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Well after many years being into the VW (H20) scene, I have finaly popped my aircooled cherry. :D

Here she is 1972 tax exempt bay window Moonraker.

Completely solid all bar a couple of small holes in the inner rear wheel arches and a bad patch repair on the passenger side floor which is to be removed and fixed properly. There is also some damage to the n/s sill/arch which is again to be fixed.

Plans are, obviously a smack with the lowering stick and some alloys on there. Then a repaint (to loose the brown or at least tone it down a tad with possibly a beige) with a smoothed front (and possibly switch to early rear lights) and build a new interior for her.






The van belonged to a lady who had recently spent a fortune having the body and paint done only to have it vandalised and losing interest in the van. She then "apparently" (can only go of the previous owners say so) sold it to a local jack the lad car trader who paid........ £400!!!! :eek: for it he then sold it on to another trader who paid £900 for it where it had further money spent to mot it, new curtains etc etc, then I purchased it for the rather measly (not £400 measly :( ) sum of £1500.

Sadly the interior is pretty shot, the previous lady owner had attacked the door cards, headliners etc with a cream tin of emulsion :mad: probably hoping to match the new paintwork but sadly failed misserably but only reasling after she had done 3/4 of the van and stopped just short of the rear door cards. (either that or she approved and just ran out of paint :crazy: )

Since this is not just my very first camper but also my first Aircooled car, theres going to be plenty of questions ahead.
 

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Wow looks pretty solid for that kind of money, well done mate, if only you'd found it earlier you wouldn't have to be paying the middle man :)
 

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These are the only photos I have at the moment, better ones to follow once its been washed :D

The Interior has now all been ripped out,







Have also found today that the pop top skylight is leaking pretty bad, whats the best solution for this? :confused: someone has used expanding foam to try to seal it :mad: to no avail.
 

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Schalk said:
Wow looks pretty solid for that kind of money, well done mate, if only you'd found it earlier you wouldn't have to be paying the middle man :)
I know big shame but still very happy with the price and the outcome, 12 months mot and free tax! :hug:
 

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welcome over from the other side...id like to say,keep the brown until at least its lowered with alloys,think you may change your mind.it'll look cool.
 

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I dont mind the brown, just needs to be a tad lighter imo. Its defo getting painted soon anyway as some nice towrag has grafitied the side with a key, I suppose I should thank them in a way as its the reason the original owner sold up!

This was actually my first rendition of the van, keeping the brown (although it would be a bit lighter :incheek: ) but mixing it about a bit.

 

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finaly getting there....

With work comitments I dont get to spend much time on the van, so after nearly 5 weeks of restoring the front axle back to its former glory.

It went from a rusty mess,



And with a bit of shotblasting, some elbow grease and £50 worth of powder coating......



We get to here, everything is now brand new (yes I know the anti roll bar isnt fitted :rolleyes: , the fitting kits where out of stock)

 

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And thanks to a set of Bigboyztoys adapters (wouldnt use these if I ever did it again), a set of merc alloys and loger wheel studs.

It went from this....



To.....

This!! :eek:



I'm chuffed with how its turned out, ran out of light at the weekend so didnt get all the clutch/brake cables etc back together so havent had chance to drive it yet see how it feels. I may bring it up a couple of notches but will see how it goes once the back end it down too.

Btw, front grille is off as i'm debating if I should smooth it over or not.
 

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89rallye said:
I dont mind the brown, just needs to be a tad lighter imo. Its defo getting painted soon anyway as some nice towrag has grafitied the side with a key, I suppose I should thank them in a way as its the reason the original owner sold up!

This was actually my first rendition of the van, keeping the brown (although it would be a bit lighter :incheek: ) but mixing it about a bit.

Definetly like the brown now the van has been lowered,I'm going brown or beige too.
sorry to hijack but where do the get the picture stencil from to put the different colours on it like in this quote,I want to see what mine would look like in a verity of earthy colours
 

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Hiya 89Rallye, nice to see the good work done so far mate.

Do you have any pics of the front suspension setup now it's dropped a bit.


Cheers
 

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ianlea73 said:
Definetly like the brown now the van has been lowered,I'm going brown or beige too.
sorry to hijack but where do the get the picture stencil from to put the different colours on it like in this quote,I want to see what mine would look like in a verity of earthy colours
http://www.busselecta.com/bus/ is the place your after.

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Do you have any pics of the front suspension setup now it's dropped a bit.
Not sure what it is you want to see, clarify and I will probably have a photo somewhere or if not front wheels have to come off again anyway to finish some bits and pieces (that antiroll bar for one which I aint looking forward to doing.)
 

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Keep the brown dude, it's ace, where in cheshire are you?
 

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Keep the brown dude, it's ace, where in cheshire are you?
I'm in Widnes now, moved out here just over 2 years back. Brown is staying but I think its going to be flipped over (as per busselecta drawing). Paint is going to be a while yet probably later in the year after I have finnished my Caddy (see THIS THREAD for that :D )

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'll back the non filling it side of the arguement, it's just adding lots of filler to an allready good looking motor :D
You will be glad to know then that the non filling is outweighing the filling at present. The other shocker that will have the purists :mad: is thats it will be going Turbo Diesel power at some point (again long way off, maybe even next year)
 

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good work mate .keep em coming. :D
 

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89rallye said:
You will be glad to know then that the non filling is outweighing the filling at present. The other shocker that will have the purists :mad: is thats it will be going Turbo Diesel power at some point (again long way off, maybe even next year)
Alternate engines isnt a bad plan each to thier own, dont let the purists put you off, but i'm glad your not dumping buckets of filler into your fresh air vent :D
 
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