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- mdubgParticipantMay 3, 2020 at 6:16 amPost count: 293
I used one of those Speed “Clay” Bars and Hybrid Ceramic wax last week (same exact stuff). They are awesome! Made the job so quick! It was so fast I had time to do my wife’s car also. Then I moved on to my Double Cab. I didn’t have to “Clay” it, thanks to all the buffing KCW did, but it looks like a frickin’ mirror (again) with the ceramic on it.mdubgParticipantApril 8, 2020 at 4:59 pmPost count: 293mdubgParticipantJanuary 15, 2020 at 6:15 pmPost count: 293mdubgParticipantNovember 24, 2019 at 7:33 amPost count: 293mdubgParticipantNovember 19, 2019 at 3:11 pmPost count: 293mdubgParticipantNovember 19, 2019 at 11:26 amPost count: 293
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!
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?mdubgParticipantNovember 17, 2019 at 11:27 amPost count: 293
My Double is a special case, because it’s grey, but I do appreciate the full bottom paint for an extra layer of protection and an easy wipe-down when I’m under there. That said, either way, the only time someone would see the bottom side is if you lay a mirror down there. Just my 2 pennies.
BTW. Your bus looks great and is only going to get better!mdubgParticipantNovember 3, 2019 at 7:21 amPost count: 293
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.mdubgParticipantNovember 3, 2019 at 6:31 amPost count: 293
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!mdubgParticipantOctober 20, 2019 at 9:57 pmPost count: 293
She’s absolutely GORGEOUS!! What’s “Clara” – an aftermarket supplier?
Thanks! Clara makes interior panels for commercials (single & double cabs). A lot of people say they’re really nice and very close to original equipment. Here’s a link to her classified: https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=948457mdubgParticipantOctober 20, 2019 at 3:34 pmPost count: 293
The most recent ones are halfway down this page:
I just went through the same experience you are going through. I picked up my ride from KCW in late June of this year.mdubgParticipantOctober 20, 2019 at 6:42 amPost count: 293mdubgParticipantOctober 4, 2019 at 4:38 pmPost count: 293
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!mdubgParticipantSeptember 30, 2019 at 9:49 amPost count: 293
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.mdubgParticipantSeptember 29, 2019 at 6:09 pmPost count: 293
Finally, finally got some work done on the Double Cab. I rebuilt and recovered the seats and installed the interior panels. I don’t know what the trick is, but lining up those holes when drilling through the front of the panels is a pain in the ass. Especially on those holes that are augered out from previous installations. It took a while, but I think it came out pretty darn good! Still need to do the kick panels and the roof panels.
Glamour shots by the pond.mdubgParticipantAugust 29, 2019 at 8:06 pmPost count: 293
Ended up getting the panels from SewFine in Denver. The guys from West Coast Classic Restorations never got back to me. I just got the panels yesterday. They are tan vinyl, no inserts or tweed. Haven’t fully opened the box with the panels, but it’s going to look sweet.
The bench seat covers are tan with black piping to match the steering wheel and knobs. The covers haven’t arrived yet.mdubgParticipantAugust 24, 2019 at 9:59 pmPost count: 293mdubgParticipantJuly 23, 2019 at 9:36 amPost count: 293mdubgParticipantJuly 23, 2019 at 8:12 amPost count: 293
I’ve been driving the DC to work, when it’s not 100 degrees (which is only a couple days in the last 2 weeks). Love it!!!!
Next up, I’m working on getting new seat covers, door cards, and material for the roof panels. This might take some time tho. I’m not quite as fast as KCW.
I got the repaired hubcap and t-shirts in the mail yesterday. Thank you!mdubgParticipantJuly 18, 2019 at 7:18 pmPost count: 293
Dang, Dot3 I would crank it down tighter to seat it……maybe you already tried that.
Thanks on the DOT3. I gave it a tug a couple days ago. I might give it one more pull. See if it’s still weeps. If so, back it off and try to seat it again. If that doesn’t work, replace.