Discussion in 'Splitty Tech Clinic' started by Split 1, Sep 22, 2005.
Chassis number dates as June 1961 with PU indicating it is a pickup (single cab).
Thanks Ted2, i always thought 1961 had the 2 circle tail lights but my sc has the oval ones, why is that
I'll be in front of a computer tomorrow instead of this awkward phone and will post a reply. Cheers John
Oval tail lights were introduced in August 1961 so it's fair to assume a 1961 model would have the twin tail lights as you stated 63BUS. Possible explanations why your bus has oval tail lights include:
Accident damage. On my June 1961 DC (a couple of hundred units less than your chassis number) the twin tail lights were swapped out for oval lights after a rear end accident.
Dealer modified. There's a VW technical bulletin dated August 1961 which details the installation of oval tail lights in place of the previous type. I think it's a fair assumption that dealers modified twin tail light buses to oval tail lights for customers & for buses that were sitting in their showrooms that were for sale.
Factory modified. This is where things get a bit murky 63BUS. Whilst your chassis dates as June 1961 your bus would probably have been sold a few months later (Check the date on your fuel gauge & post it up). Add a few months to June 1961 and you are in the new 1962 model year. The public who were buying a new bus in the last Quarter of 1961 would have wanted the latest model with all the new "improvements". Again it's reasonable (IMHO) to assume that the VW factory would have fitted oval tail lights to adapt 1961 chassis number buses to the new 1962 model.
Hi, could someone decipher the following stampings on my twin tail light ute please. PU1909 and 757950
thanks in advance
I have an odd one here if anyone could help it would be appreciated
No chassis number stamped anywhere I can find?
ID plate number is 2053 002 225
A second plate states assembled in South Africa origin Brazil
It's a 15 window oval rear lights
Chassis no. dates as April 1961.
PU = Pickup (Single Cab)
1909 = Sequential build no. for pickup
Has your ute got semaphores?
Thanks Ted, has bullet indicators, was told it was 61, good to know month too. thanks again.
This one seems to have the collective stumped. Throw some pics up and see whether that sheds any light.
I've recently purchased a 1969 Split 15 window deluxe built in Brazil I believe
Chassis no. is B9-164703
Hi Ted, do you have any info about my 69 split above?
Hey Mate. I have no info on Brazilian splits. Sorry.
Answer could be here
That is a great site thank you
There is great info here...appreciate you taking the time!....would you be able to assist me please with any history/dates on my split bus - according to Made in Western Germany plate on RHS of engine bay, it is typ 21 Fahrgestell-Nr 503466. There is also a number stamped into the metalwork on the LHS of engine bay, which is DD1497. It is a RHD panel van with cargo doors on both sides of the bus. Small (and low I think) tail lights, no centre brake light, semaphores, small rear window. There is a bump pressed in the top of the bootlid, it's not "flat"; bumpers are plain not ribbed. I couldn't see any reference in this thread to the "DD", I am thinking though it is perhaps Australian-assembled around 1959? Many thanks!
DD stands for double door
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