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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:02 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

So .......... next step after a New Year break was to get started on the roof. When we rescued this bus from the forest most of the roof was paper thin but I really wanted to keep the front end just to retain some of the identity of the bus. I managed to source an early roof to use for the rear 2/3, and in OG dove blue as well, although it's got black paint over the top but this will hopefully strip off.

First job was to spot weld the inner strengtheners onto the new section of roof. Not many Barndoors had these and the jury is out to exactly why they were installed, but maybe something to do with extra strength for roof loading ...... maybe for places with heavy snow?? All I know is that mine had them as you can see from this photo ......

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........ and so they're going back on. Not surprisingly they are the same profile as the cargo doors and side panels so an easy fix.

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Then the front gutter was replaced with some KF sections

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and then we had to work out what to do with this!! The roof was pretty badly beat and so it had quite a lot of work just to get it back into the right shape before we could do anything with it!!

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When we started tacking the old front section in position we also had to fabricate some of the lower edge that attaches to the gutter as this was toast in places on the original clip

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but the main problem area was the right hand side that had been sat buried on the forest floor

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I came up with the solution of using the scraps of rear roof to fix this section to try and retain the heavy patina, and so the front section was trimmed up ready

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and the lower edge sorted with a fabricated piece

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and then this piece of original rear roof was used ..............

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which I think worked out pretty damn well!! Very Happy

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and cleaned up it looks even better

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one more minor repair on the front as this skin is pretty thin in places

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and the roof is fixed and ready for use!!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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I was the one who found and checked the number on the bus .. remember I got tons of mail after I posted pictures on the meanbugs forums .. a few years since the last time I was working on vw:s.. but my friend patric sent the link to me regarding the bus so I just had to register again to see the awsome work you done to it. Keep up the good work👍🏻😊


Glad you like the thread dude. I sent Patric the link because he'd been asking me a few times if I'd started the build yet. I think he's really pleased to see it being restored after helping save it Very Happy

As for getting the chassis driving, Scotty's right that Wiskers took his for a spin and there is a video of it somewhere. Anyway, it's a bit late for that now I'm afraid as we started this project up again a few days ago after a month on other things. I'll pull my finger out and get some progress photos up soon Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:14 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Paul Wisk drove his 54 deluxe chassis around a field before he attached the body back on
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

I, too, will be watching. No doubt
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

dockmaster wrote:
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I just keep thinking how cool it would be to see the chassis taken out for a spin before the body is reconstructed.


I second this!


I've seen beetle chassis driving. No bus chassis on YouTube yet.
There's a chance to be the first.

This is an epic build, I will be following.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

I was the one who found and checked the number on the bus .. remember I got tons of mail after I posted pictures on the meanbugs forums .. a few years since the last time I was working on vw:s.. but my friend patric sent the link to me regarding the bus so I just had to register again to see the awsome work you done to it. Keep up the good work👍🏻😊
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

73sports wrote:
I just keep thinking how cool it would be to see the chassis taken out for a spin before the body is reconstructed.


I second this!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

I just keep thinking how cool it would be to see the chassis taken out for a spin before the body is reconstructed.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

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Does the pine cone switch still work Ben? Looks like another rare barndoor part. Laughing


that is the swedish version of the toilet paper roll....
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:06 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Does the pine cone switch still work Ben? Looks like another rare barndoor part. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:59 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Amazing Job ... Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Will be fun to follow yet another incredible save by you! Insane Shocked Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Scotty wrote:
Your clutch pedal doesn't have much wear on it at all!


Wish the rest of the bus was as good Laughing Guess that a local mechanic working from his shop on the edge of a small town in rural Sweden didn't do many miles. It only had the one owner and was definately laid up by the late fifties / early sixties so maybe only driven locally on odd occasions for 9 or 10 years max, maybe a lot less?

Maybe the clock is right Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:29 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Your clutch pedal doesn't have much wear on it at all!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:00 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Wow...! Nice work. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

You make it sound so easy Ben SmileSmileSmile

What special potions/techniques/tools were required to disassemble that lot?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

amazing!! Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

haha Very Happy yeh it's a big, bad project for sure Grant, but I couldn't leave such a rare bus rotting in the forest when I had a chance to save it. It's interesting to try such a rusty project too. Bit different to the last one.

So, on to that early rhd pedal cluster. Everything, unsurprisingly, was seized solid in a lump of rusted metal..........

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so first job was to fabricate a nice new cross-section to re-assemble everything onto

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before the handbrake assembly was carefully taken apart,

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cleaned,

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painted,

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and re-assembled using a new spring from a gun Shocked

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Then the pedals were pulled apart.

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The rod that holds the pedals was rusted solid, so when pulled apart and cleaned it showed heavy pitting, especially where it looked like water had been dripping onto it .......... for the last 50 years!

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so it was filled with weld

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and ground back. Perfect.

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The sleeve was even worse

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but repaired the same way

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Finally every component was cleaned and painted ready for re-assembly,

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with another chassis section fabricated by hand

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and finally everything back together, fully refurbished and working well

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Final job before Christmas was to weld the section in place in the chassis Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

Wow. Have you finally lost the plot:)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: 20-020744 "The Tocksfors Rhd" Reply with quote

This is great! I'm looking forward to seeing this one come together.
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