Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Baboon goes to the Butcher Shop

The day finally came when George Schmidt of the BUTCHER SHOP committed to doing up this mug. I don't recall the countless hours I spent at this shop sanding, scraping and what on this bus!? But it was allot of work. This bus needed very little welding. The body work was also very minimal as well. After all the sanding was done it got sprayed a few times with primer then with single stage flat paint. After this task, George installed a new wiring harness and went to work on lining up the front beam (which is narrowed 4-1/2"), the motor (2180cc) and the transmission ( type 1 short axles with type 3 brakes).  As well the installation of all new German brakes/lines/parts/drums.

The assembly process was as well on its way. I would have to say that 90% of the parts used on this Kombi are NOS. YIKES!!! But back then one wouldn't get boned so badly when purchasing the parts and there were lots of options. All 3 correct seats are present within this bus. They were all sand blasted, had some minor welding repair done to them, placed new springs/coils where needed, then off they went to get powder coated. Then they were fitted with that "Horse Hair" type padding, then fitted with their new skirts. Very Pretty. 

Aside from the intense labor ...... sanding, grinding, lining, adjusting, mocking and what, it turned out better then what we expected. Though mad props and credit go to George Schmidt of THE BUTCHER SHOP!! ( )The finished product is the shop's signature style of work. Once the wiring harness was installed, the drive train was fastened in, then all the electrical was sorted out. The semi-fours were restored by CRG RESTORATIONS.

Here is a rear shot of the bus, during the sanding process and the covering of the extra holes, as taillights.

Kombi 2

Kombi 1

Kombi 3

Now .......... is that a clean nose or what!!! Puck's Panel's nose is like this one!!

Kombi 4

Here's an inner shot.

Kombi 5

Here are a few shots of the day George sprayed it with single stage flat Dove Blue paint.  Allot of people ask me from to time as to why we didn't remove dents or did major body work. Example, that dent on the top left corner of the drivers door??  Aside from the cost of going all the way with body work and the fear of getting it scratched, dented or what, I felt those dents were the bueses Battle Scars. Just like the one on my face! So Fuck it!! I left them there.

Kombi 6

Here's a Booty shot.

Kombi 7

How the heck did this character get in there!!??

Kombi 8

Here is the front beam. A Barndoor beam ( it was an extra I had laying around, I have the original one put away, just incase I decide to raise it), narrowed 4-1/2 inches, adjusters and dropped spindles.

Front Beam

The Transmission is a Type 1 short axle with type 3 drums/brake set up. It also sports a Super Diff kit, and the hardened side plate.


The motor is a 2180cc with dual Weber 44's. The insides are pretty Knarly too. It also sports a 2-1/2 quart oil sump, as well the stock oil cooler and the added cooling system. This mug runs cool and I can drive it anywhere. Long trips are no problem. All the tin metal was sand blasted and powder coated. No bomb canning done on this mug. The finish touch is George's 36 hsp spark plug wire tube. Dresses the motor up nicely and doesn't look crowded.


Here is the parts stash. Parts I've been collecting for years. Like I mentioned prior, 90% of the parts used on this bus were NOS.  Most of these parts came from Holland and Poland.

parts stash 1

parts stash 2

 Parts stash 3

parts stash 4

The assembly process. What a Bitch!!  Here is George ordering lunch ......... " can I have a extra large Animal Style Pizza with little pizzas on top of that as toppings. "

Kombi 9

The front wheel set up are 15 x 4-1/5's and the rear are 16 x 7's Alloys. The rear tires are pretty beefy, for torque traction.

Kombi 10

This is what the bus looked like the day we assembled all the exterior. Not much was needed inside.

Kombi 11

Kombi 12

Not because it's mine, but I LOVE this bus!! It drives really well and is an eye turner.  It's also an awesome feeling to pass modern day cars on the highway, rather then having them tailgate you and honking at you as well. 

11:30 Posted in Général | Permalink | Comments (10)


Best barndoor in all times!


Posted by: f3R | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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This barndoor rules!!!

Posted by: Bilbobug | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Hombre! Es un Barndoor del Pais Vasco
de California. Joder!

Posted by: Barndoor Mafia | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Ese barndoor es la ostia, JODER!

Posted by: Carlos | Thursday, March 25, 2010

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Cuando llegen, nos vamos cruisng a Whittier
Blvd como los Cholos. Tienes que ponerte una
camiseta de los RAIDERS!!! OSTIA!!

Posted by: Barndoor Mafia | Thursday, March 25, 2010

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This is one of my favorite!!!! That's great to know more about the resto of this fucking cool barn!!!
Lucky man, now waiting the story of your other barn!!! :-)

Posted by: elpanel56 | Friday, March 26, 2010

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Merci Beaucoup Mon Ami!! It was allot of work, but in the end it was worth it!
The BD Panel is next in line. Lots of work ahead


Posted by: Barndoor Mafia | Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Not perfect but so cool ............. Everybody love this fuck**g bus !


Posted by: 58SPLIT | Saturday, March 27, 2010

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Merci Beaucoup mon ami.

Posted by: Barndoor Mafia | Monday, March 29, 2010

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Putz guys!!! Great car!!! Bacana demais!!! Claudio - Brazil

Posted by: claudio funcres | Sunday, September 05, 2010

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