Let the stripping begin!

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.

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 exacly 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…

Into the workshop ready for the strip down and investigation
Into the workshop ready for the strip down and investigation
The front mounted spare wheel carrier on the nose has cause some dents and extra holes that will need sorting out
The front mounted spare wheel carrier on the nose has cause some dents and extra holes that will need sorting out
Lower front valence, a quick going over with a wire disk reveals areas that will need attention
Lower front valence, a quick going over with a wire disk reveals areas that will need attention
Lower front valence, more areas that will need looking at!
Lower front valence, more areas that will need looking at!
Often bubbled paintwork on the surface = issues going on underneath the paint!
Often bubbled paintwork on the surface = issues going on underneath the paint!
Once again, small areas of bubbled paintwork on the surface = issues going on underneath the paint!
Once again, small areas of bubbled paintwork on the surface = issues going on underneath the paint!
Removing all the windows and perished window rubbers reveals more areas requiring attention
Removing all the windows and perished window rubbers reveals more areas requiring attention
Tailgate rubbers removed to reveal more areas that will require attention
Tailgate rubbers removed to reveal more areas that will require attention
Side window rubbers removed to reveal more areas that will require attention
Side window rubbers removed to reveal more areas that will require attention

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 continues, I’m sure more areas that will require attention will be revealed…

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