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Old December 15th, 2009, 10:28 AM   #1
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A Norwegian Volkswagen fanatic is undertaking a mammoth restoration after recovering a rust-riddled VW Microbus from the bottom of a fjord.
The 1957 Samba, one of the most iconic and valuable VW Campers, was pushed into the lake by a local hotelier when its gearbox failed in 1974.
Thirty years later enthusiast Morten Lund learned of the drowned Volkswagen and hired a remote-controlled submersible to search for it, discovering the Microbus lying face down at a depth of 50 feet (15 metres).
Undeterred, he hired divers and a mobile crane and lifted out his catch earlier this summer.
Now Lund faces an equally mammoth task restoring the Volkswagen to road-going condition.
The determined and hugely optimistic enthusiast excitedly told Practical Classics magazine: "It took me less than 30 minutes to get both front wheels rolling, and the steering works perfectly... The cargo floor and cab are nearly rust free just some minor holes around the edges."
The Samba is an iconic 23-window version with eight roof-light windows. That makes it one of the most prized and valuable variants.
In 2008 a completely original 1958 Samba made 56,000 at a UK auction. The year before, TV chef Jamie Oliver's much-pimped 23-window Samba sold for 48,000.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #2
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With that kind of money and effort, I kind of doubt he's going to chop the top and lower it - but it'd be hysterical if he did. I could just see a Samba SWAT team going to his garage to rescue it from him.

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Old December 15th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #3
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wow! Being sunk, it shoulda been pretty good.
He's got quite a task.

Jamie Oliver's show was pretty cool and his bus was extremely nice!
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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #4
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That shit will buff out.
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Buff it out? Hell no. Get it running and stopping, wash it up a bit and drive it.

I can't believe the sunroof is still intact.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 12:17 PM   #6
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I would think the material would be gone, maybe its metal someone put over it back in the day.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:10 PM   #7
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Nice. The link doesn't work though.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #8
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I would think the material would be gone, maybe its metal someone put over it back in the day.

The door panels and mostly still there and they're just glorified cardboard. Hard to believe anything held up.

Submarine and a crane? Sounds like he might already have more in it than it's worth.
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i think when he is done the bus would never want to see water ever again
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Strange that its in such good condition, and the one thing you'd expect to of lastest but are missing, is the WHEELS?
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Buff it out? Hell no. Get it running and stopping, wash it up a bit and drive it.

I can't believe the sunroof is still intact.
Wash it up? That's one-of-a-kind patina you'd be destroying!
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Probably stollen , that why it was ditched .
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Thats a good thread over there, havent read up on it in a few months.
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And here I thought I was gonna read about a bus that found Jesus. Well, It did take a bath...

I saw a similar thread where a guy resurrected a Messerschmitt that had been found at the bottom of a lake.
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I remember seeing something on the boob tube about things underwater. Basically rust needs oxygen to its thing and because there isn't as much under water that above water things don't get eaten away as fast. I think it was a thing on the Titanic. The problem with that is once it hits open air your on a really fast time clock to get everything taken care of or it will catch up and be a bucket of vintage '57 rust selling for $5000 a pound to some samba monkey
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I remember seeing something on the boob tube about things underwater. Basically rust needs oxygen to its thing and because there isn't as much under water that above water things don't get eaten away as fast. I think it was a thing on the Titanic. The problem with that is once it hits open air your on a really fast time clock to get everything taken care of or it will catch up and be a bucket of vintage '57 rust selling for $5000 a pound to some samba monkey
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I think fresh water vs salt water may be a difference here.

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Once again another mint condition bus from Illinois....
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steve phillips owner over at wolfgangs has a 57' 23 window semaphore bus that hes bringing back to life after 20+ years of sitting in a field. so far so good. last time i was in their shop they were getting the suspension done and prepping the body for paint. and the best part is... he told me its gonna be his daily driver.
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Eh kitbox56, fungus is in Hawaii...checking out our Hawaiian kind "RUST"!
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yeah that's a fact, since it was fresh water the body was still in "a" shape but the engine and gearbox housing were gone..
so long for matching numbers.. so i guess once restored it's all pile of parts stuff and the reall purist wouldn't want it
so if your not afraid of the bodywork and you need to work on it that much you might aswel chop and rod it
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i guess someone overthere is silently waiting to come out once he's restored and say, hey that one's mine
but i like to sell it to ya

remeber me a story not so long ago about a bus that's ready to be shipped to the Nederlands and while passing customs got flagged as stolen..
didn't know how it ended but i guess the fully restored went back to its original owner
can u imagine, losing an old beatup bus and get it back years later as an fully restored high value oldtimer collectors item
it would be like a really long episode of overhaulin'
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