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  • Finally got stuck into getting the bus back together. There's a whole bunch of jobs to do that all rely on other jobs being completed first which start with jobs that need doing underneath the bus before the gearbox goes back in. So that's where I made a start. I installed the new shift coupling... Finally got stuck into getting the bus back together. There's a whole bunch of jobs to do that all rely on other jobs being completed first which start with jobs that need doing underneath the bus before the gearbox goes back in. So that's where I made a start. I installed the new shift coupling and then set about tidying up the wiring. The loom wasn't too bad but had the usual 47 years of modifications and grime you would expect. I decided to go for it and strip off all of the perished outer sleeving, remove the tow hitch wiring and then redo the outer sleeving in a woven over-braid. It now looks much better.

    I cut and fitted some new sound deadening and trim panels for the roof of the engine bay. I went with a mixture of sound deadening tape, insulation, a fire retardant layer and some white hardboard to finish.

    I also selected a location for the EFI fuel pump and rising rate regulator and mounted them in place too. I did not really want to put the regulator in the engine bay but there was just nowhere suitable underneath where I could still easily get at it to adjust it so I mounted it to the rear of the air filter mount.

    I also mounted the rear lights back in fitted the screws to hold the firewall in place.

    In addition to the reassembly work, I've been on the lookout for some original style sliding side windows so that the kids can get some fresh air when we are driving. I sourced one locally but when I got it home it turned out to be a non standard one and did not fit. I Might make it fit the rear of the '55 instead.

    I did manage to find a pair of original sliding windows but nearly died laughing when the seller told me he wanted $500 EACH for them as they were rare !!! The bloke must be trippin. I've heard of scene tax but that's just taking the piss.

    Despite that, it was a pretty productive weekend, even though it was 42 degrees
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  • Took a look at the drop spindle conversion yesterday. The idea is to fit late bay drop spindles and then make some adaptors to convert to wide 5. This way I get both drop spindles and discs.

    I previously had some adaptor plates cut from 10mm steel but on fitting noted that the centres are way...
    Took a look at the drop spindle conversion yesterday. The idea is to fit late bay drop spindles and then make some adaptors to convert to wide 5. This way I get both drop spindles and discs.

    I previously had some adaptor plates cut from 10mm steel but on fitting noted that the centres are way bigger then the hubs that I have (the hubs are brand new Empi versions) I'm guessing that the original hubs are a different diameter. At any rate I will need to get some more adaptors made up. This time I will just get some blanks cut and then finish them off myself. The laser cutting was not great, it looks like they had the machine too fast as there was a lot of deflection in the cut. Not great when you need it to be accurate.

    I will machine the new ones in my lathe and then drill the holes using my dividing head - this way I can ensure concentricity and make sure that the plate is a snug fit on the hub - this ensures that the load is transferred to the hub and is not taken up by the wheel studs. The countersunk bolts stop it from looking too much like a bolt on wheel adaptor.
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  • Added some bling. Now I just need to decide if I want to chrome the badge...
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  • Mick uploaded a new video in Porsche Appreciation
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  • Mexi-EFI kits now ready for ordering. Still need to get them posted up on the web store but if you are interested in converting your existing N/A MEXI setup to blown then give me a shout.
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  • Haven't had a chance to do any more work on getting the engine installed but have spent a few dollars treating the bus to some new goodies.

    One of the mods that I have planned for the bus was converting the front to use the new drop spindles available for late bays. The reason for this is to...
    Haven't had a chance to do any more work on getting the engine installed but have spent a few dollars treating the bus to some new goodies.

    One of the mods that I have planned for the bus was converting the front to use the new drop spindles available for late bays. The reason for this is to improve the ride a little as lowering the front solely by beam adjusters has left the bus with a bit of a bouncy ride. The issue with this conversion is that late bays run disks with a different bolt pattern to early bays (which run drums and wide 5.) So to get the wheels to fit you need to make up an adaptor plate to convert the late bay stud pattern to early wide-5 and run the disk brake set up. Unfortunately at this stage they do not do a drum brake version and it is not possible to fit drums to the late drop spindles without a lot of modification which is not something that I want to risk with my brakes.

    I previously made up an adaptor plate (which needs machining) and purchased the drop spindles, and was looking for someone wrecking a late bay to get the rest of the parts that I needed. But after a couple of dead ends and failing at getting some sent from interstate I gave up on that idea. Somehow I recently stumbled across the fact the Rod Penrose stocks all of the necessary parts (new) for this conversion. Rods obviously had the foresight to realise that the hubs, bearings, etc are also needed so he keeps them in stock. So I've taken the plunge and ordered all of the parts required to finish the brake conversion including a new master cylinder and front brake lines.

    This now takes the list of jobs that need doing up to several hundred - lol.

    In addition to the brakes I've also pulled the trigger on a diesel space heater. Not exactly a necessity for the Australian summer but a nice bit of kit to have for those colder evenings and one to take the chill off the bus on a cold morning once I have sorted out a remote starter. I'll obviously post up about the install, as and when that happens. Next hurdle is to figure out where to install a diesel tank.
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  •   Mick reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    after wainting a coulple of months finally last weekend arrives new stainless steel equal length header from Vintage Speed... soon I will install it!
    Regards from Guadalajara - México! ‏ — feeling happy
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