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Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by Jon Baldwin, Jan 24, 2021.

  1. Jon Baldwin

    Jon Baldwin Member

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    Would anyone know what is entailed to fit a spltty nose on a 76 bay?
     
  2. tintop

    tintop Well-Known Member

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  3. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Just don’t do it.
     
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  4. Jon Baldwin

    Jon Baldwin Member

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    Why not I have to put a new front on anyway as it has none lol
     
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  5. Jon Baldwin

    Jon Baldwin Member

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    I love the look

    bay split.jpg
     
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  6. David H

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  7. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    So what did you actually get with your bay as so far no front and no instruments
     
  8. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Lots of mucking around only to devalue your vehicle. It's like spending $8K to put a subaru motor in that lowers the resale value (but only makes you feel better) when you could have spent $6K on a VW motor and increased your resale value. I know you have only just bought it and probably not thinking of selling but you did ask.... ;)
     
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  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    It’s yours to do as you like.
    If it’s a keeper - go for it.
    As it has been said, a lot of work and money that someone else won’t pay for.
    If you don’t mind doing the work for free, well, go for it.
    I just don’t like seeing people put hard work in and heaps of cash for something that in the end is unsellable.

    The only one I saw that has pulled something like this off is Race Taxi - a hybrid T3, split and Porsche 911. The owner spent in excess of $1m Aus and will never get that back.
     
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  10. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    It has been done before, looks wrong in so many ways, like painting a V front it's frowned upon
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    You can buy bay window fronts the more expensive ones you would think would be better quality.
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    FRONT NOSE PANEL, 1973-1979 BUS

    FRONT NOSE PANEL, 1973-1979 BUS,
    Complete with lower portion of windshield surround.
    This is a perfect r Learn More

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    Don't know what trouble you'll have fitting but a lot looks like around the shape difference around the front windscreen and the roof line.
    If you planning on keeping the bus, you have the skill in attempting it, go for it ,it is your bus after all.
     
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  11. DakDak67

    DakDak67 Well-Known Member

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    It’s a huge task, massive structural re modelling to do . Paint a V on the front .
     
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  12. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Actually don't mind the custom look of that one :) ..... done right it could look cool :cool:

    As to what's involved ..... well if you can fabricate metal and have to weld a new one in anyway ..... it's your time & if you like a challenge then go for it.

    Doesn't matter what you do in a resto you'll never recover the total cost should you decide to sell ..... and not everyone will like the touch you have added to personalise your Kombi :rolleyes:

    Alternate mid point solution would be to go with an earlier low light panel which won't require as much fabrication to fit .

    Those who like to keep things "authentic" will still add something (modification) that wasn't specific to theirs because they like the look :oops: ..... no different to you liking a look :D
     
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  13. Jon Baldwin

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    I wouldn't remodel the bus body just change the front panel to fit.It has no front on it at the moment
     
  14. tintop

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    yeah, makes a big difference if you aren't changing the windscreen to a splitty or making a peak above
     
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  15. Nozza

    Nozza Well-Known Member

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    Strange maybe but 26 year old Louise didn't want a split.
    She thought the Bay front much cooler.
    Age thing?
     
  16. DakDak67

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    Do you know how narrow the split nose is? Or are you guessing ? You cant just weld it on .
     
  17. Jon Baldwin

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    No I have no measurements yet been a bit busy to search
     
  18. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Wouldn't say an age thing ;).
    I'm going on 68 and while I don't mind looking @ split window kombis they are not something I've wanted & have preferred the T2 or T3 :cool::D
     
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  19. tintop

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    • the front of a bay is about 200mm wider (just have to make up 100mm on each side)
    • a splitty front panel is about 100mm higher (most can be trimmed off the top)
    • to line up the profile of the top of the V you need to be able to drop the panel down about 30mm (seems to be possible if you go all the way down to the crush panel behind the late bay bumper) ...bumper? late bay or adapt splitty, lowlight or retro brazilian ... air intake grill?
     
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  20. Jon Baldwin

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    Many thanks that sounds like a very very big job.Might ponder and see what else I can come up with
     

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