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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: 55 Standard PGSG Project Reply with quote

This is the project bus I just picked up. It's a '55 standard with a lot of hippie hack jobs, but little rust. I'll let the pics speak for themselves..
Some of the pics I got from the PO:
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The day I picked it up from the shipper:
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A couple of the hacks - bulkhead and engine hatch
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A few years ago I wouldn't have even entertained this bus, but I wanted a '55 and this has a lot of the parts still on it- both pressed bumpers (including wolfsburg front one) brake light decklid with light and bulb holder, did have both rear reflectors, but one went missing during shipping Rolling Eyes I plan to take my time, try to expose the original paint and blend the repairs, paint underside and engine bay, etc..
Here's where I am with the paint so far:
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I had some aerosol cans mixed up and painted the emblem so far, as it had been blasted and left to rust. The original paint is still mostly pretty thick, but there are 4 thick coats covering it. The bumpers will get blasted and painted once I have done some dent repair and welded a section into the rear one, where someone cut it for the exhaust. The front bumper is currently welded to the towbar framework, so careful removal will be necessary. I have a clip for the side window piece and hack over the engine so far, but I am starting on the hundreds of small holes so far.
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Rear light holes, wheelwells, plexiglass hinged rear window, outer rocker...
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First holes welded and ground back..
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Great quality fat base repro mirror arms from so23westfalia.
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Today I built some brackets to bolt to where the front beam goes. They will have castors welded to them, so I can remove the running gear and roll it around easily. I plan to build a similar set up to bolt to the rear frame horns.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sweet radiused wheel wells, dude!

Cool find. Have fun!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glad to see someone finally bought that bus.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i remember that bus only because of the side window hack. never knew it was PGSG though. keep posting up the progress you make!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, it was for sale on here FOREVER, I looked at it and discounted it so many times, but looked at what I could get for a lot more $$ and it finally became more attractive. I run a VW shop and sales business, so things that are worth a lot don't tend to hang around long. I decided this was my way of getting a 55 on a tight budget. Will be getting Gerson wheelwells, outer rocker and a couple floor sections. I will leave the big roof hole until last, when I have it on a rotisserie to paint the underside.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

way to step up to the plate. best of luck with it!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killer bus, Im sure you will do it right, judging by the progress...

Keep us updated for sure Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks for the replies, it was for sale on here FOREVER, I looked at it and discounted it so many times, but looked at what I could get for a lot more $$ and it finally became more attractive. I run a VW shop and sales business, so things that are worth a lot don't tend to hang around long. I decided this was my way of getting a 55 on a tight budget. Will be getting Gerson wheelwells, outer rocker and a couple floor sections. I will leave the big roof hole until last, when I have it on a rotisserie to paint the underside.


can't wait to see it slammed and bagged, on fake earlies. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to offend any of the stock height guys, but yes this will be lowered with a full bolt in setup, NO BAGS or earlies though. I figure it's MY BUS and no one else stepped up to the plate to save it, so it's gonna look how I want it to look. No tubs or steering box raise, but lowered narrowed, straight axle and a set of original wide 5 rims.. I don't see a problem with stock height buses, just not my thing right now and i figure as long as it gets saved, anyone who loves buses should appreciate that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i thought about picking that up time and time again as i was local to it. but it was a bit too hacked.

glad someone got it, keep us updated!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bus guy wrote:
Sorry to offend any of the stock height guys, but yes this will be lowered with a full bolt in setup, NO BAGS or earlies though. I figure it's MY BUS and no one else stepped up to the plate to save it, so it's gonna look how I want it to look. No tubs or steering box raise, but lowered narrowed, straight axle and a set of original wide 5 rims.. I don't see a problem with stock height buses, just not my thing right now and i figure as long as it gets saved, anyone who loves buses should appreciate that.


True but d'oh! anyway! Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was the previous owner to this bus that hauled it out of the Oregon rain forest. I got seriously injured and did not see myself getting to this anytime soon. I had to find it a deserving home. Really glad this bus found a good home. It definitely needed work but was really solid by todays standards. Little did he know but the hippie was probably the first in the world to have a rear safari window. Maybe the current owner can show a better pic of the prototype rear safari from 1968. Also could you post the pic of how it looked when I found it with the camper canopy boat thing on the roof. Hope to see this bus looking good.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Greg, Here's the before pic i found on here. It's good to finally get hold of it and start doing the work. It's gonna be a back burner project for a while, as I have a notch to get on the road and a few company projects/customer cars to do. The rear 'safari' was busted in transit, but is about to hit the bin anyway..
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy chit, that is one nutty highroof?! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha...VW emblem on the spare tire.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a great morning this morning. I welded up a few more holes on the rear end with great results. Next will be the taillight holes. I still need to find the measurements for the hole location, but will weld in steel, then use a hole saw to cut the holes.
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The best part of the day was when I was welding up the holes below the driver side taillight I fished my hand around behind it to get all the wires out of the way and found the missing reflector! It matches the one on the bus and is a 'big diamond' one (stamped Frese K1282 in the bezel) The bus is an early may '55. The reflectors both need new studs, but are uncracked and otherwise in good shape.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a 55 and 56 if you want i could send you measurements of correct location of rear lights thanks stuart email [email protected]
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome that you found that matching reflector in there! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Stuart, thanks. YGM
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It matches the one on the bus and is a 'big diamond' one (stamped Frese K1282 in the bezel) The bus is an early may '55. The reflectors both need new studs, but are uncracked and otherwise in good shape.
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I don't think those are "big diamond" but they do appear to be correct for the bus.
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