67 Rhd 11 Window

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67 Rhd 11 Window

Post by JJ46 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:50 pm

Well its almost a whole year since me and my other half bought our bus so i thought i'd share our tale of woe. We always liked the idea of owning one but due to other toys had never done anything about it,but with our 6 month old daughter Evie Grace our priorities changed, a toy was sold and we were on the look out for something and this led to our first mistake!! - buying the first bus you look at,however we had known the bus and its owner for 8 years and thought better the devil you know and all that, a short test drive later left us with big grins and we thought that whilst it was far from perfect we were making the right decision, and 2 days later this was on the drive..a 67 11 window with devon interior
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A less than ideal colour scheme as i'm sure most will agree, however off we went to for mot and he passed with flying colours, but a few grotty areas could be seen and this is where the fun started. in the first month t2d supplied a 4"narrow beam,csp disc kit,slam arms,drop spindles etc, basically a complete front end as unbeknown to me a rusty and generally shagged bay beam had been fitted.More parts kept coming, wheels,tyres,adjustable shocks,type 4 engine,porsche cooling,40 dellorto's etc and various panels were due.
Currently its with quite possibly the worlds slowest welder and keeps showing me more previous bodges.
Today was spent trying to fit the motor but as always it didnt go quite to plan as the fuel lines from the tank were in need of replacement as they were a bit "heath robinson", still this should be a bit better than the 1641 that it replaces..
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Im sat here now thinking i cant believe that in 12 months we've driven it no more than 200 miles and wonder if everyone else gets on a downer when they encounter problem after problem.
Anyway now i've started this thread i'll update with progress as and when, any words of encouragement are most welcome!!
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Post by moler » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:13 pm

Keep the faith, once top side of all the, err.....challenges :D , it'll be worth it.

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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow" - Slowest ever project?

Post by JJ46 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:03 pm

So nearly 10 years have passed since my original post and I guess its time for another update!! The old girl came off the road in 2010 after going for a few little repairs...we decided to see what lurked below the paint and ended up with this...
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Slow progress was made over a couple of years concentrating on the underside having all the issues sorted, and we had something that underneath looked a whole lot better and was infinitely more solid...
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Sadly at this point we parted company with the resto guy as staff had changed and confidence had dropped so it came home looking s bit sorry for itself..
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Over the next few years life got in the way but attempts were made to get it painted but the local VW specialists didn't inspire confidence and other paint shops just didn't seem interested and thoughts of selling it on as a project took hold but ultimately the desire to try to finish what was started won the day and we finally found a local classic restorers on the door step who had recently set up and were eager to do it, we had a tour of the workshops and saw previous and current projects, they then viewed the bus and a date was set.. After pulling her from the garage we packed her off looking shabby but optimistic!...
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Within a few days we were back to bare metal with no huge suprise's found and work began. After 10 weeks this was the sight when we walked through the doors today..
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Absolutely chuffed with the results so far and can't wait to get her home and start putting her back together, this time progress will be quicker and i hope to be ready for some trips next year.

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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by frankiedemus » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:16 pm

very nice, love the colour scheme too


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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by johnharte » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:32 am

Love it... Thanks for sharing!

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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by type21f » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:29 am

Hope you kept the Devon Interior!
Looks great!
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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by ted698 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:57 pm

10yrs!! Your daughter will be wanting it as her first car if you carry on - hahahahaha!
Nice colours - Palm Green/Sand Green? - a huge improvement on the rhubarb & custard look beforehand!

Also seconding keep the Devon interior - love ours, such a practical layout for an 11 Window.


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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by pokey » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:48 pm

looks 1000x better already, not sure what the previous owner was thinking with the original paint

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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by JJ46 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:56 am

Thanks for the comments, the rhubarb and custard look wasn't great but had been painted about 20 years ago.. Plans are to freshen up the Devon interior before refitting it.
Colours are along the lines of Palm Green/Sand Green but not quite.


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Re: 67 Rhd 11 Window - "Marlow"

Post by mo » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:02 am

That looks immense - funny how life gets in the way of a resto !!
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