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Old 5th November 2008, 11:30   #61
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Hello Pavan, Do you have the outside rear view mirrors or know where i can get one set.
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Old 5th November 2008, 13:08   #62
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Hello Pavan, Do you have the outside rear view mirrors or know where i can get one set.
I've sourced them from Mid America Motors. They stock reasonable and quality spares for Beetle/Bus/Karmann Ghia and also for the Chevy Corvette.

Check their website for more details.For me they are better than Samba.
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Thanks, but their sales page or ordering page is missing. :(

How much did you get them for? Available in India?

Anywhere in europe i can get my hands on? I here now.

Going to States later next week. I will try and look up this place then. But if available in India i can ask someone to pick them up.

Thanks a load.
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@Kadam:

What are you looking for 1 or 2? or both?
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Same ones guruve,

Dont take trouble with the VW logo(2) i have it. its only the (1)VOLKSWAGEN that i require, along with the front indicator lenses.

My brother is already at Goa, anything call him he'll pick it up from your people there.

some more pics pleeeeez.

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Yep spoke to a guy there. He has the lenses, not committing on the price. Will ask him to call your bro.
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Yep spoke to a guy there. He has the lenses, not committing on the price. Will ask him to call your bro.

Thanks a ton, you are a real Gem..
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My brother's Goa sojourn seems to be of no help, even though he tried hard to get something from his end for his ride,which i am doing up.

Finally no parts found at Goa.

Anyways i am continuing with my restoration process.Will source the few required spares locally . Bangalore is always obliging.

All the door locks are finally fixed for testing. Tapping completed.

Now the front seat railings are to be done, new ones are expected this Sunday, once these are done, the last work by the tinker would be to set the Window winder.

Parallel y the painter is busy getting all the body lines fine, which i feel will continue for another week.

Hope my Mid Jan deadline is kept intact for the full n finished vehicle.

Will post some photograph's by Tuesday.(First Ones)

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We started with the engine last Sunday morning, Though my mechanic came in late, i had all the parts and the split engine ready to be assembled.

The work started with a nice pressure wash to the engine, later cleaned it with diesel and again washed it thoroughly.

Time came that day afternoon to assemble the engine finally after a long wait. Whatever happened later was not expected, my supplier missed out on few spares during packing and since it was christmas week and also arrival of the new year, could'nt do much than wait for them to send me the missing parts(i.e., Valve o rings,few packings)

This was a major road block for our engine work. hoping to get these sorted out within the coming week.

Talking about the bodywork, now 60% ready.

To get the front shape we had to do it 3 times and spent 5 days just to get the lines straight with minimal useage of body filler from 3M.

Comments welcome on the pics...
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With the regular updates now.

Its been too long since some work happened on the Bus, The Willyboy had taken most of my tinker and Painter's time.

After the surfacer smoothened, this is what's happened

1) First white coat of paint for covering the outer body panels.
2) This will be followed by another coat of White this weekend.
3) Interiors are painted with 2 coats of milky white, which will be followed by final coat in the coming days.
4) The wheel arches are now being scraped and the body color will be painted this weekend.

I'am going back to the same method of painting that was first used during my VW restoration. 2 coats of white, followed by 3 coats of passion yellow,which will be later followed with 2 coats of clear.

This method will give the yellow a nice depth and the clear coat will give it the required gloss and will also work as paint protector.
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I'am going back to the same method of painting that was first used during my VW restoration. 2 coats of white, followed by 3 coats of passion yellow,which will be later followed with 2 coats of clear.

This method will give the yellow a nice depth and the clear coat will give it the required gloss and will also work as paint protector.
Wow! Looks amazing already! Can't wait to see the complete job!

Keep it coming and all the best!
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Pavan bhai amazing work . will there be a change in the steering wheel or will the original stay?? waiting for the complete product to come out . Keep up the good work brother.

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Wow! Looks amazing already! Can't wait to see the complete job!

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Pavan bhai amazing work . Are you changing the steering wheel or will the original stay?? waiting for the complete product to come out . Keep up the good work brother.
Thank you very much.

Now after so many days i've found some time to get this Bus back to shape.

I am retaining each and every part of the bus to original and stock. But there are few bits and pieces on the vehicle that i'll be giving a bit of retro look, mainly changes are made to get this fellow run better, without any breakdowns. But still retain the original essence of being the true VW Microbus Baywindow.

1) Reverse light is originally square and above the tail light- I've shifted it below the tail light and replaced it with rounded lights.
2) Using a Zen muffler to reduce exhaust noise.
3) Using a M-800 Carb., to better carburretion.
4) Will be installing an electrical fuel pump to make it run better.
5) Replacing the Delco with points to a CDI unit.

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using maruti 800 carburretor on an aircooled engine is to say the least -''amusing''.
then what is the fun in driving a classic microbus????
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using maruti 800 carburretor on an aircooled engine is to say the least -''amusing''.
then what is the fun in driving a classic microbus????
I welcome your comment

Firstly i do not want to own a show piece which breaks down at the drop of a hat.

The few mods that i am undertaking enables the bus to run better without breakdowns.

Using a M-800 carburetor will not change the basic essence of the Air-cooled VW, it'll only run better

I am a person who believes in running a classic or a vintage car like a regular car, but with the original engine and some tweaks with the carb and delco.
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