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My 1969 Bay Microbus project - almost finished!

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by jb4845, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. blu bay jay

    blu bay jay New Member

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    yeah looking good, keep it coming
     
  2. jb4845

    jb4845 Member

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    Definitely time for a bit of an update - getting close to finishing and rego now!

    Some of you might have seen this in another thread
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    For those that didn't - it is an engine lift specially designed for the VW motor! Where did I get it - now there starts a story.

    Got reading on the 'net about using a hydraulic motorcycle lift to raise the engine into place and after figuring out the expense of purchasing one for hopefully a one-off event was too much I got to thinking of who I know that might have one I could borrow.

    Having only moved to the area about 3 years ago I am still getting to know folk, but one guy loosely connected to a soccer team I play in rides dirt bikes so I thought I would ask him - unfortunately he had no idea of what I was talking about - But he understood what I needed it for and then said "But you have asked the right person - my Dad was a VW mechanic and owned the local wreckers years ago - he still has some stuff in his garage - I'll ask him"

    A few phone calls later and I am around at his old man's house, coincidentally less than 1km from my house, picking up this engine lift, plus an engine trolley, and looking a veritable Aladdins Cave of old VW bits - No problems borrowing flywheel locks, clutch fitting tool, getting missing bits of tinware, correct fuel pump rod, etc - so I was a very happy boy - if only I knew he was there a few years ago! The lift is a solid bit of gear - cable operated - looks to have been built in Australia specifically for VW mechs - quite unique I imagine.

    Engine stand in use as I start the build on the Mexican motor
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    Pretty much all there
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    Close up of alternator, dissie, coil, etc
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  3. jb4845

    jb4845 Member

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    Using that engine lift for some help with the gearbox
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    Then what she was meant for
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    And after a bit (read..lot) of careful manoevring the engine was home
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    I have done more since then but need to get the pics off the camera - will try to get them sorted in the next week

    JOSH
     
  4. .Wez.The.Bay.

    .Wez.The.Bay. New Member

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    Looking good..:D
    Alex..
     
  5. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Looking good. Having just dropped the motor out of the 77 double cab I am jealous of the removable panel. Pity they changed from that design.
     
  6. jb4845

    jb4845 Member

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    OK - a few more update snaps for you folk

    Finished off stuff around the engine - tidied up wires, fitted valance and rear bumper (which needs some adjusting once splashguards are in)

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    Got the rear engine hatch on, which I was a bit worried about as I had some probs getting the original screws out, but it went together nicely

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  7. jb4845

    jb4845 Member

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    Then rolled it out into the sun to check the engine and gearshift adjustment - didn't want it trying to drive through the back of the garage!

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    I have since taken it for a short drive down the road, and it went well, but was noisy as no windows in the drivers side at the time

    Still need to do a few things to get it finished for rego, including sunvisors, interior mirror and ???? - but it will be ready within a week or so - hopefully with my new plates - in time for Old Bar - yippeeee
     
  8. redhotchilliwilli

    redhotchilliwilli New Member

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    hay josh . bloody beautiful . was thinking of missing old bar this year ,however may just have to make it, just to have a looksy at this fantastic bus . every time i see this thread it inspires me . you must be stoked .
    rhcw
     
  9. beerdoc

    beerdoc Active Member

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    Nice

    Good choice of colours for engine Black and bling
     
  10. Volksaddict

    Volksaddict Member

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    very very Noice ..great thread
     
  11. Leroy

    Leroy New Member

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    Oh man... Thats what dreams are made of! Gota love a sweet early lowlight:cool:
     
  12. davidp.

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    Hi,
    Love the colour...Fantastic work.
    How clean does that engine bay look?...you could et your dinner off it!
    Congratulations...nearly all done.
    Cheers,
    David
    :)
     
  13. back street bessie

    back street bessie Active Member

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    Congrats Josh...bloody spectacular mate.:) What a great example
    Steve
     
  14. jb4845

    jb4845 Member

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    Alright - I no longer have the van :eek:

    It's around at the mechanics getting a final tune and rego inspection - yippee :D

    Thanks for the positive words folks - it has been a 3 year labour of love (with some hate thrown in at times) - I will get some snaps once it is done

    JOSH
     
  15. Kombi of Hope

    Kombi of Hope New Member

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    I am speechless - what a fantastic job you've done Josh. For someone who professes to have no knowledge or expertise, you have done an amazing job. I have only just found this thread and have now burnt the dinner coz I got so engrossed! What a stunner. I love the colour scheme, especially the trim. That red is beautiful. I don't know much about engines, except for wanting them to be reliable and to get me from A to B but yours looks the beez kneez! 3 year labour of love - it shows in every picture! I can already imagine the smile on your face when you get to drive your van for the first time legally on the road - I hope to see you soon around Newy. Where shall we look out for you?
     
  16. jerrys_bus

    jerrys_bus Active Member

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    She looks great Josh,

    look forward to seeing her in the flesh

    Hope all goes well with the rego inspection
     
  17. kombimatt

    kombimatt Active Member

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    Lovin' it!

    Have just gone back and re-read the whole thread.

    Great work Josh - good luck with Rego!

    Cheers
     
  18. blu bay jay

    blu bay jay New Member

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    nice lowering job too, not too low....just nice!
     
  19. Kombirod

    Kombirod New Member

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    Very slick mate, great look.

    love that stance!
     
  20. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Schweet :) now for final pics with rego'd
     

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