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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Hello all. This is my '66 microbus. I got it in February and have been doing bits and pieces on it round other work since. It's a very early '66, production date is 6th July '65. It was exported to Sweden, to an island called Alno where I reckon it was used as a minibus/school bus or similar. It then lived in a field under trees for decades, hence the lichen and moss. It's weirdly rusty in that lots of bits are good, better than it looks, but some bits are really bad. the bottom of the bulkhead, front floor support and outriggers and chassis rails, crossmember, and sills are kippered.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

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i quite like the rubber mat treatment.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Me too. The originals are underneath. They seem quite well made, I wondered if they might have been a dealer option or similar.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Cool project you might want to talk to badassratbus AKA https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=710028
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Shocked Good freakin' Gawd! Shocked
You certainly are ambitious, even in the 21'st century that one would be Sawzall bait around here.
Good luck with your project and please post updates.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

or this thread- i sense a complete frame swap very soon- how this is that tar they smeared on there? that looks like a real treat to deal with! Hoping for big things- keep us posted
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

opps here is link

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=707882&highlight=sunroof+kombi
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

I admire your guts to take on such a welding project!
Good luck! Looking forward to updates
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Wow, that is an ambitious project. It is calling out for a complete frame replacement. Good luck, double door buses with windows are pretty rare.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:00 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

that bitch had the belly pans
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:02 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

thats a parts donor.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Obviously its a lot of work but everything's possible!

Keep us posted.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

would this have had the double flipper middle row seat? did it come with it if so?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

velvetgreen wrote:
or this thread- i sense a complete frame swap very soon- how this is that tar they smeared on there? that looks like a real treat to deal with! Hoping for big things- keep us posted


Chassis is ok apart from that middle bit, so I repaired. Tar or similar. Couple of cms think in places.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

velvetgreen wrote:
Cool project you might want to talk to badassratbus AKA https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=710028

I saw that one. Very nice! 👍
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

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would this have had the double flipper middle row seat? did it come with it if so?

I think so. No sign of it unfortunately😔
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

I should mention that I've already done a load of work, I'll try and catch up over the next few days with pics.
Started with chassis repairs. Got the main rails made up in Zintec.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

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thats a parts donor.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

OK no more UK bus builds for a while, you guys are making us look bad Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Knackered '66 double-door Microbus project. Reply with quote

Quick edit. Next bit is new crossmembers, top hats, bulkhead lower section, outriggers, gearshift guide tube, heater tube, inner silks, acc guide tube, repairs to the heat exchanger cable guide tubes. I saved the I beams

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