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    • Learn how to Strip. Paint Stripping Made Easy.

      It has been a while since my 1966 VW Bus project was introduced on the blog. House projects, other VW projects, and a 1 year old and a 3 year old have caused my progress on the Bus to be slower than I expected. During this time, I've been accumulating parts and repair panels in anticipation of working on it. Now that the other projects are out of the way, I'm back to working on the Bus.

      One of the first things I wanted to tackle was stripping the paint from the lower half of the Bus to see what was hiding under the paint. To strip paint, you have several options: media blasting, mechanical removal, or chemical removal. With the large flat panels, I didn't want to chance warpage with media blasting, and chemical removal can be a bit messy, so I opted for mechanical removal using my angle grinder and these Poly-X stripping discs. Be sure to use the proper safety equipment when stripping paint like this, as dust will be in the air (respirator, faceshield, ear plugs, gloves). The Bus had 4 layers of paint and these strippings discs quickly removed the paint and body filler. I was able to strip the whole bus to bare metal, from the beltline down, in an afternoon using 3 discs.

      I knew there was some body filler in spots, but didn't expect to find as much filler as was hiding under the paint. There was some minor damage under the filler, but it seems like whoever did the bodywork went a little overboard with filler. I also found a fiberglass patch in the rear apron covering up a hacked cutout to allow use of a two tip VW Bug muffler. I'll be showing how to create and weld in a patch for that repair in the near future. Now that I know what I am working with, I'll be able to properly address the damage. Stay tuned for more progress.

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    • The Ultimate Woods Find - A Classic Saved By A Helicopter

      How far would you go to save a rare classic you love? I've gone to pretty great lengths to obtain a car, or even parts for a car. I remember climbing piles of cars just to get a tiny little interior piece and thinking "man this would suck if these cars fell". Needless to say, in the heat of the moment we don't always use our better judgement!

      Some may remember the early VW Rabbit pictured above that I obtained this past fall. It was saved from a 40 foot high scrap pile and had to be lifted off with a crane! Now it is sitting safely in my garage rolling, stopping, rot free, and almost ready to run! My friends and family all think I'm crazy, but there is just something about saving a car that was so close to death. I'd almost prefer to own a project that has an interesting back story, over one that is slightly cleaner but just bought off of Ebay!

      After reading a blog entry by the guys over at Rod Authority about a remarkable junkyard that was forced to close in Switzerland. I was given a suggestion on Youtube to watch another video by a German fellow that saved an early "Barn Door" VW Bus high up in the mountains. The video starts off like a few "woods-find" videos, deep in the woods, and digging it out of the ground. That alone is pretty cool, but as the video continues, you see they are in the mountains (note the ski lifts in the background), and a helicopter flies in to help. I'll leave the rest of the video for you to watch. But I can assure you there is some great shots in this video!

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