bus to cut the metal out of getting a large enough piece to get some overlap to make the welding a bit easier. Note that the pattern of the ribs has changed over the years so you want to match what you have. Since it looks like you have a hatch in the deck to access your engine that would make you bus a '73.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Holy smokes! Did he use a rock and a dull chisel?
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Savage! Shocked

If you can get the seat belt mounts back into shape the rest can likely be welded up with a strip of metal over the seam. If not then explore a clip section from a bus wrecker that's a little wider all around than the cuts on yours.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

was the previous owners birth stone crystal meth?

holy shit Shocked

I would see how straight I could get it, then it would be donor time. seeing how bad it's bent up there I would suspect damage to the gas tank floor as well. the seat belt brackets are diesel...so if those are bent, I suspect the tank floor would be as well.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
Man what a major FU. A good metal worker could fix that up for you in an afternoon fairly well, or maybe you could find a donor bus to cut the metal out of getting a large enough piece to get some overlap to make the welding a bit easier. Note that the pattern of the ribs has changed over the years so you want to match what you have. Since it looks like you have a hatch in the deck to access your engine that would make you bus a '73.


Itís a 72 but looks like they tried to ad the access panel like a 73+.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Hello,
Those damned DEA/Border crossing searches...
Yep, Let's check the gas tank boys, I've never cut into one of these before...
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 2:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Angus II wrote:
Hello,
Those damned DEA/Border crossing searches...
Yep, Let's check the gas tank boys, I've never cut into one of these before...


You know thatís just crazy enough to be true!
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 3:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Decided to drill out the spot welds so I can straighten everything out easier. Still gonna need to patch.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

that is just gross. everything on that crack heads bus is suspect. check the fuse panel for bullets and tinfoil.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

alman72 wrote:
that is just gross. everything on that crack heads bus is suspect. check the fuse panel for bullets and tinfoil.


Took care of that already! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 12:57 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Hope there is something good about that van. Looks like more work than I would be wanting to put into it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:05 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Stop now, sign it, and call the nearest Modern Art Museum
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:57 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
Hope there is something good about that van. Looks like more work than I would be wanting to put into it.


Yep, plenty good about it. Yep, lots of work but Iím learning tons and excited to bring an abused bus back to life!
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 2:58 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
Hope there is something good about that van. Looks like more work than I would be wanting to put into it.


Have faith my son!
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 3:11 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

mdl3051 wrote:
Wildthings wrote:
Hope there is something good about that van. Looks like more work than I would be wanting to put into it.


Yep, plenty good about it. Yep, lots of work but Iím learning tons and excited to bring an abused bus back to life!


Lots of good - worth the effort.

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 3:24 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

mdl3051 wrote:
Yep, lots of work but Iím learning tons and excited to bring an abused bus back to life!



This right here.^^^^ Plus you have a team working on it. Though you may never recover the monetary investment, the sweat equity is worth every tired muscle. You've got this. Subscribed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 5:47 am    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

babysnakes wrote:
mdl3051 wrote:
Yep, lots of work but Iím learning tons and excited to bring an abused bus back to life!



This right here.^^^^ Plus you have a team working on it. Though you may never recover the monetary investment, the sweat equity is worth every tired muscle. You've got this. Subscribed. Very Happy


Definitely a labor of love. Not doing it for the money!
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: 72 bay window - hack gone wrong?? Reply with quote

mdl3051 wrote:
mdl3051 wrote:
Wildthings wrote:
Hope there is something good about that van. Looks like more work than I would be wanting to put into it.


Yep, plenty good about it. Yep, lots of work but Iím learning tons and excited to bring an abused bus back to life!


Lots of good - worth the effort.

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