Betty 1965... Yeah that bus!

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by Biglozzer » Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:48 am

Any updates? This work is inspiring. Amazing what skills you have.
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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:35 pm

Biglozzer wrote:Any updates? This work is inspiring. Amazing what skills you have.
Thank you, it's always nice when people comment.

We have been busy with a lot of other projects but we are back on Betty.


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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Fri Nov 06, 2015 6:50 pm

So then.

We have finished off the cargo doors so we can get the gap lines correct, we are going for 3mm all round.

So before we installed the cargo doors we welded in the front arch and the seat base etc so the front end has some strength.
Next up we roughly installed the C post and braced the top section, everything is still loose and will be until the roof braces and skin is on so not everything lines up in some of the photos.

Once we had the gaps lines right we put in the sill strengthener panel and placed the sill on (not welded yet) we also adjusted the cargo floor ready for welding.

So some photos.

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Still lots to do.

The rear section of the bus is off again and we are finishing off everything needed before welding it on the bus. Busy few weeks ahead.


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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:00 pm

Pushing hard!

Rear passenger wheel arch welded in, side support frame put in and the rear of the bus is due to be welded in.

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Short panel placed on.

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Another cut repair section we got in, spots drilled C post and inner panel removed.

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Almost ready for a light blast!

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by pokey » Mon Nov 09, 2015 8:59 pm

Still cant believe the work gone into this, customer must have some deep pockets!


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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:28 pm

Still going at it, so to make sure everything is lining up correctly we have put it all together.

We still need to make a few sections up (support panels etc) and the rear tailgate and D post need pulling back into position.

Lots to do lots to do.....

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Rear side cut section prepared ready for blasting.
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Long side panel and remade window section installed

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Rear D post sections have become deformed so this will need lots of work to correct
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Rear placed together
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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:30 pm

Le roof is on (for the moment)

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:32 pm

And some of the panels we need to make up

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by type21f » Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:41 pm

.....and I thought Sherry was a challenge....
I am now waiting for Dave to figure out how he wants to make the dodecagon roll over jig to be able to flip her to attack the chassis..

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by rusty1962 » Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:06 pm

Great work. I always look forward to your posts.
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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:49 pm

rusty1962 wrote:Great work. I always look forward to your posts.

Thanks, it's been hard work and there's still more to come on this bus!

Nice relaxing day tomorrow working on the the 59 samba tho.

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by Biglozzer » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:58 pm

Amazing work guys. I'm learning on my build every day and your work inspires me to try more and push boundaries. Well done guys.
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1959 OG paint Mango bus with curved Devon interior. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bEVPMkZUEes
1955 Dove Blue micro bus
1959 Canadian Mango micro bus
1970 Porsche 914
2004 Harley Davidson Road King
1959 MGA Roadster


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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by Griff55 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:12 pm

Absolutely amazing reading this whole thread!!!!
I really do need to pull my finger out of my a### and get going on mine.
Great skills, great work! Wish I had the bucks to send my bus for you to do


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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:43 pm

More work.

Sorting the over sized B post

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Re: Betty 1965 westie, welding time at last!

Post by BlastingDiePast » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:44 pm

Remade the rear tailgate hinge panel (with support/tension rods)

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