71 BayDeluxe

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Postby OKMOOSE » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:38 pm

Ok, so I finally got around to putting a thread together for this build. Its been slow, but fun and thanks to help from a good vw community and friends I am making some good progress. This is a locally owned 71 bay deluxe sunroof. I am the third owner, its never left Tulsa. It was originally purchased by a well known local artist. It sat for about a year before it was found by a club member who knew I was in the market. The green is a repaint (not a very good one) and the white is all original. The interior (white) is also all original. The sunroof now works after some finesse. The utlimate plan....link pin conversion to get this girl lower to the ground.


How she was found:

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The original owners manual with maintenance records:

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In her new home:

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The drivers side seat was torn to shit, so first order of business was to redo the front seats.

Tear down:

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Small hole on drivers side behind seat belt:

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New pads and covers:

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New pedestal pads:

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Fresh TMI covers with new pads:

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Interior was buttoned up with new seat covers, new black kick panels, and retractable seat belts. I also replaced the seat belts in the middle seat with new WW seat belts to safely haul the family in more comfort.


Next up I had to paint the stock rims white to clean things up a little:

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Motor (very original):

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This was after I thrashed a belt!

I have replaced the battery, cables, generator, solenoid, intake boots, pully, removed a bunch of uneccesary vacuum lines, engine seals, motor mounts (twice), etc, etc...its finally a reliable driver thanks to many friends (Adam, Joey, Richard and Greg and the rest of the OCAC club).

For some reason the previous owner covered the entire engine bay with this insulation/sound deadening. It obviously sealed in heat like mother...I have removed most of it!

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Brakes:

I replaced all soft lines, brake pads, hardware, wheel cylinders, etc to get the brakes working properly...thanks Richard! Disc brakes up front are nice, but they are soon to be replaced.

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Postby OKMOOSE » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:02 pm

I also installed a complete set of jail bars in the back!

Next order of business was the link pin conversion. Adam was willing to help/do most of the work on this beam which I purchased from him...its a 1963 beam that needed a little lovin.

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I purchased some detroit johnny bay-to-split side plates for the beam. These things are crazy nice, I highly recommend the fit was perfect and the price is great. Adam narrowed the beam 4 inches and the plates were welded on.

Luckily we had access to a split frame rail so we could mock it up:

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Next order of business was to clean up the spindles, paint them and flip them.

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I also cleaned up the torsion arms and gave them a fresh coat of paint:

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Adjusters welded in and new center pin installed:

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Beam painted:

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Next step was cutting the torsion leaves and installing the bushings. Joey spent about an hour machining down the bushings so they slid in like butter. I then purchased some new breen bushings for the beam. Again, these things are great! It made assembly so much easier.

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None of this would have been possibe if left up to me. I can only take credit for the cleaning, painting, beer fetching, smart ass remarks, and supplies. All the knowledge, welding, fabrication, etc was done by Adam with the use of the DEA shop! I think seeing this thing on the ground and the first link-pind bay in town has become the mission of everyone! I have learned a ton and made some great new friends so far.

The last piece of this puzzle is the rear suspension parts. I have a new set of widefive.net U-plates ready to go on (again, these things are crazy nice for the price). I am still searching for the conversion parts of the rear, early bay stub axles, drums, etc. I think I may have finally found some locally! Apparently, these are near impossible to find now new or used.

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Postby exciter » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:37 pm

Kicking ass and taking names. Great job Moose, I was wondering if we were ever going to see some more pics of this ole' girl. Should look really nice once its back on the ground! =D>
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Postby Pigpen » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:03 am

Bay's are the new barndoors.. Smile Kick it's ass Seabass!!!

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Postby Franz » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:53 am

Looking good...get that suspension installed!

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Postby Radar » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:01 pm

Way to go man, can't wait to see it on the ground with all your new stuff on.

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Postby tlambert » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:21 pm

good job! lets see it down!
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Postby slammed and shiny » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:42 pm

tlambert wrote:good job! lets see it down!


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Postby lonestar » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:01 am

Put it on the ground... =D>

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Postby OKMOOSE » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:02 am

Thanks, yeah, I can't wait to get it on the ground. It shouldn't be much longer, my time is limited to work on this...generally one night a week. But, I definitely see the end in sight!

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Postby DandK 56' » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:05 am

=D> =D> good job

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Postby DetroitJOHNNY » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:33 pm

nice bus!!!! glad you are geting good use out of the plates. I'm going to follow this build, love me some Bays! \:D/

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Postby OKMOOSE » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:21 pm

Thanks DetroitJohnny, your plates are perfect!

I finally found all my pieces for the rear conversion. Apparently early bay drums are like fucking unicorns. But, I was able to score some early stub axles and drums on Friday! So, I now have all the pieces, I just have to find the time!

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Postby OKMOOSE » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:15 pm

Franz, you can move this sexy bitch over to the bay central section if you want...

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Postby WideFive » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:23 pm

Looking good, man =D>


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