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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we sold this one because the semaphores were welded up and it had aftermarket lights hacked in, look at the wiper.... I salute you!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so with the front screen in place......

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..... the front clip could now be reunited with the rest of the chassis. Again the join was reinforced with a laser cut forma, and all internals were liberally coated with a rust inhibiting paint.

So to answer your question G, here's the old girl as she stands this weekend.

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I don't know about you guys but that photo makes me smile a lot and I can't stop looking at it. She's coming together at last. Watch this space! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For one reason or another this project then had a little hiatus. Paul had a lot of work on, and I had the '51 Basket Case to build,
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=467457
and then my panel when that got sold back to Sweden, and a few other bits and bobs in between, so this got packed up and stored at the back of the shed for a rainy day.

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Anyway a while back talk turned to dusting this project down and getting stuck back in. Mainly this talk took place while drunk at LeMans Classic with Dai and Mark when we all decided that we should be taking Deluxes of some sort in 2016 Cool With other projects finished I grabbed the parts from my shed and hauled them all up to JC Welding Services in Sileby. Jeff's a good friend and a guy who I trust completely with this sort of project, and I knew I didn't have the time to weld this beast up all on my own so I was more than happy to dump this pile of parts on him Razz

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We drank some "tea" and worked out a vague plan of attack, but the first problem that I was had was the hacked a-post and lack of a windscreen and front roof.

A knarly front clip gave up its a-post and outer front skin to repair the lovely door removal cuts of yesteryear ....

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and I had recently been able to buy a really nice screen / roof clip from JP at Dawerks in Canada (thanks dude!) which, together with a front roof section that Florian had sold me a while back would piece together the front nicely.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha. Thanks guys. Yeh the dash was a real sweet find G. I was considering a cheaper repro for a minute there but Dai pointed out that after all my work in trying to save as much OG metal and paint as possible, I'd be the one driving around looking at a reproduction dash all day. He's pretty good with advice that involves me spending money. What a handy friend to have Laughing

So, the bus. Paul has a table he uses for chassis building so we removed the remaining pieces of cargo floor and cleaned up the front and rear lumps ready to weld in a nice new centre section.

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One worry I had was the strength of the new chassis. All the cuts in this bus had been done with a gas torch as there was no plan to ever weld anything back together. This left nasty great gaps everywhere so we decided to remove sections around the cuts in the chassis and reinforce the joins. By accessing the inside of the boxed sections we could clean up and weld the "inside" of the chassis, before reinforcing the new joins with laser cut formas, and then grafting a piece back onto the "outside". Stronger than factory and nice and safe Very Happy

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Then the rear chassis leg that had sustained the accident damage was cut off and straightened out before being reattached to the rest of the chassis. For the first time since the 1980's this thing was back on its wheels!!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben, how come, that all of your stories don't even come as a surprise to me... Laughing you're one crazy bloke... Wink
although that pic of the dash is actually raising my temperature somewhat... Shocked
so what does the bus look today ?
that rounded front part of the jig is sweet.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread Ben. I am looking forward to more updates
I really do love this sort of thread

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great story, looking forward to watching it unfold. Enjoy your pints
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I think I mentioned before that Lou was a proper Gent Very Happy One morning in June I was checking my mails before heading off to the airport for a cheap week in Spain when Lou sent me an email titled "you need this" with a link to an advert for this roof clip:

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The ad had gone up late the night before and it was too early to contact the seller and my plane left early that morning Confused I eventually got hold of Graham at FBI in Swansea just before we boarded the plane and told him I'd take it. He was worried that it was rusty and wanted me to come and see it first. "I'll take it Graham. As it is. Honestly. Please!". And so I became the owner of a '55 swage up roof clip in OG paint. Not a Barndoor but a Wolfsburg bus so all internal pressings, etc are identical with only the roof peak and rear hatch being different. Perfect for rebuilding this beast.

Next ................... to be honest I'm late for the pub so more later. Cheers Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now whilst Lou was organising the bay and packing stuff up I'd been busy trying to track down other parts of this bus, with Lou and Lind being particularly helpful so many thanks again for that guys Wink

I located the front roof cut:

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but the owner didn't particularly want to sell it. It has since been sold but sadly I couldn't afford the price it went for so it's currently being used to help save a few other buses Crying or Very sad

I also found out about the centre chassis section:

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Fairly crusty but dug out a few years ago by Mark who also posted the pics in the gallery. He found the lump in Angwin laying where the bus was cut up years ago. Anyone got any more info on how or why the bus ended up getting gas torched to pieces in Angwin?

Lastly I discovered that the original dash complete with OG paint and dealer sticker was hanging in a VW shop as a display item. A few emails later and the owner had agreed to sell it to me to reunite with the bus (Thanks again Todd), so this got sent to Lou's place and packed with the other parts Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep the rebuild is underway, but you haven't exactly got your finger on the pulse with this one Chris, as the rebuild actually started way back in 2011 Very Happy

So ........... one weekend in May 2011 I was helping my Father-In-Law sort his internet out when I stumbled across this thread started by Lou. A Barndoor Deluxe is a pretty special bus and this looked like one that I could actually, just maybe, afford to buy and build! With this in mind I PM'd Lou to see if he'd consider selling the parts he had. He hit me back with "yes I'd consider selling for $X", I hit him back with a figure and a deal was done Very Happy Cue one happy Englishman who now owned one cut-up old bus somewhere in America with no way of getting it home!

Now as luck would have it Lou is a proper Gent and helped me no end with figuring this thing out. He actually suggested buying an old bay window that he knew of for sale locally and packing these parts in it for the journey. A brilliant plan and before I knew it the bus(es) were on a ship and on their way to me.

Next on the scene is good friend and fellow bus enthusiast Paul Wisk who I was chatting to at a show when I spilt the beans and told him all about my new project. Paul is also a proper Gent and offered to go and collect the bus(es) for me from the port as I was trailer-less at the time. So a month or two later I headed to Pauls shop and we had a thoroughly great afternoon unpacking the bay and "assembling" my new Barndoor.

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Just a couple of idiots having fun..................

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebuild in progress in the UK (owner^)

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

guess it wasn't worth saving back then. Any ideas on the logos or where it came from?
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

according to legend, it got cut up in the '80s and the parts were sold off at SOTO meets back then.
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone out there know any more about this bus? where it was from, what the logos were from, where the rear of the roof ended up, etc, etc?
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holy s*$% ! Why would anybody cut up such a nice bus ? (from today's point of view ) Good luck in resto !
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lou V. wrote:
Wow thats pretty cool, do you still have the pieces? Or know who has them now/ It would make some great yard art! Laughing

PM sent with last known locations.....
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow thats pretty cool, do you still have the pieces? Or know who has them now/ It would make some great yard art! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2011 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that I used to own part of that bus. it was not cut particularly well.

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other pieces that showed up in the gallery:

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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find Lou!

Did you get any more parts with it or was it just those body sections?
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're starting out with more than lot's of people do, but it's going to require some deep pockets. I'm betting your question was answered as soon as the offers started coming in. How many have you had? Very Happy
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