Watch this Samba bus take shape through our extensive photo documentation.
- Stage 1: Arrival
- Stage 2: Stripping
- Stage 3: Protection
- Stage 4: Undercarriage Metalwork
- Stage 5: Floors (Video)
- Stage 6: Front Doors (Videos)
- Stage 7: Motor Compartment
- Stage 8: Metal Aligning (Video)
- Stage 9: Metal Sanding (Video)
- Stage 10: Paint Preparation
- Stage 11: Painting
Stage 1: Arrival
Here´s another Bus ready for the workshop. In a few months this will be a brand new Samba Bus! This bus was a really great base for a restoration. A rare find that will save us time when doing the metal work.
Stage 2: Stripping
Sandblasting and sanding the bus down to the metal for future stages.
Stage 3: Protection
After the stripping phase is done, the bus receives a rust protection coat for the remainder of the restoration to inhibit rust spots.
Stage 4: Undercarriage Metalwork
Our team works on changing all the cross-members. The Bus is supported by bars to ensure the outer shell does not lose its shape.
Stage 5: Floors
Now we are making some headway. After strengthening the undercarriage we can start laying the cross-members and get the floors fitted. As this bus was in great shape before the restoration all phases are moving along quite quickly.
Stage 6: Front Doors (Video)
The front doors must be meticulously restored as there are no longer any parts in production. This part really sets apart the professionals from the amateurs.
Stage 7: Motor Compartment
This bus was in very good shape and the motor compartment needed to restored rather than replaced.
Stage 8: Metal Aligning (Video)
Instead of changing all the metal, we try to repair and align what has not yet been completely destroyed.