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#1164193 - Fri May 06 2016 07:21 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
tclederman Offline
Registered: Tue Sep 18 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 24481
Loc: Jarvisburg, NC
It took me 9 years "actively" working on my Suburban (after it sat idle for about 20 years)

9 years so far on my COE (everything is ready to be bolted back on).

Longer than that so far on my pickup, but it sat 6-8 years and still needs much body/paint work.
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#1164257 - Sat May 07 2016 11:55 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Thanks Guys. That was NOT a record I was hoping to beat. Probably have at least another year and a half to go but getting closer every day. This is obviously not a game for folks wanting instant gratification. Patience and perseverance seem to be the watchwords for rebuilding old iron. And like Chip, I have to admit, I enjoy the heck out of (just about) every little challenge.

ONWARD!
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1166929 - Wed May 25 2016 10:06 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Spent a couple of days running fuel lines (supply & return). Hope to have my new dual fuel filter system arrive today. Diesel fuel has gotten dirtier and worse in the past few years so I am taking extra precautions including a separate water separator. I think I pretty much have my steering wrapped up except for hydraulics and a little work on the dash end. Nice to finally be able to turn the wheels after nearly three years. Still scrounging around for a remote oil filter system. Can't crank the engine until that's in place, but at least I'm moving in that direction.

As usual...a few new pix in my Flickr album.


Edited by Tango (Wed May 25 2016 10:06 AM)
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1167000 - Wed May 25 2016 08:18 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Achipmunk Online
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15438
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
Tango, is that a light I see at the end of the tunnel? It may be faint but I believe I do see one...don't you?
Thanks for the updates. Keep on trucking brother. We're all on your side.
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1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
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#1167064 - Thu May 26 2016 12:32 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Gracias Chip --- Also just got my fancy, schmancy Allison shifter which will let me proceed with working out the dash & firewall situation. Gotta just keep plugging away at it.
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1182098 - Sun Sep 11 2016 11:44 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
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Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Howdy Troops. Been a while but I am still at it. Lost a couple of months work time due to having a big art project and teaching but managed to get a few things done. Here's a few updates...

img]https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7702/26841222353_3507f94a3f.jpg[/img]
[img]https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7190/26841222003_5ae554e22e.jpg[/img
Had to fab an extension for the steering shaft.

[img]https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7100/27448630125_89784d525e.jpg[/img]
Looks like it all might fit.

[img]https://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7542/26820474954_c34df220ae.jpg[/img]
Added more heat shielding to the downpipe off the turbo.

[img]https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7281/27448632125_a346f53511.jpg[/img]
[img]https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7346/27448630725_c52fe3b5e0.jpg[/img]
Pieced together a brake pedal.

[img]https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7512/28969888243_963fc02baf.jpg[/img]
[img]https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8388/29593238105_ba30cc22d1.jpg[/img]
Cleaned up and primed my inner fenders.

[img]https://c4.staticflickr.com/2/1689/23738136843_f330c01976.jpg[/img]
Built a spare tire carrier. It now cranks down.

[img]https://c7.staticflickr.com/2/1571/24457064086_cbaf7bb83f.jpg[/img]
Re-routed my turbo oil return line directly into the pan to make room for other stuff.

[img]https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1604/25471001481_ecdc6a9aaa.jpg[/img]
Built an all new main crossbrace for the frame (to clear the new driveline brake).

[img]https://c8.staticflickr.com/2/1645/25852738903_ab61acd29e.jpg[/img]
Got the new all stainless exhaust hung

Have to take another break here soon as I need to relocate my shop & bus. Not looking forward to the move but it will be a much better working situation. Just gotta keep at it.
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1182173 - Sun Sep 11 2016 09:10 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Achipmunk Online
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15438
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
For a guy who "lost a couple months" you have certainly made up lost time! Thanks for the update.
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1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
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#1191438 - Fri Nov 18 2016 11:47 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Once again I lost a couple of months. This time to relocating the bus and my entire shop. Good news is that it is a much better workplace. Having to build out storage racks and a big workbench, but should be able to get back to work in a couple of weeks. Will try and update with a couple of pix shortly.
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1191954 - Tue Nov 22 2016 10:17 AM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Tango Offline
Shop Shark
Registered: Wed Mar 23 2011 11:17 AM
Posts: 840
Loc: Texas
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch House...

Thought I'd toss this out in case any of you old pros have some ideas or sources that might help solve a minor dilemma.

I am out of room under this old pointy nosed hood and need a large area air filter so the little Cummins I installed can breathe properly. My idea is to find or build a miniature version of the large, cowl mounted air filter canisters like you see on big rigs (there is a pic below). Would really like stainless or aluminum, but I'm not set up to fab or weld either metal. Any suggestions for a qualified builder of similar parts?

PS...do NOT need the light bar

[img]https://c7.staticflickr.com/6/5814/31128390686_75187f764a.jpg[/img][i][/i]
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1946 1.5-Ton Chevy Shorty Bus
In the Stovebolt Gallery
More pix on Flickr

All my best --- Tango
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#1192014 - Tue Nov 22 2016 05:54 PM Re: Tango's '46 Shorty Bus [Re: Tango]
Achipmunk Online
Registered: Tue Dec 11 2001 12:00 PM
Posts: 15438
Loc: Boiling Springs, S. C. 29316
Tango, glad to see your still whittling away on the project.

...while Stovebolt doesn't like "double posting" I'd recommend that you ask this same question in the HiPo forum or maybe even the Paint and Body where some fabricators may take notice. I don't think anyone will mind!
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1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
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