Gareth's 21 Window Sambaposted on 27 November 2012 | posted in Gareth's 1967 21 Window Samba | ( 1 ) Comments
Heres Gareth's 21 Window Samba it has previously been partially stripped and already had the welding work carried out to the bottom half.
It is in for a full bare metal body restoration inside and out.
Here's how it arrived!
Plenty of panel beating to do
Door was sticking out badly but quickly rectified although we will hang them properly before paint
We decided to sandblast the four wheels, inside cab area, rear window frames, bulkhead, body seams, apatures, bumpers and all accessories
Due to it having a lower front previously it was pretty warped, as the weld was very strong but thin the puller was just ripping holes in the metal. The only way of repairing this low spot without abusing the use of filler was to lead fill it which made it a lot more solid and more true to the shape.
Firstly the weld was filled so it didnt have any holes left
More Rot found
Tank and bumper irons Blasted, primed and painted to a semi gloss finish
Plenty of heat shrinking going on to get the long panel straight
Whilst checking the edges we noticed there was no thread inside the cargo door hinge housing
Here's how it should look
Here's what we found when cut open, the thread had bent and slipped down in it's collar
straightened then re fitted and welded
Now back in it's place
Roof rot found
What we cut out, a previous repair !!!!
Samba roof windows needed a lot of attention
Holes brazed and frames re shaped
Many grind marks and cuts found in the metal
Hard work..... blood, sweat and marks to prove
Gutters in poor shape
Window latch fixing found on floor
Inner arch showing daylight
Inside repaired where necessary
External seams looking more uniform now
Engine bay blasted and repaired
Inner arches blasted and re sealed
Shell baked at 65 degrees for 40 minutes then Epoxy primed tinted white
Followed by 2k primer/surfacer
Inside & Engine bay fully prepped and cleaned
Top Coated in lotus White
Little bit of rot on the chassis
Welded and finished
Inner Wheel arches primed and sealed
Anti chip coated to stop stone chips
Top coated in lotus white
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