Another part for the “why did they cut that off!?” category. For some reason the pop-out window bracket for the first window behind the driver’s side door had been chopped off. Luckily the same bracket is used on 3 other windows and I was able to create a paper template by rubbing over an existing bracket with pencil/paper. Once the new bracket was shaped, drilled, and tapped it was welded in place. The picture makes the grind marks look deeper & messier than they actually are; after the next primer coat the new bracket should look as good as the factory brackets.
At some point in the bus’s past most of the spare tire bracket was removed, leaving only about 1/4in of the original bracket. A donor bracket was located and after a bit of prep work it was welded onto the left rear cargo wall. The position of the remains of the original bracket were used as a guide.
Paint has been mostly stripped from above the trim line. The wire wheel found a few previously unnoticed weak spots which were repaired. The remaining pieces of the spare tire mount were carefully removed in preparation for a replacement that’s on the way.
The 8 large Phillips head bolts holding on the cargo doors were removed after much heating, hammering, and some cutting. The cargo doors were removed and a patch was created/installed for the floor of the spare tire well. All window frames were then sandblasted and nearly all paint stripped from the inside/outside of everything above the trim line.
The spare tire well had a hole similar to the mystery hole from previous posts cut at some point in the bus’s past. The hole was cut very raggedly so I squared it off with a cut-off wheel to make template creation easier.
At some point in the bus’s history a previous owner cut a hole behind the back seat row. This was probably done to bring in warm air to make up for a poorly maintained heating system. The hole was cut on an un-ribbed section of floor, making for a fairly simple patch. Prior to this repair the gas tank was taken out to avoid any fiery surprises.