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Old 08-21-2006, 11:36 PM   #1
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Started - Vintage Wayne Tailgater

It was quite a weekend. After much frustration trying to find glass for my 1958 Chevy/Wayne, I decided on a different route. So Thursday night I bought a 1964 GMC/Wayne off of eBay from a guy in Springfield, IL. Not a big deal, but I'm in Texas. After work on Friday, a friend and I drove down to Houston to pick up a friend's gooseneck trailer. He agreed to let me borrow it, even after he knew what he was getting into

We hit 59 at about 9:30 that night. I drove until 2:30 AM. My friend drove from then until 7:30 AM while I slept. I then drove until we arrived in Springfield, IL, just before noon. After helping remove the engine (not included in the sale) and winching it on to the trailer, we were off and running. We stopped at the 300+ car collection at exit 41 on the way back to St. Louis. My friend's sister lives there, so we had a place to crash. I've never felt a couch so comfortable. The next morning, we had a great breakfast and hit the road again, stopping off by the Arch to get some pics.

All in all it was a pretty unevenful trip, which is the way you want it on this type of expedition. We rolled back in to town at 1AM Monday morning. Made for a long work day Monday, but I was excited to get rolling on it. I spent an hour or so pressure washing. I got all around it once and hit the top real well. Planning on some Marine Tex for the fender repairs, but the body is pretty solid.

The next items will be the 350 engine swap, body repairs, and painting. Hoping to make a huge dent in those items this weekend. Once it's ready for the road, the air bag suspension will go on. That will be the extent of phase I.

So off we go....

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Old 08-22-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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hey davido, thats a great looking bus. i got a 1964 international / wayne 20 footer. it looks just like the body on yours except for the front end and winshield. a guy on the wayne bus forum told me that the 1964 was the last year they made the round back style. any how, good luck on it. westport-wayne
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:43 AM   #3
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I know how the hit and runs go, glad to hear you had great success. Wish I would have seen you go by. You were about a mile from me.
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Old 08-22-2006, 11:36 AM   #4
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What kind of car is that sitting behind the bus in the second picture?
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Old 08-22-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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that is a beautiful looking bus!
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Old 08-22-2006, 08:05 PM   #6
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What kind of car is that sitting behind the bus in the second picture?
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:22 PM   #7
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Re: Started - Vintage Wayne Tailgater

Well after having some initial setbacks, we back burnered the build last year. Lots of life changes. Almost all good/great.

But alas, it's time for football again! So a couple of weekends ago, we started it up again. Plus I sold the business where they've been stored so I have to get them out. So back to the build... we started with the mechanical.

- Got the engine and trans set in.
- Welded in the new engine cross member. Raised it 1" from where it sat initially.
- Fabricated a transmission mount that hard mounts to the PTO cover on the SM420 and has bushings at the frame mounts.
- Wire up the ignition, dummy lights (gauges coming in the future), etc.
- The radiator was "too brittle to repair" so I'm working on a replacement for that. Likely a 4 core Jeep radiator.
- All of the driveshafts were removed and taken to the shop for new bearings and ujoints. All FOUR of them. Pick them up tomorrow.
- We installed the new rotor, cap, and wires. Fired it up today briefly (no water or exhaust).
- Aired up the tires. I think they all hold air. Yeah!
- Ran new fuel line. For temp use. We're planning on using the factory hardlines eventually. Have to clean the tank first.
- Installed Chevy diesel fan (move mad air from what a friend tells me. I had removed the old one because my Cruiser has an electric fan).

Doesn't seem like all that much stuff but we've been working outside in the dirt and having to bring all of our tools with us. The welder was real fickle since I hadn't used it in about 3 years. It's been an uphill battle to say the least, but showing signs of progress. In the next two weeks, we're hoping to get the outside painted. Get the seats removed. Tinting the windows. And hopefully start on the inside. Mostly just new paint and flooring of some kind for now. We'll probably also lower it a little bit by dropping out a few springs (although they're already pretty settled). Air bags in the future.

I'm still in search of (answers on) the aluminum wheels. I know nothing about commercial wheels. The bus currently has 20" wheels on it, but I would like to move to 22" or even 24.5" aluminum wheels. Anyone know any good sources of these wheels used? I'm hoping to do the 24.5" wheels with some low profile tires. That's what we had as part of the initial concept. The bus currently has only 5 lugs, but the wheels have 10 holes, so I assume I can drill out the other five holes and put in more studs for the full 10 lugs.

So that's the latest. Mostly boring stuff as far as pictures would go, so nothing new there. I'll start getting more as we so the more visual items. Thanks for reading.
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:24 PM   #8
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Re: Started - Vintage Wayne Tailgater

Oh yeah. That's my fiance's Mustang in the back. We're both motorheads and motorcycle enthusiasts. Working on a new toy box for all of our fun stuff.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:52 PM   #9
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OK, the radiator is ordered. We have TWO towbars for the upcoming towing fun of the '58. The '64 gets the driveshafts put on tomorrow. We didn't get over to TSC in time today to get the bolts we need for it. We're installing the driveshafts tomorrow so it will be ready to go as soon as the radiator gets in. Hopefully Thursday so that I can drive it over to the muffler shop. They should be able to knock it out on Friday. I'm going tomorrow to check on registration. I'm going to see if I can get Antique plates for it. That's about it for the build.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:27 PM   #10
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Re: Started - Vintage Wayne Tailgater

We started getting the driveshafts mounted up tonight. Small issue. When it nearly fell off the trailer that time, it bent up one of the mounts.... actually back. It's about 2" back from where it needs to be. We didn't bring anything to work on that, so it's back again tomorrow night. I didn't get a chance to call and find out if my radiator shipped today. Hopefully it did and we'll be driving the '64 home on Thursday night.

In other news, the '58 is now sitting as the no tresspassing roadblock at the new property. Breaking the neighborhood in right. We backed it in about 20 feet past the "gate" area. Put up several more no trespassing signs. Hopefully this will keep the local high schoolers off of the property. They've been mudding, drinking, and dumping **** back there. They've taken down the cable gate several times. The bus is a little more substantial.
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