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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:32 am    Post subject: Barn find project 1968 one owner RHD camper 23-8143788 Reply with quote

Hi all,

So this is it for me, the barn find I've been waiting for!

It started 20 years ago with this particular camper, a right hand drive Devon Torvette conversion camper and yesterday I took ownership - wow.

Join me in the tale of 20 years and now recommissioning this great bus.

The facts:

One owner from new and I bought from the owner yesterday!
51K miles
Chassis # 23-8143788 (December - July '68 )
Amazing time warp interior and camping furniture.
Amazing original condition throughout.

More to follow as the project develops Smile

Here for starters the video of it leaving the original owner's house on a grey (but exciting) November day Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats, Pictures would be cool.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here they come Smile

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I'm taking this photo of the bus, original owner (on the left) and my assistant Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank yOu. That thing is clean. Did you mean Barn Find in your post title?
Have a great day.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tcash wrote:
Thank yOu. That thing is clean. Did you mean Barn Find in your post title?
Have a great day.
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He must mean Bard... probably sung the Original owner a pretty tune! Looking forward to seeing more of this one
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So as I do with projects like this I've started a spreadsheet and kanban to get the bus roadworthy and ready for inspection Smile

Current blocker is the fuel tank which needs chemical cleaning. It's got no rust, but the remaining fuel has solidified. Of course that means engine out, but I like to pull the motor anyway to give it a good looking over, loosen and replace old tinware and ancillary bolts with new greased ones etc. and clean up the tinware.

Then I'll need (want to) replace all the braking system. New cylinders and hoses all round which these days are pretty cheap anyway.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, she's a beauty! So clean and original. How about more pictures of the inside, dash, headliner, engine, under it? Yea, I'm greedy! Smile

I'm hoping you keep updating this thread as you progress to getting her back on the road.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eh that looks like nothing special at all.

I'll trade you my SC, bug and soul for it. Nothing big.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE find! Amazingly great shape.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet find! Congrats!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really a project, just get it MOT'd and drive it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:32 am    Post subject: . Reply with quote

I hate it but I will have mercy on your folly and trade you my 3 VW's for it plus I will pay to have it shipped from England . LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original owner now 82 was just 36 when he bought this new from a VW dealer in Manchester, England.

He is an engineer and so kept the van in pristine condition although it has been repainted.

The interior is like new, but that van has not moved for over 10 years I think. I have the engine running now and it is sweet, but the fuel tank needs to come out to be cleaned.

Enjoy the photos! I'm certainly enjoying the bus Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:39 am    Post subject: Drivers door wasn't unlocking with the key Reply with quote

Drivers door wasn't unlocking from the key so I had to investigate.

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Nice, inner weather cover

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With lock mechanism removed I found a little spring had broken that returns the lock release lever. Pulled one from my selection of springs pack (Aldi sells these!)

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Bent this tab back to get access to get the spring on

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and boom

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Cleaned up the door card whilst it was off Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and here's the motor running for now


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What an awesome bus!! Congrats on getting it.

What is the black thing next to the passenger seat?

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

justcruzin wrote:
What an awesome bus!! Congrats on getting it.

What is the black thing next to the passenger seat?



Looks like a slip on head rest but I could be wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the black thing next to the seat.
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You could try to go back to OG Paint.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, congrats!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest work on the bus Smile

Nice and clean OG engine bay, just gonna degrease it

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Tank is off to the resto shop to be cut open, blasted and resin sealed.

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a bit frosty here are the moment which is delaying things...

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wish your rockers looked like this ? Wink

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With the engine out I thought I might as well do the RMS. Made an insert tool from an old alternator end plate machined down a little Smile Tin ware is stripped off and sent to be blasted and painted by a friend.

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Lots of parts ordered. New CV boots (might as well do them with easy access), new rear brake flex hoses - same reason.
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