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|Steve gets ready to unveil Barney for the camera|
even though Tonya and I had a good look around
it on the previous weekend.
|Barney in all his glory. At the moment the pop|
top doesn't have the toggles fitted to lock the
roof down, hence the ratchet strap over the roof.
|The bus had been parked up in the corner for|
some months and as a result the rear drums
were seized. Andy grabbed a hammer and as
we all rocked the bus Andy was hitting the rear
drums and after a few taps the brakes freed up
and the bus rolled freely.
|In the cargo area again the floor is solid. It does|
have an interior of sorts, which is part original
and part home made by someone.
|Tonya and Steve having a chat about Barney|
as Andy manoeuvres his low loader truck as
close as possible to Barney.
|The engine is missing but Steve has the rebuilt|
1641cc motor, with twin carbs in his shed, which
we shall load into Barney once we're ready to
load him onto Andy's low loader truck.
|As I mentioned earlier the interior is part original|
and part home made. Tonya isn't quite sure as yet
as to what interior she would like, so the interior
layout may well change in the near future.
|Looking down Barney's nearside, the body looks|
very straight, but then he did have a part restoration
a few years back.
|Before we moved Barney Tonya took the chance|
to get some photos for her own personal records.
You can see how straight the bus is from this
angle and how nice the paint is.
|Barney really does have the makings to be a|
lovely early bay. Once this leaves the Oil Droppers
workshop this will be a stunning early bay.
|Once the bus was rolling, Steve and I loaded|
the engine into the back of Barney. Steve takes
a breather as he had a bad back and lifting an
engine into Barney didn't help the issue.
|Barney has his 1641 engine, OK it's not in the|
usual place yet, but I'm sure it won't take Stuart
at Oil Droppers long to relocate it into its proper
place and get it running again.
|As well as the 4 wheels Barney already has, in|
with the spares there were another 4 wheels. How
many wheels does a bus need! As it turned out,
due to the weight limit on Andy's truck we only
brought 2 home, the 2 wheels with good tyres on!
|Once the winch had been attached it was down|
to Tonya to steer Barney up the ramps and onto
the low loader. The big smile says it all...
|Slowly does it, as Andy winds the winch in |
Tonya steers the bus up the ramps and onto
the back of the truck.
|This time even with 3 blokes shouting different|
directions to Tonya, all four wheels did line up
with the ramps and Barney was slowly winched
onto the low loader truck.
|Almost there... This lovely early bay does look|
good from this angle. The VW badge on the
front is actually a laser cut stainless steel item
that Steve had custom made.
|The concentration on Tonya's face says it all..|
As the bus started to go up the ramps, all Tonya
could see was the sky so she had to rely on the
directions from Andy.
|Tonya's view as the bus slowly gets pulled up|
the ramps onto the back of the truck. (photo
courtesy of Tonya, Obviously!)
|There wasn't a lot of room for error as Barney|
inched up the ramps as this photo shows.
(another of Tonya's photos)
|And stop, handbrake on. Tonya looks pleased|
as punch sitting in Barney having just been
winched onto the back of a low loader truck.
|Andy has secured Barney onto the low loader|
with straps over the wheels and by keeping the
winch attached. We also reattached the ratchet
strap over the roof to hold it down.
|This is one of the piles of spares which came|
with the bus and included a new bellows for the
pop top, a louvre window and a sliding side
window, seats, seals, tow bar, bumpers, wheels,
waterproof cover and so the list goes on.
|Oh yes and a rust free engine lid, that just needs|
colour matching to the bus, wheel trims, a new
exhaust, and two original fold down buddy seats.
|My T4 loaded to the max with all the spares that|
came with the bus. I did think about taking my
1969 microbus down to collect the spares but
there is no way I could have got them all in the
early bay so I'm glad I took the T4 now.
|As well as the brand new bellows and the frame|
work for the bellows we had boxes and boxes
of smaller spares that Stuart from Oil Droppers
has got to sort through. Good luck with that!
|Barney parked up in the Oil Droppers yard next |
to Stuart's early bay which is also a '71.
|Barney is riding at standard height, while Stuarts|
bay is lowered and the difference is striking.
|Even though Barney is a Dormobile and Stuarts|
bay is a tin top the size difference is amazing.
|All the spares piled up neatly on the mezzanine|
floor. The pile of spares doesn't look so big now,
maybe we should have loaded them into the T4