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The parts collection for the 1952 barndoor deluxe continues... Found almost 2 years ago in Arizona, this rare Wolfsburg 6 legs floor finally arrived !
When I decided to restore my barndoor samba with only NOS and good condition original parts, I’ve immediately thought one of the hardest parts to find will be the rear floor section... Maybe impossible. Have you ever seen a NOS one already ? And who would be crazy enough to cut a rare bus with a nice rear floor, when it’s one of the first parts to rust on our old busses ?
In 2015, no one ! But a few years ago, things were different. This early kombi were abandoned in the Arizona desert before to be found and cut up for parts. In pretty good condition due to the dry climate, the rear floor of the bus has been cut with the chassis area and both side rockers, and then stored by a famous VW enthusiast for years until it can be used on the right project.
It’s in 2013 at Hessisch Oldendorf gathering that I had the opportunity to meet the owner, who told me about his floor section while chatting about my deluxe project.
I had no hope to acquire it at the moment, but one month later I received an email offering me to buy it if I was interesting ! It looks like the Canadian deluxe project was rare enough to deserve such a nice part.
Once the deal concluded, I had to have the floor delivered to Vintage Autohaus in Fullerton CA. Then they took care of the shipment to France and it arrived at the French branch a few weeks later.
Vintage Autohaus France then shipped this big part to my door ! Easy.
I quickly had a look to check the overall good condition ! =)
It’s a big part of the puzzle now collected. Both main chassis rails will be removed from the frame section so the floor with I beams, U beams, outriggers and jackpoints can be installed in one part on the new (i mean, NOS) chassis. Then all the weldings betweend these parts remains original !
And to complete the few missing area, the NOS parts are here already.
See you on a AirMapp !
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