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JonGFisher

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Body Work
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:54:49 PM »
Hello All!
I am looking to join the Ultra Van community this weekend. The coach I am looking at needs some body work and I was wondering if anyone has had body work done in the Southern California area. Any recommendations would be appreciated! Thanks!

Owen

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Re: Body Work
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 07:51:06 PM »
Just want to say welcome!

Body work from dents or from corrosion?

The relatively thin aluminum skin on UltraVans is pretty flexible - so filler tends not to work that well over time. And filler over corrosion is particularly useless.

Best thing is to cut out the old skin and rivet a new patch over it. Or drill out and replace the whole panel, if it is one of the smaller ones.

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rickmilne

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Re: Body Work
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 08:59:52 AM »
Hi Jon! As Owen stated, the aluminum is actually pretty easy to work with. Filler won't work as mentioned.. Do some due diligence with metal fab shops or even hot rod shops - should be a dime a dozen in SoCal - to see who has some metalworking experience.

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Re: Body Work
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 06:49:58 PM »
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ultra Vanning. I am going to have to replace a panel this coming spring and I plan on doing it the way it was done in the factory, primarily because I don't trust anyone else to take the proper steps with it. I'm no expert but I have learned that most people in the repair industry don't know or want to learn about Ultra Vans.

Which one are you buying and I hope you'll join the UVMCC and stay in touch with other Ultra Vanners. There are several in the LA area. Where do you live? When you join the club you will get our club newsletter The WOW (Whales on Wheels) and find out about Rallies we have and other fun things we do.

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Re: Body Work
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 08:11:29 AM »
Thank you all for your replies!

The aluminum has some minor damage but it's the fiberglass that has the most issues. I live in Salt Lake City but work in the San Bernardino area and was lucky enough to find #277 in Riverside. She needs a lot of love to bring her back to glory but I'm excited to get started. I have no doubt there will be plenty of questions along the way.
Thanks!
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Re: Body Work
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 08:54:36 AM »
:-) Mine too. I had a bodyshop fix the fiberglass damage on mine (entire front driver quarter) and they did a pretty good job. It's thicker than OE, so I'm going to have to "adjust" the thickness at the outer edges so there isn't such a step where it overlaps the aluminum. Fortunately, fiberglass is much easier than the aluminum - if you're not able, any competent body shop should be able to handle it. Just make sure they don't use a ton of filler - filling low spots is ok; filling anything deeper than 1/4" isn't.