1963 RHD Samba - Currently undergoing resto

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1963 RHD Samba - Currently undergoing resto

Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:52 pm

Well here goes... sorry in advance for the long post!!

After selling my Karmann ghia in 2005 and spending 6 months without a vw, I started looking around for a 23 window samba.
With prices going up the way that they were, I knew that I had to buy one soon, or never be able to afford my dream!!

I really wanted a pre 58 samba with pressed bumpers.
However, the better half wouldn't allow me to get a LHD bus as she didn't like the idea of driving one in the UK.

After a few dissapointments, I eventually found a thread on the SSVC website for a 1963 RHD 23 window bus.
Better still, the owner lived less than 5 miles away in the road next door to where my brother lived!! Fate??

When I went round to see the van it was still up on railway sleepers as it was not yet finished.

I was really lucky, as it was being sold by a really genuine guy (who was honest throughout), pointing out all that was good as well as bad with the bus.


This is what it looked like.........

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It had a few issues with rust etc, but was more or less complete.
You can just see the OG turkis that was found after chipping away the underseal.

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Needless to say, the deal was struck and I bought it in principal there and then!!

I had an anxious wait for another couple of months until the work was done and the van was running once more.
I kept worrying that the owner would fall in love with the bus like I was, and would keep it!!


Pics as it went back together....

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Thankfully, he was good to his word and this is what it looked like when I got it....

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First drive...

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Since then, I have been doing as much to the van as time and money allowed.
A difficult task when you are still a student at uni, working 2 jobs and had just recently moved into your first flat!!

Still, that hasn't stopped me doing a lot of overtime, and with the money I saved I got new CSP front brakes, the steering box raised and the suspension sorted by type 2 detectives.

It had been lowered when I bought it with a SA kit, but needed quite a bit of fine tuning...!!

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It now drives 1,000,000 times better, and having the steering box raised means that I can drive it without fear of speed bumps.

I have done tons of other work to it including new seals, screws, bolts, floor mats, catches etc
(Do vintage coolers count as work??). However, most of it goes un-noticed except to me.


Here is the bus on its first outing with me at brighton breeze.

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Sadly, on the way back from brighton, some git shot the van with a paintball gun and wrecked the rear corner!!! :(

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For it's first trip as a camper we took it to peppercorn with a couple of friends.

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Man, we had a great time, but I think that I'm going to need a little more padding on the loft insulation boards that I used for a bed (between the two seats) before I take it down to devon and cornwall next weekend for a 2 week surfing trip!!!!


Hope the thread wasn't too dull...

Will post some more pictures once I put the new curtains in.

Will also post a few pics from cornwall as well....

Cheers

flip :D
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Post by marmite_on_toast » Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:13 pm

great looking bus 8)


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Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:18 pm

cheers marmite.

Don't know whether you remember me or not, but I met you at dubfreeze in Feb.

Bought the white latch locks off you to keep the bus safe.

Hope to catch up at another show mate.

regards

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Post by marmite_on_toast » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:20 pm

flip wrote:cheers marmite.

Don't know whether you remember me or not, but I met you at dubfreeze in Feb.

Bought the white latch locks off you to keep the bus safe.

Hope to catch up at another show mate.

regards

flip
sugar, yes i do mate, i remember you showing me a pic of the bus on your mobile. i thought i had seen the van before. if you remember i was talking to Hi top Si at the time??

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Post by kilgore » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:27 pm

absolutley lovin your bus flip!!! fantastic colour combo!!


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Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:29 pm

Yeah sure!!

I remember seeing Hi top si's bus featured in one of the mag's and thinking it was an awesome bus.

Hope that all is good with you mate.

Are you ding any other show's this year??

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Post by marmite_on_toast » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:34 pm

flip wrote:Yeah sure!!

I remember seeing Hi top si's bus featured in one of the mag's and thinking it was an awesome bus.

Hope that all is good with you mate.

Are you ding any other show's this year??

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yeah tis a sweet bus, i saw it for the first time at Deva last month.

mate, i'm having a slow down on the old show secne as i think they can get a little samey!!! i know it's what you make it and all that. i was going to do Vanfest but i can't remortgage my house again and the Renault world series is on that weekend at Donnington and it's free to get in 8)

i'll be doing Mac (h) at the west mid showground in Shrewsbury but apart from that i'll be Welshing it up. what you been upto?


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Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:34 pm

thanks kilgore

you didn't get the nickname from kurt vonegut jnr by chance??

if so, top choice

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Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:39 pm

ah, completely understand that.

I'm quite lucky in a way that although I have been into vw's for about 12 years, I never really have ever been to any show's??

Went to peppercorn last weekend for the first time and thought it was excellent!!

Planning to go on a 2 week trip round Devon and Cornwall this weekend in the bus.

Just gonna chill out, and use the bus as it was intended.

Have had a manic week trying to get cookers, gas etc, and hoping it all gets delivered in time.

How's life been treating you mate??

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Post by marmite_on_toast » Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:51 pm

yeah sound cheers mate. i've been trying to get fit so i've been out on my bike (doesn't help eating chips for lunch :oops: )

i'm sure you'll have a good time in the bus, don't forget the beer :lol:


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Post by flip » Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:04 pm

mmmmmm beeerrrrr!!!
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Post by shaggy66bus » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:01 pm

8) 8) 8) bus love the colors
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Post by Reaction » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:12 pm

Thats one mint looking samba. Did the previous owner take it to Peppercorn last year? I'm sure I've seen it somewhere before.

Well done on a lovely bus... Enjoy.
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Post by flip » Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:42 am

Thanks a lot reaction,

The pictures make it look better than it really is, as there are quite a few rust spots etc coming through, and a small dent in the rear corner!!

I really love it though, and definately won't be parting with it!!

Gonna pay off my loan first, then see about getting it restored properly!

Not sure whether the previous owner did peppercorn last year or not. I know it went to stonor park with him, and I took it to brighton and dubfreeze.

Loving your bus as well mate, what model is yours?

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Post by cloudinspector » Thu Jul 13, 2006 8:03 am

nice bus mate, is the front beam stock or narrowed?
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