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Rescuing rare vehicles from the wild is something really exciting. . . Here is the last project I brought from Sweden a few months ago, and once again it has a crazy history !! I’d say it is one of the nicest barndoor I found.
This is a standard barndoor Microbus from 1952. Delivered in primer, it was bought by a construction company from Finspång (Sweden). Some letterings of that company can still been seen on both side of the bus….
In 1962 it’s been sold to a shoemaker from Älvdalen (Dalarna region, Sweden) who used it until 1965 when he decided it was time to buy a new car and put the old bus at the junkyard….
Fortunately for us VW freaks, a man saved it in-extremis from the destruction. He thought he can still use it to transport passengers to a frozen lake for ice fishing during winter. So he bought it, removed the engine and drive trains, and put it on a sledge in order to tow it with a Skidoo !!
It’s been used like this for a little while and then the bus stayed nearby the lake, 8km from the nearest road….
It sat next to a small wood house during decades in this amazingly beautiful Swedish landscape !!
I’ve known this bus for years thanks to a guy who used to hunt in the area, and thanks to his help I’ve been able to contact the landowner, who is the nephew of the last owner who used the bus for ice fishing trips.
The area is now a regional or national park (can’t remember) and so all motorized vehicle are now prohibited. The bus is 8km from the nearest road… and so it’s impossible to tow it with a Skidoo or a quad. I think you can guess the end of the story ! Here is a small video of the helicopter rescue, organized by the landowner who knew someone in the helicopter company.
I was a bit afraid about the way they wanted to lift the bus and I would have done it in a different way personnaly, but the bus is still in pretty good shape after all, and still very strong. Hopefully the pilot did it very smoothly and everything went fine with no dammages on the bus !
The swedish wild is just sooo beautiful… isn’t it ?
Here are a few more pictures taken during our way back to France last september… It was a 1 week trip we did together with my girlfriend and we have so much great memories of it !!!
By the way, a big thanks to my parents for the loan of the T5 California... really appreciable in these circumstances !
Finding, tracking and rescuing old busses is just an amazing hobby…
Well. Speak soon for the next rescue….
Awesome Florian!! Keep rescuing!! I'd love one of these if it ever came available!! ;)
Il te manque une seule chose maintenant Florian......... le permis hélico pour le prochain!!
superbe comme toujours.
Pas de mots.... RESPECT!!!!!!
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