For those of you out there that have seen the inner beauty of a bus by looking past the holes, rust and dings, these photos of a nice early single cab might give you some encouragement. Now every bus has it's own set of challenges, which is why Kruizinwagon tackle repairs by making custom metal to fit each bus. Most of you know how poor most of the pre-formed repair sections can be - the problem usually is that the nasties extend around, under, beyond etc., the repair section. There's no simple grind off - weld in solution.
We are used to working with our donor sections and hand forming sections that are to 'as good as new' or better to suit each car. This takes time! but the result is a car that is once more made of metal, not pre-formed sub-original quality sections and a large dose of filler/bog/nikki - what ever you want to call it. There's a reason that the original metal lasted so long ... and that's our aim ... to provide a quality service that will last well beyond next year's Nationals.
So here are some close up's of some of our work in progess on a early single cab, a bus that is made of lots and lots of small, individual sections that need tender love and care.
Many moons ago, in a town far far away, I came across an early single cab. As fate would have it, I collected my fair share, and according to the patient wife, some just had to go. One I parted with, was this cute ole single cab, and watched it disappear up our street and over hill, thinking I would never see it again.
Well, just like a script, it turned up again, and I had the chance to put it back together after about 9 or 10 years, how good is that.
Lucky for this cute ole single cab, it now belongs to one good bloke Simon Grierson, a die hard busboy if I ever met one.
Like all of us, Simon has some great plans for this ole girl, and like the rest of us has to wait while everything falls into place.
Simon knew the first job like always is the body work, getting rid of the rust. Now this ole girl had rust in all the usually spots. Simon dropped it off to us and the rust was replaced with metal, in all the usual places.
Simon is a do it yourself kinda bloke and was hangin to do as much of the work as possible, but knew his limits. We did all the fabrication and welding, but at Simons request, left the filing, filling and straightening for Simon to complete.
Cant wait to see the end result, with the keen eye of the owner, Im sure justice will be done with this cute little single cab.