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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:03 pm 
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I've had this bay for 2 or 3 years now (its the 3rd Baywindow type 2 i've owned - 1 x camper and 1 x panel van) and its been a slow moving project as I keep getting side tracked............

When I bought it the previous owner had started a resto on it and he did a good job and spent way more on it than I paid for it, the list of parts is as follows:

New Front clip,
New sills,
Chassis rails,
Floor repairs,
Imported rust free cab doors, tailgate and engine lid,
Battery trays,
Rear qtrs,
plus odds n sods

He rebuilt the 1600 twin-port and had the front beam and gear box powder coated black. It's also lowered front n rear. He'd hand painted it in grey primer and stripped out all the interior, so the hard work was done.

I was planning on getting a friend to respray the bus in a lovely metalic green, fitting chrome/polished alloys and really going to town on it. But after thinking about how i'd use it, I decided to spray it myself and have some fun with it as I get too "precious" over lovely shiny cars, and I didn't wana get all anal over my camper van. I wanted to be able to off road it on camp sites, load it up with gear and just have fun in it. At the same time the rat/rod look was sweeping the VW scene so I decided to buy a job lot of satin black rattle cans and have a play with my airbrush (which i'd never used before!).

I was also fed up with the pop-top leaking, I looked into getting all new seals and getting a new roof cap for it but decided to go the full length rag-top route. Thats currently where its at, it needs a couple of small bits welding up, a few bit n pieces doing before the MOT and a brand new interior which i'm planning on starting in the next couple of weeks.......................


How I bought it:
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Deciding on a colour:
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Final colour:
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Mask for flames:
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Starting the flames:
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Pinstriped the flames with a nice blue:
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Removed the pop-top:
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Started putting the rag-top frame together:
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Mocked up the rag-top:
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Thats where its at for the time being. I will take shots as I build and fit the interior but its a slow moving project as the house and family are taking priority.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:05 pm 
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Well i've finally started the interior................

I'd already painted the floor with 2 very thick coats of white smoothrite, then i coated it all with Waxoil, also the side panels, and all nooks n crannies as well.

Stuck some underlay down:

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Then the 18mm exterior grade ply, which was primered, undercoated and gloss coated both sides:

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My better half was then on carpet fitting duties and she did a great job (in my opinion):

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Insulated behind the trim panels:

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In this shot you can see the small sections I welded into brace the roof a bit more:

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I re-painted all the interior metal work white:

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More interior panels with carpeting by my girlfriend:

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Used a piece of thin play to trim around the sunroof opening, etc:

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I've also constructed my 3qtr width rock n roll bed but have yet to screw it down or take any pix. The plan is to do that this weekend and carpet out the rear above the engine/gearbox. Then i'm gona make the sink/cooker/cool box unit thats gona go near the sliding door beside the rock n roll bed.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:07 pm 
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Did a little it more to the van:

Finished off the bottom of the sliding door repair, sanded it and painted it.

Waxoiled all under the dash and the reverse of the front panel area, inside of the cab doors, inside the rear tailgate and the cab floor.

Fitted my new plastic front kick panels.

Finished off the RnR bed and generally cleaned up the rear area

Checked the lights, horn, etc. ready for booking the MOT once i've sorted a few more things out).

My freshly painted, waxoiled and caperted cab area:

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Interior is getting there:

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RnR bed - as a seat:

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RnR bed - as a bed:

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"Just" need to make the cooker/sink/cool box cupboard to go beside the RnR bed, make a top locker, carpet a few more bits and the interior is almost there....................

p.s. like yer fancy new signature Darren! :smt023

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:10 pm 
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Right time for a bit more of an update. Its all MOT'd taxed and on the road. I can't finish the cooker sink combo until I can afford to buy the cool box/fridge unit so i've started making a top locker now. It just need painting and fitting but is near enough made. No pix of it yet but here's some of the stickers i've been getting busy with.

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And some on the arse end to reassure drivers behind me!!

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When the top locker is finished i'm gona sticker that as well or I may pain a mural os some sort on it, dunno yet??

All the stickers are hot rod/VW/surf/skate/fun based.

More updates as and when.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:11 pm 
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Please all carry fire extinguishers if you don't already!!!!

If you don't already carry one in yer vehicle, can I suggest you purchase one asap, please.

I've been driving aircooled dubs for nearly 17 years on and off and this weekend was the first time i've needed to use one, but boy am i glad I had on on board!

I had my camper van loaded up with stuff to take to my better half's mum as she was gona store some stuff for us prior to moving. Anyway, i'm merily driving along crusing at about 60/65 and we almost reach our destination when I smell a "hot paint" kind of burning smell, my better half looks out of the rear window and says that she thinks there is a small amount of smoke coming out of the back. At the same time the van starts to loose top-end power, if I change down to 3rd it was fine but struggling in 4th. We pull of the dual carriage way into the slip road and the van starts grinding to a halt - literally! I jump out and go round the back to see smoke coming off the rear wheels, I got on the ground and peered under the van and the drivers side rear wheel is on fire!!

I shouted at my better half to get herself and our little son out of the van and to get a clear distance from it while I grabbed the extinguiser and put the fire out.

We were only about mile from our destination so she walked the rest of the way and I limped the van there cautiously.

Haven't been able to asses the damage yet but its gona be a complete new brake system at the rear at least.

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This could've been alot worse I think, so for the sake of a few quid please get that piece of mind.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:03 pm 
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Great pics there m8... Some great work going into your bus as well :smt012

Wise words about Fire Extinguisher as well, That's something that's on my list for when my Bus is on the road :smt012

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I agree, I put my engine in, I carry one! <<< Have a look at the link.

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Theres no damage once you and your family walked away. vehicles are replaceable, people arent.

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Wise words guys. I'm so relieved that we all got out OK and luckily the van isn't too bad either. Just needs the rear brakes renewing/checking over and a slight modification to the braking system, and we should be sorted.

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