1953 Matilde

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1953 Matilde

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Hi,
After so many nights watching and learning through this amazing forum, I think now it's time to present Matilde, a 1953 van.
Original sold to Portugal to be used in the army forces, was then sold to a civilian who transfomed it to camper.
I bought it 3 years ago and many hours have been spent trying to rebuild it. I hope you like it. :)

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Re: 1953 Matilde

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I know it is always worst than expected but .... :)

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Welcome aboard! Now that's a project, it is the one with the homebrew pop top isn't it?
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[quoteWelcome aboard! Now that's a project, it is the one with the homebrew pop top isn't it?][/quote]

Yes it is. How do you know that? :roll:

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I saw a picture on the samba. I`m guessing I ruined the surprise, sorry! :oops:
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Re: 1953 Matilde

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There's no surprise! :lol:
Actually, there is a topic about my van in The samba but it was completely ignored! 8)
I hope that doesn't happen here. There's only a few people in Portugal to talk about barndoors :wink:
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Re: 1953 Matilde

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Some more pictures...

I'm not a professional. I did the best I could with the resources available. Some mistakes were done but I learnt a lot and I had a lot of fun for sure :wink:

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Hi welcome to the forum and looks just like my 51 underneath, your making good progress keep up the good work and keep updating the photos, looks like I've got a race on to see who gets finished first :lol:
Time to get the welder out again
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Re: 1953 Matilde

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HI, thanks

These pictures are from one year ago, so I don't know about the race :D

work done on the doors

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The floor ready

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and finally... the roof. It was not easy :roll:

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This is how it is know. Waiting to be painted.

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I would like to have preserved the original paint, unfortunately, in Portugal, no car is allowed to circulate with any kind of rust. You see, we are very special... :twisted:
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Good work on that roof there dude :cheers:
You should have kept quiet about how old the pictures are and had a bet :lol:
Looking forwards to seeing it in paint.

Cheers, Lee.
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That's going to look fantastic, great work- what colour is it going to be?


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Looks great, good work with the roof! :D
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That's going to look fantastic, great work- what colour is it going to be?
It's going to be Dove Blue. I have still to decide if it will be satin or gloss :D
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Perfect :)


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Re: 1953 Matilde

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The state of the window frames .. :cry:

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I asked to a friend to do this repair section

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First repair attempt :roll:
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