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Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:02 am 
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Since the "removable" pin on the accelerator pedal will not EVER be removed, decided to pop the locating dimples on the floor and welded bolts to the pedal in order to facilitate its eventual replacement. :roll:

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The floor in the weld grinding process:

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Finally done with the pedals and steering box all bolted on!

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Other work included clearancing for a 12 volt flywheel. I bolt on a clutch disc and pressure plate, slide it in for marking, then proceed to grind out the normal spots.

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I've notice some people when doing this procedure also grind off the area that holds the starter bushing. I believe that is a huge mistake in that it weakens it. Since the flywheel does NOT spin around it, there is no need to grind any part of it off!

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This bus needed all motor mounts replaced. One thing I've also experienced before with the after market mounts is the fact that they have an obscene amount of rubber right over the area where the mounting nuts go. I believe this may also factor in the rate of failure of these mounts. So this time I decided to remove the excess which made for a much easier installation!

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Here's another bit that was missing, the "stationary" nuts for the rear apron. Issue no more! :cool:

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nice work. I will be doing the same to my front mount bracket when i go to replace it.

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Today, as soon as I get the front doors back on this bus, it'll be going on a test drive! Two issues to be on "test", the brakes of course, but also the transmission to make sure it is good enough to go or may have to be replaced. The gear oil "looked" good but need to know if it shifts properly AND that it doesn't pop out of 4th or any gear! :neutral:

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Impressive work Ivan.

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The bus drove bitching and stopped great! Did not get to lock up the front wheels but I give that to being the very first time it got rolling with all new stuff. I did nail the brakes and it did stopped on a dime! The owner drove it too for the first time and was smiling ear to ear! :razz:

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You took it out on the road with that extend-o stinger? That must have been fun getting out of your driveway.

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You took it out on the road with that extend-o stinger? That must have been fun getting out of your driveway.


No problem! But LOUD it was! :lol:

The bus NEEDED to be test driven. Lacking its own engine, I threw in the 1800 that was sitting on the stand. That cheesy assed header getup is solely used for engine testing on the stand. :cool:

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Glad I am not the only one that likes those brakes. I have done a few brake checks with mine and love the stopping power it has.

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Mid-mount installed!

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Next, in prepping for paint, removed front door window frames.

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This bus is missing the center divider between the glass on one of the widows. Anyone out there have an extra juan? :???:

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Today was "plug the hole" day! The rear bumper had been hacked to clear bug pea shooter tail pipes. :sad:

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Made cardboard templates of the hacks, then plasma cut them as close as to their shape as possible.

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After finding a phat enough socket to match the radius of the bumper curve, "shaped" the pieces and welded them in place. Once again, welding is the easy part, then grind and grind, and grind, and grind... :roll:

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Mid-mount installed!
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So how did your second mid-mount install go? Still around an hour or so?
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Yes, piece of cake... iffin you are okay with dirt on your face and such. :-P

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What's the mid mount for?

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iveedubbin wrote:
What's the mid mount for?

You’ll never have to ever replace the nose cone mount again! :-P

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pyrOman wrote:
iveedubbin wrote:
What's the mid mount for?

You’ll never have to ever replace the nose cone mount again! :-P


Wow, cool.

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Back at it! :cool:

"Plugging up" the holes from home made scoops:

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Also, these threaded tabs tend to break off. Not only because of the stress it takes to close the latches but it seems the way they were "welded" on wasn't as good as they should have been! Notice the very tiny itty bitty little spot welds. :-s

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This outta do it!

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This one broke a hole through and the "fix" was to use one of them bolts with a "butterfly" nut, the type used to hang a heavy framed picture on a wall so I could not remove it! :-/

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As a comparison, these are the ones on the cargo doors. Don't know if they were factory installed or a later owner installed. :-k

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Another job in getting this bus ready for paint was to remove the rear hatch glass. Here's a seemingly fine looking window. :-k

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Now look at what I found...

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Top edge looks good!

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Another job in getting this bus ready for paint was to remove the rear hatch glass. Here's a seemingly fine looking window. :-k
Now look at what I found...
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Ewwwww! That looks kind of like the rear window on the '69. The good news for you is that your window is so much better than mine.

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I do have to replace the window rubber on mine too, and fairly soon! It's "bubbling up" in a couple of spots! :shock:

Was new rubber way back in '01 when I got it. This bus though, it "looked" good but as I cut into the rubber all kinds of dirt came out of it! This dirt is what holds the moisture and thus begin the rusting of the edge. :-/

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