My late bay project

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Postby joezeeuw » Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:52 am

Other than that I'm still working through my little to do list.

This has been bugging me for awhile. The bus has always looked like it was lower on the left when viewed from the back. Just a crooked bumper.
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I don't know the history but it looks like it took a little hit on this corner. It bent some stuff up and popped a spot weld. I beat it into shape, added some reinforcements and welded it up. Someday perhaps I'll try a some body work on this pig, but not this time around. I just sprayed the welds with undercoating.

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Much better
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Postby joezeeuw » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:01 am

Finally time to ditch those fugly heat exchangers and silver painted muffler.

Fresh stainless
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Made some flanges out of 3/8" stainless. Beefy
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I've always wanted to try building a collector
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Taking shape
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Some final welding
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Made some brackets. Speed holes of course
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Ready for final install
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Aesthetically the driver's side pipe looks a little goofy with it's long run but the two banks are damn near equal length.

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Just in time for some February cruising. The exhaust sounds good, not too loud IMO. And the rear shocks are awesome! I went with some KYB gas-a-just. So much more fun to drive over bumps, turn corners, etc.

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Postby joezeeuw » Mon May 14, 2012 9:56 am

Too long since the last update

The Z-bed was set up for a camper with cabinets and was also generally crusty and rotting out. So I decided to tear it apart and rebuild it to full width using the original hinges.

One of the hinges needed to be modified to fit in it's new location so I just mirrored the other side.

before:
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after:
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Then built up the wood parts. It was all put together the same way as the original. The exception being the plywood which is a little thinner because apparently the standard thicknesses are different in the states.

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Then coated it with plenty of urethane, metal was all blasted and powder coated, hardware is all new and stainless. I also put down some Summit brand Dynamat type stuff on the entire engine compartment area. It cut down the noise quite a bit.

Installed:
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I added some angle iron to the seat and back for strength

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Now I just need to find a good deal on foam and my wife can start making new cushions.

Yesterday I started stripping the wheels for the fresh white paint. After some aircraft stripper and scraping I ended up with this. I actually kinda like it.

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Postby joezeeuw » Mon May 14, 2012 9:58 am

Got the wheels polished up a little better and installed some deluxe trim I picked up over the winter. Just need to finish up the bed broject and she's ready for summer.

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Postby VWsArent4Hippies » Mon May 14, 2012 2:32 pm

Damn dude, that exhaust is bangin! I like your bus a lot

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Postby dreadnotmusic » Mon May 14, 2012 3:12 pm

I'm a recovering bay-a-holic. I dig this one. Those welds are pretty =P~

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Postby tlambert » Mon May 14, 2012 6:55 pm

Killer exhaust work. Bus is looking good.
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Postby Franz » Mon May 14, 2012 7:37 pm

Nice work!

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Postby callahan » Mon May 14, 2012 8:03 pm

sweet bus the bed looks awesome. and the exhaust of course =D>
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Postby crimson ghost » Tue May 15, 2012 7:54 am

You do some nice work dude =D>

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Postby cookiemonster131 » Tue May 15, 2012 8:10 am

2" is what i used on my boat cushions and it worked great

http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/foam-a ... htm?N=9892
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Postby joezeeuw » Tue May 15, 2012 6:04 pm

cookiemonster131 wrote:2" is what i used on my boat cushions and it worked great

http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/foam-a ... htm?N=9892


Thanks for the link. Would you say that stuff is a similar density to Westy cushions?

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Postby Beetjunky » Tue May 15, 2012 7:16 pm

That exhaust is DOPE! I would love to hear what it sounds like. Can you post a video next time you are out messing with it?

I just looked in to replacing the foam on my rear westy cushion and the shop wanted about $150.00 just for the foam! F that! ended up using the old one.

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