Barndoor raising from the ashes... REALLY!

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Vlad w
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Barndoor raising from the ashes... REALLY!

Postby Vlad w » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:39 pm

I recently purchased an old bus that needs lots of work
Some of you probably read about it on the samba in the bus hunting thread.
I am planning to brace the panels & remove the frame from it so I can rebuild it.
I can use a couple of extra helping hands if you are up to it.
I am in Innisfil ont (10 min from Barrie) & I was planning to do it this Saturday if weather permitting & I can get a day of work.

I’ll get the beer & lunch \:D/

Can anyone help?

it's a 54 BD, It was parked on that farm in Ontario for about 45 yrs. until they decided to clean up
you can read more about it on the samba

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewto ... tart=11380

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewto ... tart=14980
Here see what I have waiting for me ](*,)

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Postby roccocase » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:03 pm

Hi Vlad,
So you're the bastard who got that bus!!!!! I tried, but I was much too late apparantly. Glad it went to someone who's going to fix it up.
I don't think I'm busy saturday and might have a friend to bring too, send me a PM with the details
-Casey W

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Postby Crazy Hungarian » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:03 pm

:-s

Um...wow. That's not a bus...that's a part of the landscape.
Work cut out for = you

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Postby vdublife » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:40 pm

My honest opinion, Its been sitting on soil for 45 years, Just a heads up but I know if you pull it you might have a rude awakening
it will probably rip apart and the structure will warp and bend if that happends nothing will save it.
What makes me wonder is the frame sitting on moist ground for many years hmmm.
Your best bet it use a forklift something that can cradle lift it up
and lay it down lightly on a flatbed...

I would brace it from the inside from side to side and from front to back with some thick metal bars like a roll cage style
before you decide to even try to move it ,also try to keep the doors shut weld them together
with a bars from the outside aswel just to keep the structure together from bending when it gets lifted,
also consider removing the motor first before lifting it whatever make it lighter and balanced in weight.

Good luck with that bus.
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Postby Vlad w » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:36 pm

It was already moved from its parking in the ground space & towed to my house last week with no problems.
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Now I will try to remove all that I can from the bottom & I will start with rebuilding the frame to it and then reconnecting it to the rest of the body.
I found some measurements information & blue prints for the frame that I will be building my jig from.
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Any help here will be appreciated!
This is all new to me and I never done a project so big but I am a quick learner & I have lots of experience working with metals every day.
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'78 champagne
'68 bus
'57 panel
'54 BD

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Postby vdublife » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:55 pm

It's nice to see your bus out of the ground resurrected like a phoenix nice going man.
By looks of it the floors are shot so the only thing holding it together square on the body would be the roof correct?...
You can brace the bottom rocker pillar and make a jig inside the bus cross welding bars from front to back side to side up and down so nothing
will flex, square it off around the inside this way ounce you lift the bus of the frame the roof won't buckle and nothing will flex and keep
it square as best as possible...???
I see hope in the old girl keep this thread going I realy want to see this canadian barn door survive..
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Postby dreadnotmusic » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:07 pm

Holy buhjeezus that bus is rough. Good luck my friend =D>

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Postby roccocase » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:08 pm

the more pictures I see, the worse it looks...lol......but.....it is a barndoor, and how many of those do you see around in your backyard. none. it is a MAJOR project and I'm sure you know what you're getting into. I'm no expert at any of this, but I work with metal everyday as well and I'd be glad to lend a hand where I can. and I'm pretty local to you (20 min or so)
-Casey W

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Postby Vlad w » Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:22 pm

Thanks for the kind word Casey ! Smile
You just stopped the panic attack that I was starting to get from everyone’s reaction. 8-[
I will contact you by Thursday night if it all works out for this Saturday
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'54 BD

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Postby Franz » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:23 am

YEAH! Keep us updated. Killer bus, you did good for $400. Smile I paid $15K for my 52 and its in about the same condition.

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Postby Franz » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:36 am

I hope all you Canadian's help this guy out. Wish I lived closer I'd be in for sure.

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Postby KahunaBrendon » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:31 am

I love the fact that you're like Hell Yeah I can fix that. I get the most satisfaction when I get something back together people thought would never happen. Gratz on the find!!
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Postby Vlad w » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:34 am

I forgot about my birthday this Friday so the whole thing will move to next Saturday or I am a dead man [-(
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'78 champagne
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'54 BD

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Postby Tuned Perfection » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:37 am

Vlad w wrote:I forgot about my birthday this Friday so the whole thing will move to next Saturday or I am a dead man [-(


Good luck with that. We're all rolling to the JBS spring swap meet next Saturday. You should come.
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Postby dcuplover » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:28 pm

get a hold of Ken at Concept 1 in Calgary. He has already done one as bad if not worse and it turned out beautiful. Good luck with it!


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