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1972 Westfalia Kombi

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

  1. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Mate.
    You gotta work up to macadamia or pecans :D

    I'm surprised it takes the hoist.

    Or am I just assuming ? :eek:
     
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  2. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    This is looking in through the right hand tail light hole where the battery lives.
    Lucky that it had cables attached to the terminals to stop it falling out.


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  3. wirrah

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    Did you find an M-Plate at all? Probably behind one of the front seats.
     
  4. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Tailgate under reconstruction.


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  5. melissa

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    Looking forward to more progress photos :)

    Please tell us the painted V on the front is not being reinstated o_O
     
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    You & me both @melissa. An abomination if I'v ever seen one:(.
    Cheers Grazza
     
  7. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    I'm with you both, one of my pet dislikes, so no, it won't be.
     
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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Front doors naturally followed the rusty trend.
    Find it, cut it out, make a new piece and weld it in.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    To many coats of paint so out with the stripper.
    Back to shiny rust free metal.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Every panel had a workover to replace, not cover, rust with new metal.
    A bit like building a house, just pick up one brick at a time until its done.
    Back on the body now, picking off the rest of the front skin and the support panel behind it top and bottom.


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  12. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes, I can almost imagine the poor Kombi saying, 'thank you, thank you' for all the new metal.
    Perhaps it maybe saying, 'why didn't you just let me go to the big wrecking yard in the sky'
    You know what I mean.


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  13. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    The front chassis rails needed attention.
    No surprise there, needing new metal.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    At this stage, I took it outside to pressure clean it inside and out.
    With all the exposed areas, I can get dirt and rust flakes out of areas that you never knew existed.
    Poor previous paint preparation allowed for the paint just to blast off the outside.
    It's therapeutic and strangely enjoyable for a few hours although you end up very soaked at the end.
    Bit like a hot shower for the kombi.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Back inside on the hoist for more cosmetic surgery.
    The front panel is primed and painted on the inside before fitting as you can't get to most of it afterwards.

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    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    The lower outer valance spot welded to the new inner one.



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    The area behind the front wheels had plastic glued over the rust.
    This is all cut out and new metal welded in.




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  19. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Front seat rail area all rusty so rails carefully taken off and new piece made and welded in.


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  20. Grazza7755

    Grazza7755 Well-Known Member

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    Not every stage gets a mention as there are dozens of things that are fixed, made, welded etc.
    Often days of work go by without a photo.
    As I have said before, it is another chore to stop and take a photo of what we are doing.
    Minor things can often take hours with little to show for it but it had to be done.






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