Eeyore my 1977 resto rust bucket.

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by M3 tim, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Hi all here's my newly bought bus which I've named Eeyore as it came with a cuddly Eeyore teddy.
    Here's a few picks from when i picked it up from Southampton,which was a 500 mile round trip from we're I live in Buxton.

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    The underneath seems quite solid and not much welding needed, it's got 2.0l zetec fitted with bike throttle bodies, using a Kennedy engineering conversion plate,starter motor and flywheel from america.needs engine management to get it running.

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    So once I got it back to my workshop it was time to find out what was hiding beneath the filler and what I could see.

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  2. My background is in quarry engineering working with spanners and heavy steels,so I can weld but bodywork is not my usual game,my favourite weapon of chose is a hammer.
    So my plan of action is to start from the front and work back.so I jumped straight in and pulled the front off.

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    It was a bit of a mess underneath so I went down to schoefields which luckily is 4 miles away and picked up a front panel and ordered some roof gutters and I think it's called deformation panel and a front step.

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    Well the steps a bit worse than I thought so I'll need the inner as well.
    I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead but started anyway and soon realised that it's going to take time and I can't rush it so I set to with my welder.

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    I've just ordered some epoxy mastic 121 to seal up my work and I need to order two front doors from just kampers as I need to fit the front panel, steps and doors together to get the fit right.
    I expect I'm going to be on here a lot after advice and by the end of it I imagine I'll be able to give a lot of advice.
     
  3. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Going to enjoy this thread - not too far away from you, just outside Macclesfield. :)
     
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  5. Good luck with the resto mate, I'm not far either, work is near to Matlock!!
     
  6. Nice project with that motor that should fly
     
  7. Nice mate keep us updated with pics as we luv rusty van porn lol

    maybe just me then ,,,, I'll get my coat
     
  8. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    You've got a lot of work on your hands ;D

    looks like a good project, looking forward to updates

    K+ for posting
     
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    This is Eeyore
     
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    Ive been stocking up on my clamps for the panel repairs
     
  12. Only got an hour in this morning,but cracked on with some welding.

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    Had an issue were the speedo cable came through so drilled a hole in the plate and chopped it in half then welded it back together with the cables inside.
     
  13. Looks like a good project.
     
  14. My doors turned up today from jk,very impressed only ordered them yesterday and really well packaged on a pallet.
    So far no work tmoz so off to schoefields in the morning to pick up my ordered parts and an inner step ,then let the welding commence it'll be pic heavy.also got my epoxy 121 ready to coat it all up after I've finished it'll be nice to see some colour other than rust.
     
  15. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    that epoxy mastic is good stuff :thumbsup:

    those inter grip clamps you have are very useful too :)

    good luck with your new doors ..........I have heard they take quite a bit of work to get a good fit :(
     
  16. Didnt get as much as I wanted to do today but managed to finish the welding repair I had been working on.then coated it up with the epoxy mastic.

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    It was good to have finished the first job of thousands to come.

    Also called at a schoefields to pick up the inner window panel,roof gutters and an inner step. Also got a bit of advice on fitting the front panel as part from the welding I'm a bit lost how the sides are folded around.
    I had a look for info on fitting the gutters and can't find any. if anybody has any links on a how to guide I'd be grateful.
     
  17. Nice work and liking the neat welding

    What kind of set up / settings are you using as I see you are running continuous beads in quite s few areas rather than stitching?

    Mr B
     
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  19. Hey man. Great to see you posting your progress. Good luck and god speed
     

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