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Post by fluxcap on Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:00 pm

Yeah, I still have most of it except the closet. But it's all pretty raunchy and probably isn't of much use.

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Post by 60westy on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:38 pm

cool, if i ever find me a bus, ill hit you up!
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Post by fluxcap on Sat May 04, 2013 2:02 pm

Finally working on a little more rot repair. Phillip picked me up a dogleg section while he was at NoDough/Bulli (thanks again!), so that's what I'm working on.

Before
Crunchy looking
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Cleaned up, you can see the holes better
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Out with the old. Drain holes must have been clogged, cause there was a LOT of grit and grime built up in there. One good sized hole on the rear inner corner of the dogleg I'll have to patch up, but the rest of the inner structure was still in good shape.
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Repair section ready to install. I rust treated the inside with Ospho and will get some paint in there to try to protect it. Hope to get this tacked in place shortly afterward.
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Post by fluxcap on Fri May 17, 2013 7:06 am

Got the rot in the nose cut out and welded in my patch panel. Picture makes it look nicer than it actually is. I got to learn how to control the heat better and keep patch panels from warping. Gonna take a little filler to get this straight, but atleast it'll have solid metal under there!

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Post by fluxcap on Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:50 pm

Finally wrapped up the metal work on the nose, dogleg, and drivers door.  Tried my luck at painting again and it turned out a little better than the side panels, but still going to need to wet sand and buff it out. (paint job looks much better in the pic than it does in person Laughing)  I'm totally burned out on body work, so it'll likely be a while before I start on the rear corners. 

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Post by Grifspop on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:01 pm

Eric- If you're not doing bodywork, I think you missed your calling Smile
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Post by Jon65 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:13 am

Looks great. As if it were done by a pro.Very Happy

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Post by DiggerD on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:53 am

Look really nice, I might need to hire you to do some bodywork for me......
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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:02 pm

My hourly rates are super high, and I work at a snails pace.  Oh, and while your bus is at my garage/shop, I'll likely pull your engine and use it to cruise around in my bus at high speed.  If you are ok with these stipulations, bring it on!

But seriously, I'm happy the rust, primer, and 3 different shades of red are gone, but its no paint job I'd ever want to have paid for! Laughing

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:16 pm

Looks good dude but when are you going to put the golden arches on the side?

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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:22 pm

why do you think the emblem is missing in the front pic?  Just waiting for my custom one to arrive in the mail. 

























not really.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:25 pm

You should do that!

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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:27 pm

Nah, after seeing this one, I don't feel so bad. 
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:30 pm

lol..... wow die hard fans!

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Post by fluxcap on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:31 pm

Yeah, that one's actually a bus and trailer.  Saw it in the whines thread.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1487742

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Post by type901 on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:02 pm

Looks good to me Eric. Now back to putting miles on it.

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Post by fluxcap on Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:49 pm

Now that the front of the bus is done, I was gonna take a break from body work for a while, but a nice rear corner popped up on the samba, so I bought it for donor metal and started working on the rear drivers corner.

Had some bad rot along the edge where the decklid closes that required the outer skin and inner brace to be replaced.


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Out with the old
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started disecting the donor corner.  This thing had a super nice battery tray that I wanted to save, but it ended up getting mangled.  Just to many damn spotwelds.

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In with the replacement inner brace.
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and the replacement outer
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Also cut out a section of rot along the corner and put in a patch
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Still needs a little more grinding and a skim coat and this corner will be ready for fresh paint.

Other corner is covered in thick bondo already, gonna have to tear into it and see what's hiding behind it.

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Post by bayboy87 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:44 pm

awesome work!
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Post by ridikas on Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:52 pm

Nice!
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Post by Jon65 on Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:20 pm

Looks great, Eric!cheers

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Post by fluxcap on Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:13 pm

Finally got busy working on the passenger side rear corner.  It had some really thick bondo, but the good news is that it was just some dents.  No cancer at all on this side, so no welding!!!  Beat the dents out as best I could then smoothed it over using maybe 1/10 the amount of filler that had been there before.  Prepped and painted it this morning.  Should have it wetsanded and matching the rest of the bus this week.  


All the old bondo gone!
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Post by bakertim2 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:49 pm

Eric, you kick ass.
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Post by fluxcap on Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:55 pm

Haha, thanks Tim. My bodywork is far from high quality, but it's good enough for a driver/camp machine. I'm just happy to be getting rid of some of the rust and other issues. Still have one small patch I need to weld in on an inner dogleg and a crossmember I'd like to replace, but I'll get to those eventually.

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Post by Jon65 on Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:03 pm

You sure do better auto bodywork than I could ever do. To be honest, I wouldn't even know where to start.Laughing 

Great job, Eric!Cool

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Post by fluxcap on Thu Oct 17, 2013 7:17 pm

No progress updates, just been enjoying it!!!

Took the bus to PCB last weekend and stayed at St. Andrews State Park for 4 nights.  Bedroom and transportation on the right, kitchen and living room on the left!
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The animals loved the bus.
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Met up with the guys from the German Metal VW Club and went to an all makes car show at Spinnakers. That's Scott's old single cab on the left.

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Winston was happy when we came to pick him up on the way home.
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