66 Double Cab Restoration

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:05 pm

My wheels came in, just fitting them and making sure everything is going to work
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Got my new tie rod assemblies
They need to be shortened for the narrowed front beam
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Shortened by cutting the end with the right hand threads and re-tapping the rod.
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Cargo floors fitted and installed
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Fuel tank mount
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:18 pm

Its hard to see cause its all black but installed plexiglass panels to find all the bolt hole in the surounding structure. These are used to make new separation panels out of steel, and find where the holes need to go in them.
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After the paint dried, installed the gas tank
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The safari windows came in, so fit them to the car. That way if something didn't fit I could fix it before paint.
Also brackets have to be welded in. My wife was helping,
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Painted the interior black after fitting the steering column. Steering box came back from the rebuild shop.
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Side window frames are extremely rusty, pretty much unusable. Luckily I can buy new ones.
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I like this old sticker, hopefully I can keep it
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:32 pm

After getting new frames from powder coat I'm ready to assemble frames and seals to the glass.
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Had to file the powder coat on the ends to make them fit like they did when I test fit them bare, it was built up too much.
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A bondo scraper works good as a seal install tool
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My car needed small tubs in the front. Did as little as i needed, so I could use my stock seats
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New wheels and tires fitted
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Finished straightening the front bumper with body filler. Figured it was good place to start. Figured if I could make this good I should be able to do the rest of the body.
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After a coat of filler primer
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:00 am

Worked the doors, filled holes and repaired rust holes, also shimmed them to fit in the door jambs
Door gaps were to big, welded a length of welding rod to the door edge.
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Installed rear brake kit. This changes my lug pattern so I can install the new wheels in the back.
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Started fitting new bed panels

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My son helping by removing paint off the doors
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Started some of the body filler
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both kids wanted to help, so they are stripping the back of the cab
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Stripped the dash
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:04 am

After a lot of body filling and sanding I got all the minor imperfections mostly ironed out. I learned a lot about body work. I was too busy to take pictures. But finally got it all primed.
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Interior and door jambs painted
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Car masked to paint the roof
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Roof done
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Nose done
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Had to re-sand the nose, found tiny dents I missed small enough that the paint filled most of them.
Guide coating the car. Getting ready to wet sand the primer.
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More sanding..
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Masking the bed
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Done! Except for the drop gates, still have work to do on them.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:17 am

Cut and Buffing the paint
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Stripped the seats to the frames
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Fitting after powder coat
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Fitted new padding
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Seat covers
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Custom shifter
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Headliner
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Finished door panels
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:25 am

Still need to finish the drop gates
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Double Cab window latches are special, the bus ones that are available to buy don't fit. And mine are missing so I had to make my own.
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Pin Striped
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Did a wheel alignment. I use jack stands and a piece of wire as a straight track reference. Worked good
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Measuring the wheels off the reference wire
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:37 am

Pulled the engine out of my bug, Is a 2007cc with only about 300 miles on it since I built it.
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Pulled it apart, want to try a mellower cam, drop the compression down to 8.75:1
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Built my own carb linkage
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Works perfect!
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Installed another engine I built to break it in. This one is an 1850cc Nothing easier than installing an engine in a bus, The stock carb didn't work. Wouldn't idle below 2k. Later put dual carbs on
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:49 am

Here is the maiden voyage out of the garage.

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:58 am

Decided to built my own tilt top
couldn't get the square tube to bend right so I had to make them a different way
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Painted
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Was wood working so made some bed rails too
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Carpet
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:03 am

Good pics of my bus finished. I love driving this thing.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:10 am

Shot some video driving around.


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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by Jadewombat » Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:58 pm

Very pretty, I like the wood in the bed.

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by Piledriver » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:04 am

Unbelievable amount of work, amazing.

Awesome DC!
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by splitbusvanatic » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:39 am

I love it. Well done.

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