We have been working hard on the Betty Blue project over the past few weeks to finish off the details that make all the difference. Sorry its taken so long, but I hope its been worth the wait.
So the final layers of 2 Pac have been laid down and buffed back to a nice sheen. Middle windows have been fitted with nice new sliding glass, and the rest of the glass has been fitted. This is the fun part of the rebuild, except when you come across a sliding door seal that has been put in upside down... hmpf!
We have a couple of nice basket weave seats that slot perfectly into the driver/passenger positions, as well as a nice set of cream/grey doorcards that tone down the interior for a nice balance to the flipper blue and cream paint job.
I bought this Kombi from Jared 6 months ago, and since then, it has been gathering dust in the workshop,... until now. It was sprayed JET BLACK - inside and out. With black carpet lining in the front and back + drak grey door cards. It has been lowered to achieve a more aggressive stance and paired with a twin exhaust on a well tuned 1800 motor.
When we started this project, I made sure that we took lots of photos of the original body and its overall condition. I am still blown away by the work that was done and the finished product. Our client wanted the car completed before christmas, but a project this big involved so many people:
- - auto electrics
- - mechanics
- - supply of ADR compliant rock n roll bed + all new seatbelts
- - all new rubbers, seals
- - custom 2 tone door cards & panels
- - upholsterers x 2
- - panel beating, respray and fitout
3 Months ago, we purchased 10 Kombis from Steve Muller of Kombi Rescue in Sydney. One of these was a 77 Deluxe microbus that had some panel damage to the front nose cone, but was in otherwise very good condition - a little surface rust here and there, but not a bad prospect.
Ahhh the sweet smell of the final 2 Pak being applied!
After almost 2 months of sanding, grinding, welding and preparations, we are now getting the final coats of paint onto our - as yet unnamed - 72 Lowlight.
I snuck these photos out of the workshop once the guys had finished for the day....
What starts out as a seemingly easy task can quickly build into a VERY large job.
Take our humble VW Kombi - 72 Lowlight Camper for instance. This was one of the very good condition vehicles that was acquired from Steve Muller earlier this year. Our client had a definite requirement for the lowlight model, with a relaxed two tone palete of cream and turquoise.
Now this is a project we can really sink our teeth into!
I'm glad we took lots of before photos, because the finished result is going to blow your socks off!
This is the result of 60 hours work - Deconstruct, Sanding, Cutting, Welding, Rust treatment and Filling. The white highfill coat is then applied to help identify any small dents or blemishes that need further work.
This 72 lowlight camper was one of many that were stored in a barn by Steve Muller of Kombi Rescue in Sydney. When we started the dismantle, I was shocked to see just how good the body was. The roof gutters, steps, sills and all the usual scary bits are in fantastic condition - some surface rust in the floor pans, but it doesn't get better than this!
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