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NomadStudioBus
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:55 am    Post subject: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

Hey all

I decided to start a new thread for my bus build. I've been into VW's most of my life, wanted a split bus since I was 20. After joining samba and researching buses since 2015 I finally bought my first one last year at 39.

So I'm about a year in on the long journey of getting the bus back on the road... delving into the archeology and of the history of it. It won't be a total restore and I'll be making some alterations, the main will be making it a swivel seat camper.

I've been making videos on youtube which I will post here as well as pics of the process. I've already learned so much in the last 4 years, but I still have a ton to learn.

I hope you enjoy my thread and I look forward to getting feedback and guidance on the way.

Cheers,
Jeremy

For starters here's the bus when I first found it

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: My 62 Kombi resto and build Reply with quote

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The floor needed a total replacement. Both Rockers, all 4 outriggers, crossmembers, front cross brace... you get the picture


Here's the first video I made from buying it to floor removal:


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:11 am    Post subject: Re: My 62 Kombi resto and build Reply with quote

Cool project bus, but PLEASE put the safety guard back on your angle grinder. This is what happened to a friend of mine just recently. Consider if this hits your throat. You will not post any more videos - EVER ! that said, good luck on the project and looking forward to further updates.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:15 am    Post subject: Re: My 62 Kombi resto and build Reply with quote

djfordmanjack wrote:
Cool project bus, but PLEASE put the safety guard back on your angle grinder



Thanks for the concern, and I'm glad you'll be following along! I typically do keep it on, however it prevented getting into many tight spots with it on. Also most of the time I was using a diamond wheel. But thank you I will keep it mind
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

That's some nasty East Coast rust there.
How bad are the frame rails?
You may want to weld in some bracing, or mount it to a frame cradle, to prevent the bus from collapsing when you cut out the rusty sections.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:54 am    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

j.pickens wrote:
That's some nasty East Coast rust there.
How bad are the frame rails?
You may want to weld in some bracing, or mount it to a frame cradle, to prevent the bus from collapsing when you cut out the rusty sections.



Yess, indeed it was. It's moved leaps and bounds from how it looks here. The frame rails are great, completely solid front to back, only a small amount of rot in the inside where the front crossbrace was, which I welded up. Otherwise only a little surface rust. Most of the crossmembers solid except for 12" on either side.
I've had the floor out since last october and all is well Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:08 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

Cool project! Did you get this bus from Nate Jung? I feel like I remember him posting a picture of it on Instagram awhile back
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

type2rescuemaine wrote:
Cool project! Did you get this bus from Nate Jung? I feel like I remember him posting a picture of it on Instagram awhile back


Thanks! and yes I did. Nate is a great guy and I had a good experience buying the bus from him last summer. Actually, the pics I posted are from when it was at his place. I've done a lot on the bus since but I wanted to go back to show the progression
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:08 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

very nice project, looks a little like mine rustwise...
you are a brave man attempting a resto in such a tight space
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:44 am    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

karl h wrote:
very nice project, looks a little like mine rustwise...
you are a brave man attempting a resto in such a tight space



Thanks for checking it out Karl, nice thread you have going there too. Seems like quite a project! They are pretty similar... I look forward to combing through it

lol yeah the space was a temp place to start - super tight! Since then I've moved to a slightly larger space Laughing but it's tough to find good size affordable garages in NYC. I'm looking into buying a house upstate with a garage/barn now, which would be ideal
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

the roof!

when I found this bus, someone, a long long time ago had cut a big hole in the roof and "begun" the process to make in pop top. So, I'm going to finish what they started
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removing the peice of bay window roof that had been pop riveted on...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:36 am    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

Started cleaning up the engine and compartment

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Discovered through a previous thread that it's a 67 beetle engine
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Fuel pump teardown and rebuild, discovered it's a BCD Torino pump made in italy

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

Hey all, here's another video I made earlier this year from the beginning of the project. I know a lot of people want tutorials or explanations, and as I progress I may do some but for now I'm more focused on documenting the work in a fun and interesting way. I hope you enjoy Cool


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

nice video. hope you had the doors on for a trial fit when you repaired the b-pillar
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:18 am    Post subject: Re: 62 Kombi restore and build Reply with quote

karl h wrote:
nice video. hope you had the doors on for a trial fit when you repaired the b-pillar


Thanks karl - I did, it all fit up nicely. I only replaced below the hinge mount so I was able to keep the doors on
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