1965 German Bus!

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1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:24 am

In 2015 I purchased a bus from this forum, it looked solid and reasonably complete. A mate looked at it and we both had a nose round, there was some obvious rust but at first glance not to bad. So a deal was done and the bus was picked up by my mate and dry stored in his barn for a few years! During this time i started collecting parts (and I still am) knowing that like house prices this bus is increasing in value without touching it.

Here are a few photos when i first saw it.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:36 am

This winter I made a decision to attempt to get this bus roadworthy for the summer. (I feel this might not happen!)

Luckily for me, my mate who owns a custom body shop knows a few VW people in and around the Midlands and hence a deal was struck to have the welding done.

Once it was up on the ramp and we started to poke around all was not as rosy as it seemed. What we found was more structural rust than first thought and this caused me a problem. I had not budgeted for this!!!

after a long conversation it was decided that we might as well do it properly or not at all, not knowing any time frame or final price work commenced.

This took about 4 weeks on and off but finally I had a solid bus, all be it with some surface rust and a few things that would need looking at over the winter. I must thank Stuart Fellows for his work and his understanding.

Both outer sill were replaced on both sides. The inner sill and reinforcing member was replaced on the drivers side. Passengers front floor was replaced. New outriggers and jacking points all round. Boot floor repair. Cargo door bottoms. Structural panels and bottom of front nose. Two floor halves also put in.

I must point out at no time is there any intention to create a show winner, this is all about proper solid repairs so that Me and my family can enjoy the bus. There are no immediate plans to do any work for the next two months as I have a dissertation to finish first, but next on the list is to sort the mechanicals and get this thing running and stopping.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:50 am

I haven't provided much detail about he work so far but... all I can say is we uncovered a can of worms.

The drivers side sill was replaced at some point with a hand made panel along with the bottom rear corner. The rear corner will do for now as I had to draw a line on the cost of the work. Those who have paid someone else to do this know how quickly it can get out of hand. So this is a job for the winter along with the other rear corner which had a knock at some point and has been beating out.

When they replaced the sill they didn't put back some of the structural members needed. So the floor was just seem sealed to it and the bottoms of the b and c posts were missing. The worse part was the front cross member was dust literally. God knows where it was stored but the damp had got to it. This was a shame as the front nose was solid, luckily I had some of these panels that I had bought on the off chance they would be needed.

Anyway that's it for now next stop May half term when the bus will come home at last.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by 81dubber » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:37 pm

Have had some similar 'Home Mechanic" work on my U.S. Bus that we've uncovered while putting it back on the road.Keep us posted as you progress
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:26 pm

12 months after the chassis was sported the aim was to strip the interior and get it ready for paint.

So I drove up to the van on a Friday morning arriving about lunch time, and set about stripping it.

Day 1:
removing windows
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removing door cards
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remove lights
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strip dash and remove wiper motor
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countless seized bolts later it was time for food and a drink in the pub
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:39 pm

Day 2.

Arrived about 9 am after a night in my airbnb.

Time to do some messy work today. A massive shout out to a long time friend who helped me for two days and is storing the bus for me.

Bare metal the nose:

At some point it was prepared for paint and never painted, covered in surface rust, it seemed like a good time to get some primer on it. but first some rust inhibitor.
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The roof and panels had been insulated (badly) time to scrape it all of and reveal the surface rust as a result of all the trapped moisture.
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the floor above the engine bay, the bulkhead were taken back
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:43 pm

Day 2 cont'd

The steering wheel was proving difficult to remove, a handy tip coming up. just poor boiling water on it, leave for a few mins and off it comes easy peasy.

then it was time to prep the dash.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:49 pm

Day 3 (sunday)

The aim today was to get some etch on it, and we succeeded.

First DA the front nose to remove rust inhibitor.

Clean the old girl up and spray.
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Not bad for 2.5 days work.

Two holes need welding on the dash, rear corner above engine needs repair, along with engine lid hinge panel and rear quarter. Next time (late September) the roof will be finished and also the cargo floor.

Needs front windscreen repair, and need to somehow remove seized bolt to remove door tops.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by johnharte » Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:08 pm

Love it - Thanks for the update...

When you going back for the next round?
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by lids_2001 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:13 pm

my plan is to return to the bus at the end of September. It will only be for the Saturday and Sunday but the aim is to get the interior roof back to bare metal, prep the cargo floor and then get both of those in etch primer. I will also need to take an impact screwdriver with me as I have too many seized bolts and they all seem to be made from lead as they are so soft. I will then have a clean interior that needs a few screw holes etc welding up and finishing.

The door tops will hopefully some back with me and I will restore them over the winter along with the wiper motor.

Time and money will then dictate if i return during october half term with the aim of fixing the front windscreen.
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Re: 1965 German Bus!

Post by miles » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:29 pm

Great update. Hope you get back to it in September and October. Well done on the work so far :)
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