RHD 1954 Samba

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Excellent work, absolutely love it :D
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Thanks Guys, really appreciate the comments!

Final push now to do everything i can to get it to Volksworld. It wont be a finished bus by any means but should be able to drive into the grounds even if it is trailered to Sandown.

Off today to the trimmers, but first the joys of getting a low bus on a not so suitable trailer!!

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Unbelievable dedication.
That dash is timeless.
Great to see it out in the daylight.
You must be over the moon.

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SplitBusVanatic wrote:Unbelievable dedication.
That dash is timeless.
Great to see it out in the daylight.
You must be over the moon.
Thanks dude, yeah i really am! its all still a bit of a blur and feels like still so much to do but i'm mega happy with the result so far!

Last night i cleaned and prepped all the remaining glass, we got all the rubbers fitted to 20 odd pieces of glass :evil: :evil: not a fun job

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The sky light seals were by the far the toughest!!

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Door tops built up too!

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I have both original pop outs to the bus one i think is savable and the other totally screwed! So I managed to find 2 other not so screwed original chestnut brown pop outs and planned to steal the glass out of the original to make one or two good new ones.

The good original. The frame its self is good but the little screws that hold the hinge on are all snapped off in the frame so some fine drilling was needed to remove and retap.

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the remnants of the second original. This was so bad along the bottom edge I managed to just peel the metal apart to get the glass out

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the bottom edge :D

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My two newer chestnut brown replacements

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Bit of a crap photo but drilling out the old screws next to the barndoor glass made me quite twitchy..

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As usual non of this is a one man Job, separating the original replacement frames was a total *****! Gaz, Goatum and Rob wrestling with it, thanks guys!! :D :cheers:

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At the same time as all of the was happening the super hero that is Austin at Waboo Automotive in Hereford has been doing endless hours of research as the install method, stitch style and spacing and correct details of my headliner. I have to admit i had no idea there was so much variation but his eagle eye and enthusiasm for getting it period perfect has been amazing. I cant recommend him enough. Check them out http://www.wabooautomotive.co.uk/

He sent me a few teaser shots of the bus getting its new headliner last night :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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Inspirational.
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e m p i wrote:Inspirational.
Thanks dude :cheers: :cheers:

Well my last weekend before Volksworld has been spent rather unsurprisingly with the van :D

Dashed to Waboo friday lunch time after work to meet up with Pete and do our best to start getting glass in. Austin at Waboo only had the material on Thursday so had done a late one and got the side panels cut and in so we could start there with the glass.

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I have my original corner glass ( which to those that dont know are actually plastic on an early bus ) but they are foggy as hell. Ive tried several options to make them better, polish and heat etc and whilst they have improved they look rubbish when sitting in the hole so as a temporarily solution i bought some repop glass from Rick at Schofields. I am in the process of having some copies made in original plexiglass more on that when i have my samples back.

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Very happy to finally have some glass in

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The other half of Waboo is Tom the master welder. This is the insane repair job he has done on my original seat!! I cant quite put into words how fooooked it was before i gave it to him! Blown away!!

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He also turned his hand to fixing my valance at about 1 am yesterday morning having only slept 2 hours the previous night. All in aid of getting my bus done for me and back as fast as they can. I can not stress enough how awesome these guys are and have been!

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Before and after about 20 mins in the skilled hands of Mr Booth!

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Around 1 am yesterday Austin making the inner sunroof piece of the headliner. Again this lunatic has had about 2 hours sleep in 2 days!! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

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He even let me have my first ever go trimming :D :D :D

This stuff is a dark art!

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Beer, no sleep, energy drinks and complex headliner....

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Half way round on Friday i noticed there wasn't a hinge in the one side pop out opening on the body, a quick call in to see Adam at NLA VW and he gave me one! Thanks so much dude. For various reasons the hinge needed to be welded to the frame, so again at some stupid time in the morning yesterday Tom got his weld on this time within 5 mm of original glass :D :D 8O 8O

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We arent going to have enough time to fully trim the bus before Vowo but am still planning on having all the seats in so started stripping the original middle seat i have.

Here you can see the lovely 80's patterned retrim, under that was a brown layer which at first i thought was original but isnt as the what appears to be a PGSG soft green cover was lurking under that!

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Looks brown on first glance but pretty sure its green...

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Frame stripped. Back needs repair but base is in good shape

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Ive got loads of pics of the headliner going in from yesterday but have decided to not share those till after Vowo so there's a little surprise for those that see it at the show. Ill update the thread after next weekend.

5 days and counting 8O 8O

Just want to add a massive massive thanks to Rob, Pete , Austin and Tom for their efforts this weekend. We didn't get back till nearly 3 am on Saturday night and Austin and Tom didnt go home the night before. Seriously guys i owe you all huge!! Thank you!

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Epic work, shame I'm not going to VoWo. Hope you'll be at Stanford Hall.

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Nearly there dude!

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I read a quote somewhere a while ago that reminds me why we do this stuff that we do

"obsessed - a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated"

Well done for resurrecting this. I hope to see it at Stanford.

Cheers, Lee.
"...scum is scum wherever you go" D.C.I. Gene Hunt

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Oh dear I resemble that description
Devon = Obsessed..
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EPIC build !!!....cant wait for more updates!!! ....hope your enjoying VW Show ;-)

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Just had a big catch up, totally in awe of this build

Can't wait for the update
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Fantastic to see this on Saturday. if I hadn't already read this thread I would never have believed how bad it was when you started!

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i cant be the only one clicking refresh every 10 mins :lol: :lol: :lol: ....

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