let me know if you need anything for the old dirty girl!!
dude i want that "deluxe" trim!!!....aint seen that it a while.
Well I finally got an old bay that I have been chasing around for about a month. It doesn't run at the moment but it will very soon. Plans for now are going through the brakes and cleaning the interior. I have to get a parts list going for the motor.
This is where she has been sitting.
Me and my cousin flat towed it back to his house. It is on a trailer now. I just have to get a buddy with a pickup truck to tow it.
The hinges for the hood rusted off so the deck is inside it.
I can't wait to get this beast on the road. Stay tuned for updates.
goooood luck. the owner of that bus wanted to put it back together. i drove out to see it and holy schit was it rusty. after seeing the abortion performed on the frame/torsion tube i told him to sell it. not an impossible fix, but you better bring your A game to that fight. i pulled my 70 single cab off the road because of the same issue that bus has. ask schell, i'm no stranger to rust, but that bus had some horrific repairs done to a very crucial area of a bus.
the gusset on the passenger side of the tube was the frosting on the cake.
honestly, good luck. i really liked the bus. john was a super cool guy too. here is what you have to look forward to
seeing i have been down that road before, i would be willing to bet the tube is paper thin....
if you are in need, i have a 78 bus that is super clean in the frame area, its a rolling shell, but i would be willing to sell the whole bus to you cheap if you need it for the rear frame section
Last edited by skills@eurocarsplus; 04-29-2012 at 09:22 PM.
Thanks for the replies. I saw those rusted areas. I have a welder and went to NEIT for auto body. It will be a challenge but it can be done. This isn't half as rusty as my rabbit pickup was. I will have it back at my house tonight. I have to borrow a big truck to tow it. I'll take some more pictures once it is back here. The main reason I wanted this was because it is very complete.
...dude just blast those sections and box em in with frame stock from Kozella's in Coventry...yeah it won't be stock for the *** vw purist but it'll get you rollin...but like skill's says...you better go inn big or go home...blast it with a prota blaster dude and this will let you know where your at.
not to mention the previous owners who butcher the s--t pout of em and and still want big money when they go to sell em.
now try and get a guy to spend what it takes to do it right,on time and oh he want it at a lower cost than the other guy.
saw another bus today in richmond on some dudes trailer looked like this one too!!
good luck with the bus. i was going to buy it for parts, but john seemed to think you were going to put some life back in her.
i am at a point in life where i would rather pay the big coin for minimal rust. i like doing rust work, but that bus was a little too ambitious for me.
i put the nose together on this turd for a friend
if you get in a jam, let me know. i'm the early bay king i have tons of cut away pix of how a early bay goes together.
Nice nose job! I have wanted a bay for a long time. I didn't have a ton of money to spend but it is very complete. Yes she is very crunchy and rusty but she will see the road again. I appreciate all the offering of help and I will be picking everyone's brain soon.
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/pts/2942263910.html That dude John is a nice guy. He's the dude that was gonna sell me a windshield 10 months after he posted it on Samba. I saw the ass end of a bay for sale somewhere!?!?...I'll see if I can find it for ya.
that's Dave F's house durty right? went to school with him and he used to be a niegbor (?) in ashaway when i lived there...he pretty much got me started in vw's way back in the early 90's...i had a tricked out cal look '55 rag back then in sea foam gmc green
s--t you should have bought that one i gave to Skills for that matter!!! that bus was a very very nice start.
I put the bus in my garage on Monday. I worked over time on Tuesday and Wednesday. When I finally got in the garage on Thursday, the whole garage stank like the bus. It was BAD. I had to clean it out. So yesterday I dug in.
The first mouse house....not too bad...smells a little bit.
Then the mouse condo.....this was when it really started to stink.....a rain mouse poops.
I rolled it outside and took my power washer to it.
Next up is cleaning the seats and stripping down the middle bench, which is in the worst shape. I'm doing to clean any rust on the floor and get a good coat of paint on there. I know there are more important things to get to, but that interior was a health hazard for sure. Smells alot cleaner too.
i see he stole your ashtray. i have a pretty clean one if you need it. have you spoken to him at all? i emailed him for a couple parts he said he had, and he hasn't emailed back. i'm getting pretty pissed seeing i wasted about 3 hours of my life looking at all of his rusty busses
shame on me for trying to be a nice guy
dude save your cash and bring as much as possible to Dave at coastal near chariho high school...he'll take care of you and he does a great job.
i have a 73 here,if you looking for misc bs your wlecome to take it...it was grabbed for the fromnt bumper clip and misc dash stuff....has a good trans and a non loacked type 4 motor too.
Besides, he needs me more than I need him
Lets give old Johnny boy a rest. Or at least give him his own thread. I had a short vacation over the past few days. I got her all cleaned up, well as clean as you can get a turd I guess. Atleast the smell is gone. I sanded down the hood last night. Someone at some point used filler to patch rust and it bubbled through. I am waiting on some brake parts, so I can go though them so she can stop. I have been kicking around the idea of a beam raise in the front and probably going to box up the rear beam section since that is the worst spot on the bus. I'll get some pics up tonight when I get out of work.
I worked late tonight and didn't get anything big accomplished on the bus. I did run out and snap a few pics of the problem spot near the rear beam. Someone got in there between Skills picture and my purchase. They welded a steel plate to the inside of both frame rails. It is UGLY but it is surprisingly strong. I have tomorrow night to myself so I'm going out there to blast it and see what is left when I'm done. I will probably be able to square it up and box it in. Here is some nasty pics for you guys..........
This is the passenger side.
and a lousy one of the drivers side.
behind the drivers side wheel..
and passenger side..
The pic I posted was of my old single cab....not your bus. In order to fix your bus right you have tons and tons of work ahead of you.....trust me I have been there. You could cobble it together to be "safe" but when I saw that I told john to walk away. Don't feel bad all 3 of his busses looked like that.. You ended up with that bus cuz I gave him a quote to fix it and section in a whole frame piece and he about passed out.
Having done this repair 3 times now I can about guarantee the torsion tube is paper thin...rusted like an hour glass now is the time to either gear up for the long haul or bail. This is such an important piece you better bring your A game. Not trying to be Donny Downer just realistic. It is a ton of work for a bus that you can buy for 2-2500 all day long and drive home.
I decided to walk away from a single cab because of the same issue
You had me confused with that pic I got under there late last night and blasted alot of the rust off. Its actually very solid. The beam looks fine too. Who ever did the patch repair never put any kind of protective coating on it. All the rust in the pics is surface rust. The piece of metal they welded in is thicker than frame stock. I know its not a full on frame section and its ugly, but it works. Tonight I'm gonna get under there with a grinder and smooth it up. I was very surprised at how solid it was. I'll get more pics up tonight after work. It was very late when I was done so I crashed out.
Skills, thanks for all the insight. Nothing beats experience. I know I could go crazy and weld in a whole new frame section and make it all pretty, but this bus will never be a show winner or museum piece. It will be safe.