With the workshop filling up with customers’ vehicles, progress on our own VW Microbus restoration has slowed down. We have carried out some of the noisier jobs this week. with some extensive work carried out in the cabin.

Like many classics, when you strip the paint off you might find previous repair work. Our ’71 Microbus is no exception. And like so many classics, the quality of those repairs can vary wildy.

This week we some decidedly iffy repair work and bodged welding. These discoveries always raise more questions about the integrity of the panel work, but the decision to replace rather than repair usually becomes easier. Poor quality welds and badly patched panels always require replacement.

VW Microbus

Replacement panel placed over original to gauge weld points and alignment

 

VW Microbus

Panels gaps are inconsistent and you can see evidence of poor quality welds that will have to be re-done

VW Microbus

The passenger-side floor panel has been badly welded in and suffers from rust damage

VW Microbus

After cutting out the cabin floor the chassis is revealed. Although there is surface rust, the majority of the chassis is structurally sound

VW Microbus

Chiselling away the poorly repaired passenger door frame, also extensively rusty. The panel will be fully replaced