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Old 09-03-2016, 06:20 PM   #91
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SanFord has not been forgotten. It's just been too damn hot to work on it. Since my last post, the blasting is complete. It took several hours to clean all the sand and dust out of the interior.



Paint is almost complete.





I haven't quite decided how the front is going to be painted. Hopefull I'll make some progress on that tomorrow.

I've had the devil of a time with side view mirrors. I really don't want some junky mirror hanging off the side, so I've been playing around with using cameras.

This is stuck up there with a magnet to get some idea of what the placement would have to be.



Then there would be three of these screens mounted in the dash. One for each side camera and one for the back. The screens are 7". The view is several times better than what you can get with a mirror. I will still probably mount mirrors, but they will be more for redundancy than primary.



More to come, and as the weather down here cools off, it should happen faster.
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:38 PM   #92
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I've been a little slack about posting updates. Here's a picture dump to bring this up to date. They aren't in any particular order.

Exterior paint is 98% done.



Super nasty carburetor removed, rebuilt and replaced. It runs much better.





Breather sandblasted and painted. There is still a lot to do under the hood.



Sideview cameras installed.



Monitors are mounted. This is not where they will be staying, this is temporary to make the bus usable until the dash is rebuilt some time in the future.



Conversion of a couple of window units to basement air units started. Still some work to do on them, plus getting them mounted.



Rear ceiling prepped for paint.



Wire for all overhead lighting, including exterior clearance lights, pulled in.





Rear curved windows pulled, frames painted, new rubber, and reinstalled. This part was a little nerve-racking. Breaking one of these would have been expensive.





Ceiling paint started.



Really cool turn signals found and installed.



Side rear door was coaxed into opening.



The latch for it was cleaned up, painted, and reinstalled so the door will work properly.






In the midst of all that, it got new front tires.


That's pretty much up to date. I'll try to be more diligent in keeping this thread current.

More to come.
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Old 02-12-2017, 04:47 PM   #93
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man, I'm impressed. You saved a classic!
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:25 PM   #94
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Cool bus ! Very nice work.

I dig those sidemount cameras. What brand? Definitely on my list so I can see where my rear is swinging.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:36 PM   #95
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Cool bus ! Very nice work.

I dig those sidemount cameras. What brand? Definitely on my list so I can see where my rear is swinging.
The cameras and monitors came from Amazon. They were surprisingly cheap and seem to work very well.

Amazon Link for Cameras.

I will be mounting three of them. One on either side and one in the back as a backup camera.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:39 PM   #96
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+1 on a great build!! I lvoe these old classic busses!!!

im also interested in cameras... i would so love to have a sleek look with no mirrors in front of my windshield view...

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Old 02-12-2017, 09:13 PM   #97
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Excellent...glad to see you making progress!!! Great looking old gal that you seem to be treating right. Keep the pix and updates coming.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:55 PM   #98
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Very nice bus! Reminds me a little of my uncle's '61 (?) International
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:33 PM   #99
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I'm still being a slacker about updating this thread. I apologize. Here is another picture dump.

Installation of the basement A/C for the front. The return air is in the step well, the vent is in the floor.



That necessitated moving the fuel tank back 10 inches. While is was out, I cleaned it inside and out, broke the pickup tube, fixed the pickup, painted it and the mount and reinstalled.





I'm still amazed he made the 1000 mile trip home with all this crap in the tank. There were a lot of chunks of goo that I cleaned out.


While the tank was out, it got a new sending unit so the gauge may actually work.



All cleaned up and ready to install.



Tank and A/C hung where they belong.



Vents and grills installed. The flooring will cover up the ugly.



This is the old fuel fill. The cap kind of floated on the end of a hose. It was pretty nasty.



Since I had to move it back 10 inches as well, I made it a little less ugly. The cap is from a Opel GT. Much better looking than a plain old round cap.



There was a change of plans on the rear A/C unit as well. Originally I was going to use another 5K btu unit hung under the bus, but I was worried about having enough A/C down here in the South. So I installed a 12K btu unit instead. It cost me a small cabinet, but A/C is more important than storage.



I had to build a sheet metal pan for the unit to sit in, as well as some dividers for the condenser air discharge. I'm happy to report it works like a charm.





I also came across the new engine and transmission for SanFord as well. I picked up this as auction, for cheap.



That gives me a 6l Turbo Diesel, 5 speed automatic, 27K btu engine driven A/C unit, dual alternators, dual battery boxes, and possibly the entire, modern front suspension, brakes, and steering. I may graft the entire front chassis onto SanFord. There is still a lot of measuring and planning to do there, but the new bus was so cheap I couldn't pass up on it.




He did manage a trip to the gas station for some fresh fuel.



I'll try to keep things updated on a more regular basis. I've got a bunch of projects underway at the moment so things are progressing in fits and jerks, but they are getting done, albeit rather slowly. More to come.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:43 PM   #100
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I dig this project!!! love these A/C units too... make sure you give them plenty of room for the condensor air so it doesnt suck the hot output air... use a grill with directional vanes to help..

be sure to bulletproof that 6.0 before you use it!! and go through the trans as well..

great score on a donor bus.
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