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Splitty with Rusty Roof + Grumpys = Samba

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by berg, Apr 12, 2018.

  1. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Hi All,
    I thought I would post some progress info of my project.
    I imported my 15 window from Africa a few years ago. I knew it had some rust issues along the roof and now the time has come to rectify this. It is a 75 Fleetline Splitty. Not being German perhaps this gives me license to modify it without too much backlash from the purist community? Take it easy with me, I have always liked the Sambas yet never had the funds to buy one.

    I was sold the Samba concept on the basis of the cost of the rust repair to the roof was around half the cost of the Samba install...

    So I found the Grumpys Samba Kit in California, imported it, and delivered it in my Splitty to my fabricator in Brisbane.
    Fingers crossed we will be driving it in May (2018) :)
    Will try to upload pics, cheers berg.
     
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  2. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Before Shot, Rust bubbling an inch above gutter
     
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  3. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. Why not, if would be great on a Autumn day to have the lid open.
     
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  4. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Why not - reckon it would be kool!
     
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  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Heresy :eek::D
     
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  6. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Pffft.............you own it - you chop it

    You are fixing it.
    If you can cut a few windows in then you can weld em up at a later date

    Bring back baja'ing split beetles I say
     
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  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Yeah.
    I recon the Mona Lisa would make a good mat for a dog kennel as well ?
     
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  8. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Good to see some support and a bit of flak.
    A few more photos of the before condition.
    Bus is in very good condition. It was repainted about 10 years ago and unfortunately they didn't prep or fix the top hats in the roof. they have rusted through the roof on both sides. cheers berg.

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  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    All in a bit of fum :)
     
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  10. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Fudged a fix on the picture for you :eek:
     
  11. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Your kombi ...... do as you like ...... if you like it when finished that's all that matters ;):cool:
     
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  12. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    I normally like it the way it comes (factory) but I do see that what owners do to there cars is sometimes saving them from the scraper:eek:. Not that yours is near the scraper:eek:. If it has bubbles of rust in the roof,:eek: you are simply fixing it by making the hole larger to fit window,as Barry mentions above:rolleyes: you can weld them up later if needed,easy fix.:) I take it that your project must be well under way if you are planing to drive it by May 2018.o_O;) Hope all goes well and smoothly :cool::D
     
  13. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Ok Deep breath. The following scenes may offend some viewers. :eek:

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  14. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    WOW.......................deep breath all right

    Actually doing that first cut - "now or never" type scenario
     
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  15. berg

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    Thanks for the warm welcome fellas. I would like your opinion on an idea from the fabricator.
    As we have cut rust out from the rear roof section, for no additional cost we could add another set of windows. So a 25 window Samba??? Chip Foose sorta did one, his is a 21 to 23, mine would be 23 to 25, but you can see the extra line of skylights above the rear windows.
    I kinda like the look and the balance of it. To a novice it would make sense having a skylight window above each side window. But for an enthusiast? Is it too much? mmm your thoughts...:rolleyes:
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  16. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Yes a real Sphincter puckering moment that one.:oops:
     
  17. cbus

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    An enthusiast prob would not be adding windows anyway , preferring originality, so does it matter ? :)

    Aesthetically the extra window looks fine.
    Sun might be a bitch. Particularly at late avo.

    Train spotters will note the extra window but that's only a problem if you were attempting to pass it as an original which most punters should realise different running gear etc.
    For the rest , let them dribble in their beers.

    Personal choice. If fitted may need a heavy tint for sun??
     
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  18. Barry

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    yeah...........why not

    I like the idea of it lining up with the side windows but looking at yhe pic the one window past the sun roof sort of dont look right

    Bit of a flip of the coin for me.
    The fact that it is a custom jobbie anyway I am sort of thinking add the window
     
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  19. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    My 2cents.
    You bus never had a sunroof or roof windows. So if you are going to do it. Make sure it is done well.
    Before welding anything it flood cavitys and coat all the fabrication areas with lots of weld through primer.
    Limit bog use, opting for new metal or a little time panel beating closer to where it should be.
    During - Take heaps of photos and store then in multiple places.

    Then all of a sudden you have a beautiful bus that is heaps better then how it left the factory. If you ever go to sell it you may miss out on purist collectors, but the quality of work and the vast number of photos you can provide with it gain you the market of people who have seen bad fakes come over here from overseas and sting people (Even veterans of the scene).

    Plus you will love it and so will everyone that sees it.

    So I personally would put the extra set of windows in. I am sure that back in the 1975 when the first owner bought it, if they were offered the extra window for a few extra $100 they would have jumped on it. :cool::)

    I did the same thing. We approached our resto with the mind set - If it was 1966 and we had the coin, what could we have gotten VW Australia to make us.
    So originally it was single tone cream. But in Europe at the time the 2 tone Pearl White over Velvet Green was an option. As was the period vinyl used. So technically we could have bought a full custom bus from the world wide VW stock..... Still not original, but better. ;)
     
  20. berg

    berg Active Member

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    Thanks for your thoughts, I'll sleep on it.
     

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