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I Love a Sunburnt Samba

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Longrasser, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Longrasser

    Longrasser Active Member

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    Hi all, I just joined up but cant yet post so I am posting under Dno's user till I'm up and running. Dno has been a reader and sometimes contributor to the site for a long while and I have been reading over his shoulder. As some of you already know we are ever so slowly getting our bus up and running and I though it about time we posted up some photos of the build.

    While not up to everyone's liking or standard it is what we can budget and the style we like and enjoy. "To be driven and enjoyed".

    We are new to Kombi's and on a upwards learning curve after having a shed full of Holdens.

    Anyway on with the photos and blog.

    So the bus in its natural environment - "Heat, Dust and Flies" in western New South Wales

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  2. Longrasser

    Longrasser Active Member

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    It was in very good condition for a soft top bus, as we were to learn and find out from some of the other projects we have watched over the years. Each time we complained about something we both reminded each other of buses that had a ground up resto of replacement parts.
    So apart from red dust, local inhabitants, cow rubbings and Belah needles it was 'Clean'.
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  3. Longrasser

    Longrasser Active Member

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    So after several years of checking in on it we finally pulled it home. The orange HQ Holden took a steady drive home and after 3 mid drive offers and a lot of photos we made it home with all windows still in place and a little more mouths open to peoples passions for Kombi's.
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  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What a find !
    .....and so nice hat you are doing it to enjoy, rather than trying to get it "concourse" to make money out of. :D
    Looks like it needs minimal bodywork compared to some.....
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  5. chayle

    chayle Active Member

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    I'm intrigued to see how it goes mate good score
     
  6. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    Must be 2 to 3 years ago that you found this beauty, is she getting close to being on the road, very nice looking bus:cool::cool::cool:
     
  7. Aspro

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    Great score. Looks fairly solid to me. That paint should buff up nicely.
     
  8. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Wow! Looking forward to seeing the progress with this. Cool ute too :cool:

    Chrissy.
     
  9. Quombi

    Quombi Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all, yes I should have added that we got it home at the end of 2012. However, and I know it is blasphemy to some, there was other Holden's to work on before we committed to the bus. At least it was out of the weather and tucked up dry in a shed. Work started in earnest last year so it has steadily been nights here and weekends there. More on the build tomorrow when I find some time.
     
  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Def lacking a sense of priority there mate..........

    A Holden before a Kombi? o_O

    :eek: You must lack class, and obviously have more money than sense....:p



    Love your work regardless...:)
     
  11. wenmac

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    What a find, can't wait to see the transformation.
     
  12. Quombi

    Quombi Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately we know nothing about the early history of the bus. Just that it was taken west for a shooting wagon but we think it only had this guise for a short time and probably where it got the nose and underbelly damage and hole through the luggage compartment which most likely stopped the engine!

    So back to the photo story
    So off the trailer and first time in a shed in over 20 odd years
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    So next was the clean down. Which is one of Dno's favourite parts. You get to see what treasure you can find and also have a good look over it to see what needs to be done. [​IMG]
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  13. Quombi

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    How much red dust can we dislodge??? I just kept seeping out of every crack and hole for days. When we thought it was the last clean down we would find more. Three years on we are still finding little pockets of red mud from the initial wash.
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  14. ruby6689

    ruby6689 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Magnificent find, good on you, keep the photos coming.
     
  15. Quombi

    Quombi Well-Known Member

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    This is all the treasure we found in the bus, some of which as time went on we found was bus parts.
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  16. Quombi

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    So after its clean Dno was keen to see what the paint was like. The chalk gave way to some excellent German paint!
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  17. Quombi

    Quombi Well-Known Member

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    So with not another single VW part in our shed it was time to start some rather large parts and wish lists. Like; motor and gearbox - parts list; seats and bumpers - wish list! But before that we had to go on a learning curve to educate ourselves on identifying what year the bus was. So with us grabbing bits and pieces here and there and our head up under the dash for the back of speedos and looking at lights and other parts we have identified it as a Apr/May 61 Microbus (ahh so I don't own a Kombi!!). So for the next year or so the bus just sat, got talked about, lists made, internet and books read, patted, sat and played in and then just covered up and left while other projects got finished.
     
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  18. Roo

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    And then?.......;)
     
  19. Quombi

    Quombi Well-Known Member

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    And then, and then, and then... we had to do something and not just let it sit there so .... The interior cards were cactus from the heat and they were covered either with foam and vinyl or with some stylish purple carpet from the 70's. However the original vinyl was still there hidden under it all, so Dno and I pealed them all off after soaking them for days to soften and remove the glue. The shame being is that when the previous owner covered them they had cut right along the edge of the card (including the original vinyl) to cover them with carpet to allow for the extra bulk. Anyway Dno managed to get a template from the cards and we cut and restuck them all down after putting them in the sun to soften the original vinyl.

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  20. Squalo

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    This is the best...
     
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