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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:28 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

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If you want to keep the original look with RGB's you can use VW181 parts:The 181s with small nut RGBs came with 0,82 4th.
3,875 / 1,39 RGB with 1500cc engine and 1,26 RGB with 1600cc engine. Cool


Thanks El safari, I've been searching for these gears for quite some time, but without any luck.
But if I'm going with a later type engine in the end, I don't think a 46mm rear axle nut will bother me too much.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

I'm a little bit late here, but your bus looks great. Keep it up!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:14 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Love this thread! Came out great I wish I had made a thread..
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Time for a Christmas holiday update!
While I was prepping to further paint the inside of the bus I came across some holes and thin spots in the rear firewall.
I had some donor metal in house, so I decided to cut out a big chunk instead of patching the holes (and burning through the thinned metal Mad )
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I roughly copied the outline on the donor part.
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Test fitting and cutting. Took me quite some fiddling with magnets and clamps but finally managed Razz
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All welded and grinded smooth. Not my best result with some heat warping and pigeon sh*t welding, but it'll be painted in RX10 (POR equivelant) and covered by sound deadening/paneling.
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Merry Christmas to you all!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:16 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Next step: paint!
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Looks already a lot better imho Smile

Happy new year!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

I agree!!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:55 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

What a great bus and awesome preservation. I just read the whole thread. Im not looking forward to sand blasting the inside and chassis of my bus. Looking forward to your next installment, keep those pics coming!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

That’s a great looking bus I enjoy this forum. I have a 56 PGSG.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:13 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words!

@Busjunky, I can imagine about the sandblasting Laughing . To be honest, next time I will leave it to a professional Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:05 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Any updates?
Cheers,
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:44 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

BusJunky wrote:
Any updates?
Cheers,
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Yes only some small jobs I've been doing.
We're expecting our first born in a few weeks, so all of a sudden you start thinking about improving safety a bit Laughing

I upgraded the brake system to dual circuit.
I'm also looking into installing disk brakes at some point.
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Also I'm in the progress of installing seat belts. I ordered some beige ones which actually match the soft green very nicely Cool
To fit them I got T5 seat belt brackets (https://www.ebay.com/itm/272420378826) which fit in the B-pillar and because they're VW Laughing
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To improve the gas pedal responsiveness a bit, I installed a buttys bits kit.
(I think I have to check the linkage to the pedal itself as it seems to be a bit poorly aligned)
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And last but least I started filling/sanding the right ass, to see if I can start some paint blending
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:03 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

The bus was build on the 5th of February 1958 so tomorrow this old lady turns 60! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Peter_N wrote:
(I think I have to check the linkage to the pedal itself as it seems to be a bit poorly aligned)
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Is there enough room to just move the ball swivel to the other side. Of course you have to undo the main mount bolt to switch it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Since I became a proud father of a baby boy two weeks ago, I wasn't able to spend too much time on the bus lately. Today though I spend some time painting the rear corners
I asked for advice in the body/paint section on blending OG paint and got some great tips!

Before (filled, primered and wet sanded with p2000).
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Aaand after Cool
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Also painted the fuel door
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I’m really happy with the first results. The match is spot on!
I had it scanned and mixed based on the rear lid.
After final curing, I’ll buff away the spray dust and give it a final polish and wax.

I was pleased to see the fuel door lock tab is original Laughing
It's all in the details Razz
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Thanks for watching!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Wow. That paint blend is excellent.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Perfect match on the paint.. Applause Applause
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Paint blend is spot on!!! Looks great
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Great job!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

Thanks all! Really encouraging!

Other places to be blended are both rockers, nose and both front doors.
That's gonna be a huge job, but I can't wait to get cracking Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:45 pm    Post subject: Re: '58 PGSG project Reply with quote

This is looking epic!
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