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Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel Van

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:56 pm
by Tony Z
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that I have gone over to the dark side and bought myself a 'bus'.

In fact, its a German spec Panel Van in pretty good condition.

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As some of you know, I have never really shared the passion for busses, but instead enjoy the beetles, obviously with a bit more performance...
However, I have always wanted a panel van but wrote off the idea of finding one in good condition and straight.

Needless to say, Fig posted an advert for a baywindow panel in PE which I took a fancy to.

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It is at this point that I really have to thank Retrovan for his assistance.
Since I am currently onboard a ship in the Gulf of Aden it isnt so easy to just "go check it out", so....
I contacted Herman to go look at it for me. After a couple of calls via Skype discussing what I would like, Herman checks it out and tells me its what i am looking for. It isnt perfect, but its straight with minimal rust.
So I ask him if he can haggle the price a little and send me his banking details....
Instead, Herman buys the bus, with his money, and only after he gets the bus does he ask me to repay him.
I have no words for this kindness and trust.
Thank you Herman.

Herman has kindly arranged storage until December which gives me enough time to get home and fetch the bus.

Plans for this bus?
Not many yet. I want to see it first and then decide and check my finances at the same time.
One thing is for certain however... the engine will be getting a tiny upgrade to 1700cc from its current 1600cc (it'll remain T1 for now).

Once again... Thank you Retrovan, you are a true gent.

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:40 pm
by dixtoy
Good looking bus enjoy

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:48 pm
by Harry Myburg
Plans or no plans yet, I can only see a lot of fun coming up. Good buy Tony and good character there Herman.

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:47 pm
by dixtoy
Tony just out of curiosity why do you say it is a Brasilia

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:53 pm
by retrovan
dixtoy wrote:Tony just out of curiosity why do you say it is a Brasilia
Edit;- Yes thank you, its a German Van, my mistake.

If you look at the photo's, Dixon, you will see that the front bumper has a crumple zone behind it, no brackets,

The chubby hole has no door,

The It has a walk through,

The door handles and window winders,

The Vin Plate and Number.

No expert, think it is a Brazilia, but others may help me right here, not sure,

:wink:

Good buy Tony, hope you have many years of fun from this Van, its in excellent condition.

Herman

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:02 pm
by dixtoy
retrovan wrote:
dixtoy wrote:Tony just out of curiosity why do you say it is a Brasilia
If you look at the photo's, Dixon, you will see that the front bumper has a crumple zone behind it, no brackets,

The chubby hole has no door,

The It has a walk through,

The door handles and window winders,

The Vin Plate and Number.

No expert, but others may help me right here.

Thanks Herman

Does this mean its n later model Brasilia with the square bumper, disc brakes and loose badge in front?

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:05 pm
by Wentzel
Congratulations Tony I'm sure you will have many happy miles with it!

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:11 pm
by Tony Z
dixtoy wrote:Tony just out of curiosity why do you say it is a Brasilia
Dude, I know F-all about Kombis.
Someone else will have to answer properly
:D

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:17 pm
by dixtoy
Tony Z wrote:
dixtoy wrote:Tony just out of curiosity why do you say it is a Brasilia
Dude, I know F-all about Kombis.
Someone else will have to answer properly
:D
That makes 2 of us, thats way I'm asking also want to be clever like the slim ooms one day. :-)

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:26 pm
by retrovan
Also no expert, may be Fig can jump in here,

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Sorry, not sure my self....... :oops:

Herman

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:36 pm
by acpaterson
congrats my friend.. I'm very jealous.. Lovely bus..
:hangloose: :hangloose: :hangloose:

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:39 pm
by jolas
Oh man !!!! So glad this bus has a "local" owner :hangloose: :hangloose: :hangloose: :hangloose: :hangloose:
Congrats again Tony
Not a Brazilia :hangloose:

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:49 pm
by 62vwbeetle
Congrats dude I see a high powered bus coming together when u back on solid ground

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:57 pm
by Sambabus
Im no expert either, but im under the impression that all late bays have that crumple zone behind the bumper. It was one of the modifications VW made to the T2 to make it safer.

Re: Tony Z has a Baywindow Panel - HUGE thanks to Retrovan

Posted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:58 pm
by Sambabus
Congratulations Tony, awesome bus