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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

Iím about to embark on a new project with my mate Paul Irving of ďIrvísĒ in the North West of England - although Iím a Londoner I enjoyed doing the 54 Kombi with Irv and he did an amazing job though this project is going to be very different.

The Postbus was found in Germany, you can watch the story here; https://youtu.be/B-RLsLlrulE

Out of the ground and cleaned up, this is how it looked.

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The PO then removed the red paint to get to this;

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This was the state of play when I managed to buy it a few months ago.

Thanks to Martin at Revs we got it from Germany over to the UK.

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Not only is Martin a great guy who does more annual mileage than a long haul pilot he takes tons of pictures which we all love of course.

So, here she sits ready to start the makeover ready for Hessich next year.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:47 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

Only one way to get those miles done buddy Wink

Looking forward to seeing this build!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

The Post Bus is next in line Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Irv got it on to the jig today, in his words Ďit sort of lined upí, yikes!

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I guess I had better get started on the parts list. The biggest missing item is the engine. The bus is from October Ď54. It would be great to find something age appropriate. Any leads gratefully received.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:56 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

First thought is a quiet oof....
But you just know itís gonna look cool. Already does

(Shame to lose the sign-writing)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:02 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

RockStock wrote:
First thought is a quiet oof....
But you just know itís gonna look cool. Already does

(Shame to lose the sign-writing)


The bus already had the sign writing removed when I purchased it so didnít get a good look at it. In any event I think an original paint Deutsche Postbus is pretty special.

Got a lead on a motor yesterday thanks to Revs
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

Sadly I missed out on the Ď54 motor Sad

Here is a nice picture of my bus whilst being used as a kids playhouse in Germany.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

saw this in the flesh the other week , be up again this week to pick my knacker up I think ! Expect this to be finished the speed Irv works at !
P S yer shiny bus is my pick of the two itís fkn awesome 👏 😃
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:05 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

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saw this in the flesh the other week , be up again this week to pick my knacker up I think ! Expect this to be finished the speed Irv works at !
P S yer shiny bus is my pick of the two itís fkn awesome 👏 😃


Thanks mate. Had a bit of a look at yours as well when I was up, cool bus - think Irv has half the UK collection of BDís at the moment!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:46 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

bathtub57 wrote:
TurboedWestie wrote:
saw this in the flesh the other week , be up again this week to pick my knacker up I think ! Expect this to be finished the speed Irv works at !
P S yer shiny bus is my pick of the two itís fkn awesome 👏 😃


Thanks mate. Had a bit of a look at yours as well when I was up, cool bus - think Irv has half the UK collection of BDís at the moment!

Irv The UK,s No.1 Barndoor Doctor 😃 Mines a rolling resto work in progress!
Maybe as good as your soon to be show stopper one day 😃
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:26 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

On the vintage pic, the signboard over the cargo doors says
'GlŁckliches Kleeblatt- Lucky clover'
maybe because there's 4 of them sweet girls ?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 3:29 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

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On the vintage pic, the signboard over the cargo doors says
'GlŁckliches Kleeblatt- Lucky clover'
maybe because there's 4 of them sweet girls ?


Good spotting! I believe it was one of those four girls that let the bus go to its new home. Would be lovely to drive it back there one day.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

They get a lot worse before they can get better. Even so these pictures scare the life out of me..

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Thankfully Irv fixes cars better than he takes pictures of them.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

Chassis repairs ongoing

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

Chassis done

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

On to this now!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

These Barndoor resurrections are truly amazing! Hats off to all you you guys tackling these mega projects. Please keep the photos coming.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

banana split wrote:
These Barndoor resurrections are truly amazing! Hats off to all you you guys tackling these mega projects. Please keep the photos coming.


Thanks! We need all the encouragement we can get at this stage!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

The Quebec forest deluxe in the background??
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

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The Quebec forest deluxe in the background??


Indeed it is.
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PostPosted: Yesterday 12:17 am    Post subject: Re: 1954 Bundespost Barndoor Reply with quote

The build up of the chassis has begun, I cannot believe how quickly this is all happening. Irv and the team obviously have a lot of experience and more importantly lots of references with (I am guessing) about 6 barn doors in the shop currently.

The goal like with some of the other builds ongoing is to preserve as much original metal and paint as possible. Though it is an 11 window it is a genuine Deutsche Postbus which as far as I can discern is a rare beast.

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Some lovely original yellow

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This next picture gives me hope - seeing pictures of flat packed buses is great online but I can tell you when you own one and you see it lying there on the ground as a bunch of rusty bent metal you begin to wonder where passion ends and madness begins.

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