UPDATE Thanks to the help of Ivan, donor is cut up and ready for removal! The family went up to the Cod this morning so.... I have a good window for working on the bus!!! Cleaning up the bay some more then coating it! KBS ftw Hopefully I dont run into any issues. Raf stopped by last night and buffed out my door and gotta say it is night and day!!!! Pics to come!
Last edited by bansheelos; 06-28-2012 at 11:13 AM.
So I have to say 5 hrs later I am satisfied w/ kbs coatings!! Very impressed w/ the self leveling. Prepping was fairly easy. Everything dried pretty fast so I could not step away after I sprayed the contents on the bus. But it looks good and I cant be happier! Come on KEP plate lets go already!
1st step AquaKlean!
And the finished product RustSeal!
The rest of the undercarriage will be done in parts b/c this was no joke lol
UPDATE: *Reaching around and clearing away the cobwebs* I started to bring some of my accessories over to the warehouse to start cleaning and spraying, as I became more and more anxious on the arrival of the adapter plate.
Also had to grind down my shaft to due its monstrosity length.
Then BAM!!!! Sitting in Ivans house when I get the call that the plate has been shipped and it will arrive in a few days. Checking the tracking as everyday passed. Finally it came to my job!!! And thats when I started to get the VR into the bus for the mock up!!!
And VOILA!!!! 2 times a charm!
Last edited by bansheelos; 07-31-2012 at 09:11 AM.
oil pan and transmission are on the same plane. kick ass.
how much room do you have above the motor? because honestly it would be stupid easy to raise that transmission to gain some additional clearance.
your motor/trans are going to be your limiting factor in how low you're gonna be able to go. if you could get an additional inch of raise out of both of them you'd be in a great position to really lay this bus out like you want.
in either case i'm glad to see progress on this beast
now if someone could just direct me to the milf in the changing table photo pictured above i'd be all set
Room above the motor was the first question in my head when I first saw the pics too. From what I saw it was only an inch or so.
Good to see this bumped with progress. Keep it up Los.
Yeah there is only less than an inch to raise the engine. I was thinking I might have to lower it a little to clear the throttle body. Also I have about 4" to play w/ to move the engine towards the rear as well. Not sure if messing around w/ this move that my axles will reach so Im trying to keep it as much of the trans in stock position as I possibly can. The crossmember is def going to have to come off b/c it conflicts w/ the thermostat housing. Mk4 thermostat isnt any smaller and the V5 one is the same as the mk4 so..... Just found someone who might be able to do the cradle for me. Things are looking up faster than I thought! We will see what happens this weekend!
This looks like it'll be fun!
guess what? she lives!
We started her today.
So from now until before h20, wiring needs to be shortened/lengthened, etc.
all the stuff I want to be deleted has been mostly identified and labeled.
ok nuff chatter about my wiring and its woes, how goes this nutty build!?
here's what you'd be wise to invest in:
personally i'd get the largest torsion bars they make for the rear of that bus
and i'd take that cradle setup you got yourself there and make the connection/cross bar go under the motor instead of around it like you have it. would make it a much stronger configuration
Structurally sound, yes. It sticks down pretty far under the pan. Thats why I was looking into the other option and running a bar along the rear of the frame rails and put it up against where the trunk latches to so it would almost be a cradle to give it more support and more clearance to lower it.
you're hamstringing yourself by using the old motor mount location on the bus. if you were to relocate where you plan on attaching your cradle to the bus it would allow you to go with a setup based off your initial idea (second pic) that could still retain quite a bit of ground clearance. likewise if you went with say 3/16 wall or 1/4 wall box tubing you could utilize a smaller od tube that would hang down less and still provide the required strength.
and i know i'm beating a dead horse but...transmission raise. your biggest hinderance to going low is going to be your motor/trans setup and how low it's hanging. you raise your setup just an inch and it will allow you to go that much lower. that stupid cross brace above the trans is not necessary.
personally, i love the second pic setup. this is a great way to go about it...tried, true, and proven. just use a smaller box tube that's thicker then get it much closer to the pan....you'd be golden with that setup
Last edited by A1steaksauce; 08-23-2012 at 11:11 AM.