PAVAN KADAM goes to Hyderabad, Though i was on my official visit, that did not deter me to see as many VW's the city had. And that too in a days time
My friend had come along, and we picked up a 1967 Split window Bus. later since we had time, had gone to see this Bus, myself unable to hold on to my excitement, got the mechanic to start the bus and straight i decide to drive it out from there. But....! i ran out of luck
The engine just puttered and the bus was never moving, frustrated i leave and come back.
Few months later, a doctor friend of mine ( Bangalore Beetle Club founder Member, and owner of many classics ) calls me to enquire about the baywindow i had seen.
I put him on to the right people there at Hyderabad. He leaves and instantly purchases the Bus and sends it to me.
In that 6 months, more damage was done than anything......!
1) Engine not running
2) Brakes not working
3) None of the Electricals worked.
Well, only 3 problems sure enough to put us through a grinding task. The doctor was not interested in cosmetic restoration. He only wanted it to run first.
We take 2 days, opened up each and every mechanical component, replaced plugs, oils and other necessary things.
Though it went on to the 3rd day, mainly because of the electricals, finally the Bus was ready and sprinting on the road.
I drove it to Doctor's house, along with him (28kms from my place) The the Bus is running well.
Though we have a bit of work to be done on the front discs, the part is ordered few days back, will arrive in 2 days time. Later, it will be complete mechanically.
Very interesting thread !!
As it is, the number of classic restoration threads you're simultaneously running on this forum gets me (huff, puff.. !) out of breath.
And now you have even more up your sleeve !
Keep it up buddy, I'm glued.
Continuing from where i left of the Hyderabad Visit.
First thing in the morning, i finish my office work, and i had the whole day at my disposal.
Went around searching of the Doctor friend of mine (Dr Krishna Reddy) A wonderful and a noble soul, a true Automobile freak. I was thrilled to bits learning about his passion for Automobiles, which led to his acquisition's of 2 Mercedes Benz's a 1967 VW Split Bus (Obviously some guys had taken him for a ride, by doing a crap job twice in 2 yrs) and a 1950 Fiat Topolino (Which story is here on T-BHP )
My friend zeroes in on the VW Bus which was in rather sad state, But the deal was done at his Hospital over 2 stumptous and tasty meal of the World Famous HYDERABADI BIRYAANI We made the payments, Dr. helped us through the RTA process and by evening got the vehicle loaded in the truck.
The car came to my usual unloading bay near my house, and work begins.
6 months and lots of effort , the car finally turned ORIGINAL. Not 100% but close to be one(Even the paint shade is original)
Some pics to feast on.
Sorry guys, the pics have not got posted in order... I wonder how and Why.......!
Last edited by PAVAN KADAM : 23rd September 2010 at 00:29.
Beautiful. Very tastefully done. I have seen one earlier from you but both together and the specially the last picture is fantastic. Must be making you proud ha ? And the choice of vibrant colors and their combination is very good. Waiting for more.
Its not always easy pursuing such selfless passion, thing can get dirty some time.
Our Beetle club member and sometime ago a good friend of mine persuaded me into taking up his Bus restoration. But once the Bus came to the workshop, things started taking a nasty turn.
I was blamed for few missing parts from the vehicle (One's that were never there in it).
As my usual practice, i have a habit of removing each and every component of any car that comes for restoration and storing them carefully in cartons for future use, i started doing the same, but one fine day , my friend comes over to the workshop and creates unnecessary scene about the same. I reach the workshop to sort out things, he had vanished.
Last thing i remember was talking to him over the phone, telling him to come over and collect all the parts of his car and be done with it. The Bus left, and its a year since, i've heard about it.
Although this is a bit Off-Topic, but wanted people to know, selfless act many a times leads to lot of suspicion. and restoration is not an easy task as everyone thinks it is.