MeelisV ´76 - "Turfamaze"

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by MeelisV, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Hi from Estonia

    My name is Meelis and this is my story
    it will be a long topic with lots of pictures
    but there is not much text. although I'm trying to make it through the translation.

    it was long ago in autumn 2014
    I found an ad where was a vwt2 bus for sale in Estonia
    I've always looked at them, but never thought of buying one.
    this time it was different I had to buy this bus
    After getting more information and getting the pictures, everything was clear
    need to go and bring this thing home
    why? don’t know

    pictures from ad

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    I took my friend and went
    The bus was about 205 km or 127 miles away
    I watched the bus across from each side
    It was not perfect, but I had nothing to do
    the heart was sold and there were no other choices

    the bus itself was 1976
    mounted type4 2L engine
    total 9 seats
    and briefly everything
    besides the ugly green color
    a lot of rust in the bottom - frame and beams, floor, fenders
    worn and 38 years old - thats it

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  2. driving home was interesting
    the heating did not work because there is a wrong motor and the pipes are not connected
    the outside temperature was -2 ° C, or about 28F
    the time of the safety car was running out and had to go away - I was alone on the road with an unknown car
    there was no problem at all
    I got home in one piece
    The bus ride well - the maximum speed tested at 130km / h or 81mph

    I was happy – still

    I was happy because I did not know what really awaited me

    and my wife did not know anything yet

    There was a lot of thinking - what's next
    One of the steps was car registration and the writing of a new engine in papers

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    and then .....
    idea was overhaul engine and gearbox, axles and all technical
    let body stay like this and enjoy it like year or ....
    but why not to do everything ?
    In the next 2 months, there was only thinking and planning and no driving

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    last day home

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    on the way to the garage

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  3. good luck with the project dude :thumbsup:
     
  4. Flakey

    Flakey Sponsor

    Love the air filter set up :thumbsup:
     
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  5. first time on the lift
    and ....


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  6. got some used stuff sold in one set

    bought because set includes 2 gearbox "091"
    and ENGINE with some extra power and performance

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  7. one year after purchase
    autumn 2015 zero hours work
    bus is just siting in garage yard

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  8. but few days later

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  9. pictures are telling their own story - bad bodywork
     
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  10. welcome and keep those pictures coming:)
     
  11. engine and front axle off


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    rear axle and gearbox off

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    body rotisserie

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  12. full paint removal and what we found

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    rear right corner very bad

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    one old sticker "paint me"

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  13. I think this will be a good story, keep it coming!
     
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  14. ok bed time

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    will be continued
     
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  15. ok one picture more
    its before garage but there is my second hobby - teardrop trailer (selfmade)


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  16. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Mod

    Hello and Welcome from The Colonial Contingent
    This has the makings of a good thread.
     
  17. Hi from West Lancashire. - good luck with the rebuild.
     
  18. then we had "beach party"
    more sand then in summer and real life
    i did it my self, it was first and last time when i use sandblaster for bigger details or full carbody
    this was the first bag (1 ton)


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    i rented compressor like this

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    7 hours later sand was gone but not all was done
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  19. after next "sandstorm"
    more than half from next bag sand was blasted and now there is some understanding how bad it is

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    very bad section in frame around rear axle


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    not a good pics.


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  20. and now there was no turning back
    and budget was way over
    my idea that i make only brakes, steering, bushes and maybe engine and gearbox maintenance and leave body as it is - that was gone.

    now i had new favorite sites - paruzzi and vwheritage


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    AND many more
     

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