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'78 Riviera tear down and reconstruction.
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Thang



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well . . . . due to both my parents having health problems, I haven't gotten much accomplished on the bus. I decided to set aside the wiring for a few days so that I could make SOME progress that I could actually see.....so here's what little I got done today....


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Still got the left middle, rear hatch, and nose to cover....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the following blurry pics. I don't know what happened. Working on the driver's side door, I had to remove the latch because it was stuck in one position....

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After soaking for three days in Marvel Mystery Oil, the latch finally began to function properly. I was able to use the original type rivets to reattach the latch to the frame by placing a small flat head punch inside the latch channel and tapping the head of the rivet with a hammer....then placed the vent glass back in its chrome frame.

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I took the window channel down to bare metal then primed and painted it gloss black. (new again!)

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The vent window now has a new seal. Once I relocate (find) the window lifters in my shop, I'll have the driver's door glass reinstalled....

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wish I could be there to watch ya. It's a fun job putting it back together. Laughing
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Thang



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe wrote:
Wish I could be there to watch ya. It's a fun job putting it back together. Laughing


I'll be working on it both days this weekend, come on over and I'll be glad to share some 'fun'. Twisted Evil Cool Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it took most of the day ( I hate scrapers!), but I got the driver's door glass in place. Tomorrow, I will tackle the passenger door...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure it's really in there? So clean it can't be seen Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had to look closer myself at first glance but there are a few extra reflections..... Cool
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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got the passenger side vent, window & new rubber installed . . .



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Now. . . . . . . . back to the wiring! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi folks. Sorry I haven't had time for any updates lately due to an extreme load at work. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get back to the bus until mid July. I do appreciate all the views though! Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me again! Sorry for the major delay in updating. What was a 5 week work tour in Kentucky turned into a 14 week stay. I'm currently on my way home (at a rest stop now), and will be working on the bus with a vengeance for the foreseeable future. Thanks for looking!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Mike's progress.... Reply with quote

Mike - You workin' on a bus you say!!
Twisted Evil

It looks amazing so far sir!!
Travel home safely.

Ken
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Thang



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Mike's progress.... Reply with quote

Ken wrote:
Mike - You workin' on a bus you say!!
Twisted Evil

It looks amazing so far sir!!
Travel home safely.

Ken


Thank you! Looks like I missed a good time at the 'Ken&Inge Majal'. I'll be back next year!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally back in the shop hard for the foreseeable future. Here's today's progress....




Propane warning tag reattached....





Wheel wells had a little overspray....






Now that's better...







No pics but I do have the fuse panel complete ( less 2 mystery wires). The dash will be in by the end of the week. I also got the accelerator cable replaced and the rear brakeline bracket rewelded to the support arm. More to follow....
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I worked on the back of the bus today. The tail lights and tag light are in and the rear wiring harness is in place........



I need to find some covers for the backs of the tail lights. Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?






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