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« on: July 16, 2011, 06:08:20 PM »
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Ran into some old family friends, told them i was getting back into the VW scene, showed then pic's of my Ragtop and also pic's of my son's 66 hard top project.
I knew that this SC was sitting in the woods and asked them if they would be willing to let it go or what they might want for it, they shot me down at first, so I just let things lay for awhile. When we crossed paths again they said to come on up the hill and take a look, the long and short of it is, they were stoked at the idea of this SC being back on the road.
Last registered in 95 on a non-op, parked and left to wither away by the elements.
My buddy Alex , my son and my self pulled her off the hill last week and brought her home, has rust that will need attention but surprisingly solid for a truck that has been sitting for 17 years. Motor turns over but will not fire.
Not sure if we will tackle the rust our selfs or send her out for the work, not sure where to start, I know she will spend some time at The Vintage Warehouse when the time comes.
For now i have been massaging the old respray out of her to see what lies beneath
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 06:11:25 PM »
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Dave's been plugging away for the last year or so on metal removal and tear down as seen here... http://lowbus.com/BB/index.php?topic=1289.0

Mike and I finally got the SC to the shop today and got to work on it.
I wanted to get it down to the bones so I could see what I was working with.

2" beam, disc brakes, straight axle conversion, new wiring harness, safaris, stock bus wheels (crows foot fronts) with 145/65/15's and 195/60/15's

Plus a laundry list of other needed parts:

Steering box, master cylinder, brakes lines, etc.

We're just going to get it into a roller for Dave at this point, hell handle the metal work then (I hope) he brings it back for the engine, wiring install, glass, and final tweaks to make it a driver.

Here's what we started with...











An hour or so later...



I was working on the front door hinge pin removal for Dave, while Mike was removing the trans.

Mike got farther than I did....



EARLY 56 with tube trans support is cool, but being early means it'll need a conversion mount and new nose cone / hockey stick. The "sweet" mount the PO used is getting tossed.

New trans (nose cone will need to be switch for a conversion one)



Conversion nose cone / front mount - Clearanced for the mounting bolts



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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 06:31:08 PM »
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Having and extra guy (Mike) really helps out. I may finish up the beam over the weekend. If so, we'll have it in early next week, then it's the long list of details to handle.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2012, 07:20:29 AM »
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Sweet!!!! Looking forward to watching this drop go down!!  thumbs up
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2012, 08:38:20 AM »
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Looking good.  Big project, but looks like it is getting handled.  thumbs up

I need to get one of those "extra guys".   biggrin
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 11:51:54 AM »
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Thanks for the extra set of hands (MIKE).
ran into a snag with the CSP front brake kit, it won't work with stock rims ( crows feet), so decided to run stock brake set up, I'm sure Greg can give more detail on this. Not running a large motor, just building a driver so no worries on brakes, was just doing disc's for the cool guy look.
I now have all the replacement metal, Complete front floor, complete doglegs R&L, inner outer rockers R&L, front jack points and outriggers R&L, front top hat,  cargo floor, rear lower corners R&L, battery trays R&L, wheel wells R&L.
At some point the rear tail lights were switched out for later model ones so thinking i well replace that metal as well to run OG size tail lights. thumbs up
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 04:29:01 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2012, 11:03:56 AM »
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It's been a while since I did an update. I wanted to make sure Dave was happy before posting pics. He got some free time to pick up the SC today and I'm pretty sure he was happy with the outcome.

Here's the latest pictures before I go into "build" details...







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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 11:16:54 AM »
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Wheel / tire combo

Stock Bus wheels in the back with 195/60/15

Crows foot wheels in front with 145/65/15



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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 11:25:22 AM »
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New brakes all the way around.

BIG 64 - 67  stuff up front



New master / reservoir, and replaced a couple front hard lines.



Thing brakes in the rear.





I machined 5/8 off the drums for the short splined axles

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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2012, 11:28:50 AM »
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Sits real nice.   thumbs up
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2012, 11:36:02 AM »
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Modified front mount and nose cone for the tunnel trans in early bus set up.

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Mocked up to check clearance



Nose cone added to check clearance as well



"x" marks the spot for cutting....



Trans in waiting on new brakes lines and other details.



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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2012, 11:38:51 AM »
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Sits real nice.   thumbs up

It's up a but to fit a tow bar so Dave could get it home. I think with glass, interior *metal* the front will drop a bit, and of course the rear will do the same with an engine and metal as well.

Safaris were added up front as well...

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2012, 11:43:37 AM »
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The pile of parts we started with for the brakes, etc.





The CSP disks got veto'd because they don't work with stock 15" wheels (the caliper hits the notches) there is *very* fine print stating this on the install sheet, but nothing anywhere else.


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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2012, 11:46:25 AM »
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Steering box, drag link, beam, spindles, bearings, tie rods, brakes, trans, shift couplers, shift bushings, e-brake cables, master cylinder, hard lines, soft lines,fluids, etc. This thing is SOLID in the suspension / brake department now.



Metal work, wiring, glass, interior, a few detail pieces, an engine and Dave will be rolling.

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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2012, 04:54:59 PM »
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I like!!  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2013, 03:01:45 PM »
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Dave is updating with his work here - http://lowbus.com/BB/index.php?topic=1289.0
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« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2018, 10:13:20 AM »
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From Dave's thread...

The SC is now back at the Vintage Warehouse after being away for metal work, glad she is close to home and in TRUSTED hands.

Almost 3 years later, after 2 moves, and 1 firestorm, Dave drove his SC home yesterday.











There are some minor things I believe Dave is going to handle before it comes back for an engine upgrade in a month or so.

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