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Evie - 1966 Aussie Delivered 11 Window Kombi

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by 68BUS, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    So some more of the bus is missing now. Decided to take out the entire long side. It was 50/50% as it was in good nick rust wise but was pretty battered and bruised. The clincher was looking down the inner sill and seeing crud in there that has survived 2 clean outs by me and one in the shop. I would rather pay that little bit extra and have it nicely cleaned and rust proofed in there before the new long side goes back on.

    Unfortunately there is a lead time for getting the panel in of over a month. But not the end of the world. Brad is going to keep going with the rest and if he runs out of rust work the body fillers will be commenced on the inside, roof and passenger side. Sure that will keep him busy.

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    Fortunately the structure itself is good in there.
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    The plan is to fully weld the perimeter and attach the middle of the panel with sika so as to avoid any future distortion from movement in the frame apparently.
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    On a side note - Up until now I have been a little bit cagey as to who is doing my work as they work for another company and this is out of hours. I was not sure they wanted public recognition.
    On the weekend Brad said he was now trying to get his name out there as him and Barry (I think thats the offsiders name) are wanting to get more consistent resto work on the cards.
    So this is the shout out.

    I was put onto Brad by a few different people or significant reputation within the VeeDub community. His pedigree is he used to do bodywork at Das Resto Haus and has worked on a number of busses that are in the top tier of the Aust vw scene. He then took a job with a hod rod restoration company who specialise in the high end gear. He still works there but my bus is being done under his own company in his own shed. (all work based on a budget worked on. Invoiced as real work through a real company)

    The offsider / partner is also a panel beater from Das Resto. I have not met him yet but his quality is supposed to be as good.

    The clincher for me though was after speaking and meeting with Brad he seemed genuine and truthful. Also has the tools and knows his stuff. (he even got my wife's approval which is big-ups as we have dealt with some absolute drop-kicks in the past)

    So that is a good shout out from me and I think the work speaks for itself so far. Just drop me a line if you want to look at getting resto work done. They would be willing to tackle anything from part resto's and welding to full resto's I am sure.
     
  2. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Geez. Page 3 of resto threads. Time for an update.

    I got some more rust work photos off Brad as well which is great as I have not been able to get down and check on the bus for a while.
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    Rear Hatch door under the rubber.
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  3. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Seat Belts. Yay. no longer have to have the plates fall into hard to get spots if I have to take the belts out.
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  4. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Rear Corner replaced. Save on some body work later and new metal. Win win.
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  5. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    More window Sill work.
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  6. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    As mentioned before. The long side was fine-ish. had been replaced before but the job was not terrific. Would require serious panel beating and filler or a new side. Figure I would kick myself later if it rusted again.
    So Brad got me a new side. Arrived and test fitted so far. Hopefully it all locks into place well and does not require too much body work.
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  7. vw nutter

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    wow thats a big panel! really nice!
     
  8. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Looking great Brad, ready for Valla ?
     
  9. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Nice work Brad - I like the idea of the new long side panel.

    Can never get them as straight otherwise.
     
  10. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Valla? No. Planning for bus stop next year. That is a bit safer.
     
  11. paul77

    paul77 Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait to see the bus and be inspired by how straight it will be! Do they make one piece panels for bays?
     
  12. Resol

    Resol Active Member

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    Wow... massive job m8, looking tho!!
    Evie looked so good in the flesh too.. there's always the nasty hidden stuff once you start digging!

    keep us posted M8
     
  13. StevieVW

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    You've made the right decision with that side and you'll be reminded how worth it it was every time you look in the drivers side mirror.
     
  14. BrisDubba

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    No brainer buying that panel - bus is coming along very nicely mate.
     
  15. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    Hey Brad,

    I just found this thread. Evie is loving all the attention.....! I suppose you found a few surprises after the sand blasting but now you know every inch of Evie and she'll be good for another 40 years.
     
  16. 68BUS

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    Long side on.
    Perimter welded and sikaflexed through the internals. The steel on the outside is tacked in place to keep in line while the sika dries.
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  17. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    Sure you can't be convinced to keep that????
     
  18. jimbi

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    Nice work Brad, that will be a nice solid and straight bus when it's finished. Bet you're chaffing at the bit to get it back home.
     
  19. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    So as of yesterday (or by COB today anyway) I am now the proud owner of a 1966 VW bus that has absolutely no rust in it at all (I think :lol: )


    Front Drivers Dogleg was the finishing point of the hard metal works.
    Now it is onto finishing off my seat belt anchors and baby anchors throughout the back.
    And I have decided to run all 6 rear windows as pop outs so that will be a bit extra metal work too.


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    The other milestone that is happening at the moment is Mike from Performance Upholstery is doing the new work on my seats.
    I dropped on my Rock and Roll to him yesterday to find the front seats 95% complete. I am very glad having sat on them that I chose to spend a bit extra on the coconut pads for these two.
    Very comfy.


    Anita was in charge of the vinyl selections. My brief was to choose something that was available at the time and was sympathetic to the VW heritage.
    She ended up selection TMI Silver Beige which is a 66 Deluxe Vinyl that is used in the door cards.
    The little twist we decided upon was to run it as the main seat material to break the bus up a little bit.


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  20. cbus

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    I probably havent been paying attention.
    Bay front beam ?
     

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