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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2022 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

More preparations


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

..and more preparations


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Progress


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2022 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Inch by inch...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2022 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2022 11:44 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Good gosh almighty Buggee, you are a machine! I'd say "inspirational" but "scary" comes to mind! Hope Eastwood is giving you some great promotional discounts for the product placement! Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2022 12:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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Good gosh almighty Buggee, you are a machine! I'd say "inspirational" but "scary" comes to mind! Hope Eastwood is giving you some great promotional discounts for the product placement! Wink Laughing


Hey V! I've been hiding out with these big dogs in the Splitty Bus forum, you should see what they do over here!

I got that Eastwood thing years ago when one of my minions thought he was getting into welding and fabrication and it's been sitting in the corner ever since. Shocked I suddenly realized it could be used for something. Very Happy

I'll be back on the Super Duper as soon as it's warm enough to start painting again. Really good to have you stop by.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2022 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Hunting pinholes with a bright light


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Welded up the pinholes. Final grinding inside and out, mostly on the outside.

Persuaded a little bit of warp into submission with hammer and dolly and blocked the area with 60 grit for some bite.


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Let the healing begin.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2022 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

All of this, just to mount a battery! Somewhere in my mind, before commiting to this process, I actually considered setting a piece of plywood in there just to get the summer started early. Shocked

I blasted the Autocraft battery tray clean of the shipping primer, and welded it in. I had a hard time welding upside down under there but did not burn through the corner. I'll take that as a win. Very Happy

It's ugly, it's all metal... And it's mine. (p.s. those those little specks of light in the picture are not pinholes, they are reflections from the flash.)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2022 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

I just fabricated this splash panel from scratch! I feel like I'm flying. My own personal mountain top. Very Happy


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2022 7:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

You do nice work! And have a great attitude about your project.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2022 6:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Well, I have no idea why this little wall is here. But it had one then, and it has one now.


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Here's how that exercise in origami went down in my barn...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2022 11:17 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Just a little progress. The tail light is cut out using the chrome ring as a stencil. Duraglass has been sanded down and a skim of Rage applied. Its an exercise in self restraint to not refinish this entire corner panel, but this is not the time for elective surgery. Birds are chirping.


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I'm using 3M Panel Bond as the seam sealer in the joint of the battery tray to rear corner. Since the spot welds supporting the battery communicate directly to the exterior skin, I want to spread the load as evenly as can be possible. My imagination has that heavy battery working on the exterior skin over every bump and getting dimples or something.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:35 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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I'm starting in on the battery tray so I can have a battery.

Be gentle, this is advanced level for me. I have been studying....


I'm also diving headfirst into the battery tray as my first real attempt at a repair here: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=723551&start=40 - if mine turns out as good as yours has so far Ill be happy!

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I found this fiberglass treat.


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This looks very similar to the story on my rear corner too...
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 2:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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I'm also diving headfirst into the battery tray as my first real attempt at a repair .

We'll keep chipping away at it from both sides of the pond!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Feels good to have this corner in primer!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 1:56 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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I'm also diving headfirst into the battery tray as my first real attempt at a repair .

We'll keep chipping away at it from both sides of the pond!!! Very Happy


Yep yep!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 4:24 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Super nice job Buggeee, what tool did you uses to cut that curve out so nicely? You are a master artist and I love your work. Applause Applause Applause

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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...what tool did you uses to cut that curve out so nicely?...


Thank you L! The support and positive vibe in this community is fantastic.

Here's how that went down.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Awesome workmanship, if wonder if your bus realizes just how lucky it is you are now the owner. Carry on, I will be following. Very Happy
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