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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Anyone recognise this 21 window Texas/Berkeley California? Reply with quote

Hi all, I just bought this from a guy in the uk, i'm really pleased with it as it's never been welded before although it will need a small amount on the floors. I was just wondering if any of you guys recognise it? It came from Frostwood Circle, Dickinson, Texas. If anyone has any information or photos of it please post em up or better still if you recognise it post up a response. It has mostly original lotus white paint under the graffiti and I plan on uncovering it all in the near future. Thanks Colin.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about berkeley, ca?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: Anyone recognise this 21 window Texas/Berkeley Californi Reply with quote

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It has mostly original lotus white paint under the graffiti and I plan on uncovering it all in the near future. Thanks Colin.

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I have no idea where the bus came from, but I thank you in advance for getting that crap repaint of the bus.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VolksFire wrote:
what about berkeley, ca?

Originally i thought this bus was a texas bus as this is what the paperwork states but after a couple of minutes of paint removal i found an old parking permit/license sticker on the rear corner. It says Berkeley California 1975.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know this bus. i live about 20 min from where this bus has sat for quite a while... tried to buy it numerous times myself. the last time i looked at it was march of 2007. it was located off of hwy 146 in tx, very close to dickinson (a small older town in south east texas). this is very close to galveston island tx about 20 min or so. it was at a gentlemans house who works on old vws, mostly bay windows. i talked to him briefly last march and he told me he got the bus for free from a friends mother i believe, after the son (his friend) left the bus with mom. he was very protective of the bus and knew its value. i remember every one of the greenish tinted skylight windows were inside... hope you got them Wink
anyway, hope this sheds some light on your new bus and answers some questions for you.
if you have any further question or if you would like to have the old mans number, im sure i could talk to him for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh, and because i have drooled over this bus and have been keeping it to myself in hopes of one day having it in my garage.... please post loads of paint removal pic ect... congrats
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why not go for the old morris minor panelvan? They pretty sought after in the UK.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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morris 1000 van in the pic too... nice...

good luck with the bus i saw it at stamford hall earlier on in the year... will look great once all the paint is removed... Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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oh, and because i have drooled over this bus and have been keeping it to myself in hopes of one day having it in my garage.... please post loads of paint removal pic ect... congrats

Thanks very much for these pics, the chap i bought it from said he collected it himself but had no photos of it's location. 50% of the crap paint has been removed so i must get some pics of it on here, maybe i should put them on the restoring og paint thread. It came complete with all the original glass and yes the roof glass is tinted green, thanks very much Colin.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's been a busy week, i've spent about 30 hours in total stripping the van back trying to uncover as much og paint as possible. The poor repaint was that bad that I got most of it off with a 2 scraper from my local hardware store, here is a pic of it being stripped.

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Here's my bro with the stripper ( he wishes it was a real stripper instead of this poor excuse)

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On the rear corner there is a work permit/sticker of some sort, this pic was as it was being uncovered, it's now cleaned and has a date of 1975 on it.

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The whole van is now back to the grey colour you see in the following pics, this is a thick coat of primer covering some small repairs but mainly og paint.

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Today is sunday and tomorrows work Sad so we decided to see what the paint was like underneath, after 2 hours of wet sanding and a few chrome goodies to give an overall picture this is the end result.

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If all the other panels turn out like this one I should be fine. I'll try and keep up to speed and post as soon as anything else happens,Col.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work looking good how about a closeup of the cool headlight guards lovin them .Can'y wait to see it finished
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it an original white/white bus?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lookin good
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work col, looks alot better now with all the chrome back on!!

it is indeed an original lotus white all over bus.... was amazing how easy the crap paint came off from on top of the og.... i sat and watched whilst these guys worked.... haha Laughing

keep up the good work col and paul, give me a shout when u want a hand
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've now done the roof, it's not too bad just a patch where some sort of roof mounted object has been. Probably a company logo or a beacon of some sort, it also has holes in the rear hatch where a sign must of been bolted. It would be cool if i could find out what the company was or what it was used fo all those years ago, no worries though i'll carry on regardless.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, crazy to see it in pics like this after seeing it in person before. keep up the great work and keep the pics coming!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

had this bus not been removed from the dickinson/san leon area of tx where i took the pics earlier in the thread, it would have been under 14 feet of water this weekend because of hurricane ike....

any updates?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VolksFire wrote:
what about berkeley, ca?


I thought that it was a reference to the fact that under all those bright colors was a chunky, white dude that because of a bent tye-rod only putted around in left handed circles.
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