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Hey Ya'll.

Working on a 1966 Hardtop Deluxe these days.

Story goes:

Dude I know sold a Bus. Drove it down the block to meet up with the car hauler.
As he was loading the Bus, a Guy pulled up and asked if he knew where he could get a Motor for his '66 Bus.

Yada, Yada, Yada. Deal went down. Dude bought the Bus.

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Cool deal between the Seller/Buyer. Paid Cash, Plus Helped $$ Guy get his Westy Vanagon on the road through a VW shop.

I Rolled along for The Purchase and Pickup Day.
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Dudes Family loves the Bus.

Daughter Loving Names the Bus "Blossom"

I convinced Dude to let me build the Bus for him.

He towed it to my Driveway.

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Wrote up a complete drivetrain refurbish order from Wolfsburg West.
Order delivered to my Doorstep a few days Later. 8)

Dumb Beagle named Beetle got to the box before me.
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Unpacked.
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Got Started on the TearDown.

Stripped out the Baked Door Panels and incorrect Seats.

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Pretty Nice Headliner.
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Tight Ass.
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Uninstalled 'Running' Motor from Dudes other Bus got Donated to this Bus.
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My Job was to take care of the bottom side Mechanically.

It was a Nice Teardown. Almost all of the Bolts Came out Smoothly.

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Neato to see VW Stampings.

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Stupid Front Coupler. And Dumb Bolt that Always Breaks.

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Front Brakes had the Backing Plates mounted to the wrong Sides. :|
VW Emblems on the Wheel Cylinders. 8)
The Passenger Side was missing a Mounting Bolt. :shock:

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Cataloged the Parts That came off. :mrgreen:

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Fun to See Factory Excess Welding Wire in a Couple of Places.

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Found That Damned 4Th Engine Bolt. Hidden on The Frame Horn. :shock:
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The Bus is really Solid Underneath.

I Nerded out and decided that with all of the Suspension out, The underside needed to be Brushed out and a Fresh Coat of Paint to Seal it all up.

Simple Wire Brushing.
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Drivers Inner Rocker.
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Passenger Inner.
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Cleaned the Engine Bay.
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So.. Yada, Yada, Yada.

Dude decided to sell the Bus to Fund other Projects.

I Bought it.

And That is about where the Project Stands.

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I am hoping to get some good weather and get back to cleaning and sealing the undercarriage. I Think everything should go back together very well.

I would love to build a rotisserie and really get into it.

The Plan Is to have it running by Springish.
Drive it for the summer.
Move it on.
Subaru Conversion into my Westy Vanagon.


That Is all I have for now. Catch ya'll when it is warmer out and I get back to work.

Seeya. Ted.


Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:59 pm
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Post Re: 66 Hardtop Deluxe.
WOW! holy crap dude, that is sweet! Congrats!
I can't wait to see this beauty rollin with the gang

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Nice bus, I'm sure you got a good deal on it. Too bad for the respray but Titan Red is kind of an ugly color anyway.


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Post Re: 66 Hardtop Deluxe.
Awesome! All that undercarriage work looks soooo familiar to me for some reason. Looks like a "keeper" Bus to me, maybe you should hang onto that one? Hey, has Pat talked with you about seats?

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'66 13winders are the bee's knees :P
Build date please?
Welcome to the club....that thing is solid..NICE!


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Post Re: 66 Hardtop Deluxe.
Howdy.

The bus was Built on October 27th of '65.

It Is a Nice Bus. This is the only Deluxe that I have ever owned. It is Fancy.

For now, I want to make it as nice as I can for the rebuild.

I think the paint will buff out. Drives me crazy that the red goes all the way to the trim.

Kinda thinking of trying to strip it to the original paint, but it looks like the white in the front may have had bodywork done.

Looking forward to Nicer weather.

SeeYa. Ted.


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Yours is a bit older than mine.. 5-16-66

Weird on the repaint up to the trim..guess they didn't want to do any taping ?


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If the red is bothering you on the bottom of the chrome trim. Buff your paint out and go to any local paint distributer and have them color match with there paint camera on the white and paint the red to middle of the trim. It might surprise you and since the white is broke up by the trim the color will appear spot on


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Fine looking bus. Can't wait to see this Rollin this APRIL? April right?


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Boy Howdy.

I would love to have it going for the 4Th Annual Air Cooled Antiques Show in Iowa April 30th.

We will see. I am a total Wuss in the Cold.

Not a Fan of Frozen Fingers and Cold Tools. Hmm.. Heated ToolBox.. :mrgreen:


So, I ordered a Drift and Reamer Combo from JOGR in Wisconsin to Replace the Front axle Center Pin Bushings.

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Seems Nice. Didn't realize they were gonna be from Chinese.


And the Exciting Part...

Sassafras Windas. Always wanted a set. These are my First. 8)

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Wolfgang International.


SeeYa. Ted.


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ohhh... I eagerly await your assessment of the Safaris! Me want.

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Nice bus Ted! Really solid for a Missery bus. Can't wait to spill some beer in it :)


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Damn Ted,

You have been busy! Good looking bus. You might have to hold onto that one after you get her on the road.


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Very nice.


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Hey Ted, For some reason I've been thinking about the DDK a lot lately. Is it still around? Weren't you talking about selling it at one point?

Any updates on this Dlux?


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