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Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:55 pm 
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Working on a friend’s bus. Main project is the front skin replacement but also other stuff like safari windows install and front disc brakes. :cool:

The brakes are the new AC Industries offering which includes EVERYTHING needed for a bolt on swap! The quality seems to be great. Vented rotors with the same exact “[face” as that of the drum brakes so unless you tell someone, they could not suspect you have disc brakes. They also clear 14” bus wheels! The process is fairly easy and straight forward.

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This bus sat in the Aridzona desert for quite some time!
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Had to “clean up” the cap!

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Front had “crunch” damaged all the way to the driver’s side dash! Not to mention the window frame rust.

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Now you see it…

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Now you don’t!

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Damage:

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So far it is all mocked up, next the welding starts! 8-[

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Wow, just wow!
The old nose does not look that bad. Certainly better than our single cab.
Why did you have the rotors spinning on a lathe(?)?
Was the friend running stock 14s?

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The front was better than mine too, but it was bondoed and the windshield framed was rusted away. I put the spindle cap on the lathe to clean it up. Whether running 14 or 15 in wheels, you can’t beat the $700 deal from AC Industries! :cool:

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Wasn’t William running stock 15s and had interference issues?

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A picture is worth a thousand words! That’s why I post so many. :roll:

Yes, sometimes even I can’t stop what I’m doing to take one, but when you have “issues”, it’s important to show what the problem is. :???:

I believe they did their research and work to come up with their product. Something is going on with William’s job but until I see it, I’ll hold judgment. :-$

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Nice work Ivan!

I'd like to know how the owner likes the disc brakes. Did he have the opportunity to drive it prior to the upgrade?

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That bus has 14" wheels and the brakes were designed with those stock wheels in mind. I have video of my issue but will snap pictures of it today to post. The kit is nice. Yes everything you need is included in this kit. Everything but grease and brake fluid. I really like this kit. I am about to take mine for a spin today.

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Joe Flare wrote:
Nice work Ivan!

I'd like to know how the owner likes the disc brakes. Did he have the opportunity to drive it prior to the upgrade?


This bus has been out of commission since '96. So, no, he has not driven it nor have I. It came with what appears to be a factory rebuilt single port, prolly a 40 horser. He's having a 1776 "turn key" built for it. Being an hourly job, I don't want to spend a minute dicking with the single porter.

Brake wise, I suggested to get new rear cylinders and probally shoes too (I have yet to remove the drums to check them out). So I haven't tested the brakes yet. I do have an engine to throw in it if his isn't ready once I get the brakes all done and the front skin welded.

Should start prepping and welding today. On that note, I'll be here today so feel free to come over and check it out. However... if you do come over, "helping" is free, BUT hindering, spectating and/or bullsh!tting is going to co$t you!!! :-/

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That bus has 14" wheels and the brakes were designed with those stock wheels in mind. I have video of my issue but will snap pictures of it today to post. The kit is nice. Yes everything you need is included in this kit. Everything but grease and brake fluid. I really like this kit. I am about to take mine for a spin today.


Yes, please show the modification(s) you had to make to fit your 15s. (We have 15s on the 69.) Good luck on the test drive.

It looks like Ivan seated the bearings with a press. Did you use one?

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I will post up pictures soon. I uploaded them to theSamba. No time really to post them yet but it drove great and stopped perfectly.

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Sooooooooo, who has dibs on the old front skin?

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Fish wrote:
Sooooooooo, who has dibs on the old front skin?


I do... of course! :-P

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Finally finished spot welding the whole front skin on! Next is grinding down the weld spots and grinding and grinding and grinding and grinding... :roll:

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I should have done this to mine, apply some seam sealer before the fold and crimp. :-k

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The factory did NOT do that way back when. :neutral:

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Safari's going in??

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Nice looking plug welds or do you have an actual spot welder?


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Safaris are on order. I wish I had a good spot welder, I don’t!. However, you have to “break” the original spot welds so you use the drill out holes for mig welding. :cool:

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Nice work.

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Nicely done. Can't wait to see mine done.

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The safaris are on! :cool:

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There are lots of opinions on TS about Safaris.
Which brand did you use?

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