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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by Grifspop on Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:01 pm

rpm750 wrote:You are right best thing I did all year. I'm stoked, this Bus is going to be nice, really it's what I envisioned finding in the first place.

Thanks Man

Thank you for showing us how it's done, and motivating us to get up off our butts and get to work on our own projects!
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:17 pm

Happy New Year everyone.

Work continued on the Bus today. I have some rust through on the Engine lid hinge drivers side.


I have a part from the Snake Bus, cut that piece off and here it is.


Little rusty on the back but it will work.


Cut out the old hinge.




Made sure it lined up and that I measured correctly.
Off just a bit but not to worry.




Made some adjustments and welded it in...


Ground the welds..


And checked the fitment again....


Another problem solved and on to the dog leg issue tomorrow.


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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by fluxcap on Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:22 pm

Good job man. Keep working that fast and you'll have yours going before me!

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by DOODLE BUGG on Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:24 pm

go ahead an tub it in the front or atleast ge rid of the drop down thats all you realy need gone unless your going dumped
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:19 pm

Working on the Bus again today lots of stuff repaired.

Started on this area. Was going to repair the cut out section on the dog leg but decided that access would be easier to do the back section first. Really hard to get my head with a welding helmet on it in there.
This is what I started with....


Then I got to digging......


and digging....


Well cut out a patch and tacked it in.....


Then I had to fix the floor....


Cut a patch...


Welded it in....


I fixed the other spot in the wheel well. Made a patch and welded it in. Ground it down after all welding was finished.




The next repair was the rust through in this area.....


Cut out the rust and made a patch, held it in place to check fitment.....


Then welded it in....


And ground everything down at the end of the day.


I'm beat might take tomorrow off. I'm off from work the next two days and I really need to get as much done as I can. I'm afraid if I sit out a day I'll loose my mojo!





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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:16 pm

Nice! These pics are giving me some motivation to get some things done on my cars!

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by type901 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:41 pm

Great Progress. You are knocking out the patchwork in crazy time. I just got done burning Vacation time to get some work done.


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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:26 pm

Well final day of work on the Bus before I have to return to work.

I worked on these two areas today...
Passenger floor area.


And the dreaded dog leg.


First I had to prepare some patch panels from my '71 parts Bus.




I tried to retain the factory ribs that are in the floor so I cut out different sections from the parts Bus so that I could rotate and fit it to make this patch. I had to cut up on the seat stand to remove a rusty area. I got part way through on the floor and decided to move onto the dog leg.


I cut out the old dog leg measuring like I did to make the patch.


Make sure you cut on different sides of the lines so that the curf, the slot the blade makes when cutting, will be minimal and the panels will butt up against one another. It is much easier to weld the panels together and the weld will be falter.


Here is my other concern the wheel well opening on the back.


I fit the patch in and just marked where the inner portion lined up with the portion still on the Bus, then just cut it out.

I refit it and double checked the fit several times clamping it to see if any of the seams needed tweaking. And of course there were several, so remove grind, refit, check, remove grind until it's perfect.


Fits great, now time to weld it in. I like to tack it in several places so it doesn't move. Always leave the clamps in place and try not to get the metal to hot.


I was a bit disappointed with the top but I can straighten it with a little filler later.




Even the wheel well area turned out great....


And then grinding, I hate grinding....




Glad this task is done.....
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by zabo on Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:27 pm

nice work man! - impressed
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by fluxcap on Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:42 am

How much do you charge per hour? Very Happy Looks great man. Looks much better than the job I did welding up all my antenna holes (found 2 more under some bondo). Pics of that job will NOT be shown here cause it's so embarrassing. I used to not mind it, but I have really come to hate welding. You look like a pro.

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:52 am

Thanks Eric, Peter, really the ideal welding practice would be TIG. But I don't have the expensive equipment to do that. We have it at work but I don't have 480v 3 phase to run it at the house.

The rate is $60 p/hr. lol

The last five days, well I took the cold ass day off has been productive. I used an entire 20cft bottle of gas on the MIG and managed to burn myself in several places. I still have to do the rockers I'm waiting on parts for those so maybe do some sanding and priming this weekend.


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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by vwtattooed on Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:25 pm

daaaannnnggggg!! Bob's Dub Resto's, now open for business!! looks good man!
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:30 pm

More work today, nice weather out.

Started with the drivers side wheel well. Rusted just like the Passenger side. So the repair is similar so I skipped much of the details. Here are a few pics....
Drivers wheel well...


Removed most of the rust and made a patch....


Welded it all up and then ground all the welds....


One other area of work that was completed is the drivers floor....






Then I cut in the ribs...


Did one other rib but didn't get a pic. Here is the finished floor, welded and ground.....


The list is getting smaller, can't wait to start sanding and priming.
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by type901 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:45 pm

Nice. When I look at what you guys are getting done in a Day I feel like I need to speed up my progress. Floor looks great.

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by 39coupe on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:19 pm

Nice work Bob. Really knocking it out.
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by sploval53 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:33 pm

nice bob wana start on my 60 for me lol
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:36 am

Won't be long for paint now!

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by bumblebuggy on Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:17 am

Bob gets more done before nine am then most do in a week.
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:58 am

Thanks guys. I did mange to clean the shop a little more, can't stand tools everywhere and piles of dirt/rust on the floor.

I also removed the drivers b/drum to see why it was so hard to roll over. Brakes were adjusted right but over the years looked like the pads were gummed up on the surface and were stuck to the drum. Scraped the brake material off the drum adjusted the brakes in so I can move it around in the shop.
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by bakertim2 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:25 am

Go Bob, looking good.
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:50 pm

Worked on the Bus for a while today. Went back and worked on the passenger front floor. Didn't finish, I did get a large patch in there. I have one small patch to do and then grind the welds.

Front floors will be finished, Monday night.

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by Tybomb on Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:00 pm

Bob, After looking at all these photos from beginning to now, what progress. I assume this is not the same bus your were going to scrap? At least when you are done it really will be stable and safe. Really how much do you charge to weld? Need some work on my left front floor, very similar to your rust hole under the drivers floor area. Great job!!!!
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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by rpm750 on Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:16 pm

Yeah Pete the '71 is this Bus....

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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by peregrine67 on Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:47 pm

Wow! You got some skillz.


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Re: 1970 Bay Window "Moto"

Post by 720boy on Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:43 pm

hay, what are you going to do with what left over. i need front and rear suspensions. thanks
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