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Old 16th April 2012, 13:39   #1
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So, finally the restoration started, The pre-lude to this restoration dates back to the below linked thread. Nilesh

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-w...-microbus.html (Looking for my dream VW Microbus)

Initially the main aim was to make this Bus a trouble free runner, This Bus was not in use for almost over 3 years. So firstly we needed to get the mechanicals right and then go ahead with the cosmetic restoration.

Got my mechanic into action, he was not liking the idea of replacing new parts before restoration as he feared they would go bad with all that water sanding, etching primer, paint, thinner etc., etc., He went about repairing the existing parts like the Brake, replacing new plugs, cleaning the carb, fuel pump, tappets, and general maintenance of few moving mechanical parts. Over 2 days, he completed a quick general service of the Bus and the Bus was Good to go. Though the clutch is gone bad, but he says, we will replace all the mechanicals once the painting and other fitting is done

So here is the Video of the Bus running in top condition. Starts with one single crank.





And below are the pics of full scrape down in process.
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Work started, and as you can see, there is lots and lots of metal paste on the body surface. The guys are busy with the scrape down since Sunday.
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Some more on the scraping process.

Too much of metal paste and putty work done on the bus, So scraping taking more time than needed. Just wish the SandBlasting procedure was accessible to me.
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That seems to be more than 10 kilos of metal paste, not to mention the tinker will have to work a lot on those eaten up parts. I am sure it will look far better in the coming few weeks.
BTW the last picture is truly EPIC
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Hi Pavan,

The guys have made good progress in only a few days It's killing me to see all the rust but it can only get better from here!

We finally have a decision on the color! I feel like i have spent months looking for the right shade. We decided on blue but there seem to be two shades of Sea Blue. Found a thread on thesamba which nicely details the differences. I was still confused but the girls in the pix clinched the deal!

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I'm looking for a three tone paint with the roof white, pillars black and rest in SB2 above.

Any suggestions welcome!

Nilesh
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samsag12 : .. will have to work a lot on those eaten up parts.
@Pavan, what's the plan for the sections that have been eaten up ?

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nileshdias : .. I was still confused but the girls in the pix clinched the deal!
@Nilesh, any specific girl there who helped you decide ?

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nileshdias : I'm looking for a three tone paint with the roof white, pillars black and rest in SB2 above.
Not using black for the pillars can help make it look a little more classic. Black pillars are more contemporary. I suggest a PS job to review how it will look before you decide between black or no-black on pillars. Else, White & SB2 should be good.
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Hi Pavan,

The guys have made good progress in only a few days It's killing me to see all the rust but it can only get better from here!

We finally have a decision on the color! I feel like i have spent months looking for the right shade. We decided on blue but there seem to be two shades of Sea Blue. Found a thread on thesamba which nicely details the differences. I was still confused but the girls in the pix clinched the deal!

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I'm looking for a three tone paint with the roof white, pillars black and rest in SB2 above.

Any suggestions welcome!

Nilesh
Lets see if i can get my friend do a P.S job for the color shade.

Nilesh, you are the limits

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@Pavan, what's the plan for the sections that have been eaten up ?

@Nilesh, any specific girl there who helped you decide ?

Not using black for the pillars can help make it look a little more classic. Black pillars are more contemporary. I suggest a PS job to review how it will look before you decide between black or no-black on pillars. Else, White & SB2 should be good.
Sir, sadly importing those panels will prove much more costlier. The rusted panels will be cut open and new panels will go in.

Me too concerned on which of those girls helped Nilesh

The color looks very good. Hatke as they say.
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Sir, sadly importing those panels will prove much more costlier. The rusted panels will be cut open and new panels will go in.
Will you be getting new panels, or patch the sections which are eaten ?
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@Pavan, what's the plan for the sections that have been eaten up ?

@Nilesh, any specific girl there who helped you decide ?

Not using black for the pillars can help make it look a little more classic. Black pillars are more contemporary. I suggest a PS job to review how it will look before you decide between black or no-black on pillars. Else, White & SB2 should be good.
Condor, any of the girl would clinched the deal, so many of them makes it no-argument!

I will remember that pic every time I see the bus lol!!

We were initially going for a complete black top. I have seen a few in the UK and they cool. Less classic, yes, but that was not our goal. One reason for a three tone job was Mumbai heat, a white top would make it bit bearable.

Pavan,

PS of the three tone would be good but don't stretch too much for it. I had a picture somewhere with a diff colour combo, will try to find it.

Cheers!
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Guys, what do you think of above? Will it look good with SB2?
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Guys, what do you think of above? Will it look good with SB2?
White Top

Blackened Window pillars

Red Body

That will look soooper HOT!

Well, body scraping is almost done, Waiting for the tinkers quote to start tinkering.
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White Top

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Red Body

That will look soooper HOT!
Red does look hot. But had a red BSA cycle, a red Karizma and a red Getz! I need to add some colour to the collection
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Red does look hot. But had a red BSA cycle, a red Karizma and a red Getz! I need to add some colour to the collection
Alrite Nilesh, we will decide on the color by the time the D-day arrives.

Finally Mr Pinto sent the keys

And i am planning to start tinkering in the coming week. Here are pics of few badly rusted panels.
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I searched through some old folders on my computer today, It is shocking to know the present condition of the bodywork, as this bus was Re-Stored just recently in 2009

The restoration begins from today and i need to ensure the body shell this time is sealed perfectly so as not to allow corrosion
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