My 1975 Executive

Give details and pictures of your ACVW projects here.
User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:25 pm

Here are some pics of my 1975 1800 executive I acquired last year. The colour is Autumn Rust.

It was local, in Paarl, so not far to travel to get it.
Image

I purchased it from a lady who's husband had passed away some time ago and needed to clean up. He had started to strip the bus to restore and passed away. He clearly loved his VW's as I had to do 2 trips with my Sprinter to clear out this place.

Here are a few pics of the parts in the basement. This was just some of it. The garage was packed full as well.

Image

Image

Look at this one tunnel we had to climb through. This basement of this guys entire house was packed full.
Image

We had to borrow the neighbours bakkie to get it out due to a narrow drive way for the van.
Image



User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:29 pm

Cleaning the bus after off loading. Its a nice solid body. 2 minor accident damage areas and 2 or 3 rust spots is about it.

Image

Image

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:58 pm

Unpacking and sorting spares.

Image

Image

And now the restoration work has begun. I had all the difficult places sand blasted and I covered up with primer.

Image

Image

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:02 pm

And now for the metal work. These were the 2 worst area's i completed today.

Image

Image

Image


Now only the battery trays left.

User avatar
spicydave
Oil Seal
Posts: 420
Joined: Tue May 30, 2017 12:36 pm
What model do you have?: 1973
Location: Pretoria
Has thanked: 7 times
Been thanked: 15 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by spicydave » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:22 pm

@SEAN


You an expert

User avatar
retrovan
Donor
Donor
Posts: 7463
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: 52T1,68FB,72Bay,75FL
Location: Eich! no, in Jefferys Bay
Has thanked: 163 times
Been thanked: 401 times
Flag: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by retrovan » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:33 pm

Nice work there young man, see the grinding skills have improved.

Nice bus, and yet another one saved.

Hope you enjoy it

Herman
1952 Split Beetle 1835cc (Azure Blue)
1968 Fastback 2Lt.type4( Red)
1972 Low Light Bay Panel Van 2Lt type 4(White)
1975 Fleetline Panel Van 1914cc (Aqua Blue/White)
2019 MeFusco Beetle Truck

User avatar
Riaan.N
Oil Pump
Posts: 245
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:23 pm
What model do you have?: 1975 1600 TP Beetle
Location: Pretoria
Been thanked: 13 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by Riaan.N » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:12 am

Nice basement find Sean...must have felt a bit like Christmas finding all those parts and spares

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:25 pm

The original motor to this bus is still around and was found in pieces in the basement.

Well, I have had it rebuild to proper 1800 spec that it should be.
Image

Original 1800 casing, never been machined or re-stamped and also matches the number on the fan shroud.
Image

The 1800 gearbox was also in pieces in the basement, which has also been rebuild. More pics later of that.

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:43 pm

Other work that has been going on in the background.

I have had the original headlight reflectors reworked (please note Herman, no Golfs :? ) and they look stunning. Completed pics to follow soon.

Image

User avatar
retrovan
Donor
Donor
Posts: 7463
Joined: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: 52T1,68FB,72Bay,75FL
Location: Eich! no, in Jefferys Bay
Has thanked: 163 times
Been thanked: 401 times
Flag: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by retrovan » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:48 pm

Nice work there young man.

But will you ever see the light... :roll:

Herman

:wink:
1952 Split Beetle 1835cc (Azure Blue)
1968 Fastback 2Lt.type4( Red)
1972 Low Light Bay Panel Van 2Lt type 4(White)
1975 Fleetline Panel Van 1914cc (Aqua Blue/White)
2019 MeFusco Beetle Truck

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:14 pm

Just a small update.

In the interim I have been assembling the ancillaries on the 1800 type 4 motor. I am not happy how the brackets on the carbs came out after cleaning, so this must come off now and be sent away for plating.
Image

There are still some parts to assemble on the motor, but at least so far I have been able to find all the 1800 specific items. I was very lucky to find a matching pair of 1800 type 4 carbs too. The 1800 clutch plate has also become near impossible to obtain, but luckily managed to find a kit as well.


The metal work is also nearly finished on the bus. I forgot to take a pic of that, but will get to it shortly.

User avatar
Riaan.N
Oil Pump
Posts: 245
Joined: Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:23 pm
What model do you have?: 1975 1600 TP Beetle
Location: Pretoria
Been thanked: 13 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by Riaan.N » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:25 am

Hi Sean, the engine looks great!

Who do you use for all your plating requirements?

Dawie
Carburettor
Posts: 1850
Joined: Sat Sep 30, 2006 10:25 pm
What model do you have?: Aircooled, various
Location: Kaapstadt
Has thanked: 24 times
Been thanked: 149 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by Dawie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:57 pm

Nice. Silencer reminds of the old Grapnel stainless type.
Do'nt assume anything- (While doing fault-finding).
"Things should be as simple as possible, BUT NO SIMPLER THAN THAT."
"If something can go wrong, it will go wrong" (Murphy's law).

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:19 pm

Riaan.N wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:25 am
Hi Sean, the engine looks great!

Who do you use for all your plating requirements?
I have used several over the years. If I want the gold colour, I use Metallica. If the silver colour, I use strand plating. Many places can help with electroplating.

User avatar
sean
Fuel Injection
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:51 pm
What model do you have?: Bays & Splits
Location: Somerset West
Has thanked: 56 times
Been thanked: 187 times
Flag: South Africa

Re: My 1975 Executive

Post by sean » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:29 pm

Dawie wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:57 pm
Nice. Silencer reminds of the old Grapnel stainless type.
It’s very similar to the Grapnel yes. I still have a Grapnel silencer around from my Grandfathers days. Grapnel used 304 s/s but not with a polished finish.

This one I made with high polished 430 s/s. It also has a special configuration inside. Inside the standard type 4 exhaust casing is a 4-1 system manufactured with perforated pipe and fully packed with fiber. This allows the system to look 100% standard, have the benefit of the 4-1 and because the whole unit is packed with fiber, it’s as quiet as the original unlike hideous traditional 4-1 hanging low and making a huge noise.

Post Reply