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Offline automaticsamba

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automatic samba
« on: 14 November 2007, 18:14 »
Hi good to be back on the forum  ;D
i thought you might be interested in my restoration and fully automatic conversion i did on my samba
well here's a few pics of rust


































Well that lot took me 4 years to do and now its been a year since it was finished  we have made the
most of it this year driving to Germany twice the first time we went to bad camberg and then back to
Belgium for the first european bug-in were we took it down the strip a couple of times and the second
time we went to Germany it was the international VW bus meeting at the Hanover factory
the bus never missed a beat but the gear box has a slight leak so I'll keep my eye on that
its a type 3 box with a 1600 engine and a baywindow shifter any way i hope you like the pics
all the best phil 


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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #1 on: 15 November 2007, 02:56 »
WOW :o.
            That's a real credit to you and I'll hoist several bourbon & coke's in your honour!!! From memory, you're in the old dart, not the continent?

That deserves an ULTRA VW magazine spread!


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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #2 on: 15 November 2007, 06:44 »
Hiya Phil,

Geez!  A very classy job.  In fact, you and your Bus lend a distinct air of continental sophistication to this humble forum.  Seriously, thanks for sharing Phil, it's good to have such a talented guy aboard.

Mike

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #3 on: 15 November 2007, 21:00 »
WOW :o.
            That's a real credit to you and I'll hoist several bourbon & coke's in your honour!!! From memory, you're in the old dart, not the continent?

That deserves an ULTRA VW magazine spread!


Regards
Volkenstein

Thanks volkenstein i hope your not feeling rough to day  ;D  By the way, weres the old dart ?
We live in England.
it would be cool to get in ultra vw ive met Keith Seume down in Cornwall he's normally at the
the cornwall vw owners show. We won spirit of the show there a few years ago and he gave me a trophy but that was when we were in the bay though before we had the spiltty.

 

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #4 on: 15 November 2007, 23:47 »
Hiya Phil,

Geez!  A very classy job.  In fact, you and your Bus lend a distinct air of continental sophistication to this humble forum.  Seriously, thanks for sharing Phil, it's good to have such a talented guy aboard.



Thanks bookwus for the comments im glad you like it mate i'll post some pics of the euro shows when i get time in the show section
pleanty of cool cars for you guys  8)

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #5 on: 31 May 2008, 15:54 »

Hi Phil
I just looked at Your split window bus or samba...

Excellent job...  Now that its worth about $40,000 in Australia
You may want to come over....   lol

My Son is restoring a split window Kombi [type 2]
I think its a 1959??  model..
He's making it into a camper..

I take it that is an ATF oil cooler with the metal cage around it
and hoses going to it..?

Great work Phil...

We didn't have sambas in Australia
and in 1964 the engine air vents were moved upwards where the last windows in Your van is
so no extra windows down here...  the vents also protruded outwards...
this was an Australian modification...  because of dust damage to engines...

cheers

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #6 on: 04 June 2008, 19:46 »
Hi lee
Thanks im glad you like my old bus i haven't been too far in it this year, it seems to have developed an annoying AFT leak from the torque converter seal so its going to need the engine out again which is more difficult than it should be there's a lot more to get in the way of those top two engine to gear box bolts  :-\ I'll get round to it eventually 

your sons working on a 59 bus, very nice ribbed bumpers and bullet indicter's then  8)

The oil cooler and scoop under the bus is for the engine there's also a fan on top to suck air through when stud in traffic or on very hot days as any thing over about 50 mph and the air just rushes past the original vents on the bus, they were OK for the original 1200 engine's with lower speeds and cooler running,  my 1600 engine keeps nice and cool even on hot days now
i don't know if it would work for your sons bus with the dusty roads it may just need the cooler cleaning now and again  or some sort of a filter making up ?
         
 any way thanks again all the best phil

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #7 on: 05 June 2008, 10:01 »

Yes,
He's getting the bumpers repaired
and has some bullet blinkers etc..

He's going to have pop out windows all round
and safari windows at the front...

and an 1835cc engine with twin webers..
He's thinking of using a late beetle gearbox

the leaking ATF from a torque converter seal...
is something We all dread...
thats why We change the seals so often...  lol

LEE


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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #8 on: 08 August 2008, 13:13 »
Well done Phil-we chatted a few years back about your conversion-I did one in my Oval with a 2.7lt Type4 bolted up to it.Did you take any pics of how you modified the original lower mount that bolts to the frame horns?It's a bit hard to see because your deep sump obscures the mount.You certainly have done a top job on the body work.Well done again,a very unique ride-Cheers Gary.

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #9 on: 08 August 2008, 14:04 »

Yes great job

I'll bet You never leave it parking in shopping centres...  lol

the old dart is England...

an old saying... I thought it came from England
maybe its an  old aussie saying...   lol

cheers

LEE

pic of split window bus in Aussie.. rat look..

My Sons split window is still a long way from completed..
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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #10 on: 28 August 2008, 15:44 »
Hi lee i had a few problems logging in it kept telling me i was a guest
so i couldnt reply
Any way ive registered shortent the user name to auto and got back on
i hope thats ok and not too confusing
we have parked it in shopping centres but i didnt leave it, my wife
went in for the shopping and i kept gard  ;D
Tell your son to take it one step at a time and walk away when the jobs not
going well, busses are big things and can take a long time to finish
it will be worth it in the end 
all the best phil

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« Reply #11 on: 28 August 2008, 16:07 »

Hi phil   Auto..

With many beetles over here, there can be none or a small amount of rust..
but the split window kombis and transporters that are being found now

have a similar rust problem to what You have over there...
I suppose its because most were used as workhorses over here
and usually left in the open when they were discarded...

OK on keeping Guard...

I hope You have an alarm fitted...
and a fuel cutoff switch  etc...
battery switch...   lol

I'm OK with My beetle in the country
but I dread going to the large cities...  lol
and I don't know if i could cope in Sydney... lol

and the shopping center carparks...
a shopping trolley can do a lot of damage...
so, can people who don't care what their doors hit...

Cheers phil

and keep guard...

Lee






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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #12 on: 28 August 2008, 16:14 »

Hi Phil
Excellent job...  Now that its worth about $40,000 in Australia
You may want to come over....   lol
                   



On Second thoughts Phil...
I think that could be one $45,000 or more Samba ..

it would probably the only automatic type 2 in Australia..
maybe its the only one in the UK...

cheers

LEE


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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #13 on: 30 August 2008, 07:22 »
Phil-did you ever get any pics of the bellhousing engine mount you had to modify to bolt up to the frame horns??-Cheers Gary

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Re: automatic samba
« Reply #14 on: 31 August 2008, 00:01 »
Hi Gary sorry for not getting back to you ive been having problem logging on
but i think ive sorted it now
All i did is remove the rubber engine mounts as the gear box's weight is hanging from above
as in a type 3, i modifed the type 3 top gear box mounts to reach back to hang from the  petrol
tank shelf
The front gear box mount was modified to move the gear box as far forward as we could as the
gear box is aprox 2 inches longer than a manual box 
The engine has an engine bar to take the weight of the engine made from a late baywindow bus
bar chopped and modifed to reach forward as the engine is pushed back due to the length of the
gear box, it hangs on type 3 engine mounts from the buses rear bumper brackets so no extra holes
in the body so all in all the original gear box mount has no weight on it just touches the bottom
of the box as a fail safe
but i was chatting to an old american guy in the beer tent at bad camberg who really knew his stuff
he had done this conversion a couple of times for his costumers and he told me that the gear box
from a auto type 25 will also fit and will take more power
all the best phil   

 

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