My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

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My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

Post by huggiebear » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:24 am

Hi All

I have made a massive dent in my May 1962 panel project, taken many pics but have had no time to post pics of it. Now life has slowed a little, the show season has started and the sun is out, its given me a boost to try and get my bus on the road for Busfest or by a miracle for "drive your VW to work day" on 22nd June.

So this is how it all started............
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Originally a Pearl white panel from the West coast of America.

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Quite a bit of work on the front end was required.

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This is not the worst of it...........

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Not so minor hackery!

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The background of this was that FRANKLIN VW WRERKS in Washington, allegedly cut out all the wheel wells for an air ride system but later found an earlier bus they converted, so this was left by the wayside.

The plan is, not sticking to stock, keep the ride height, ambulance ivory over stone grey, painted badge, safaris and window frames and a nice set of chrome EMPI 5 alloys. It took so much pondering to come up with my dream bus, I am somehow drawn to panel vans, especially original sign written panels, so when it is finished I may dream up a decal for the sides, but nothing is set in stone!! Suggestions welcome!
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Re: 1962 Panel van project

Post by Reggie » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:01 am

Looks like a great starter bus and i like yours ideas so far.. Keep the photos coming and never give up on your goal it will come together sooner than you think..
NOT JUST A WAY OF LIFE lovol

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Re: 1962 Panel van project

Post by huggiebear » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:32 pm

Cheers Reggie, it is a nice solid project.

First was to strip out the cab floor, it only needed outer pieces but I thought it more prudent to put a whole floor in.
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Next the wheel tubs.
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The outer cargo floor was rotten so that was next.
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With the floors done I could see real progress and I got ahead of myself in sheer delirium! My mind was working over time, paint, wheels, gearbox, brakes, engine and all things shiny!

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Re: 1962 Panel van project

Post by huggiebear » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:02 pm

The nose was next, took a bit of cutting out, never done it before. Don't know if it was right but I cut below the light tubs and fabbed the panel.
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A bit of filler and into etch.
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Long panel

Post by huggiebear » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:11 pm

Next the long panel. We could see it had lots of filler! I am more of a weld up a bit of angle iron guy myself, never really done any body work so I enlisted the help of a good friend, a former BMW panel beater and sprayer, aka the wizard.
To me the panel did not look too bad, a couple of bubbles in the paint and that was it. The wizard thought otherwise and did alot of "tutting"

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He then proceeded to take a panel hammer, stepped into the cargo area and swung the hammer as hard as he could into the back of the bottom of the long panel. My world then fell apart!!

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I could see the result, I thought he was going to go right through the panel! I then got up off the stretcher and walked out of the ambulance, but still on gas and air!

It had quite a bit of filler, many dents and a few pin holes.

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A couple of hours later, pin holes welded and the panel was beaten to within an inch of its life, but it was nearly straight and only requiring a thin smudge of filler.

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Well that was 1 week of annual leave gone in a flash, I only now had to contend with Mrs D who thought it was a complete waste of time!

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Rear corners

Post by huggiebear » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:59 pm

Next it was the rear corners to get it! They were not too bad, sanded off the old filler, a bit of beating and applied a thin coat before etch.

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Bad RUST!

Post by huggiebear » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:05 pm

I found the only deep rust patch on the roof, looks like and old repair to a hole that has spread. Sanded, rust treatment and switched the heater on in the garage.

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Pretty colours!

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I count 6

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Dirty, 'orrible work, but very satisfying seeing progress.

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Wizard

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:02 pm

The wizard is tinkering away adjusting all the closing gaps.

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Sanding and etching the cargo/shelf.

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A few more hours work and it was off to paint! Can't wait to see it in technicolour.

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My son is nearly as excited as me (Don't think so some how!)

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Re: 1962 Panel van project

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:14 pm

Finally on and a short trip to my mates garage, MIDWAY MOTORS in Crymych, West Wales. Top bloke and top quality work! He even bought a split camper from me as he has now been converted!

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I quickly found out that I was not just an observer, I was doing some prep and then the news that I was going to have masterclass in painting! Not just teaching but learning as I go, I was rather twitchy!

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Didn't turn out too bad for a first time painting a vehicle, even though it was only primer.

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Guide coat on and called it a day.......

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......but that was after a quality control inspection from the wizard!

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Bring on the colour!!!!!

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Paint continued

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:52 pm

SO the next day was paint on the cab and cargo areas. Its nice to see the ivory turned out real nice.

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Next the tank and window parts, action shot!

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I didn't mind painting the little bits and bobs and I was then told that my work was good enough to paint the entire van, chuffed with the compliment, the wizard then stated "No, you ARE painting the whole van!" Lump in the throat time.


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Re: 1962 Panel van project

Post by Glenn Yale » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:16 pm

Good stuff mate, keep the pic's coming.

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Re: My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:49 pm

Cheers Glenn, I was starting to think that panels were out of favor.

Here goes!
Out comes the stone grey, apertures first.

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I love the contrast, a bit smitten I think, its a curse really!

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Only had a day and a half in the shop, so ivory all on and a bit more prep at home until the grey goes on.

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Re: My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:51 pm

Final day of paint.

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Here goes.......

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Much heckling from the crowd! They love barking orders.

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Got a bit of a run on the lid, the wizard quickly sorted it with........ a reposition and a bit more paint? How does that work??

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Quality control!!

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Re: My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

Post by huggiebear » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:52 pm

The grand reveal!!

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Mothers meeting and a bit more quality control.

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And there it is all shiny and new!

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Re: My Virgin project 1962 Panel van

Post by clymoj » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:53 am

Beautiful. Bet you're really pleased with your first job?

Nice thread too. I think we've all had that moment where someone knocks the filler off and your world falls apart.
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