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- mdubgParticipantNovember 10, 2018 at 10:26 amPost count: 294
You guys are amazing! Watching from afar on the old interwebs, I get updates 6-7 days a week, of serious work! Great updates!
When I got the DC a few years ago, I popped open the “smugglers compartment” because the cab reeked of gas after a fill-up. Turns out the gas filler neck was leaking where it meets the tank. When I opened up the compartment, it was stuffed with housing insulation and painted with tar. I spent a couple weekends cleaning all that crap out. Not fun!
Here are the before pics:
I cleaned it up and rattle canned it for a short-term fix. Here is a cleaned up picture. Can’t wait for the KCW long-term fix picture.
Since this truck is a 1960, it doesn’t have the overflow tube coming off the filler catch, that drains below the floor. Any spilled or sloshed gas ends up in the cab under the rear seat. What do you think about installing one of those tubes. I know it’s not stock, but it might be a good add for the future health of the vehicle and the occupants (reducing vapors). Also, no one would see it, or know it’s there in that seal compartment.mdubgParticipantNovember 9, 2018 at 10:24 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 8, 2018 at 2:29 pmPost count: 294
Talked to Chad, he says he repops those square pieces in a hard plastic material. you can get ahold of him through samba screen name ezcamper. https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1443863
Thanks for the tip! I’m going to see if I can get the OG VW part off, but now I have a plan B. I may just order a pair so that I can replace them on the old gates, before selling them.mdubgParticipantNovember 8, 2018 at 2:16 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 7, 2018 at 7:44 pmPost count: 294
This weekend, I’m gonna work on getting the tiny little block that is next to the latches off my old gates. When I dropped the truck off, Franz said those are impossible to find.
I think My buddy Chad Yarbrough repops them. I’ll ask him when I see him this weekend at Bulli Brigade.
Cool thanks in advance for asking around. Let me know if your buddy makes ’em. They were hard to describe, so I’m putting up a picture of the part I’m talking about (circled in red).mdubgParticipantNovember 7, 2018 at 6:32 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 7, 2018 at 11:18 amPost count: 294
Very nice! I can’t believe how fast you all worked my DC! Those gates are gonna look sweet. This weekend, I’m gonna work on getting the tiny little block that is next to the latches off my old gates. When I dropped the truck off, Franz said those are impossible to find.mdubgParticipantNovember 6, 2018 at 6:25 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 5, 2018 at 2:16 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 4, 2018 at 1:29 pmPost count: 294
Watching all the work on my DC, got me jonesing (no pun intended) to turn a wrench. Started a bike project. I decided to run all the lines and cables down the handlebars of my Harley. I’m adding 14″ apes with chrome controls. I don’t want any external lines, so I’m putting on an internal throttle and a hydraulic clutch.
So far, the hydraulic clutch is installed, not yet plumbed.
Pulled the tank to get access to the wires and throttle cable. Once I get the bars delivered, I can measure how much I need to extend everything.mdubgParticipantNovember 4, 2018 at 12:10 pmPost count: 294
Will, thanks for the close ups! I had no idea that there were a bunch of patches on the bus. Looks ok, few spots to cut out, but lots of good metal.
From looking at the inside of the rear corners, I knew the they were off a later truck, because they had the larger tail lights with the holes welded up. It wasn’t until I dropped it off that Franz pointed out that the current hole location might be a bit high for a ’60.mdubgParticipantNovember 3, 2018 at 2:05 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 3, 2018 at 7:23 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 2, 2018 at 8:19 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 2, 2018 at 6:24 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantNovember 1, 2018 at 8:14 pmPost count: 294
Amazing progress! That bedliner is a pain in the ass. I pulled and scrapped a bunch of it before I sent it your way.
If the trans is cooked, let’s rebuild.
It’s pretty flat here in North Texas. Do you recommend a 3.88 R&P? If so, what engine displacement pairs well and don’t say…mdubgParticipantNovember 1, 2018 at 8:26 amPost count: 294mdubgParticipantOctober 31, 2018 at 4:03 pmPost count: 294mdubgParticipantOctober 31, 2018 at 1:55 pmPost count: 294
So stoked that it’s my turn!!!!🤘🤘🤘
The previous owners have made some “upgrades” to the rig. My vision from a mechanicals POV is to retain the big nuts, but I’d like to get both RGB’s rebuilt. I think the passenger side has some play that caused some tire balding when I bought the truck. After I got back to Dallas a Wagenswest front disc kit arrived. With 2 little passengers, I want to add this non-stock upgrade. I’ll need to send that your direction. That steering box swerves like a sailor on shore leave, so it needs to be rebuilt/replaced. I can’t have a steering that only takes suggestions from the driver. I’ve got the motor, currently a later model 1600 DP, here in Dallas. It’s going to be rebuilt locally here. Stance will be stock height.
From an exterior/bodywork perspective, I want it to look new, straight, and mostly stock above and below. I’d like it to be monochrome, except for stock white accents (badge, bumpers, wheel, etc). Color will probably be a VW stock color, but not the L345 that is currently on it. I like a darker grey (mouse or pearl). As the gates weren’t OG and need some work, those will need to be sourced from Gerson. There is an ongoing thread on TheSamba about when seamed gates were retired by VW. We know that early Feb 1960 had seamed gates and March 1960 didn’t. This bus is a Feb 24, 1960 build, so I want seamed gates. Obviously, I want any cancer removed and replaced. I like a straight clean looking bed and engine compartment. The rear corners have some old patches and might have the tail lights mounted to high, I’d like those to look stock.
I just puked a bunch of thoughts and I’m sure I have a bunch more that will come up. Let me know if you have any other immediate questions.
I really can’t wait to see you guys make this ride new again!!! Bring on the updates!!!
mdubgParticipantOctober 30, 2018 at 8:06 pmPost count: 294
OK Bubba,,, Your coming inside today…. gonna order a few metal pieces and get started… again…. Get this knocked out before I start on another big project….. or paint a ghia….. Mike Green…. Your almost on the hot seat!!!! if you decided to take your truck some where else… You better get on it before I start..
Saaaweet!!! Take it somewhere else? No way. There’s a reason I trailered the truck a 1000 miles, across 3 states, I wanted it handled by the best.
25 years ago, my last double cab was stolen after I graduated high school. That bus looked good, but had an underside like a bowl of corn flakes. This truck is going to stay with me (and hopefully my kids) forever. I’m looking to reset the clock on my VW.
I know my ride is at the right spot to get it sorted proper.
It’s been a few months, so let me know if you need my contact info again. My email is in my profile on this site.