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A few weeks ago, a new project made me take a hard decision. With 4 barndoor busses in the garage, including 3 which are pretty rare, it seemed reasonnable to let one of them go to another home to give all the attention to the 3 others. Story of a weekend...
The idea of seeing the bus go in someone else’s hands didn’t please me that much and it was out of question of advertise it… but a good friend of mine was very interested in the bus I would sell, if I had to. Pierre dreamed to own a barndoor for a long while and knowing the bus would go to him was enough to take the decision to let it go… even if the separation was hard this morning !
It is the 1952 Standard Microbus I covered recently in another article (Here is a video of the helicopter rescue). The decision was hard to take, but it was the one I had to sell.
It’s a bus incredibly solid (at least if you consider it stayed 50 years abandonned nearby a lake in the middle of Sweden), with a superb patina and a lot of great memories from the trip to pick it up.
On the other side, the new project I found is not in such a good condition but had some great assets for himself… I will details them later in this article ;-) So the decision was done.
Pierre came on Friday night from the north of France. He loaded the 52 Deluxe that was stored at my parent’s house since a while so I can finally have it here in my new garage.
His new toy was on my jig already, ready to be restored… and as the middle section of the chassis needed a full repair, we took the week end to work on it so Pierre can go back home with a solid and straight bus that doesn’t need a jig to be restored anymore !
So, after a good breakfast on Saturday morning…
… we began by removing the old floor. It has been reveted in the 60’s, probably because the original one was too dammaged already.
Then we can cut one of the 2 main rails. We keep the second one for references.
The fun can now begin !
We built the 2 main rails just as the original was : build in 2 parts with a welding in the middle, the two small holes on each side like all busses after 1951, the inside reinforcements…etc
The front and rear areas need more preparation to have a nice fit and a nice assembly !
The first rail was done on saturday night, as expected in our initial schedule. So we can begin to work on the second one on sunday morning !
Yes, it’s sunday but don’t worry about the neighboors…. It looks like they don’t care about the noise coming from the garage !
Everything is in place… all aligned… we can weld !
Once the 2 rails are done, the hardest part is over. We still have to put the U and I beams in place, as well as the outriggers. Then the spot welder comes into action.
On Saturday night, we are all done : the chassis is rebuilt and primered so the bus can go to his new garage without any risks.
Last thing to do before a good sleep was to put the bus on the trailer so Pierre can leave early the day after…
Let’s go !!
This morning, it’s time to leave the garage. Thankfuly for me, some other projects are waiting to take place on the jig…
It’s very hard to see this the bus go, but it looks like Pierre is very happy about his new toy !! It comforts…
It’s with a lot of confidence that I leave this project in Pierre’s hands. I am sure he will build a great bus and enjoy it a lot on the road. And despite it’s not mine anymore, the restoration will be covered on AirMapp ! That was in the deal =) Stay tuned !
Bye bye little bus….
So, why ? You will say….
You are probaly wondering why I decided to let such a nice project go…
Well, just for a more outstanding project.
A 1950 Microbus I pulled out of the forest a few weeks back !
Not a « simple 1950 », but a VERY early barndoor with vertical spare wheel, no rear window but a rare aluminium rear logo, no gutters, … and a lot of other features you can only see on busses before VIN 20-05000. It makes it the 3rd oldest microbus known worldwide ! An amazing project you will be able to follow on AirMapp. ;-)
But of course, before to work on it I have to finish the early 51 panelvan which is pretty close to hit the road !
See you soon on AirMapp !
Te felicito se nota que eres una persona perseverante te han salido bien tus planes de reconstrucción esos busess dan cuenta de tu gran trabajo
Bravo a toi tu en a de beau joujou!!!
je connais pierre (pote a moi) et content qu'il est son barn maintenant
hate de voir la resto ainsi que te des bus a toi
bon courage florian
Briac !! Excellent !
Je pensais a toi il y a pas si longtemps... Tu deviens quoi ? (MP)
En effet la passion est toujours là comme tu peux voir ;-)
Content de te voir inscris sur AirMapp !
Top top top, on est loin du 1964 avec lequel tu as commencé :) je vois que la passion est toujours la.
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