Ocho the Brazilian 15 - Brother from another mother

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Ocho the Brazilian 15 - Brother from another mother

Post by Tridau » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:32 pm

I am sure that many of you know the story of how I aquired my bus, but for those who don't and feel left out then my thread "Dude who totalled my van??" is still kicking around, maybe I could even find out how to post a link to it one day!?

But to the important bit! Trying to get the bugger back on the road. I havn't updated the old thread for a long time, and that is mostly because I have been driving all over the country trying to find parts and spending the rest of the time working 2 jobs to pay for them and any spare nano seconds welding them in!!

So here are the photos to date. I at least remembered to take a few! And this is to replace the old thread which I consider dead as it is far too depressing to read!! Onward and roadward!

I have never restored a vehicle before, and until now I had never used a welder or a grinder.
So this is going to be one hell of an adventure!!

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I won't lie and say that it has been plain sailing to here...... I have learned an awful lot in the last
5 months!
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Post by andy f » Wed Dec 03, 2008 1:58 pm

Brilliant mate, good to see you've overcome all the crap and now getting somewhere with it. Looks like your'e doing a great job as well. 8)

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Post by Tridau » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:33 pm

Cheers Andy!

I know it doesn't look like I have achieved a lot in 5 months but I feel pretty proud of the little I have done. The front is 3 inches lower now on an adjustable beam (the stock beam was bent!!) which you can just about make out in the last few photos.

Still a long way to go. And it's pretty chilly oop norf at the moment!
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Post by Sooty » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:45 pm

Original post people.....

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So hows it worked out with Jez? You doing the work and he's helping? 50/50?
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Post by Gavinskii » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:00 pm

Very well done - from a depressing start you are doing great by the looks of things
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Post by Tridau » Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:03 pm

Jez is working his nuts of as usual and there are many rides in line before mine. So I am busting out as much as I can while I wait for a slot. Jez is still doing safety critical stuff for me. He will be doing the painting too as his paint jobs are second to none.

His advice has been invaluable too. Top bloke who I would recommend to anyone.
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Post by Dr Ferdinand » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:00 pm

Great work! Awesome comeback from a devastating start! Keep at it! :thumbright:

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Post by Restotim » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:54 pm

Good work!!
pretty sure you had a strange feeling first time the grinder went in... :?

but looks a lot better already :D :D

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Post by kev mc » Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:22 pm

great work there keep it up and it will soon be done.
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Post by pye1man » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:14 pm

Well done keep up the good work!



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Post by vwbuzzers » Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:38 pm

keep it up mate dead proud your getting on with it after your devastating set back :wink:

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Post by Sooty » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:16 pm

Tridau wrote:Jez is working his nuts of as usual and there are many rides in line before mine. So I am busting out as much as I can while I wait for a slot. Jez is still doing safety critical stuff for me. He will be doing the painting too as his paint jobs are second to none.

His advice has been invaluable too. Top bloke who I would recommend to anyone.
You best be done by the 19th June bouyo!!!! :wink:
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Post by Bus-Yed » Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:41 pm

Hi again i havent had time to read up on the progress as im decorating the play room in time for xmas (well trying)

i saw some new old stock A posts on flea bay pretty cheap if your still after one /two best regards Dave ,did you trade the enginge lid for the correct one ?
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Post by Tridau » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:18 pm

Update time.....

I still have the engine lid thanks Dave! It fits like a beauty so might just keep it and fit the church key... not really had time to think about it yet to be honest as have been flat out with arches, A-Posts (sorted now), doors and roofs!

Here are some pics from the week before Christmas.
Some good..... some not so good!?

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As you can see from the last few photos, a bit of poking around the offside door tops resulted in some serious rot finding!
The A-Post is not attached to the roof at the top, the B-Post top is mostly home made and rotten, the door top was so bad I had to cut it all off. The guttering over the door was home made and was the wrong size. Over time, this has all led to the rotting of the doors, the A-Pillar, the B-Pillar and the peak which is completely shot....
Further poking found holes in the rear corners of the guttering too and some horrible rusty guttering above the cargo doors.

One month later I have a replacement roof which I will be collecting next week. It is an early roof with the narrow hatch and a good amount of the A-Posts and B-posts still attached. I am pretty scared about attempting to fit it though. Not really sure how to get the old roof off without causing damage. Should I brace the bus?? How do you get in to spot the roof on once it is sat in place?? Much pondering is to be done.....

Got to get a wiggle on now though to make it in time for Dubz Oop Norff. Or I will be sleeping in the tent!

Still smiling :) ...........just about.
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Post by vwsplitbus » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:36 pm

In at the deep end 8O Keep up the good work, it will all be worth it in the end :D Hope to see you at dubs upt north. pm me if you need any info on vw do brasil bus parts etc
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