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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:44 am    Post subject: Finally at home : '54 std kombi Reply with quote

For the first time i'm posting , instead of drooling over your cars.
This is my latest finding : a 54 std kombi
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:47 am    Post subject: congrats!! Reply with quote

good to see another Barndoor in Belgium!! is it an original belgian one, or import?? (if so, where did it come from?) ...and what happened to your roof-section? G.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks pretty nice. Nice original cargo floor.

Is it a sunroof model or just had a roof cover installed?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: B Reply with quote

me again, I just checked the pictures in the Gallery, it has a ' B ' on the back !!!! so no need to answer that question, it looks like it's original belgian!! so, have you got the car's history, where in Belgium did it spend his 'life'?? how did you find it, or was it for sale from a collector or...? G.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks really good! Did anyone else notice the front seat? The material on the top has the pebbled pattern, but the sides look smooth. Was this how it's supposed to be? I thought it was all pebbled?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sides replaced? I have a Commercial seat and it is fully pebbled.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After seeing this kombi, I finally have to post a question about commercial door and kick panels. The original door and kick panels in my June '53 kombi were painted white over the original grey. I thought it was probably a repaint by a previous owner. Then I noticed a few more commercial barndoors over the last several years with white panels too. I thought it was a coincidence, but now with the pics of this one, I am really wondering if there was a factory option to have the panels painted white. The ones on this kombi just look too neatly done, including inside the pockets. Could this be, or was white just a popular color to repaint them? Anyone else seen white panels in commercial barndoors, or any evidence that they were painted white at the factory? I will try to locate pics of barndoors with white panels as evidence.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been sitting the last 22 years in a friend's collection .
He got it like it still is today .
I o,ly removed the woden floor , thats been hidding the original cargofloor since '54 .
On it's papers or title , it say's camper .
Maybe that's why the roof is cut open .
There are no reinforcements on the sides , so it's not a sunroof .
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking bus and what a nice overall condition to start with !!!
I love the repainted nose without the VW logo, looks so smooth , enhances the flow. But how could anyone improve on an early bus anyway ? Great find !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just another one before bedtime .
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello,Congratulation with your baby.I think i know the guy whose have it with an other one...but today it's yours!!!!Hope that you keep it here in Belgium because the last real Belgiums one gone for the money not for the patrimonium....he's it possible to say me if the rear reflectors under the corner are from simsonite factory please?THE stop light was brocken of you put it out because it was orange.?I'm from Belgium too and this information are very,very important for me!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:12 pm    Post subject: I've known that bus and the new owner for many years Reply with quote

First of al congratulations to Mikey for finally getting this dream come true!

We've both known about this bus and the many other drooling VW's in this specific collection, but I couldn't think of anyone more worthy than Mikey to acquire this gem!

It's good to know that bus bus is finally brought out of its 30+ years of hibernation and will soon be roadworthy again.

I look forward that one day in the not so near future if I visit Belgium again we'll take her out for a spin! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats a real nice find man!good luck with it Very Happy ,whats your plans!?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
Sides replaced? I have a Commercial seat and it is fully pebbled.
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same here. I'd think the sides would never need replacing. Even the back rest looks to have smooth sides on it. Maybe they ran out of the pebbled and grabbed some spare smooth just to finish? Or maybe unique to belgium?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rick wrote:
EverettB wrote:
Sides replaced? I have a Commercial seat and it is fully pebbled.
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http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=296316


same here. I'd think the sides would never need replacing. Even the back rest looks to have smooth sides on it. Maybe they ran out of the pebbled and grabbed some spare smooth just to finish? Or maybe unique to belgium?


I have a pretty nice '58 seat that has had a single side panel replaced.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you blow up the photo of the front seat, the seam up the side looks unlike factory seams I've seen. Looks like white thread, and doesn't have the overcast sewing where the thread covers the gap between fabric pieces.
I am not that familiar with barndoors, though, so comparisons with other seats of the same year would be best.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats. This bus is bad ass, and a bad ass start. Man that cargo area is cleaner than most 67's ive seen. jeezus.
Nice man. Thanks for sharing. dave
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:06 am    Post subject: seatcovers Reply with quote

Took some more pictures this morning .
Seats are fully covered with de pebbeld stuff .
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:11 am    Post subject: Plans Reply with quote

To answer to Ljay's question : I'm not that in to vintage , if that's an answer for you.
Posted 2 pic's of things , i'm not certain if it's orig. barndoor .
Maybe you guy's can tell .
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Sunvisors ?
Moldings ?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice bus!!!
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