Panel help

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by Kombinewbies, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Kombinewbies

    Kombinewbies New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Just wondering if I could get some advice as i dont have any panelbeating/kombi experience.

    Need to replace the panel above the grill and found this one on vw heritage. Is this the right part?

    Thanks for your advice and sorry if this is the wrong place to post


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  2. wombatventures

    wombatventures Active Member

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    Looks like the right one. I'm looking at lower panels at the moment.
    Anyone have an opinion on JK panels?
     
  3. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    Its the right part. Just check were your wiper arm holes are as they do vary from left to right side positions depending on your car model/ year of manufacture.
    You may have to weld up tgd holes and drill new ones to suit depending on your new panel.
    Cheers
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Beware the cost of freight.
    I was quoted $150.

    You may also need the inner panel.
    Avail as an expensive full panel or may suffice with just the corner repo panels.
     
  5. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that you will need new A pillars as well
     
  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    You state no panel beating experience?
    Who is going to do the work?.

    I would strongly suggest costing the whole job before starting.
    Including necessary equipment.
    And don't skimp on materials or size of compressor.

    Judging by photo of front , there is likely significant rust behind the front skin and pillars.
    Purchases should be made only after confirming extent of damage.
    Likely you may be better with a full skin. Similar price , just more work.

    ALL metal should be full thickness and acid treated before painting.
    Any shortcuts will cause rust problems fairly quickly.
     
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  7. JoshG

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    It is the right panel, I used this panel on my 72 (same year as yours). But as above there looks to be far more rust, I would be pulling the windscreen and inspecting closer.

    My panel guy found this panel to not be a great fit though, but as he is quite skilled managed to make it work.

    By the looks of the rust in the doors and other areas of the bus, I would start by getting the whole bus blasted and go from there, mine was a lot more solid looking and we even found surprises on mine.
     
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  8. JoshG

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    The lower valance looks to have rust bubbles also, that’s a known problem area for kombis. I would be looking at a full front skin as I think you will end up saving a lot. If i had my time again that’s how I would go
     
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  9. Kombinewbies

    Kombinewbies New Member

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    Wow, this forum is amazing! Thanks for all your advice. We are getting a panelbeater in next week to survey the damage but VW heritage has 10% off panels for November which obviously ends today so we thought buy the one we definitely needs replacing. Might just wait for the panel beater to give us a better overall on what we need to do and it will end up saving us more in the long run.
    Thanks again
     
  10. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    For panels you will likely find it as cheap to purchase in Au.
    Although freight to west coast may throw that out a bit.
    Get quotes first.
     
  11. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Probably better off spending your money on buying a seat.
    You'll want to be sitting down when the panel beater gives you the quote.

    Might as well also buy yourself something nice to drink.

    All the best!
     
  12. JoshG

    JoshG Member

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    Haha damn brutal but honest, I hope you are prepared
     
  13. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Brutal? I thought I was being nice.
    I didn't tell him it's then going to cost him two to three times that amount.

    Seriously though - Kombinewbies the KC is a great resource and you will get some really good advice here. Read as much as you can and then take away what you need. Good luck with your project.
     
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  14. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    So did I. That was very gentle:D. Being seated is good advice in the resto game:p when getting price;).
    Cheers
     
  15. Kombinewbies

    Kombinewbies New Member

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    Ah yep, after reading all the resto stories we are already getting prepared for the quote!

    All good though, its going to be in our lives for a good while and a worthwhile investment!
     
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  16. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    & may you enjoy it greatly:cool:.

    http://forums.kombiclub.com/threads/76-sopru-resto.54261/page-9 post 169 & that was on the basis of do it when it fits into the shops workflow. I spent another $10k on other stuff & still consider I got off cheap with an excellent job fully cavity waxed with no rust:D. I've put some more $ into mechanical & rolling chassis;) & the next 20 years are covered:).
    Best of cruising/camping to you:cool:.
    Cheers
     
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  17. KahunaKombi

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  18. 76kampa

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    I wonder what happened to this van now....
     
  19. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Someone get a Defibrillator.
     
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  20. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    The van must be fine it's the owner you may have to be more concerned about. He properly fainted when he got the quote for the panel work and still recovering.
     

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