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goreygoreymanunited Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:16 pm

When I see every before picture I think "ooooouch", every after picture I say "....WOW"

Incredible work sir. Well done. This thing is going to be badass

rodrigogarcia Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:02 pm

Any updates?

Hellberg Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:30 am

so... been a while since I made a post in here!

Like 2 years ago I fixed the pod.






Drilled and threaded the switches









new spring and then screwed it in place. Probably should use Loctite or something on it..? Should I put some kind of grease or something in between the switch and pod? I saw someone here did the same a long time ago.





Finished both of them.











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Some months ago me and my friend took the bus up on a trailer and drove away :)




To be continued with this later.



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My friend started to assemble the engine too, will be nice to have a bigger engine for once!




Scotty Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:14 am

Hellberg wrote:
Should I put some kind of grease or something in between the switch and pod?

Yes, Dielectric grease will be good for that job. I used it on my switches

Hellberg Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:45 am

Scotty wrote: Hellberg wrote:
Should I put some kind of grease or something in between the switch and pod?

Yes, Dielectric grease will be good for that job. I used it on my switches

ahh great, thanks!


Changed all the photos now so they can be seen, finally.

Hellberg Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:18 pm

Thought I'd post an update of the bus


The bus got some welding treatment in uk










Once Jeff finished his job, we picked it up and finally drove it home!
Thanks for the help Jeff, amazing work


Got it home around august 2018. Been standing until like 2 months ago when I started to mount in the new tranny for it. Had to change the clutch-spring, bearings and gaskets. And also ofcourse thange the nose cone.










After this I got a new place to use as a garage much closer, been 1,5 hour away before! ' haven't had a real garage in a couple of years, that's one reason why this building has been standing still for so long.




So now can I finally start building for real :lol: Been working a couple of hours everyday now last week. Been working on preparing the front-beam, grind it down and put some paint on everything.

Took of the small pipes from the shocks






Got a less nice suprice when I took the beam appart.. the lower torsion leaves was broken. Already got a NOS for the upper one but now I had to find another one for the lower. Luckily I found another NOS after a couple of days! Waiting to get it home right now.



Also finally got to paint the inside of the bus









The bakelitepod needed some treatment too. The clips that holds the lamp-sockets were in a bad shape, one was even broken so these had to be changed.



Managed to drill them out, put some threads in and screw them into place with some locktite



Cleaned up the fusebox and it ended up pretty nice





Got the beam in temporarily for making the rails, haven't welded them yet, need to drill the holes first, but that's next.






And this is basically where I am right now :)

Hellberg Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:30 pm

I think I've seen some thread where someone restored a pod and showed hos he did. Does anyone know if there's one?

EverettB Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:07 pm

Maybe in the Split Bug section somewhere?

I found this thread with some advice from Brezelwerks but no photos
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=198448

I found this post too
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7463110#7463110

j.pickens Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:26 pm

Haven't seen this bus project for awhile!
Should I be ashamed to say my favorite part of your update is the fuse box restoration?
Nice detail work.

Hellberg Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:52 pm

EverettB wrote: Maybe in the Split Bug section somewhere?

I found this thread with some advice from Brezelwerks but no photos
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=198448

I found this post too
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7463110#7463110


Thanks Everett! Was not the ones I searched for but there was some pretty good tips in there!









j.pickens wrote: Haven't seen this bus project for awhile!
Should I be ashamed to say my favorite part of your update is the fuse box restoration?
Nice detail work.

Haha sometimes the most simple works is the most satisfying :lol:

I really like the pic of the inside being painted :lol:

Hellberg Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:55 pm

Got the frontbeam rails sorted today, drilled holes, fitted into place and welded. Only had like 1,5 hour to spend after work so this was all I managed to do. Also got the rails painted so now I'ts ready to be fitted onto the bus!







Artur Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:04 pm

Nice :!:

LAGrunthaner Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:02 pm

=D>

LAGrunthaner Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:47 am

Hellberg, Mo & Domsjö AB 1955 is looking great, congratulations.

How did you clean these connectors? Did you use vinegar and water or electric clean? They turned out great. I love your new workspace too. :wink:




TRS63 Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:04 am

Great Progress here, well done 8)
Also happy to hear how did you clean the fuse box,as I should do the same for my ghia.
Cheers
Antoine

Hellberg Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:45 am

LAGrunthaner wrote: Hellberg, Mo & Domsjö AB 1955 is looking great, congratulations.

How did you clean these connectors? Did you use vinegar and water or electric clean? They turned out great. I love your new workspace too. :wink:

Thanks!


I only used degreaser and a toothbrush, managed to get out the screws carefully using nothing but a screwdriver and then I layed them in a bath of rust-dissolver. Used a small steel brush on the connectors :lol:

TRS63 Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:29 am

Thanks for the info :D

Antoine

Hellberg Tue Jul 09, 2019 2:56 am

Got the front beam in place, still waiting for some parts to arrive before I can put everything together!



Also I've been working on to get all the brake-lines in place, mock-up with the steeringwheel and but some filler on the body.

Finished the pod yesterday, so I could start to assemble the electric harness!



















I'll try to get this to look better :lol:



put some protactive-paint in the headlght-buckets.














It's a mess in the garage right now :lol:

Hellberg Fri Jul 26, 2019 10:58 am

The bus has got some paint on it now, front beam is finishes, spindles are assembled and almost all electric-parts are finished!








The spring in the speedometer was broken so I took it appart and put the end of the spring in place and pressed the small pin in place, used some epoxyglue to make sure it stays there. Took the opportunity to reset the trip meter.









Some more pics of the progress








Got the old lady down on its wheels, brakes finished and almost all mechanical work finished and then I gave it a gentle wash. Still waiting to get the enginge home, until then I have some small works to do.
I'll need to put some hours to get the new paint to blend in nice with the old paint, don't really like the looks of it now. Not really satisfied with the rims either :lol:



bally Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:55 pm

That's coming together really nicely! Thanks for the updates. I look forward to the engine install and first drive!

Cheers. Dave



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