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Emeraldlion Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:12 pm

Fall of 2019 my dad and I drove to Vegas from east Texas to get a 61 kombi. It was a stalled project completely disassembled but 95% complete. Body and paint are now done and we are prepping for re-assembly. This is going to be the build thread if you will.

I would appreciate any tips and feedback. We have all new rubber, new wiring harness. Going to run new brake lines. Would like to get suspension back in first to make it a roller. Anyone have any tips on order for reassembly?

The name...my first vehicle was a 63 micro that we nicknamed Lucille. Sold her several years ago so this is going to be Lucy2(Lucy too).


Emeraldlion Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:19 pm





silkvw Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:40 pm

Looks really nice so far! Very straight.

Emeraldlion Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:52 pm

Thanks! It really was a great bus. Dry as a bone. It has had a nose resting, and cut fender wells repaired. Repairs were done well though. It isn't perfect but close enough for us.

sled Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:32 pm

shame it got two-toned.

looks nice otherwise!

Emeraldlion Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:34 pm

I know sled, sorry for that.

House Sat Jan 16, 2021 9:46 pm

Bummer, I was just going to ask if it was a real two tone Kombi... :lol:
Sure looks nice!

ronjonlasvegas Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:06 am

Emeraldlion wrote: Fall of 2019 my dad and I drove to Vegas from east Texas to get a 61 kombi. It was a stalled project completely disassembled but 95% complete. Body and paint are now done and we are prepping for re-assembly. This is going to be the build thread if you will.

I would appreciate any tips and feedback. We have all new rubber, new wiring harness. Going to run new brake lines. Would like to get suspension back in first to make it a roller. Anyone have any tips on order for reassembly?

The name...my first vehicle was a 63 micro that we nicknamed Lucille. Sold her several years ago so this is going to be Lucy2(Lucy too).



Congratulations, the bus looks great. Who did your paint work?

andre b Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:37 am

sled wrote: shame it got two-toned.

looks nice otherwise! :lol:

Emeraldlion Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:13 am

The shop is in Atlanta, tx. Billy at Texas T Paint and Body did the work. Great work at a reasonable rate. Spies Hecker paint with the samba glasurit reference codes. Yes, it was single tone swr, yes I personally would have liked it that way. Do I regret making it 2 tone, absolutely not. It looks great

Busted-bolt Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:10 pm

It is refreshing to see a standard/combi that has has the shinny two tone treatment ,ya just don't see that every day.You see the ones that have more windows and a hole in the roof hacked in much more often. Congrats on the clean looking bus enjoy!!

Emeraldlion Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:16 pm

Thank you! I respect the deluxes, but have always had a soft spot for the standards. This was our decision to do one right, not overspend but treat it well. We are in an area where there are very few so it will hopefully serve as an example for the vw community

EA57RHD Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:58 pm

The paint work looks very nice, but I have to agree with Sled. A standard it is not.

A SWR kombi is supper cool, one of my favorite VW bus colors.

So are you going to make this a full standard model bus ?

Emeraldlion Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:01 pm

No, just the paint scheme. This bus was optioned with 6 popouts and cargo cards and seats though. Probably go with Clara's uber kombi card kit.

EverettB Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:19 pm

Emeraldlion wrote: No, just the paint scheme. This bus was optioned with 6 popouts and cargo cards and seats though. Probably go with Clara's uber kombi card kit.

Note that if you got the birth certificate and it said "seats and panels in the back", that is rarely true, it was just Kombi seats.
This is M-code 013

If it really had panels you can usually tell by looking at the mounting holes in the cargo doors, long wall, etc. If they are super clean it's never had screws installed so no panels.

Of course if you like the look, go for it.

Emeraldlion Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:23 pm

Thanks for the update Everett. Haven't looked that close yet, just going off the m code.

Braukuche Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:44 pm

Nice looking bus.

Dustin B Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:40 pm

Love the colors. Definitely one of vw's best combos.

As far as making it a roller the big thing to install before the front end and transaxle is the long portion of the shift rod. Lube and install that then your good to go with the suspension.

AS350driver Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:09 am

sled wrote: shame it got two-toned.

looks nice otherwise!

Like (most) lowered buses, it can be put back the way it was :)

Emeraldlion Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:16 am

Yes it can for whoever owns it when my kids sell it after I die.



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