hi everybody thought id put up some pictures of my 1st splittie a 1960 microbus from alabama
unfortunately coming back from northampton it broke down on the way home and returned to west yorkshire on the back of a recovery vehicle looks like things got a bit heated in the engine bay so at the mo it aint running gotta wait till my garage is up till i can look into it more which has led to me doing lots of digging 9 ton skip full awaiting concrete base thats even before i can started on working on my bus but i cant wait
been a while since i posted up on here (sorry)well my bus passed its MOT a week or so ago so been getting some interior together built up frames yesterday so another trip for wood today this time ply...... with this interior its off the cuff so to speak so rough measurements = guess the amount of wood needed lol its coming on pretty well and we are pretty happy with the way its turning out and evolving all the time
back board this will be leveled out to the rear tailgate at somepoint
front seat area back rest to be added and a side (possibly a door) this areas gonna house the gas bottle
where was gonna place the fridge on the left of this seat area but we have changed our mind cos its too comfy a seat
bit of an update heres how the seating/bed turned out still a fair bit to do foam and fronts and doors for the units
Also got time to some of the bits that have been kicking round my garage for a while so the van now has a rear bumper , dunno if i should try and match the colours of the bumpers back what do people think??
plan is to get the arse end down some more started to replace the rubber window seals to try and stop some of the leaks and fit catches to secure it a bit more
some of the seals where well perished and had to be cut out cos they where so brittle the glass in my windows is cracked and deplaminating and im wanting to keep them to add to the look unfortunately the 1/4 light had to be replaced cos i destroyed it trying to remove it with it being a US bus it has US spec catches so have had to try and source some luckily enough someone over on SSVC had some just need to fit them
all the rubbers replaced the door top can go back on no easy feet but happy with my work took a good 2 afternoons to do it but hey its the 1st one id ever tackled then i rustled up these... being a tight wad and thinking i could spend 80 + quid more wisely so got a bit arts and crafty and made up these before
Ventured down Doncaster this weekend for a bit of help from Volksrod paul was gonna look at wheel bearings and a gearbox oil leak and possibly fitting safaris..................... made the trip down found maybe a damaged sump was more important ........
caused by grounding it out leaving RTTH weekend previous im guessing plus we werent sure what year bearings we needed !!!!!
dropped the oil
been some rough ass working on the sump before^^^^ check that allen bolt
deep sump off new strainer and sump plate installed d**n its shiney..... whipped off drivers side wheel cos it was squeeking checked bearings and discovered a 63 bearing will work lots of dust in the hub so cleaned it down greased up the bearings they still whurring a bit so replace during winter...... onto the safaris
fixed glass... leaked like chuff in a shower... maybe due to the dry rubbers so safari's leak hay hoooo out the fix windows go
under the rubbers wasnt to crusty for a 60's bus
1 window in im armed with a drill
VolksrodPaul informs me thats number 2 and we are done the safari's need some tweeking and some painting... but glad they are fitted ive had them since stanford and aint fit them oh well ill enjoy them at brighton then next year
Thanks again Paul your a big help and a big motivation.......But man no need to rip off my number plate getting my bus off your drive hehe
over the last day ive faked the funk a little cos basically the white didnt look right!!! Red oxide under neath the grey primer
still didnt look right so a trip to halfords for some blue a little rub down with some compound (cheers sooty ) this is what i ended up with
then the previously white rear bumper got the same treatment
needs more stickers and road grime me thinks
then i went for a little spin with the safaris open Man How Smiley was I!!!!!!
Heres a bit of an update !! My bus had developed a few little niggles during the summer gear change was pants and its leaking oil, engine didnt run right coming back from brighton breeze so its all been striped out the engine took an absolute ages to get out due to not being able to get to the 4th bolt near the clutch arm some improvised thinking
evetually it came out friend has loaned me his welder for some Mods we looked at the gearbox and discovered why that 4th bolt had probably taken so long to shift.....
think im gonna straighten the arc out of it
Shocks are screwed only been on since september they've been hitting these bolts so a re-think is needed??possibly move upper shock mounts
bit of cleaning up needed in here
this will be where the cradles getting trimmed Broke out the power tools today and got with cutting the gearbox cradle down
taking it easy cos as ive heard you can cut a bit off but ya cant cut a bit on!!!!
one side down easy peasy surprised how muchmore clearance this is gonna make
2nd side off just need to weld in some plate as reinforcement...... planning on going a bit lower next year
well dispite the crappy cold weather i still felt the urge to hit the garage today so much i want to get done so i gotta keep chipping away 1st up my 1st attempt at welding ok not the prettiest ill admit but its holding and its in an area not seen by many unless your down with the worms
bit of underseal none the wiser
mucho's more clearance
that finished and out of the way i moved onto the gearbox oil leaks removed the nose cone to find this
^^^ is that amount of oil in there normal??? the gearbox has been stood on the bell housing for a week or so
nose cone bush is kaput need to try and source replacement seals are shot around the driveshaft area but thinking about changing my axletubs/end castings so this is on hold
removed the front seat to try figure out my tubs some paint been getting burned off here
this is where i want them to be tucked inside the void where the bench seat covers kinda like this
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