- MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 9:53 amPost count: 233
Hey friends. I always seem to have some sort of personal project going on. Like many on the forum, my interests include vintage VW’s, Porsche, European scooters, old houses, hot springs, camping, snowboarding, motorcycles and an endless litany of all things old and interesting. Hopefully you’ll enjoy checking out some of my projects as much as I like working on them and I’ll be able to pick up on some solid advice with some of these projects moving forward.
Probably the most interesting find I’ve had come my way is this 58 Samba:
An older guy pulled up to my shop on a scooter wanting to know if I wanted a VW Fox that was sitting in his yard. I told him that I wasn’t really interested though I had a friend who might be able to remove it for him. While I’m writing down my friends contact info, I casually ask if he happens to have any more VW’s at which point he tells me that he has a 21 window Deluxe! Needless to say, I gave him my contact info instead and went to his house the next morning.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 10:13 amPost count: 233
The Bus was in an old garage which hadn’t been opened in years. We couldn’t get into the garage, but we were able to pry the man door open enough for me to see a portion of the long side. I thought that I was looking at an original blue/white 21 window and struck a deal with the owner prior to digging it out.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 10:19 amPost count: 233
It was two days of digging, moving a shed, moving a broken down truck and excavating to get it out, but my friend and I got it up on the trailer and back to the shop. Needless to say, I had to contain myself when we pried open the doors and I saw that Deluxe, press-bumper and corner windows. It went from incredible barn find to Holy Grail status.
Here’s Mr Sanford, the second owner, saying goodbye.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 10:58 amPost count: 233
I got it back to my shop and sifted through piles of raccoon shit to find some of the odds and ends which ended up in the back of the Bus over the years. Two days of pressure washing, Super Clean and a gallon of bleach. It was shit stew coming out of this thing.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:21 amPost count: 233
Thanks Mark! I feel pretty lucky to have been in the right place at the right time. Even the blind mouse gets the cheese on occasion.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:24 amPost count: 233
Seems I can’t post more than one photo per post. Is that the standard?
I’m going to pick away at some of the smaller items since I can’t fit it into the shop right now and Winter.
Really stoked that I have the original bumpers to work with. I started with the back. Typical Beetle exhaust mod and a little worked.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:27 amPost count: 233
I was able to use the section that they cut and bent up after a little hammering. The hardware was a mish-mosh of screws, nuts and bolts and I’ll need to do a bit of research to get the right parts.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:32 amPost count: 233
TIG’d up the cut-outs then twisted, bumped and filed until it was straight.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:38 amPost count: 233
The front was a little more worked than the back, but not rusted.MikeKParticipantJanuary 5, 2020 at 11:45 amPost count: 233
The toughest part was that the bottom edge was rolled down making it so the blade wasn’t perpendicular to the Bus. With the bumper on a flat table, the lower lip was at least and 3/4″ in. I had to beat the hell out of it into a sandbag and reshape.
I thought it was interesting that it was drilled for Euro and American plates. The deck-lid is the same. I’m not sure if there was a dealer in Colorado in 1958. I imagine that it was a soldier who brought it back from Germany. Sanford told me that the original owner was a veterinarian who made house calls with the Bus.
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