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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:54 am    Post subject: 1960 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

I might as well come clean on my new project, a 1960 SO23 Westy.
Right now I am just collecting the parts that I know it is missing, and plans are to make it a solid driver, but not to go crazy with it like I did with my 58 15 window. http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=257371
Originally, I was thinking of a 1500, but I am such a stock guy that I decided to go with a 40HP engine, but with a big bore kit for a little more torque to push around all that wood.

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If anyone is sitting on SO23 parts, please PM me.
I am looking for:
All curtain rods
The tall wardrobe cabinet
The water tank, filler tube, pump, sprinkler head
Metal headliner strips
Cargo net
Rear marble mat
Cover for Emka cups
And probably a whole slew of little stuff that I don't know about yet

Anyway, like I said, I want to tighten up the body and make a great driver.
Progress will be slow for a while, so just sit tight while parts are being collected.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Congrats!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

crofty wrote:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

slam it on earlies!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Nice!
We have to go to some European shows next year to search for parts....
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Nice looking project. Good to see you're back in action.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Looks like a good start, congrats.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Finding Westy parts is gonna make you think restoring your deluxe was a an easy quick job!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

That shit will buff out Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

I don't think I've seen a two toned dove blue SO 23 before,super cool!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Im with Crofty on the parts thing.....that early Westy stuff is tough to find and some of it you need to sell your first born to be able to fund it....that's if you find it.
Find it, step up, cry later.......

And high hinge as well, whats the M plate saying?

Looking forward to watching this one Neil and welcome to Westy World.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments.
This is my first foray into a "coach built" bus, and if I can't find all the parts, I might just restore it back to a kombi... Wink

Most of the SO23 pix I have seen, show wood panels in the cab area.
This bus has the grey hardboard headliner panels, which I like better.
What is supposed to be "correct"?
I like the grey because it seems to brighten up the driver compartment.

Parts hunting will be a bit difficult because I live 3000 miles from the bus, and haven't even seen it in person yet, but I like a challenge.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Neil

Shes all grey up front just like a commercial bus, then turn your head and there a five star motel behind you.....that's the beauty of them, from the front to the back there is such a contrast.

Base model to drive you there....when you get there shes all deluxe when your'e camping.

SO34 had the timber in the cab.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Braukuche wrote:
I don't think I've seen a two toned dove blue SO 23 before,super cool!


Ditto: super super cool. Congratulations!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Thanks for the added details, especially about the headliner panels, that is what I hoped to hear.
I like the two tone color scheme and look forward to putting some updates out add they are interesting.
Now, all you hoarders, come off some of your parts stashes and hook me up.

Cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

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Neil

Shes all grey up front just like a commercial bus, then turn your head and there a five star motel behind you.....that's the beauty of them, from the front to the back there is such a contrast.

Base model to drive you there....when you get there shes all deluxe when your'e camping.

SO34 had the timber in the cab.


Sounds like a mullet... business in the front, party in the back. Laughing

But yes, Westfalia left the grey cab panels that were normal in the kombi.
SO-34s had wood cab roof panels, and wood or formica on boards for the cab door panels (depends on year) . Grey kick panels.
Dormobile SO-42 era westy buses had wood cab roof panels, grey kicks and grey door panels.

low milage 1960 Argentinian SO23 Westfalia, was Cris Torlasco's:
It's very nice.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:26 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

pretty good start!

like mentioned, way harder to complete this bus than your deluxe! but you obviously have the care required, so I'm sure youll be able to put it together.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 10:24 am    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

The bus was extracted from its lair this weekend and moved to a new home where it will stay while parts are collected.
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I have found a few key pieces that I needed for the interior but still need some, so if anyone has extra camper parts kicking around, let me know what you have.

Does anyone have a scrap of what the yellow curtain material should look like? If so, I would appreciate seeing a sample so I can have them made up while I am here where tailoring is super cheap.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Be patient..it took me 10 years to have the first beer in mine

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:45 pm    Post subject: Re: 1961 SO23 Westy - New project Reply with quote

Killer bus! Did you happen to store your 15 window at Kent's place for a while? Looks familiar. I cannot wait to see the progress on the so23
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