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Old 07-28-2017, 03:37 PM   #11
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My keychain that came with the bus has a little brass tag with the bus number.
Aha! I'm 1007!

Update: I managed to get a few of the nuts off each L Track from underneath while my mom stood on the top and secured it. The others are stuck and will not budge. Just sprayed it down with some PB Blaster and I'll go try again in a few.
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Old 07-28-2017, 04:01 PM   #12
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Gratz on that shorty

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If you have a decent impact driver...secure them from the top, then tighten them till they shear off. The aluminum track causes a lot of electrolysis that often welds the steel nuts and bolts together.
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If you have a decent impact driver...secure them from the top, then tighten them till they shear off.
Great idea. Never would have thought of that.
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Old 07-30-2017, 10:23 PM   #15
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If you have a decent impact driver...secure them from the top, then tighten them till they shear off. The aluminum track causes a lot of electrolysis that often welds the steel nuts and bolts together.
Yeah, that electrolysis sucks! Thanks for the tip, that didn't work for me. The heads of the bolts were so corroded that it 75% of them would instantly strip..

I finally got out all the L-Track, it feels great being done with that part of the project.





I refined the drill bit method and finally hit the sweet spot today, making the last two L-Tracks relatively easy. After trying various drill bits I found that these two, starting with the 1/4th and finishing with the 19/64th was the most effective.



I think the plywood is in good enough shape to leave it. I also think I'm going to leave in the rear heater. I plan to fill the L-Track gaps with plywood, redo the floor with a new vinyl flooring & then start my build.

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Old 08-02-2017, 10:10 PM   #16
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Got out the lift, painted the back wall & got the flooring in!!







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Full steam ahead!!! Keep the pictures coming. Ty 4 sharing!

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:36 AM   #18
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My last rig (1986 Toyota Van) had the worst overheating problems.
I had a 85 those space wagons are the bees knees, except for the cooling system, mine overheated too!

Great progress on the bus and nice choice too.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:36 PM   #19
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I had a 85 those space wagons are the bees knees, except for the cooling system, mine overheated too!

Great progress on the bus and nice choice too.
Right!! I love those vans so much, but damn, they are easy to overheat. My friend just picked one up in really good condition and his temperature gauge never even passes the 1/4th mark, which I find really odd since the cruising temp of my van is consistently at the 1/2 mark. Maybe I need a new radiator..

Here is a pic of my van if you're interested I bought it from the original owner, an old couple who drove it off the lot in the 80's, I'll never sell it.





I'm stoked you like the choice of the interior! I got some mixed reviews but I personally love it.
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VERY cool van!
Never even rode in one. Always had the german stuff- VW microbuses!! Started with a 1971, then a barn find 1970 in nice shape. Then scored a 67 westy for 800 bucks. Man, back in the day COOL vehicles were so cheap. VW's are cool, but to me the prices of today sorta make them NOT cool!
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