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Volker H.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:30 am    Post subject: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

in this thread I try to document the restauration of my 1963 15 window deluxe. There will also be many questions, maybe you can help me to find an answer... and maybe I can give back some information to this great forum.


Here we go:

First pictures at his new home:

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The floor: Bad condition, but soon looking as new. Anyone who knows if the seat mountings on the floor are placed correctly for a 251 7 seat walkthrough? Are there any missing?

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Best regards from Germany
Volker

edit #1: As mentioned this bus is one of/the last German built 15 window bus. Also see this thread: Last built 15 window in 1963


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like an amazing van to start with.

Are you keeping the paint or repainting it? what are the plans?

Keep the updates coming =)
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Volker,
what a great bus. Turquoise, walkthrough and 15 Windows.
The pressings on your new floors looks right for a short middle seat.
Regards from Stuttgart,
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ blink: Yes, but nevertheless I sometimes fear the outstanding work. It`s going to be repainted completely. I`m still not sure about the color, I`d prefer mousegrey with a red plastic filler more than Turqoise or Red.

@ zehbeh: Thank you! Yes, it has the short middle seat. I`m not sure if there is still a lack of those flat metal pieces which cover the middle seat mounting areas. Greetings to Stuttart! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And this is my next question: Does anybody know where to buy some repair metal for the rear part of the front wheel arches as shown on the picture? Should be for a Walkthrough...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on a super cool bus! Those inner wheel wells don't look too bad. It takes some time to cut out those sections and weld in new metal. Maybe poke a little with a screwdriver to see how thin the metal really is (or is not). You may also consider tackling the bigger jobs first and save the small time consuming (possible burn out jobs) for later.

Fwiw, this is what I did with mine but I had other bigger jobs around these areas so one thing led to another : ) I re-used/recycled good metal off my bus for small areas like this. I think it's 20 gauge sheet metal?

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Looking forward to seeing how this comes together!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thank you! Yes, it has the short middle seat. I`m not sure if there is still a lack of those flat metal pieces which cover the middle seat mounting areas. Greetings to Stuttart! Very Happy


You are right. The flat sheet metal, where the outer leg of the seat rests on is missing.
See the original floor of my 64.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi volker h! you've got a great bus, congrats! i love it and the fact that it's the youngest/last built german made 15 window known!

good luck and have fun! i'll be glued to this thread and look forward to your build updates!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ vwserphguy: Nice pictures! My wheel arches are bader than it might look. I finally found some repair metal sheet that was made for non-walk-through buses, but we`ll accommodate them.

@ zehbeh: Perfect! I knew one is missing. Now I ask myself why my floor did only come with two of those (instead of four as seen on wolfsburgwest). Must try to get one more...

@ Mr. Bungle: Thanks! Updates will come regularly...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great looking bus. Have fun with it and keep us posted on the build.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a 1500 "H" motor last week. Hope it will be running soon.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Little progress going on: Rear edge on the right ist done, also right walkthrough area.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun bus! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New pictures of left rear edge and left sill.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:23 am    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

The winter has gone, work goes on. Body work is finished and a friend of mine prepared the bus for final painting. And as you can guess - the bus will carry itīs original colors turquoise/bluewhite. Smile

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The engine is running already, I had to replace the carburettor, the intake manifold and one cylinder head. Now it`s being disassembled and overhauled.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

It's crazy how thin that paint was over the original turk. Seems like it wouldn't have taken much.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

You're moving at a good speed on this bus!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

@ Malokin Martin: Yes, that blue was quite thin. Taken much for what?

@ AS350driver: Hope I won`t get stuck with all that attachments. Rolling Eyes BTW: AS350 refers to flying?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

Volker H. wrote:
@ Malokin Martin: Yes, that blue was quite thin. Taken much for what?
I think he is trying to say, it would not have taken much effort to remove the thin blue respray and expose the turkis/white underneath. Looks like it COULD have had some nice original paint under there.

Looking at the first pics you posted, I would have not been able to stop myself from breaking out the paint stripper as soon as I had it off the trailer.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: 1963 15 window deluxe restoration Reply with quote

Volker, yes AS350 does refer to flying Smile Or I could use EC120driver or a few other types, but I've been in Astars a lot here lately.
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