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Old 09-29-2014, 02:53 PM   #771
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Looks good don't forget primer isn't water proof and it can absorb moister and rust under the primer!!!
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:51 PM   #772
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Believe it or not --- that WAS new metal. Problem being, I'm now into my third year on this crusade and Houston's notorious humidity has taken its' toll on many of the pieces that have been "in progress" for a couple of years. All I'm trying to do now is slow it down. All of the steel I am putting on the exterior side will eventually get sandblasted off if I can ever get to the painting stage. All the interior sides of the sheetmetal are getting a rust converter and insulating paint before they go on.
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Old 10-01-2014, 05:36 PM   #773
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hey T
you should airbrush weeble wobble people in the window blanks, esp. since it's the short bus
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:41 PM   #774
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Hey Bansil --- I wuz thinkin' Hobbits.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:25 PM   #776
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Sweeeeeeeeeet !!!
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Old 10-18-2014, 09:34 PM   #777
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Got a little progress made today but my camera died --- Will try and get some pix manana. Swapped out the old front leaf springs for new and removed the old rear axle. Did a test fit of the new Dana 80 and now need to fab some spring mounts in the right locations. Will likely order new rear leaf springs as well. The originals seem pretty tired after only seventy years on the road for some reason. God bless Eaton Detroit. Seems they have just about any suspension item from Conestoga wagons forward.

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Old 10-18-2014, 11:40 PM   #778
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Nice work!
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:17 PM   #779
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Thanks Tbart, Here's a few Catch Up pix ---


Shiny new front springs from Eaton Detroit. They seem to have suspension parts for just about anything. Even this old rig. Plus, they gave me an extra 300#'s lift to help hold up the diesel transplant. Just ordered new for the rear as well.


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...in with the new. A '98 Chevy C3500 HD Dana 80 dually with a fresh ring & pinion set.
I am fabbing new spring mounts since the '46 is actually wider there than this new "Wide Track". Will be at least a couple of weeks before I have the new leaf springs for it. Meanwhile, back at the Ranch House...


Still have plenty of other chores to keep me busy. Since I could not use the original windows, that leaves the inner & outer skins looking like this...hmmmm, it needs something.

How'za'bout this...

Made some flanges to tie the inside & outside skin together. I think the RV windows will fit much better once these are riveted in place.

Decided to paint them & the metal under them before I lock in place. A little Seam Sealer on the outside should help as well. The new aluminum framed windows have flanges all around, inside and out.

AND...

...if you know anyone in need of 20 x 5 rims & tires for 1942 to early '47 1.5 Ton Chevy trucks...
I have a full set (6) all with drivable tires for $125 each. Hard to find these days and I'd hate to see'em go to waste.

More work to get done...

Onward!
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Hey Tango, too much fun! Was Eaton et al able to keep the height of the spring pack the same as original when they beefed up the capacity 300#? How are you securing the inserts you made for the windows--weld, screw, rivet, glue? Of course I can't resist saying that the HD shed windows would fit perfectly in those new openings, and you must have measured wrong etc. nag, nag, nag.

Looking good and I'd say you have the old girl on the run! Jack
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