A little Christmas present project...
The near side rear chassis had a large "notch" for turbo clearance. Time for some Airkraft surgery!
So, a little bit of chassis work necessary...
Custom made roll-over jig was designed and fabricated from scratch in-house. The Bus can be wheeled about and the roll-over sided bolted on when necessary.
All of the underseal had to scraped off by hand - a very time consuming task!
The Samba stripped of paint and ready for media blasting...
Media blasting progress...
Three and a half days of continuous low pressure media blasting and the Bus is looking ace!
Some of my previous traditional panel work at CKL. Original AC Cobra that had had its rear wings flared to 427 spec. As the car needed to be FIA eligible, the rear wings had to be returned to stock. I handmade the aluminium wings on an English Wheel, then gas welded them on. Once on, I finished hand-shaped them with a hammer and dolly, and then wired the edges. Hope you like it!
After three years of being without a full-size cast E-wheel, I can happily report the acquisition and delivery of a WW2 (1942-3) Edwards 42" throat beastie! To say I'm stoked would be the understatement of the year! Ever since I sold my Ranalah, I've been regretting it's loss! Let's get shaping!
Matt came to Airkraft with steering issues - a potentially lethal situation that was completely overlooked by a local "expert" when he massively overcharged him to fix his horn wire. Quite how said "expert" missed the loose steering box is beyond me, especially as he was working right on it! Anyway, have a look at the pix as they speak a thousand words...
The steering column was fouling the guide tube - how could this be missed?
Oh yes, it's a loose steering box that has moved an inch across the axle beam! Shonky!
Anyway, Matt is now a happy camper having a fully sorted steering system and a working horn to boot!
The Barn Door is progressing nicely at the moment. there's going to be lots more metal work to cut out and replace over the coming weeks.
Got some really cool projects coming in soon, so need to crack on with these little beauties.
Time for an Airkraft built 1600
A quick tracking check explained the terrible steering issue....
One of my pet hates and a indication of poor workmanship. The tracking incorrectly set and the steering wheel off centre with the wheels dead ahead!
So.... The front was toe- ing 1.25 degrees and the rear a massive 2 degree's!
Well, this is the first time Ive ever seen a piece of fuel hose & two jubilee clips used as a steering lock stop! Totally ineffective of course, as all it does is collapse, as above, allowing the wheel to foul the wheel arch. Downright dangerous...
Credit where credit is due. Someone has made some nice engine bay side panels with a nice swage detail
So, the engine has been suffering with overheating issues. A quick check revealed both fresh air heater pipes are venting to atmosphere! This is akin to leaving a water hose off a radiator on a water cooled car. Jeez, and this was from a so-called air- cooled VW specialist
Ive seen it all now!!
This is just incredible! The customer had an extortionate bill for engine work, which included engine removal and refitting several times, only to be told his engine is scrap! Even a home mechanic knows to be sure that the pulley Woodruff key must be correctly engaged, otherwise things go pear-shaped! The result, a brand new alternator is scrap!!! Have a look at where the Woodruff key has eaten into the bearing housing. Shocking!!!
So, it's turns out that the owner had fitted blanking plugs on the fanhousing heater ducts prior to taking it to the "specialist". Apparently the "specialist" decided to remove the plugs and vent the fanhousing to atmosphere. His justification for doing so was that he believed it might help the engine run better! Now that's the best case of clutching at straws I've ever heard! Perhaps by the same logic he also fitted the incorrect, smaller 32mm fan from a 1300 motor as well? Kind of goes with his rational thinking...
Well, the net result is an overheated engine and a cracked crankcase that's spewing oil. New engine time. Shame!
It's clear from the "witness" marks exactly what happened here. When the pulley was put on, the woodruff key was displaced and jammed between the back of the pulley and the alternator. A rookie error, but one that is easily checked as it's still possible to see woodruff key once the pulley is on! No question about...
Poor old Geraldine! Needed a little loving tlc...
Two hours later, Airkraft has rectified the issues, and the previously poorly setup Bay drives nicely again! Big up Jeff Balshaw for the little tip ;)
The Bus is one of approximately 10 Right Hand Drive Barndoor Sambas left in the world today. A very rare beast, indeed! Whilst the Bus is already in show-winning condition, it is being completely stripped and restored to original, standard specification. All modifications will be rectified along the way and any poor metalwork repairs will be professionally repaired, in-house. The paintwork will be carried out by Gavin Jones @ Trailer Queen Restorations - the best in the business!
This 2007cc turbo motor built by Airkraft will find a new home shortly
This beautiful Simon Weitz interior will be replaced with original Microbus Deluxe seats
Work is now underway on the RHD 1954 Barn Door Samba. Grufty popped in to help out! :)