See all the photos on the restoration process of this collector’s kombi in our workshops in Brazil.
- Stage 1: The Kombi’s arrival
- Stage 2: Demolition (video)
- Stage 3: Paint stripping
- Stage 4: Window frames
- Stage 5: Priming and metal work
- Stage 6: Floors (video)
- Stage 7: Paint prep
- Stage 8: Primer,filling and smoothing
- Stage 9: Painting
- Stage 10: Underside – finishing
- Stage 11: Mechanics
- Stage 12: Installation
- Stage 13: Finished Interior
- Stage 14: Finished Exterior
Stage 1: The Kombi’s Arrival
See the Kombi in its original state before being stripped to the bone, and ready for a complete makeover.
Stage 2: Demolition (video)
Watch the floors being ripped out of this kombi.
Stage 3: Paint stripping
Now it’s time to get rid of any paint and residue on the Kombi’s outer surface.
Stage 4: Window frames
All the window frames are cleaned and sanded to prevent any rust from accumulating and to ensure the windows fit in snugly.
Stage 5: Priming and metal work
After the paint has been stripped, our team applies a coat of primer to protect the shell from rusting the other phases of restoration. Then the team starts to change panels and smoothing out any imperfections in the body.
Stage 6: Floors (video)
The old floors gone, time for new ones. the cargo floors, driver’s side and passenger’s side floors are both changed out. Watch our welder smoothing out some of the floor welds.
Stage 7: Paint prep
With stripping done, its now time to move on over to the paint both to get our camper ready for painting.
Stage 8: Primer, filler and smoothing
After applying a layer of primer to the body of the kombi, we spread a very thin layer of acrylic mastic to fill in any small bumps and scrapes that were left behind during the metal working stages. After a tool that conforms to the body of the vehicle passes over the kombi and reveals where these bumps are. This thin layer also helps the paint adhere better and more uniformly to the Bus.
Stage 9: Painting
With the Bus in the paint booth the painters get to work with the inside first. After the inside has been coated, the windows and door openings are sealed and then the outside is painted.
Stage 10: Underside – finishing touches
Once the sides and inside and sides of the camper have been painted and left to dry, it goes into the rollers, gets turned and then any small body work gets completed before the underside is then sealed, primed and painted
Stage 11: Mechanics
while all the body work related tasks are going on. The mechanics are busy at work on the engine and changing parts. The engine housing is sandblasted and the pistons are replaced. The engine is also sent out to get rebuilt and the bushings in the piston arm are drilled out and replaced with new ones. The oil cooler is the only part that does not get changed or modified as the old paint helps cool the oil passing though the channels.
Check out this immaculately sandblasted transmission housing. Now it’s ready to get a new paint job according to the clients taste.
Stage 12: Installation
All the pieces are finally coming together. the Bus is on the lift and the mechanical pieces are installed. Brakes, suspension, the steering box and and the cables that connect everything together.