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PostSubject: 1966 Panel build   4/2/2011, 11:31 pm

I thought it would be cool to show step by step the transformation of my panel. It started out as a bone stock 6 volt 1966 walk thru panel from Columbus Ohio.
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Then it found it's way to me.
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I first rolled 200 sq ft of FAT MAT sound deadening material in every nook and cranny. I did the same to my bug and I couldn't believe the deference it made.
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Then we took care of small dings and dents in the interior
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/3/2011, 10:12 pm

Now's a great time to add the stripper pole! Lookin good! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/4/2011, 2:54 pm

Very Nice

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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/4/2011, 9:37 pm

Today Was an interesting day. Not only did I find out that I'm in the double floor club with The-Jerm, but also My rear jack points and out riggers had a superb bondo job on them. And I say that in all sincerity. This guy did a jam up job of hiding the fact that they were almost all gone. Fortunately I had planed on replacing them in the 13 window and bought them at Bully Brigade , so they go into the Panel instead. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/4/2011, 10:32 pm

That is awesome Previous Ownership for you. Nobody can just tell you what stuff needs. At least you had the stuff for a correct repair. It's coming along nicely though, for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/4/2011, 10:34 pm

Funky green Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/5/2011, 8:37 am

Damn... You'll get it done right.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/16/2011, 11:04 pm

I started today off with a run to my favorite store Harbor Freight. I picked up a 4 ton port-a-power. This is a super handy tool to have around even if you done use it that much. Cause when you do , nothing else will work.
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I needed this cause the tranny brace was a bit bent and after repeated blows with a hammer and pry bars it wouldn't straighten out. So 4 tons of hydro persuasion did the trick.
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Then I got to work on the right rear outrigger and jack point. This one was in bad shape. Again cut it out and replaced with funky green[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
I moved on to the rear brace next.
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Didnt know how I was going to change this out as it had lots of lines running thru it, so I started hacking away. It took me three hours to cut this thing out and grind it down for the new one.
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And now the new one.
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The green paint looking stuff is a chemical rust converter called Conquest. It kills the rust and seals it. It dries black so you know when its done doing its thing.
Next she's getting a brand new wiring harness.
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Started that as well.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/17/2011, 10:46 am

At least yours is there to work on. That looks like it is going very smoothly.......from my house. Once i get mine back I think I will do the wiring harness first, as well. I'm just not very proficient when it comes to electrical. Nice job on all the cutouts and placement. it should last you forever, when you do it right.....like that. NICE WORK!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/17/2011, 11:50 am

Nice job Rob! Looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/18/2011, 6:25 pm

Killer work Rob, can't wait to see it completed.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/23/2011, 10:54 pm

This week I got to tackle a job I have always wanted to do, Safari Windows. It went pretty smooth although it took a little longer than I thought it would. I also took the window sections off the doors.
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and I had a boo boo
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Out came the motor and the gas tank to be replaced by a 4 gallon larger one from a Westy.
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While Jay and I were working on the windows, Taylor came out to see what we were doing. Those that have hung around him know he doesn't stay awake for more than 47 minuets at a time, and as soon as he crawls into a car he's OUT.....even if it's not moving.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/24/2011, 12:42 am

That kid can sleep anywhere!

Lookin good!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/24/2011, 12:45 am

For sure......I've seen it LIVE!! Looks like you are still making good progress. Nice
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/24/2011, 9:02 am

Lookin GOOD

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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/24/2011, 10:29 am

Very nice Rob!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/25/2011, 9:11 pm

Its looking great Rob! I cant wait to see it done!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/26/2011, 8:29 am

Me either
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/27/2011, 10:07 pm

Thanks for the engine Rob!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/29/2011, 7:24 am

Any time Tom.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/29/2011, 7:27 am

I'm in Alabama right doing some storm restoration work. I think I'll br here for a couple weeks (this place is messed up pretty bad)
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/29/2011, 10:13 am

I thought you would be up there, the pictures look very bad.
Hi Jack over.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/29/2011, 10:46 am

Stay safe man!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   4/30/2011, 8:10 pm

very good progress see you don't need me at all. this bus is looking great i am just glad i got to drive it before so that i can compare to when it is finished.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/11/2011, 11:04 pm

[quote="muddobber"]very good progress see you don't need me at all.

BULLSHIT !!!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/11/2011, 11:18 pm

Well I made it back from Alabama in one piece, which is more than I can say for Alabama. I didn't feel real motivated this weekend so I didn't get a lot done but I did make some progress.

It didn't have a heater tube when I got it so I got one and put it in. *Lesson learned here*. If you put a heater tube in and change out the cross members, Put the tube in the cross member FIRST before welding the member in.....
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Next I put Taylor to work on some painting. What are the child labor laws any way?
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Next I started replacing the rear corners and battery tray.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/12/2011, 9:31 am

Good to see progress Rob!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/14/2011, 11:36 pm

Ok, back at it on Sat. I finished welding in the new battery tray and rear corner. Even though I used Funky green it fit like hell and I had to cut it out once and trim it to get it all to fit right. Haven't had this issue with anything else I bought from him. Must have been made on a Monday..lol
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/15/2011, 8:43 am

That looks awesome....One thing though. It looks like the color doesn't match too well. Rolling Eyes

NICE WORK!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/15/2011, 2:16 pm

Laughing That's that new two tone look that all of the cool kids are doing. Get with it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/16/2011, 11:22 am

And now you know.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/16/2011, 6:29 pm

But look at that fine welding! It must be done by a guy with a IR Welder certificate lol
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/17/2011, 10:42 am

As in "I are a welder"?
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/20/2011, 9:43 pm

lol. yep. I certified as a welder at Gannon Station power plant in 1996 for TECO and when I passed the tests I asked if I got a certificate and the instructor said "sure" and went in to his office and wrote on a piece of paper I R A WELDER and gave it to me. Tats all the papers I have.....lol
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/22/2011, 8:45 am

the welding looks ok i have seen better work from this guy with a different unit though lol
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/22/2011, 9:36 pm

You do have a SWEET Miller.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/23/2011, 12:14 pm

Nice splitty, Hella. Always glad to see them come back to former glory!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/23/2011, 4:11 pm

Thank you sir. Its a long way to former glory, but I'm trying
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/23/2011, 6:59 pm

LOL cant wait to see this thing done. If its anywhere near the quality of your car it will be super nice!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 9:57 am

I second that. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 7:41 pm

No need to second that lol its a known fact how nice his car is!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 9:57 pm

I wish it ran as good as you say it looks. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 10:01 pm

i have faith in you it will
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 10:07 pm

I heard a buzz that that will be fixed real soon!
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 10:28 pm

the buzzzz you here is my MILLER
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/24/2011, 11:00 pm

Is that your Miller I hear welding my rail this weekend??
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   5/30/2011, 11:55 am

This week on the build I went back to work on the lower rockers. I was amazed at how much unnecessary bondo there was on it. I knew it was there but had no idea it was this thick. The left rear corner was cut out and a new one welded in. This one didn't fit as good as the right for some reason but I got it in there. Next was the right rear rocker. This one wasn't to bad but I had already got it so out with the old a in with the new. It will also be easier to change the inner rocker with it out.
I took Muddobbers advice and got a flanging and hole punch tool. This thing is awesome. For a $40.00 investment you can't beat it for doing spot welds (which is all a bus is)
The left long rocker was nevt to go. This is where the fun started. As I cut this out I was freaked at how much bondo was on it. It was 1/2" thick in some places affraid . There was no real reason for it other than they had stock in the company. Im going to finish taking it all off and hope I don't get any more surprises under it. The walls inside looked good so I doubt it.
The out riggers and jack points were next to go and well they mostly fell off when I hit them with the air chisel so removal was easy. That's where the hole punch came into play the best.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   6/5/2011, 10:10 pm

So, it's like a weird shaped drill? scratch Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   6/6/2011, 10:55 am

I only had one day to work on it this week and I got the inner and outer rocker welded in. I wasn't that happy with the way it turned out so a skin coat of bondo will need to be applied to make it perfect.
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PostSubject: Re: 1966 Panel build   6/6/2011, 8:40 pm

making very good progress. it is looking good
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