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Starting my restoration of a 1975 DC - Bowie

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by 75DCResto, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks Wayne, Looks like I have the correct one then. Whoohoo!
    Adrian
     
  2. 75DCResto

    75DCResto Member

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    Hi Adrian,

    Just to give you some more information on top of what Wayne has already commented on. Yes the separation panel is not the correct one, its from a split window, but we couldn't find and other choices, my panel guy has done some modifications since those photos to make it look more correct but as Wayne mentioned the tie down points are a little different. Unfortunately my original was just too far gone and I couldn't find another, so this was the only choice, I'm not that much of a stickler to worry too much about it :).

    To give you some information of on the prices I had to pay for the Klassic Fab panels (all the panels in the pic attached) in total it came to around 7k AUD landed and I waited about 6 months for them all to arrive on various shipments. But the big learning was that I would say that the costs to have them fitted nicely is significant, basically every single panel needed significant work to make them fit, so when you are paying by the hour the costs can definately stack up. Overall I wasnt really that impressed with the quality of the klassic fab, Paul my panel guy says the quality varies a lot from each shipment, we also returned the first separation panel because it was so lumpy that it was just chucked away. Would have loved to keep the original gates but the bottom halves were just completely gone with rust.

    The other thing that was a bit scary was when took off one of the rear quarter panels that looked completely fine from the outside, but it was really rusted internally, this is what made me go down the path of dipping and also using a lot of replacement panels as I really wanted a absolutely rust free chassis.

    Anyway, might as well update on progress at the moment. The bare shell is basically ready to paint, but my restorer is super busy so I'm in the queue at the moment.

    Electrical: I've got a new loom being built by VW looms in the UK, my original loom was disintegrating.

    Engine: My 2000cc engine is being rebuilt by Dean from VDUBS only in Geelong, it had done a big end bearing luckly hadn't let go and gone through the block, he's going to put a few go fast bits in it, a bit of a cam but nothing crazy. Just had my dual Solex carbs rebuilt by Geelong Carburettors, they have done a great job. Two wasp nests were living inside! Also getting all the cowlings powder coated at the moment.

    Transmission: Being rebuilt by Baker Brothers in Melbourne, also getting a longer 4th gear put in so freeway cruising is a little easier.

    Misc stuff I'm still looking for.

    - My original steering wheel has a crack in it, so I'm on the hunt for another original one.

    - an original VW nose badge for a 75, it was missing when I bought it, would rather have a real one than a reproduction. I've attached my most recent pic of the body, its basically had all the green primer removed and is waiting for paint. Also note, definately do not paint on top of the green primer, apparently a few have tried and it doesn't end well!


    Anyway, getting there now. Wallet is on fire but its all part of the fun, can't wait for it to be done, hopefully by the summer I will be driving around in it!

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  3. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    I know they only press one separation panel and then modify it by hand to make it a bay window panel at an extra cost. You can get your old steering wheel restored, very expensive to do,they are in Victoria can find details if you like. Looking good,keep the updates coming
     
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  4. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the extra info. Still in the early stages of deciding what to do, so much work and where to start, not to mention how much to do myself. Not an endless supply of cash but it was a good deal and it came with most of the parts to tidy it up already supplied. Major rust in the chassis rails but one side has been substantially repaired and there are panels for the other side. The load tray has pieces of rust on either side at the rear and lots of dents and it would be nice to replace it, but I think the first stage is to get the engine going before I have to move it from it present location and then get the cab area sorted. Once that is done I should be able to get it mobile and then start on making it look nice. Very long term project and depending on time and money I may have to pass it on before it gets finished. My present bus is my main concern but this one has potential.

    Adrian
     
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  5. Poptop

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    I can’t think of the company either Wayne but from memory it was $500 plus or minus. I’ll have a look for steering wheel and advise, free delivery!
     
  6. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    More like plus then minus in cost,i did mine it was plus :(
     
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  7. 75DCResto

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    Hi Wayne,

    Yes I got one of those panels that they have manually modified. Trouble was the modifications were so bad we ended up getting out money back and just getting a regular split, I should have taken some photos. they basically tried to put in the horizontal indent by hand, it was just really wavy.

    Cheers,

    Brenotn
     
  8. 75DCResto

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    I am going to hunt for a better second hand wheel so any help would be much appreciated Poptop. I saw your dual cab down on Spensley when I was voting a few weeks ago, we must catch up at some point!
     
  9. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    F4BB4194-B167-4139-B0A2-73B98C81AC28.jpeg This is the panel I have but if it has been modified from a split one, they have done a pretty good job of it.

    Adrian
     
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  10. 75DCResto

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    Yeah that's the same one I had. The horizontal indentation on mine that is done by hand was very wavy, had a lot of dints and the tie downs were all wonky as well. My restorer who is a VW specialist and has had a heap of klassic fab stuff says the panels do have a lot of variation from shipment to shipment. He showed me some gates he had lying around that weren't great. But my klassic fab gates were quite good. The back quarters were good and the tray bed was good as well.
     
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  11. Wayne murray

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    Sounds like it can be a mixed bag of goods you geto_O:eek::(,Klassic fab parts are made in Columbia,it might be how much grass they have been smoking when they are making them.o_O:eek::confused:
     
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  12. OSF

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    I had a similar problem. I understand Klassic Fab only press a split separation panel, but can then modify if required at cost/time. I didn't bother and just used the split one as well. It was one of those compromises I made as I decided I just didn't want to spend the extra money and time on getting my PB to sort it. Esp. Since I didn't realise till my PB had already welded the panel in.
    It was a big thing for me at the time and I was really pissed off, but I'm over it now. Not too many will pick it and I'm not going for a concourse resto.
     
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  13. Poptop

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    Now I get why the panels are green
     
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  14. Poptop

    Poptop Well-Known Member

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    [I'm not going for a concourse resto.[/QUO[/QUOTE]

    Who are you trying to fool!
     
  15. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    @Mordred that panel of yours does look like a good panel,

    :D:DWho Me:D:D
     
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  16. David H

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    OSF is fooling nobody;). That's why we haven't seen it yet:(. Got to be concourse:cool::D.
    Cheers
     
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  17. 75DCResto

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    Primer going on. Nearly ready for paint, things getting exciting now.
     

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  18. Grantus

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    Almost ready for that first load of rubble, to be taken to the tip, and shovelled off? :rolleyes:
     
  19. 75DCResto

    75DCResto Member

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    Will be lucky if it gets driven in the rain.
     
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  20. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    So from a life as a “workhorse”, to now a “show pony”?..... :rolleyes:

    Have you got a covered car trailer yet, to transport it to events? :p


    Looking good BTW.... :)
     

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