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  • Baja Mark
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    Great job on the seat covers – looks like you’ve done that before!

    volksaddict
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    Looks nice!

    Trick is a rivet hole finder, per Clara on a thread on the samba:1508354

    mdubg
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    Thanks for the compliments!  YouTube is an amazing professor and those covers had perfect fit.  Both made it easy.

    I wanted the interior to be a little different, but feel like it might belong. As if VW made a deluxe pickup, like the Platinum editions of modern trucks.

    I saw that hole finder gizmo on several threads. It looks like it would help on 80% of the holes, but there are a bunch that are tight.

    Franz
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    Looks great Mike!

    Vwfool
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    I like the seats. Great job

    John Jones
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    Looks awesome!!!!!   Glad you got that in.. bet it feels great!!!  Love your truck!!!!

    mdubg
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    It does feel great.  I had to reorder the drivers kick panel.  Apparently DC’s in 1960 can have a 6 or 8 fusebox.  They made a 6 fusebox cut out and my bus has the 8 fusebox.  Also ordered some roof panels from Clara that I’ll need to cover in the tan vinyl.  That’s gonna be my first attempt at glue upholstery…wish me luck!

    Pat K
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    Colors look good together. Nice work!!!

    We will build it if it comes.

    mdubg
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    We took family pictures last night.  I was able to sneak away and snapped a few good pictures of the Double Cab last night.

    I also got the ride out on the highway.  Up to this point, I’ve mostly cruised around town.  She cruises at 70+ (clocked with another car) with my foot just lightly on the “go” pedal.  Franz, the gearing is perfect!

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    volksaddict
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    Very nice Mike!

    That’s the first ones I’ve seen that show the subtle color difference.

    Franz
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    Hell yeah. I bet the new steering box feels a lot safer at that speed too.

    Christmas card pictures?

    mdubg
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    Hell yeah. I bet the new steering box feels a lot safer at that speed too. Christmas card pictures?

    Steering box was nice!  Thanks again to Bo!  I didn’t have to drift all over a couple lanes of traffic.

    You guessed it, Christmas card pictures.  I was able to convince the Mrs. to incorporate the truck.  While we were in some other locations, other groups grabbed the opportunity to use the DC as their backdrop.

     

    Bodgoco
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    Awesome!  Glad to help that is one amazing DC.

    mtnbus
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    Good lookin !

    Yber
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    Knockout double cab!!!

    John Jones
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    Glad you like it MIKE!!!!!!!!!!    Building dreams daily!!!!  😎

    mdubg
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    Digging thru some shit at my house the other day and came across one of the only remaining pictures of the 65 Double Cab that I bought and drove around SoCal when I was going to Long Beach Poly High School in the early ’90s.  This bus has an interesting story…

    Around the summer of 91 I was on an annual family vacation on Catalina Island off the coast of SoCal.  At the time, all the taxis were Vanagons, and there were multiple Dokas, Bays and Splits tooling around the limited streets of the 1 mile square of the City of Avalon on the island.  My dad and I walked by this DC everyday and said, “damn, I wish that was for sale”.  One day, the owner was standing within earshot and said, “I’ll sell it to you”.  That day the purchase was made for $3K.  Buying a car on Catalina is a big deal, the owner needs to ship the car back and purchase another quickly or end up on a decade-long waiting list to be permitted a car.  The picture below is me, with hair, braces, and jean shorts, picking up the vehicle at the shipper in the Port of Long Beach.

    I stripped this DC of all the removables and got it painted 2 tone white and turkis (with a shit-ton of bondo from a terrible shop) and chromed everything (that was the thing to do at the time).  For the next 3 years, I drove that bus all over.  It spent countless days driving between Long Beach and Newport Beach will I surfed the famous monster waves of the Wedge.

    One infamous night, after a long day of Lifeguarding, I neglected to install “The Club” on the steering wheel.  Only days earlier, I had removed the kill switch that was on the coil wire during an electical troubleshooting session.  That night, some low-life snuck into my crew cab, hot wired it, and drove it away.  The next morning, I thought my friends had pulled a fast-one on me and pushed it around the corner.  No luck!  My VW was gone, never to be found.

    At that time, buses where getting jacked, stuck in a containers and shipped to Japan for rich collectors, but it could be out there driving around with a different or no Vin plate.  Who knows?!?

    Fast forward 25 years and I was bringing home my freshly restored, relatively new-to-me 1960 DC from KCW (from this thread).  I dare to say one of the best looking in the country.  I love my truck!

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    PostScript:  Going to be moving my KCW Double Cab back to Long Beach (from Dallas) this summer.  I’m gonna need to invest in some theft prevention to ward off the thieves in Cali.  I already have a shift locker, but any other anti-theft ideas without having to pull a distributor wire everytime?

    John Jones
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    Cool pic mike..

    I really don’t worry too much about my stuff in cali… Hell.. My camper doesn’t even lock… I don’t have a key anyway… 😎

    I think pulling the rotor out is the best quick security feature…

    ColeB
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    Buses can lock? Haha

    mdubg
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    The Crew Cab got a little work duty today.  It’s not carrying cords of wood or boulders, but it’s now the only car I have that will carry sheetrock or plywood.  I threw down some blankets and cardboard because I don’t want to dork up the awesome job the KCW crew did on the resto.

    Also, those are palm trees in the parking lot of Lowes…the double is officially back home in SoCal (Long Beach) for good.  Texas was great, but the LBC is home and you can’t beat the weather and beaches.

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