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PostSubject: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:36 am

Here is my newest aquisition, a 68 Bus.

No interior except wood paneling on the roof. No engine. No front windshield. No bumpers. No light lenses. Missing some other items. Some bad rust in the front clip.

It has: Good transmission. Not Bus, previous owner thinks it's Type 3, 4, or Thing. Chrome wheels with good tires, brakes work, Steering is tight. Good glass, windows work. Good base for a build. It was cheap. Good patina.













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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:37 am

Here you can see the rust....







It is bad, but I know I can fix it.


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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:39 am

Washed all the dirt off.



I had this old 80s Ford van seat laying around. It's not bolted down, but it works for now.

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:43 am

Rust repair:

Starting point.



Donor 74 Super Beetle Roof. Sorry Cliff but it's being cut up.



Cut out. there's one of the patches.



Welded up like a jigsaw puzzle.



Just making that little section fitted to spec took about 4 hours. It will be fine.

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:51 am

The plan.

Exterior: Fix the rust. OG paint is in pretty good shape with decent patina, so it will stay like this for a while. Eventually it might get painted. Get all the lights, bumpers, glass, etc.

Interior: Paint all interior metal black, Grey carpet, and wood paneling to replace all the panels. Two front seats, a removable rear seat. Curtains on the windows.

Motor: Whatever I can get my hands on. Probably a 1600 of some kind, I have a longblock that needs a rebuild, so it might be that one.

Everything else pretty much the same.

The theory is for it to be a clean driver that I can haul a group of people in, then take out the rear seat load up the gear and go camping.

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:22 am

Good luck with the project. Why did you change your name?
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:49 am

We are an ever changing group. Or are we evolving.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:33 pm

Great plan, great bus! I look forward to watching your progress. Corey should be able to hook you up on a lot of your parts. It's in about the same condition as my Velvet. Good foundation to start with. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:14 am

Not a bad place to start. It will be nice to see it get fixed up a bit.

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:59 pm

Rusted area fixed. Came out pretty good. Naturally there are still a couple low spots, which will be taken care of tomorrow.



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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:02 pm

Bolted on some lights and the vent grill.




The rust along the bottom edge will have to wait a few weeks before I can get that taken care of.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:05 pm

I stopped by Pick n Pull on thursday to scope out the rumored 2 Baywindow Buses that were there. I will be heading back tomorrow for some items. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:28 pm

RuddzRodz wrote:
I stopped by Pick n Pull on thursday to scope out the rumored 2 Baywindow Buses that were there. I will be heading back tomorrow for some items. Wink


Was that white one ( think it might have had some pink on it, can't really remember) more your year bus? I know the other one had the bigger tail lights but wasn't sure on the white/pink one.

Also, don't know if you know this but you can put in what model car you are looking for on PnP's website and do a search of what ever PnP's ( as far as miles from your zip) you want to go to. It will list what year and how many each PnP has. I love this feature. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:49 pm

There was a 74 and a 78.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:17 pm

This is going to make a pretty clean looking Bus when you're done.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:39 am

Windshield area looks great now from the photo. And isn't it amazing what a difference a "face" makes? Velvet had such a cadaver look until I got the headlights and turnsignals in, then she came to life. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:34 am

Picked up a motor for it last week. I plan on getting it in Monday if I get off work early enough. I still need a Mustache Bar though if anyone has one? After that I will get a front windshield to seal it all up so i can start on the interior.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:36 am

Here is the new name for this project:


Project "BUStin' Loose"

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:44 am

lol!

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:48 am

I like it.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:50 am

Who wouldn't?

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:58 am

Type 3s and now buses
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:36 pm

When's this one going to head down the quarter mile? Good work on the rust repair.
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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:00 pm

That I'd love to see.

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PostSubject: Re: My 68 Bus. Project "BUStin' Loose"   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:56 pm

a shot of NOS and away you go
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