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Old 11-04-2012, 01:16 PM   #11
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Re: 1983 GMC Ward 66 passenger (Bigasspimp Mobile)

Just a small update. A lot of the same right now. Just more drilling and riveting. Got the passenger side done with the exception of the top. The sheet metal is short at the top to fasten. I dont want to rivet from the inside out as it will look like crap on the outside. Heres a look:











Started on the drivers side with much of the same. I did however take my wire cup on a grinder to the sheet metal and it cleared up great with no pits. So Im going to finish the rivets on both sides then wire brush it and then expoy primer to keep it sealed up. This may all change if I need to weld in some support for the top to give something rivet to.




So I used the 250 rivets on the passenger side so I ordered another 500 so we will see how far that goes.


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Old 11-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #12
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Re: 1983 GMC Ward 66 passenger (Bigasspimp Mobile)

Did that bus come from Kansas? K-state is the ony reason I can think of for a purple bus. I can just imagine what you have planned for it to need to skin ALL the windows LOL.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:45 PM   #13
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It started out as a activites bus at a school then a church bought it and painted it that purple then the last owner ruffly sanded it to its current state.

I think it feels like a prison bus currently but I dont like windows to be honest. Im putting them in for some light and ventilation.

Some of my friends called my bus Barney... which I didnt like.

My plan is to paint it like the Texas state flag.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:18 PM   #14
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The Texas flag would be sweet. You're more ambitious than me. I've thought of some kind rat rod look for mine, flat black with flames or having a friend graffiti it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:26 PM   #15
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The Texas flag will be VERY easy. Hardest part will be the lay out and size of the star. Not sure whose bus this is but its what I want mine to look like




i think it will be a very easy paint job. Let alone the paint will come from tractor supply
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:40 PM   #16
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Your bus looks like a good find. While the previous owner's window skinning job left a lot to be desired, they did get a lot of work done for you. Since you were able to reuse the sheet metal I'd say you saved a lot of time.

Regarding riveting the top edge, can you cut some light gauge angle iron pieces and weld them on the inside between the pillars, just below the top edge of the window openings? If you follow my description, that would give you a nice solid base to drill and rivet to from the outside.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #17
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Your engine looks like mine. I don't even know what size it is.. all I cared was it ran.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #18
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I agree the previous owner did do a lot of the grunt work that sucks when you start the tear out. Yeah the sheet metal has been a pain the in azz but over all it will work out.

Thats my plan to use some angle to secure the top. I do have all the metal working stuff to put it in the right place so thats going to be the next time to get all the riveting done and then move on to the interior sheetmetal removal so we can start to insualte and window install
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:39 PM   #19
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Mine is a chevy 366. Its been a mass produced engine for a long time. Im looking for another 366 to redo or freshen up so I can do a one for one exchange.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #20
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I have a 91' Ward Volunteer. I am pleased with the bus yet the gas mileage leaves something to be desired. I will most likely be doing some engine work down the road on mine even though it is in fairly good condition. It needs a little cleaning up but overall it has been well cared for. I am not a mechanic in the slightest. I can swap out alternators or change a serpentine belt or change oil or do my own tune ups... mostly everything else is completely out of my league. I am confident I can learn quite a bit but as of now I lack the know-how.

Do you have any idea what that little "flap" under the drivers window is for?? It looks like it is available for bringing in fresh air but other than that observation I have not a clue.
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