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Old 06-17-2015, 06:54 PM   #201
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Hobart's (Miller's "value" line) have always been good machines but the new generation is much better than just a few years ago. The close up photo of the drive shows one of their major improvements...all steel drive wheel system. They used to be plastic which was the main thing that put them just below their Miller counterparts. Nowadays, they are pretty much the same except for a couple of bells & whistles...and price.

Excellent buy.

(But I still love my two Miller 140's)
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:00 PM   #202
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I looked at the Miller 141 at Airgas, but at $700+ I just couldn't justify spending the extra money. You're right about the drive wheels aren't plastic. I checked before I bought one!
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Old 06-18-2015, 12:48 AM   #203
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Nice detailed pics on the interior construction of your bus. It's great being able to see the various ways different manufactures make their body's.

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Old 06-18-2015, 09:52 AM   #204
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Thanks, nat.
I wish I took more pics in general. I tend to be one of those folks who doesn't ever take pictures of anything I do. This is the most I've ever put of my real life on the web.

You certainly have some great pics. I especially like the heavy rust repair pics. Every prospective bus shopper should see those kinds of images.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:59 AM   #205
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And take lots of pix as you tear things down. They make it a bit easier to figure out how things are supposed to go back together...a year or so later.

I know I wish I had taken more early on.
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Ditto Tango....I can't tell ya how many times I have dissected something without taking any notes or pictures only to find out many many moons later after I had finally found the part I needed that I don't have a clue what to do with the bag of parts I now have.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:56 PM   #207
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Especially like the heavy rust repair pics. Every prospective bus shopper should see those kinds of images.
I could not agree more.

That's also exactly why I shared them.

The smallest little thing on the outside was almost a project stopper.

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Old 06-21-2015, 08:28 AM   #208
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Thanks, nat.
I wish I took more pics in general. I tend to be one of those folks who doesn't ever take pictures of anything I do. This is the most I've ever put of my real life on the web.

You certainly have some great pics. I especially like the heavy rust repair pics. Every prospective bus shopper should see those kinds of images.
Ditto on that!! I'm the same way. Get too "into" a project to take time to photograph. Trying to break that habit.
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And my other project-
Why are you striping all the tar off? ....rust that bad.

I belonged to an air cooled VW club for almost 30 years [sold mine 2 years ago, had it 31 years], is that 66 still 6 volt or did you change it over to 12? Still got a few VW decals kickin' around I could send ya.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:32 PM   #210
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There was LOTS of rust under about 60% of the tar, maybe 75%.
It gets a bit gooey in the higher temps. It seems to trap condensation and moisture so it really had to go. I'm a bit of a perfectionist at times.
I figure I might as well do any work I'm able if it needs doing at all. I don't mind doing it all the hard way. I make VERY little money so I have lots of time to get everything "right".

Re the VW- Its 12v. Mostly original, I bought it when i was 15 and working part time.
Its 88' Porsche Guards Red and Grand Prix White. PPG.
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Lots of Gene Berg parts and stuff. I basically spent every penny I made from 15-18.
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