Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Noon project: remove the spare tire mount

With the onset of Daylight Savings Time, I have tried to curtail whacking away at Big Blue past 9:oo in the evening, but I am not getting everything done that I would like before bedtime. So today at noon, I used my lunch hour to walk home and get the spare tire mount off the front of Blue.

All this removal is tough as there is almost always 1 bolt that is rusted so bad that it won't move. In this case there were 2 bolts. I was able to do it pretty quickly though, so the 1st nooner went down as planned.

Man - there was a ton of rust under that mount. I have mentioned it in the past, but the mount will be replaced with a VW symbol.


Ludwig's Drivers

Are you thinking of getting a whole new (or good used) nose clip welded on?

Big Blue's Driver

Yeah - I went to a body shop in town last week and the guy, David Healey, is trying to figure out the best way to approach it. I would rather replace the entire thing with a new piece assuming we can get a well-stamped piece. David seemed to agree.

He does restorations rather than just body work, and really warmed to the idea of doing a bus as he has never worked on one, so he wants to work on a lot more than just the front.

The question is price. We are waiting on a quote. We'll see...

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