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Old 29th October 2012, 18:40   #1
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Default 1967 VW SplitBus Restoration. EDIT : Delivered !

Ahem...!

Getting too delirious with too many VW's around, but cant really help it. As most of the other restorations are at a stage where they are just about to roll out, my dear friend got a little too excited to Re-Restore the perfectly running beauty

Well, the earlier restoration of this Bus can be seen in the below link.


http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-w...-splitbus.html (My very own 1967 VW SplitBus)

This restoration is all about taking this bus to an entirely different level.

TEASER PIC FOR ALL TO UNDERSTAND WHATS IN STORE
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Basically without saying much, i would like to say, this Bus is going to be One of its Kind in the Country. Keeping the True Split Bus spirits alive, we are just upgrading the said bus by taking it to a different level.

Let pics do the talking

First set of work at hand was stripping down the Bus, since i had some time at hand and my friend ( Bus owner) had some free time, we sat around pulling out stuff from inside the Bus. Once done, the bus was sent over to the tinker for its First Upgrade - THE POP OUT WINDOWS - ALL OF THEM
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The second task at hand was to get the looong panels to look straight, which always tend to show undulations, Sanded them down, did some body tapping at places needed, straightened them, used Oil putty, cut down the waves on the straight panels, scraped down the other parts of the bus which had too much of Metal paste.

The whole work took almost 3 weeks.

Samba trims were fitted- one of the most labourious task ever

The Alloys were checked for proper fit.

Sheet metal replacement completed.
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Some more finer details looked into, by the day the Bus has begun to look awesome

Lowering kits have arrived from the US, just waiting for the tinker to finish his last bit of work.
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Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to the Vintage Section. Thanks for sharing!
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As usual, we went on attending to newer issues that were arising every now and then, Rusted panels, few panels patched up earlier were not as per original, some crooked panels, etc.

While the Glasurit surfacer dried up perfectly over 2 weeks, nothing unusual seen anywhere, so we now go ahead attending the insides and the mechanic starts his work. Few upgrades ordered for the engine too, will reveal it as it happens. But first we had to down the engine to paint the engine room.
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Great thread, Pavan. That is one great beauty that you have there. Hope to see the restored output soon enough...
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Great thread, Pavan. That is one great beauty that you have there. Hope to see the restored output soon enough...
There are times when you have to do few things ""THAT ONE LAST TIME"" the situation here is the same.

As the progress is being made by the day, more and more things are getting sorted out, more and more corrections are made, More we are finding faults But thats the way it has to be when we restore, Its either done right or never done. But i must also understand my team consists of Humans.
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2 months of discussion, sampling, and yet more discussions regarding paint shade. Shade decided was Burgandy and pearl white.. Somehow things did not boil down to one shade. Lot of bits and pieces were being attended to, 3 different surfacers. 4 different shades of paint being sampled.

Two days ago, we finally zeroed in on my Favourite Shade - YELLOW We again prepped up the bus for this shade and now finally the bus stands Painted.
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Pavan,

The yellow looks awesome! Good restoration there and progress, as well.
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happy gudi padwa pavan kadam ! the bus looks so lovable and the colours are 'cheerful' !
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The yellow looks awesome! Good restoration there and progress, as well.
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happy gudi padwa pavan kadam ! the bus looks so lovable and the colours are 'cheerful' !

Thank you guys

Some more finishing work being done on the Bus, hopeful to get it done in the next 5 days time.
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Hi Pavan, in fact- thank you for your passion and restoration of these classics.

I wish I get an opportunity to pick up one of these VW vans/buses and get it completely done through you. This is one of my 'to do' listed items, upon my return to India Dec/Jan.
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Tooo much of work happening on the bus, as the D-day arrives, there is a little Frenzy of activity at the workshop.
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Tooo much of work happening on the bus, as the D-day arrives, there is a little Frenzy of activity at the workshop.
It's coming up great Pavan. Could not keep up with all recent restorations!

How did you lower the bus? Adjustable beam or dropped spindles? If spindles, which one did you use?

As you could imagine I am very keen to know how it rides and behaves
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