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maebe
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Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by maebe » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:15 pm

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum! We got our 1975 T2 Panel Van three years ago. We got it resprayed two years ago, but unfortunately quite a bit of rust was missed. In particular the panel under the front bumper up to directly under the front door is pretty much all brittle. Not sure how much we can afford to get fully fixed & resprayed right away, but I'm keen to get at least a quote for stopping the rot and checking for any structural damage. I'm at a loss who to trust though. Can you recommend any panel beater shop who know old VWs and are doing a thorough job in Cape Town (ideally Table View, but really anywhere in CPT)?

Here's two photos of our 'Maebe': https://postimg.cc/gallery/26j1ieaso/

Much appreciated
Stefan


PS: We drove past quite a few stunning Kombis and Beetles on our way to UpTheCreek on Friday - apparently everyone else was going to the car show in George - awesome to share the road!



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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by Tony Z » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:39 pm

wow, thats a nice clean panel van

I've had my panel van and one of my bugs done by Ettiene ( 083 454 1896 ), I cant remember the name of his shop now.
He is behind Wingfield motors in Goodwood.

The shop looks like crap, I have to say that, but his work is well above average and his prices are good. He isnt a "panel replacer", him and his partner are old school panel beaters who replace steel with steel in the way we want it done.

If you want to see my projects, I'll be home in April and you can visit to see his work.
See my project threads in my signature for pictures, he did the panel van and the 1302

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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by Donovan D » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:53 pm

Tony Z wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:39 pm
I've had my panel van and one of my bugs done by Ettiene ( 083 454 1896 ), I cant remember the name of his shop now....
The name is Acre Autobody.
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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by acpaterson » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:05 pm

We've all used him. :-)

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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by maebe » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:39 pm

Awesome, thank you! Will give him a call

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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by sean » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:45 pm

Hi Stephan.

I met you at the Engen petrol station on the N1 on Friday while we were heading up to George.

The issues you have on your bus were due to cheap repairs using body filler to cover up rusted areas. Replacing panels with new ones will be best.

Recommending panel beaters is risky. Everyone has there own preferences or levels of quality acceptance. This panel beater above may be acceptable to some, but maybe not to you. Pricing will give you a guide. You must realize that the cheapest price will not give you high end results.

General panel beaters may be good at spray work, but rust removal they are not good at.

Does your bus live outside? Rememeber any classic car will be rusting in no time if it lives outside. Inside a dry garage is the only way to preserve a classic.

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Re: Panel Shop CPT recommendations

Post by maebe » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:11 pm

Hey Sean,

it was great to meet you on Friday! Thank you for your comments - makes total sense. Right now, I'm looking to stop the rot. With the view to do it "proper" once we have the "spare budget". I definitely want to get the panels replaced rather than just filled in. Just a question of when. Our Kombi now lives in a garage - it didn't before.

thanks again
Stefan

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