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Old 07-31-2021, 09:59 AM   #1
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Rebuilding Wheel Wells

Hey all-

I sure don't like rust. I mean there was no way for me to know how much was there. It was all hidden by chairs, rubber mats, and sub-floor. Now that all of those things have been removed I can see just how far gone she was before I got her. 'She' being defined as the wheel wells.
The passenger side one I had to rebuild part of and still need to rebuild the 'rib' in the wall it anchors too.
The drivers side one needs a little help connecting to the floor in the front again. Oh and the thing it anchors to underneath the bus needs a lot of work.

How many of y'all have had this experience?
Did you have to rebuild the whole thing or part?

I'm just curious.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:11 AM   #2
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Some have lopped the tops off to lower and give a flat surface to build from. Some have rebuilt using flat sheet and replace the whole well.
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Old 07-31-2021, 12:10 PM   #3
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Check out my build thread starting here. I had to rebuild the entire section of floor around the wheel wells. Ironically, the wheel wells themselves were the only thing left intact at the start of it all.
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