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Old 02-05-2018, 11:10 PM   #3031
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Welding junky steel is no fun. When you have access to the back of the panel, try a copper backing plate, it can help with the blow through.
Lots of different styles, https://www.eastwood.com/4-in-magnet...QaAnQmEALw_wcB
https://www.eastwood.com/welders-hel...saAuVTEALw_wcB

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Old 02-06-2018, 09:16 AM   #3032
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Hmmmm...no idea why that came up 2x (?) but yeah...mad is one word for how I feel about working with junk metal. Of course, I have to remind myself that at the time, it was a good thing. We used all the "good stuff" to win WWII.

Thanks Guido. I have a set of welding spoons I use regularly but as noted...this steel has so many impurities it still blows out anyway. But it is only horrible in the Wayne parts of the bus (from the cowl back). The Chevy metal is much better. Not great, but a whole lot easier to deal with.
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Old 02-06-2018, 10:06 PM   #3033
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Yet another day of dealing with pot metal --- Ok...the battery box is in. After WAY too many hours dedicated to filling in blowouts everywhere I tried to weld something.

Oy!


Hole cut. The easy part.


Battery box positioned and tacked in place.


Welded in with the "lid" up.


Fully welded with the lid down.

Hmmm...for some reason the pix make it look a lot easier than the actual work was.



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Old 02-06-2018, 11:12 PM   #3034
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Pretty slick there. However with all that work, why did you not make it easier to use and have a side access box? With the diamond plate lid it could have been a good "kick panel" too. Just a thought.
Looking great and bad metal is never fun to work with. Keep up the good work.
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:10 AM   #3035
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Now I remember how I got tricked into buying a bus----the pictures made it look so simple!
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:53 AM   #3036
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Now I remember how I got tricked into buying a bus----the pictures made it look so simple!
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Yeah, its all so easy looking till you try to do any of it!
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:58 AM   #3037
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Good thing I am not a Catholic. I'd be saying Hail Mary's for the next month for all the swearing involved.
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Old 02-07-2018, 11:50 AM   #3038
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wow!! i never knew the old metal was that bad.. I keep hearing peoiple talk about the new metals on vehicles being crap to weld to.. just always thought the good-old stuff was best,.. but you are right.. wartime metal was whatever was leftover from military applications.. seems a lot of stuff was built "just to get by till the war was over".. and here some of it has survived all these years...
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Yeah...it is pretty awful stuff. But in reality...I seriously doubt they ever intended for this bus to still be on the road 72 years later.
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Yeah...it is pretty awful stuff. But in reality...I seriously doubt they ever intended for this bus to still be on the road 72 years later.
sure seems like everything made in the war was really just designed to last till the war was over.. and of course the post-war economy sure showed that to be true as some of the best things ever built in this country were done in the 20 years post WW2
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