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|My 1969 microbus prior to getting a new coat|
of paint. She is quite straight considering her
age, but it was the porous paint that made me
decide to get her painted.
|My microbus from the side, I have to admit she|
is starting to look 47 years old. Although she
is quite straight, the paint is looking very tired.
|The wheel arch on the drivers side has also|
been repaired in the past and touched up
with a similar, but not matching colour.
|The front clip, which may have had some|
accident damage in the past as the lower half
had quite a lot of filler in it which had started to
crack and let water onto the steel panel causing
surface rust to appear.
|The same applies to both the rear wheel arches.|
Both had been replaced at some point and the
filler used to make the repair smooth had started
|The rusty rear bumper is a little out of shape,|
but that's they are there for, right? Once the
bus was in the Oil Droppers workshop, Stuart
told me I had a cross over bay rear bumper on
her, and not an early bay one, Oh well.
|Fiona is finally in the Oil Droppers workshop.|
This is the first time I have really seen the roof
of my old microbus.
|Looking down from the mezzanine floor at Oil|
Droppers, I notice a line of moss / mould that
has formed along the length of the roof.
|Time to start stripping her down before the|
real prep work starts. It looks like the bus was
painted green with the tail / reversing lights
still in place as under the rubbers it was just
|My microbus on the ramp at Oil Droppers. To|
finally have the bus in the workshop having a
new coat of paint is quite exciting and long
|Looking along the side of my microbus whist|
she sits on the Oil Droppers ramp. You can
see she's quite straight, considering her age
but it's the paint that lets her down.
|Stuart continues to work hard stripping down |
Fiona as I sneak outside for a break.
|And so the prep work starts. Stuart leaves the|
windows in for as long as possible to keep the
dust that can get inside the vehicle to the
minimum, although it always manages to creep
|A better photo of Stuarts handy work. The front|
clip has had the first application of filler to get
her smoothed out.
|A few days later I popped back into the work|
shop and Stuart had been busy with the DA
as most of the body had been rubbed down.
|The front clip had also had several more layers|
of filler. I suppose purists would have replaced
the front clip, but I'm not a purist. She looks so
much better even at this stage.
|More sanding done and more filler over the|
rear arches. Considering her age, (47) she
really isn't that bad, I've seen much worse
on younger U.K. buses.
|You can see the high and low spots over the|
rear arches now that they have had several
layers of filler.
|Although the bus looks so much better already,|
I must admit that at this point I was kind of sad
knowing that the bus I driven around for years
and that I loved the look of, had gone. Those
days were over, it was time to move on.
|My microbus has a new shiny white roof. I do|
like that silver white (L82). It's not too bright and
suits the velvet green. I think if the white was too
bright it wouldn't look so good against the green.
|A closer look at the finish of the paint on the roof,|
this is probably the last time I'll get a good look
at the roof. How nice and smooth are my gutters?
|Wow, how smooth and straight are the sides|
of my old bus now... That really is a nice
reflection, and it isn't even polished yet.
|Looking at my bus through a beetle body that|
Oil Droppers are currently doing a complete
body off restoration on for another customer.
|Stuart has started to re-assemble the bus. The|
lights / number plate and Volkswagen script
also help to break up the fresh paint and make
the rear end look really nice.
|Back to taking photos without the flash, but even|
without the flash you can see just how nice she
looks now. Once the white bumpers go back on
they will help to finish off the look at the front.
|The same angle just with a bit of zoom to show|
how straight the sides of my bus are now. That
really is an almost perfect reflection.
|I can't believe how different the bus looks now,|
I should have got Oil Droppers to paint her
years ago. Stuart prides himself on a clean
and neat workshop, so this photo I took of
Fiona with a kneeling mat still under her will
eventually drive him crazy.!
|This rear side panel was by far the worst on |
my bus as the filler had cracked quite badly,
but look at it now, all smooth and shiny and
finished in that gorgeous velvet green paint.
|The rear screen is back in, and I'm glad I spent|
a few hours at home removing some of the old
stickers from not only the rear screen but also
all the side windows.
|You can see how clean the bus looks now|
without all those stickers over the side glass.
I'm glad I decided to buy that deluxe belt trim
as I think it compliments the green paint and
matches the chrome Porsche 356 wheels.
|That rear panel / wheel arch looks amazing|
compared to what it was, as does the whole bus.
The reflection on the rear panel and sliding door
is incredible, as anyone that knew my bus will
|Stuart from Oil Droppers sprayed the Shutz|
over the complete underside.
|The underside of my microbus now looks|
all black and shiny. Hopefully that will
protect her from all the salt they put on the
roads over here in the U.K.
|It's reassuring to know the underneath my|
early bay is also protected as well as the body.
Hopefully all this work will protect my bus for
years to come.