When I bought this vintage VW bus, it’s originality and the amazing overall unwelded condition were the things that caught both my heart and head. For something over 51 years old, this was a pretty special bus! In part this was due to it having spent the vast majority of its life in the sunny Diamond Springs region of California, USA. However that is not the only reason. A lot of credit must also go to it’s previous owner Gary at Two Larry’s Racing, he clearly used and loved this bus over his 20 plus years of ownership.
As well as finding the nice surprise of the built Rancho Performance gearbox that Gary had previously fitted was still with the bus, it was nice to also have some of the buses earlier history as well. Gary had been kind enough to send me some images of different bits of work he had carried out on it back in the day. The work we had done I’m sure has helped preserve the buses condition to what it is today.
For example with the rear cargo floor. Although from the pics it looked in pretty decent condition, as a preventative measure and to help preserve it for the future, he had it specially treated with POR high performance rust-preventive coating.
First up the floor was cleaned and prepared with POR Metal Prep to provide a good etched surface, leaving a zinc phosphate coating to ensure chemical bonding of paint and steel, prior to a POR rust preventative top coat being applied.
Gary did this to both the rear cargo floor and the cab front floor as well to ensure long-term protection. Well the good news is that it’s worked really well! The evidence was plain to see as I removed the cargo floor rubber mat to sweep the rear of the van out, the cargo floor was still looking in great solid condition! I need to make sure I try to follow the example to keep the bus in great condition for years to come as well!
So with the rear of the bus cleared out a little, it’s time to start looking at sorting out some acoustic and thermal insulation for the camper!