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Burlyhammer
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

I just read this whole thread. The bus, and Jim's personal journey are an inspiration to me. Keep on keeping on Jim. I look forward to your updates!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

Nice to see you back working on this awesome bus Jim. Keep up the good work!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

Hello,

I apologize for asking what is probably a dumb question, but I am trying to find out paint and interior codes for a friend who has a '58 Euro Westy subhatch, where the chassis plate says that the Type is a VW2/23. I know that there is no M-Code plate as they started in '59. I have the stamp behind the seat which is 323042. And the Engine bay stamp is 349929 which also is the same as the number on the chassis plate. I looked at the Technical section here and could not find the numbers in the Westy category. If anyone knows how to figure out which section to look at under the Technical section here on Samba, could I trouble you to post a link to it please?

Thank you for the help.

Scott
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

Cool! Glad to see you're still at it. I've been working on my bus so long...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

vws-microcars4jim wrote:
No sir, not finished. But I have it on a rotisserie and some things have progressed:

A few other small things done. I haven't been that motivated. Started collecting/repairing pinball machines, building guitars and I've been playing in a band. I work a lot to pay the bills, not much time for all the projects. I see npbusguy is posting his new project, and while I can't compete with him, I still hope to drive and camp in my bus again someday.

Jim


Awesome, so glad to hear it is still in the works even if its happening slowly. A 58 Westy is an amazing bus and its going to be worth all of the time and effort. Just keep chipping away at it.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

No sir, not finished. But I have it on a rotisserie and some things have progressed:
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I cleaned up and painted the seat frames, had a local upholsterer stretch Matt Miller covers on them:
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Found two 1/58 wheels that came with the bus, pg/sg under layers of paint, now sandblasted clean:
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And I bought safaris, figuring this would be a good time to fit them:
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A few other small things done. I haven't been that motivated. Started collecting/repairing pinball machines, building guitars and I've been playing in a band. I work a lot to pay the bills, not much time for all the projects. I see npbusguy is posting his new project, and while I can't compete with him, I still hope to drive and camp in my bus again someday.

Jim
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 58 Westy Restoration Reply with quote

did this bus ever get finished?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^ Sage advice
The best revenge you can exact on someone... is to have a good life.
another flip-side view...
The only people you should worry about getting even with... are the ones that have done something nice for you.

Leads me to one of my favorite humbling yet uplifting poems to share with you.... "Desiderata"

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems as though ironically you and the bus are in a similar state of affairs. At the expense of sounding like a total nut, your bus can be great and loyal friend. (I'm sure there are plenty on here who know were I am coming from) perhaps, the best thing you can do, would be to finish the bus and hit the road camping, as you planed to do initially! There is nothing like keeping active and an adventure to take your mind of things. Dont let the actions of a few define your life, clearly you have other supporters/friends on this site... kia kaha (stay strong)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I may never again post an update on this thread, so don't get your hopes up.

I have not worked on the bus. It reminds me of my wife and Neal, which I don't like to think about. I have dwelled on hating them for a long time, and while I know it is unhealthy, moving on is difficult.

If I do work on the bus again I will likely not share it on a forum where someone I loathe so much frequents.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So where's the 'ol westy at the days Jim? We're all wondering what's been cookin'. Three & a half years is a long update span!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any update on this Westy?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just found this thread looking for inspiration to get to welding on my bus, sorry to hear the bad news, or good, depends on how you look at it. Best of luck, ive been there too, not married but long term relationships and then boom, you're done. Looking back now, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, happier now, more than ever. Even have a wife that loves my hobby and my kid loves my bus! Keep your head up dude, some of the best times of your life are awaiting you...

and thanks for the thread, i just got some Gerson metal and can't wait to get started...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StockNazi wrote:
buck wrote:
Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!

good to hear


Thats great!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buck wrote:
Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!

good to hear
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Jim Reply with quote

What ever happened to Jim? How are you doing?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep your head up Jim!! Do not let her bring you down! There will be another. Only time can heal your pain. Focus on something positive and stay with it. Your bus is great and you are doing a fine job on it. Hang in there man,we are with you!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hang in there Brother! I too have been through the same ordeal, 7yrs ago. As others are saying and as crazy as it all sounds there right. I sold my project to a very close friend of mine. It was an "all out sale" everything related to the project went with it, in an effort to "make things easier for her" by liquidating assets. I went over this with my attorney as well who suggested I get a noterized bill of sale. It works just need the paper trail to cover all angles.
In the end none of it all mattered though. I was prepared to lose everything and give whatever she wanted to keep my daughter and I together, we prevailed!

It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Jim, hope all works out for the best.....

I went through this 6 years ago, I became so depressed that I practically gave all my projects away, 71 ghia, '60 bug conv., 57 chevy apache.

One good thing I did was giving/loaning my tools to my friends. was able to get them back....
Its 6 years later, I re-married, got a new garage/home, 57 oval, 66 deluxe bus, and happier than I ever was in my previous marriage.

One thing I learned from this ordeal was that by staying focused and true to myself , I got through it, and back to a great place.

Keep strong man
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