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The rebirth of BUTTERCUP

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by VZR69, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. VZR69

    VZR69 Active Member

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    After years of neglect and a change of personal circumstances (more income from different job) my daughter Greta and I have slowly been restoring our 69 bay microbus over the last couple of years. What started out as a 'quick respray' soon turned out to be a bare metal complete strip down and restore. Some say Greta is a lucky girl to have a sweet kombi as her first car but with the ups and downs associated with any big build I reckon she has earnt it.
    So I'm hoping someone is interested in this build !
    Being a trade housepainter makes the good result even more satisfying and with the fabrication and welding done by a friend the bodywork cost me about $1500 in materials (paint,pre- fabbed repair panels and prep stuff). So the budget was always tight but my determination won through in the end.
    Its been a journey so I'll share some of it with you.
    P.S. I dont actually have a proper shed so any background expanses were 'borrowed' from friends.

    First photo is before we started teardown......[​IMG]
     
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  2. VZR69

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    The bus had been painted poorly several times so I had to strip it back to make sure it was rust free.[​IMG]
     
  3. robmich

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    what's up buttercup
     
  4. VZR69

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    My weapon of choice........... a 125mm[​IMG] grinder to start with after stripping most of the parts off the bus.
     
  5. VZR69

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    Its the best way to see what your up against rust wise.....
    [​IMG]
     
  6. VZR69

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    I left the glass intact until the bulk of the stripping was done.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. VZR69

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    After the grinder comes the random orbit sander to smooth it up .
    [​IMG]
     
  8. VZR69

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    Quite a bit of rust was revealed :mad:........to be expected in a well used 45 year old vehicle
    [​IMG]
     
  9. VZR69

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    Windscreen surround and front cabin floor were off the shelf repair sections while everything else was custom made by Laurie at Barry's Sheet Metal in Stafford.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. VZR69

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    Unreal..........all steel
    [​IMG]
     
  11. VZR69

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    Bit by bit
    [​IMG]
     
  12. VZR69

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    All of the sills and doglegs as well
    [​IMG]
     
  13. VZR69

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    Some repairs harder than others
    [​IMG]
     
  14. VZR69

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    As you can tell .........we ain't professional car restorers!
    Make do with what you have;)
    [​IMG]
     
  15. VZR69

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    Wrong photo ^^
    [​IMG]
     
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  16. VZR69

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    I actually look forward to the bodywork, but not till its rust free.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Going along nicely :) rust in the usual places on a 69 as some would say ;) are you going to patch up the rear tail lights and put the smaller ones back in :rolleyes:
     
  18. VZR69

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    Its a nice feeling to be getting on with the bodywork
    [​IMG]
     
  19. VZR69

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    All will be revealed Bert :)
     
  20. VZR69

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    The last owner butchered the rear end by fitting some huge trailer trailer lights. So in with new metal with correct size hole.
    [​IMG]
     

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