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1972 Westfalia Kombi

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Grazza7755, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Another Kombi underway after recently doing a beetle and Karmann Ghia.
    This Kombi definitely has an identity crisis.
    Opening cargo doors have been grafted on where the sliding door once was.
    The paint scheme design is one I personally dislike.
    The chassis number tells that i was once a Westfalia camper but it has been stripped and modified over the years.
    Perhaps it will be recognised by some from ts past.
    Current owner last 18 years and she wants it rebuilt so that it will last a little longer.
    Its life in Queensland near the beaches has embedded it with Gold Coast chrome (more commonly known as rust)
    It looks Ok from 1o feet on a dark night but it gets worse as the day goes on.
    Let the mission (impossible) begin.
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  2. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Everything about it is sad and worn out.
    The roof mechanism is broken and hasn't been operated for about 15 years.



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  3. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    So, into the shed and start to see what's underneath.
    Not looking good at this stage.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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  6. General Vee

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    OMG! Fire up the grinder..
     
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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Off with its front to find even more excitement.



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  10. David H

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    You must like a challenge Grazza;). I'll be watching you work your magic on this one:).
    Plates GSH says it all.....GOSH.
    Cheers
     
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  11. cbus

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  12. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Looks pretty bad, It has had a few things that are odd for the year. First thought was is it a Brazilian bus but as mentioned been converted as some point. I take it that the slider sections in the body are still all their. The brake reservoir bottle is wear the earlier bays had it instead of where 72 had it behind the drivers seat. (bottle shape is right) and rear bumper of later model. It will get back to it glory days on the road again.
     
  13. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Naturally you have told her that it would be MUCH cheaper to buy one. :D
     
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  14. Grantus

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    I am fully aware that anything is possible with varying amounts of time and money, but at what point do you declare that a vehicle has reached the “end of it’s useable life”? o_O
     
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  15. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Its a very religious camper - very holy!:eek:
     
  16. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, definitely not Brazilian, just a Westy.
    It does have the slider sections still there.
    Bumpers are staying the same, request by owner.
     
  17. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it was discussed briefly, but she has had it 18 years and bought it as a teenager so it has sentimental history.
    Not MUCH cheaper though, as I feel a bit like a monkey sometimes working for peanuts :)
    I just enjoy the challenges.
     
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  18. Grazza7755

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    The rear part of the fibreglass roof left rust hole at every mounting point.

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  19. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Full credit to you! ;)

    I love your work.:)
     
  20. Grazza7755

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    Even these hinges were seized and had to be heated, lubricated and worked slowly to get them going.
    They had been welded to the panel work only, which fatigued, so I cut away the panel steel and welded them to the structural metal, then replaced the panel work.
    Much sturdier now.






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