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PostSubject: The Babylon Rat   Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:57 pm

Ok then at long last I'm getting off my a$$ and getting a resto thread up for the bus! Rolling Eyes

She's a 1964 bus imported from Arizona, so she's from a dry state. Don't know too much else about her to be honest, although I can pin point her home to probably 100 mile radius of a music venue in Arizona as I found a pair of concert ticket stubs for ... think it was the Velvet Underground at a place called the Marque Club. So I looked up the bands tour dates for that year and found it was in that state.

Only got the current pictures from the work i've been doing since a week before Easter, but will get some of the older ones up when I can find them!

Ok then .... I took the bus off the road at Christmas after hauling a tonne of flat pack back from Ikea as the rear suspension felt 'wrong'. The first time I noticed something was up was after a Lifeboat shout last summer where I was driving down the Toll Road & the rear end was all over the place & nearly caused me to crash Sad

So I checked it out and found that one of the 19mm bolts that holds the reduction box to the spring plate was missing! Upon closer inspection I realised that 1/2 of it was still actually there, but snapped off in the reduction box.
So I finished the show season in it, but checking the tightness of the other three bolts before EVERY journey & stopping along the way to recheck them, which after the RNLI shout were only finger tight from the movement caused by the broken one affraid

After that I laid the old girl up on the drive , as the other problem I have with her was that since before I bought her, she's had no reverse!

Photos to follow tomorrow!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:48 pm

Cool, we want pics, we want pics lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Wed May 02, 2007 7:34 am

common rick get some pics up!!!

Plus plans??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Wed May 02, 2007 7:40 am

Morning Gem,

Can't get to my pics at the moment as they were on my iBook Mac that's in the shop for repair at the moment Rolling Eyes

I'll see if I can get them out of my archive and get some up at the weekend Smile

How's it going with your car? Or is it on hold till Sam finishes his?
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Wed May 02, 2007 11:25 am

ok il be patient and wait for pics then!

well! iv seemed to have acquired ruby! so iv taken over impys thread! Sams got a couple jobs to do on her to get her through the mot and before i can get my hands on designing the interior! cant wait!

Ellanor is still having work done but me and sam have come to an agreement - floor pans heater channels running engine then on to ebay! maybe try and put her through an MOT I cant decide what do you think??

SO whats this big secret then that we have to wait till tues to see??? Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Wed May 02, 2007 11:27 am

You will get more for it if it has got an MOT on it....

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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Wed May 02, 2007 9:21 pm

Yeah, an MOT is worth its weight in gold, says I as mine has just run out along with the tax No
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 7:29 am

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ok il be patient and wait for pics then!

well! iv seemed to have acquired ruby! so iv taken over impys thread! Sams got a couple jobs to do on her to get her through the mot and before i can get my hands on designing the interior! cant wait!

Ellanor is still having work done but me and sam have come to an agreement - floor pans heater channels running engine then on to ebay! maybe try and put her through an MOT I cant decide what do you think??

SO whats this big secret then that we have to wait till tues to see??? Suspect

Blimey girl, how many bugs you guys got now then?!
I agree with the others, defo sell with an MOT.

Well as long as my goodies that I need to complete my cunning plan turn up by Saturday, then you'll all see on Tuesday ....... Twisted Evil I'm not saying another word on the matter or I'll slip up & spill the beans!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 8:25 am

He's going to be the first person to fit a wizard cabrio kit to a split bus!!

lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 9:33 am

Blooming heck Scoops Rolling Eyes Now you've gone and given the game away! Sad
Ok so it's going to be a Wizard Splittie Roadster on XR2 pepperpot 13" wheels Shocked affraid geek
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 10:09 am

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Blooming heck Scoops Rolling Eyes Now you've gone and given the game away! Sad
Ok so it's going to be a Wizard Splittie Roadster on XR2 pepperpot 13" wheels Shocked affraid geek


It's the new look.


Weston-Look.

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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 12:01 pm

I can't wait, it sounds well what can i say DIFFERENT at least lol!

Just popping over to the Samba to see what they have to say about you fitting a Wizard roadster kit to your bus Twisted Evil


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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 2:06 pm

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I can't wait it sounds well what can i say DIFFERENT at least lol!

Just popping over to the Samba to see what they have to say about you fitting a Wizard roadster kit to your bus Twisted Evil

they couldnt call Rick much worse than they did you Rich!! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 3:01 pm

PMSL lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 5:17 pm

Rick you biatch! You told me you were fitting a baja kit to it!!! Very Happy

The man from del monte says yes by the way, let me know when you get your delivery ok bud. afro
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Thu May 03, 2007 7:07 pm

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thecrewkid wrote:
I can't wait it sounds well what can i say DIFFERENT at least lol!

Just popping over to the Samba to see what they have to say about you fitting a Wizard roadster kit to your bus Twisted Evil

they couldnt call Rick much worse than they did you Rich!! lol!

Yeah thats true lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Tue May 08, 2007 9:18 am

Its not fair!!!!

Im not gonna make the meet tonight got too many essays to do in such a short time!!

Put a pic up later though! I hear its looking rather smart! Though I couldnt get much detail from the little birdie that told me!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Tue May 08, 2007 4:59 pm

See you later ricky baby.. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:01 pm

Ok I'm going to start updating my resto thread as Sharon's at work tonite & I've got a bit of time on my hands while watching the Rugby Very Happy

Here's my Empi trigger shifter fitted at long last! My mate at the engineering company made a cracking job of the spacer to fit between the shifter & the cab floor. I can now get all gears without 'bouncing off 2nd when shifting down! Rolling Eyes


And today & did a direct swop for my white roofrack on the bus for this one that now adorns my roof Very Happy It was with Clive who has a grey split panel with Gothic interior that you guys might have seen in the show & shine at Vanfest



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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:34 pm

As some of you will know I went for a job interview about a week ago & got offered a new job! Laughing

So why you're asking has this got anything to do with my resto thread .... well it means I'm going to be having a week & a half off between jobs so I can get cracking with the big jobs that lie ahead on Babylon!

I've been amasing a hoard of parts over the 2007 show season in readiness & here are some of the parts that I've got to fit:

4" narrowed CB slam beam re-worked by T2D
4" narrowed leaves
Narrowed track rods
New steering joints (outers are bay ones)
Machined bottom arms for the above beam (including re-worked to take the bay joints & better travel for the shocks)
New lowered shocks all round

GT swing axle gearbox (Birthday prezzie from Sharon)
'68 bay window rear suspension arms

Wide 5 Type3 rear brakes & hubs
Dual circuit master cylinder kit

1776cc flowed engine with only several hundred miles on it & still needs final running in!
External oil filter
Twin Dellorto 36's
CB hex linkage & manifolds
BMD Iron Cross serpentine pulley kit (Chrimbo prezzie from Sharon)
Technocar regulating fuel filter

2 more side pop out windows & s/s hinges

Full new marine birch, one off, hand crafted (by Sharon's cousin who's a cabinet maker) interior including front and rear facing seats, table that doubles as the centre of the bed, rear hatch area side cupboards, top box & cargo door cupboard for a small stove. (Will get the pics up over the weekend)

And I still need to get the custom s/s Turbo Thomas full system that I'm in talks with him about at the moment, that will replace the J tubes, header & Mondo currently on the bus. This system will totally rock as it has the header/muffler connection side facing & only about an inch lower than the bottom of the engine block, as I plan to give Rich a good run for his money on the slammed bus stakes! affraid Cool

And also got to get my dropped spindles sorted out either by Splitfire Paul or shoot them up to T2D when I send them back my exchange lower arms & leaves.
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:41 pm

Sounding good buddy.. Get the bits bolted on and get her arse on the floor buddy... Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:46 pm

Oh yeah! Twisted Evil

Want to do a couple of minor jobs in the under side while i've got the running gear out, including welding in the cab floor half, welding over the cut out in the cargo floor where the water waste pipe was, and also mig'ing up the screw holes in the cargo floor where the orginal American interior was.

Also going to plumb in the thermostatically controlled Propex heater that will sit under the back seat & make Babylon all toasty! sunny
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:06 pm

Sounds like a cool plan to me but aren't the 68 bay suspention arms for IRS , and the GT box for a straight axle kit?
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:49 pm

Yeah steve your right but they are the correct spline to fit the split torsions and the straight axle kit that rick is using bolts straight them with no mods... afro afro
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PostSubject: Re: The Babylon Rat   Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:14 pm

thecrewkid wrote:
Yeah steve your right but they are the correct spline to fit the split torsions and the straight axle kit that rick is using bolts straight them with no mods... afro afro

Yeah wot he said! Suspect
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