Although the bus is generally pretty solid and would be relatively quick/easy to get an MOT and back on the road OK, I wanted to give the bus a full and thorough going over. When something looks like it’s had a quick paint job, often it hides issues underneath. Let’s see what is solid and what is not on this one…
There are plenty of ‘average’ buses that are a bit ‘ratty’ around the edges on the road at the moment, which at some point in the future will either need regular running repairs as people chase round the bus doing one repair after another or will require periods off the road as more major issues are tackled.
I wanted to take a different approach. I’ve opted to tackle all of the potential issues head-on and get them sorted first up! This way I will know exactly what needs doing, I will then get it all sorted so that in the future I can rest assured that nothing will need looking at for a good few years to come.
This way you have the peace of mind to know that although you are driving a classic camper, there there are no issues to worry about, other than where shall we go to next for our holiday or adventure?
So this is where we begin to find the extent of the work that will be required on the bus. It is taken into the workshops at Southern Kombi Parts so we can begin a full strip-down and investigation to see what lies below the surface…
Looks like this has some classic early bay camper rust issues that will need sorting.
The old cracked window rubbers had held the glass in place, but not done such a great job of repelling the rain and weather.
So nothing too major thus far, lots of typical ‘import bus’ issues which is to be expected, but as the investigation and bare metal paint strip continue, I’m sure more areas that will require attention will be revealed…