Earlier in the year 2005, Lindsay emailed me from the US and asked if I could supply him with a sliding door and door jam from a good 77 style bus. Lindsay was after a left hand slider, as it was very differant to those in Denver Colorado. Of course I could help and the hunt was on for a good 77 style slider. Lucky for us, muller hadnt send all of them to england as yet, so we were lucky enough to find a nice 77 deluxe donor. The trusted gas ax removed the desired section, with some of the nicer small parts of deluxe trim for finishing around the door, the door was packed into the biggest box I have ever made and sent off to Lindsay in Denver Coldrado.
It seemed to take ages to arrive in the US, but it finally did, and was promptly sent to the boys at www.mirrorimagecustoms.com a custom shop near by Lindsay where the bus was and the rest is history. As we can see the jam is in and the door slides like a bought one, and everyone seems to be very happy.
At this time the bus is in Grey Primer, but colors are about to happen.
It looks pretty normal to us with the slider on the left side, but, keep in mind this is a left hand drive bus. Note the steering wheel; is missing.
Looking good. Its great to finally see the end or close to the end result of an over seas project.
We send so much stuff over seas and never really get to see the end result of the dream that sometimes begins right here in Ozz.
Looking forward to hearing more from Lindsay. November 2005.
December 2005: Well guess what!!!
Lindsay wrote and cleared a few mistakes up for me, and this is what Lindsay had to say.
Kimm, Its a 77 Type 4 and it was orange...but this week will be put into blue primer and soon in Dark Blue paint in and out with perhaps some ghost flames....we cut out the metal behind the drivers seat (left hand side, where the new sliding door lives) that the cabinets used to be attached to and put in another 360 spinner (swivel seat) for the driver as well as the passenger....I have these 3a racing seats in black vinyl type leather...the kind with the holes in the head rest for 5 point belts if Id like...the z bed Im doing full width in black vinyl...Ive replaced the crank out camper windows with 50/50 sliders and put in another wing window on the other side of the z bed..all windows limo tinted minus the passenger windows and rear Safari window which will be a shade lighter so as to see at night..the front windshield has a limo tint visor about 6 inches or so from the top....Im putting a grey 3 window canvas in the pop top that will be redone and left a pearl white...All the body is bondo free and perfectly straight...I have an air management system going in so will be bagged front and back...Running 16 Inch x 7.5 in width American racing wheels with small center hubcap to hide the hubs and bolts...Just bought and installed a 1971 2.2 Porsche 911 motor with Zenith carbs and individual filters....Carbs rebuilt but need to sink...Tranny is rebuilt stock 915 from the bus hopefully stock will hold up a while otherwise may need to beef up....stock 4 speed bolts right up...new Porsche flywheel and clutch....its getting there Ill see what I can do about better pics...oh yeah Steve and Shawn as well as Steves dad Lyle cut out a custom fresh air vent with a Passat plastic Chrome emblem inset into the fresh air vent....all the bumpers and running lights shaved...
OK did I leave anything out? Probably Gday my friend, I couldnt have done it without you....1000 Thank you's to you....
Well, Lindsay knows he's welcome, I enjoyed packing the door and jam up getting it ready to send it all the way to the USA.
Ghost flames!! Deep Blue, Pearl White top, Grey Canvas, sounds brilliant ay, cant wait for the next lot of Pics.
I gotta say, I nice to hear the end result of some of the body sections we send round the globe these days for projects we hear about, but never see the end result. Well dont to the boys at Mirror Image Customs in Colodrado.
Star Date december 2005:
An email from Lindsay brought with it some new photos of this wild double door westy. It seems a couple of extra pot were in order.
This is a pretty special front, this would have to be the best custom variation treatment to the vent area
Ive seen on a baywindow, well done.
Heading for some color, looks like its gunna be a dark blue. Doesnt the bus looks huge with all the doors off. Gotta love it. Check the swivel seat bases on both drivers and passengers side.
And last but not least, a couple of extra cylinders, try this 911 2.2ktr for size, pretty sweet. looks a bit like my mate Bruce Lycks from Qlds engine bay. Looks great.
Well, Ive heard from Lindsay and the bus is finished and on the road in Colorado and it looks Wicked.
Look closely at this, it has all the goodies we only dream of down here. Well done Lindsay.