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Cleverchap
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My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:08 pm

Thought I'd post a little bit of detail about my bus as some of you guys know me and my bus Smile
It all started ages ago when I bought this 1965 11 window Left hooker bus with a factory goldie rag top back in 2003.
1965 split bus with a difference Abusbefore
weird thing is it's got load doors on the left, same as a right hand drive bus!!??!!
It was orginally imported in 1993 to the UK from Sweden. Before that it was a military bus but God knows what it was used for? Possibly an airport taxi due to the door layout but not sure Neutral
It was running a 1600 motor with 12V alternator conversion, and 009 with electronic ignition. Coupled to this was a GT (AT code) IRS gearbox rear set up, dropped 2 splines, and a cut and turned 68 Bay front beam with disks.
Inside was a full devon camping interior with original Dudley cooker and osocool fridge!

On closer inspection it had a fair bit or rot
1965 split bus with a difference RearArch
and filler!
1965 split bus with a difference Nearsidesill
so I rolled the bus over and replaced the lot
1965 split bus with a difference Busgoingover
1965 split bus with a difference Busonside

This was all done back in December 2003 affraid


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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:11 pm

1965 split bus with a difference StevesBus6

The above photo was taken after I had sorted the structural welding.
I had big plans for the bus so instead of replacing bits and patching over hole's I replaced entire panels, and once i had started poking about with a screw driver........ pale
The list reads like a Schofield catalogue but I was happier doing it once and doing it right. Wink

In the end this is what was replaced:
all outriggers
all Jack-points
both inner sills
outer sill below cargo doors
both outer belly pans
complete load floor
both rear arches
both front doglegs
bottom 6 inches of both A-pillars
front panel from the headlights down (twice, dont ask)

Once this lot was done I started collecting bits for the full on resto! Razz
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:21 pm

After all the welding the bus was looking in a very sorry state
1965 split bus with a difference StevesBus7
I used it for a few months in this state but enough was enough. The decision was taken to take the bus off the road and sort it properly.
I then stripped the bus off all its paint
1965 split bus with a difference SmallReadyforblasting2
And get the rest media blasted so I could see all the horrors.

So the next day I picked the bus up and this was what I was faced with....
1965 split bus with a difference PICT0006
A pink bus...not happy about that but I can live.

1965 split bus with a difference PICT0018
The dash was cut to sh!t with gauge holes and the radio hole but no the end of the world.

1965 split bus with a difference PICT0013
And the N/S/R corner had been beaten with a hammer at some point in its life right the way up to the belt line and it had had some after market lights in both rear corners at some point, not sure what but NOT reverse lights!
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:39 pm

I then dropped the bus off to a local garage near me for the body work to be done, 1 because I couldn't be bothered/didn't have time to sort it my self and 2 so I could blame someone else when it all went wrong!
The real reason was that I know the garage very well and I could pay for bits as and when they did them. I would have free covered storage for my bus and it would give me time to save the cash to pay for the resto Wink

They started well by replacing the nose (for the second time) with in a day of me dropping it off!
1965 split bus with a difference AutocraftNose

And quickly moved onto the screen surround that was knackered
1965 split bus with a difference Screenrepair
The long side didn't need anything more than a skim
1965 split bus with a difference Frontbeingpreped

But the same couldn't be said for the N/S/R corner.
1965 split bus with a difference Reardriverscornerout
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
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Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:43 pm

In the mean time I was collecting parts from all over the globe.
First up was a 901 Prosche 911, 5 speed gearbox.
1965 split bus with a difference Porsche5speed

And then some wheels.......stock 'v' new
1965 split bus with a difference SmallOldvnewwheels

And 944 rear a-arms
1965 split bus with a difference Aarmsmall

I had the new rims refurbished and they came out a treat
From this
1965 split bus with a difference Prerefurb2
As you can see the lacquer was cracked and peeling and there was kerb damage all the way round the rim on all the wheels

To this
1965 split bus with a difference Postrefurb
I also treated the wheels to a full set of black alloy wheel nuts and full colour crested centres to finish the look.
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:52 pm

Next on the shopping list was brakes
1965 split bus with a difference Cayennefrontandrears

I managed to snag these at a stupid price off fleabay after waiting for the right time/right place for over 12 months!! I guess the saying, 'good things come to those who wait' is true!!
I then got myself a Porsche 911 front suspension set up
1965 split bus with a difference Completefrontend2

The rear end was coming together nicely Wink
1965 split bus with a difference Gearboxandaarm4


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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 12, 2008 11:57 pm

The guys at the body shop had cracked on with the rear corner
1965 split bus with a difference Newcornerfitted


1965 split bus with a difference Rearwithdoors

1965 split bus with a difference Shortsidefinished
As well as the short side, so it was pretty much ready for collection, excet for some paint Surprised
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dubberatlast
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Jan 13, 2008 12:41 am

You done a cool bus and top job mate keep it coming Wink
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slammervan
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slammervan

Male Number of posts : 696
Age : 32
Location : The Hood Of Yatton
My Ride(s) : subaru powered baywindow
Registration date : 2006-09-30

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Jan 13, 2008 10:47 pm

love the van.. afro who did the spraying? keep the pics coming! afro
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Jan 13, 2008 11:18 pm

awesome afro
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
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My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyFri Jan 18, 2008 11:51 pm

Next was a coat of etch primer and then some top coat just to seal the etch.
1965 split bus with a difference Buspaintfront
1965 split bus with a difference Buspaintside

Here's Chris the sprayer doing his best 'I'm dressed as a sperm' impression
1965 split bus with a difference Buspaintrear

Dash has been repaired Very Happy
1965 split bus with a difference Buspaintdash

Soon to be tubbed Wink
1965 split bus with a difference Buspaintcab
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyFri Jan 18, 2008 11:53 pm

Now with a bit of top coat Wink

1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusfrontquarter
1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusfront
1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusotherfrontquarter
1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusloaddoors
1965 split bus with a difference GreenbusNSR
1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusrear
1965 split bus with a difference Greenbusgrills
Its only a coat of paint to seal the etch primer and its all that was available at the time so please excuse the colour pale
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Cleverchap
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Male Number of posts : 895
Age : 43
Location : ɹǝpun uʍop
My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
Registration date : 2007-01-08

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 19, 2008 12:10 am

So a quick weekend if Bristol later...........

1965 split bus with a difference Bombyabus3

1965 split bus with a difference Bombyabus2

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1965 split bus with a difference Bombyabus4

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The paint was done by the TCF crew at Bristol Volksfest 2006 and I must admit to start with I wasn't happy but hey thats life Smile
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thecrewkid
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Age : 39
Location : Bridgwater
My Ride(s) : '04 LWB T5.. Restored escort RS turbo estate.
Registration date : 2006-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySat Jan 19, 2008 8:14 am

Dude i remember watching it being painted at Bristol Suspect and you being not the happyist cleverchap when it was done lol!

But fu(k dude does it ever look sweet now...


Steve have you been in contact with with the TCF guys and shown them any pics of it now?? Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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Cleverchap
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My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Feb 03, 2008 6:39 pm

Rich, I haven't yet contacted the TCF dudes. I still have the email address so I think I will and see what they think Wink

Anyway......................
As soon as it was back home on the drive I started work on the suspension mods. The first thing I had to do was to remove the frame horns/gearbox craddle and the rear torsion tube.
1965 split bus with a difference Torsionbarandcradle

lots of cutting later and I was left with a rather large hole Sad
1965 split bus with a difference Torsionbarout
1965 split bus with a difference Torsionbarout2

The new subframe that I made Cool
1965 split bus with a difference Subframe1
1965 split bus with a difference Subframe2
1965 split bus with a difference Subframe3

After a bit of dressing back it was offered up into place, you can just make it out in this photo
1965 split bus with a difference Newrearin2

Then the a-arms were attached
1965 split bus with a difference Insideaarm
1965 split bus with a difference InsideOSRaarm

Look at it roll Cool
1965 split bus with a difference Spinningwheel
1965 split bus with a difference NSRwheel


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Cleverchap
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My Ride(s) : '65 split with a difference
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Feb 03, 2008 6:41 pm

Thats what a 7 3/4 inch body drop looks like Cool
1965 split bus with a difference Rearsuspension1 1965 split bus with a difference Bodydrop

Spring plates fitted
1965 split bus with a difference Rearspringplate2


And started to look at building the sub frame for the new coil over rear shocks (Coils yet to be fitted Wink)
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Male Number of posts : 8406
Age : 39
Location : Bridgwater
My Ride(s) : '04 LWB T5.. Restored escort RS turbo estate.
Registration date : 2006-08-30

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Feb 03, 2008 6:43 pm

Cleverchap wrote:
Thats what a 7 3/4 inch body drop looks like Cool
1965 split bus with a difference Rearsuspension1 1965 split bus with a difference Bodydrop

Spring plates fitted
1965 split bus with a difference Rearspringplate2


Dude i love those pics.. Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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Cleverchap
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptySun Feb 03, 2008 6:54 pm

So after building a couple of gearbox mounts and an engine brace bar I was left with this.

1965 split bus with a difference Whatsinside
I love this photo cause its sums up exactly how I wanted the bus to look from the outside.....as if nothing was out of the ordinary Wink

Open up the engine lid and all is revealed
1965 split bus with a difference Enginewithvalance

Engine brace bar Very Happy
1965 split bus with a difference EnginebarRside
1965 split bus with a difference EnginebarLside


1965 split bus with a difference Engineinwithexhaust1
..................first attempt at the exhaust system, including the oxygen sensor for the fuel injection
1965 split bus with a difference Oxegensensor
1965 split bus with a difference Exhaust1
Hope it will exit just in front of the rear wheel but not sure yet. Theres a bit more fiddling to do before i'll be happy with it
1965 split bus with a difference Exhaustexit

This is the hole thats left behind the engine and on top of the gearbox, that will be home for the new aluminium fuel tank
1965 split bus with a difference Topofgearbox
1965 split bus with a difference Fueltank1
1965 split bus with a difference Fueltank2

So thats the back end sorted (ish) now for the front Smile
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slammervan
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Feb 04, 2008 12:36 am

amazing!!!!! that work and grafting you have done looks amazing... top man afro afro afro
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Feb 04, 2008 10:17 am

Steve,

It's a true testament to your patience & engineering skills bro Wink

Was also great to see the beatie out on the road for the Christmas cruise as well ... Although I missed the standing burn out in Maccy D's!!! Twisted Evil

What's next on the list to do then mate?

Rick afro
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Mar 10, 2008 11:10 pm

So the rear end was all but finished, just a few wheel tub panels and engine trays etc to fab and weld in place.

1965 split bus with a difference Rearcomplete

I then decided to start on the front end afro

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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Mar 10, 2008 11:16 pm

Clutch has been changed over to hydraulic
1965 split bus with a difference P2240025

Porsche 944 master cylinder
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And line-loc
1965 split bus with a difference P2240026
Smile

Space is getting tight under here!
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Mar 10, 2008 11:22 pm

I looked at the heat riser under the cab floor, under its cloth jacket it looks very good for 42 years old but I need to get rid of it to fit the radiators in Wink
1965 split bus with a difference P2250002

1965 split bus with a difference P2250003

It looks quite good in its new home and theres plenty of room on top for the twin cooling fans from a Honda VFR750 motorbike, powerfull and flat Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1965 split bus with a difference   1965 split bus with a difference EmptyMon Mar 10, 2008 11:26 pm

So now the bus is officially back on 4 wheels, I rolled it out of the garage and took some photos.
1965 split bus with a difference P3180003

The tucked front end is purely accidental, but looks hard as.
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Now to get the steering rack in and connected Very Happy
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