Deano's 67 Panel Van.
Deano originally started with an earlier small window panel van, but decided that he needed the larger rear opening. So panel van 1 was sold, after much work done, and work began on the 67 in June 2005. There are a few trick bits on the body work of this bus that were needed.
For those that notice these things, the 67 Australian panel has a different vent set up to other countries, so this makes this bus quite rare world wide, and comments have been made as to if these have been added. Nope, South African and Aussie 67s look like this to cope with more dusty conditions.
The bus will have to carry some weight around eventually, so the bus needed to look lower than it actually is to get a solid, useable ride. Right now it's pretty much 'stock' set up for the suspension - as it moves towards it's engineers certs and blue slip.
Once the structural rust was completed (and there was lots of that), we added some Indian drop sills, to add a few more inches to the body line. The front bar needed to be dropped to make it look 'normal' and the front seam was removed to match. The front end lights we're removed and welded up.
The bus is fitted with Indian adjustable beam, spring plates (modified to take the big rubber bands) and an Indian bolt in IRS. It's powered by a 1600 twin port with an L Bug box, so should have sprightly performance. The rust was removed, and the car prepared for further paint. More work was done (in Deano's car port) to fix the cab, the doors and eventually, after lots of nights rub rub rubbing, went for professional 2 pac painting.
The bus has undergone a massive change of life in the last year. Virtually everything has been re-built and/or replaced. It needed too! This bus had major rust in all the usual areas and more, and had not been running for a very very long time, so needed a complete overhaul. But everything's fixable. Getting a panel van straight is not easy after all the years of commercial use ... so it wasn't until the paint went on that Deano was convinced it was going to look good. (oh ye of little faith).
It's painted in factory Pampas Green, but Deano wanted a single colour, when the trend seems to be two-tone. When it first came out the paint shop, it was GREEEEEN, but as soon as the BRMs and trim started to go back in, the colour has clamed down and have had some positive comments.
The trim will be two tone, green and beige in the orginal factory style, though there is a heap of work to do inside to finally call it finished. Deano's been dreaming up this for for about 12 years, so guess there's gonna be more to come when it rolls out the shop for it's internal fit out.