Trade Labor for Bodywork

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Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by scruffyboy » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:51 pm

Hey Gang,
I am the proud owner of a 1982 Westfalia that I have poured a lot of money into over the years. Mechanically it's in pretty decent shape. The body... Well let's just say it could use some help. Body work is not my strong suit but I can follow directions and am willing to put some sweat equity into the project. I have recently retired and on a fixed income so it's becoming increasingly difficult to finance any more work on the van through conventional methods. What I do have is time. I also have Extensive Mechanical and Customer Service Experience and I am Computer Literate. I can also offer on-site security. Being an old fart I also understand what a Work Ethic is and am not averse to performing janitorial duties (Yep... I can muck out a toilet!). I live in the Bay Area but I'm willing to travel a reasonable distance and would consider re-locating temporarily. Ideally I would like to work with a shop that specializes in Vanagons.

I can be contacted via email; scruffyboy12001@yahoo.com or phone 415-500-2277

Thanks for looking!

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:33 pm

scruffyboy wrote:Hey Gang,
I am the proud owner of a 1982 Westfalia that I have poured a lot of money into over the years. Mechanically it's in pretty decent shape. The body... Well let's just say it could use some help. Body work is not my strong suit but I can follow directions
Read up on how to do body work and even some light painting yourself right here in the Sticky threads.
Colin

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=9101#p163803
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by scruffyboy » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:03 am

Thanks for the suggestion but... Afraid there's a little more to it than that though. I live in an apartment in the Bay Area and though I'm fortunate enough to have off-street parking I doubt very seriously the building manager would appreciate me doing any kind of work on my vehicle. I've also investigated the possibility of renting space but it's prohibitively expensive. I really do appreciate the suggestion and I'll have a look at the sticky and see if I can find any way to do what needs doing. I'm sure something will come up.

Thanks!

Jim

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:06 am

scruffyboy wrote:Thanks for the suggestion but... Afraid there's a little more to it than that though. I live in an apartment in the Bay Area and though I'm fortunate enough to have off-street parking I doubt very seriously the building manager would appreciate me doing any kind of work on my vehicle. I've also investigated the possibility of renting space but it's prohibitively expensive. I really do appreciate the suggestion and I'll have a look at the sticky and see if I can find any way to do what needs doing. I'm sure something will come up.

Thanks!

Jim
I did all the body work in the write-ups in a loading dock area of Yuma corporate park on weekends and painted the front of the bus in a desert area outside of Casa Grande AZ. You need only to map out starting point and ending point so you can let it ride out your next work week until the next go-around. That means, any bondo/filler work needs a primer coat before you knock off.
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by scruffyboy » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:12 am

Well.... One thing I do have more of lately is time. I'll start looking for a place to do the work.

Thanks

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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:57 pm

scruffyboy wrote:Well.... One thing I do have more of lately is time. I'll start looking for a place to do the work.

Thanks
Switch around a bit . . .
Here's my torsion bar reset squatter's camp:

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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by scruffyboy » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:52 pm

Wait... Wait... Your wheels are making a run for it!
Yeah I went looking around today and I think I might have found a couple of places I might go un-noticed

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by Amskeptic » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:00 am

scruffyboy wrote:Wait... Wait... Your wheels are making a run for it!
Yeah I went looking around today and I think I might have found a couple of places I might go un-noticed
My explanation that gets the best traction is "I didn't want to hit anyone with overspray."
I was on a power line trail in Arizona when I did the passenger door bondo/glazing putty applications on the BobD. A couple of Border Patrol agents stopped by and asked what was I doing out there?
They were intrigued . . .
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 129,490 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by scruffyboy » Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:01 am

I've certainly had enough experience with "roadside repairs" and not all of them were done under the most ideal conditions so... Picking a time and place to do body-work shouldn't be a real biggie.

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by ruckman101 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:38 pm

Amskeptic wrote: ....
My explanation that gets the best traction is "I didn't want to hit anyone with overspray."
....
Brilliant!
The slipper has no teeth.

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Re: Trade Labor for Bodywork

Post by scruffyboy » Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:42 pm

I think about the only thing I *might* have to turn over to a pro would be some rust repair under a back window.

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