When poor old Rusty showed up at the shop, even the toughest guys had to get a little choked up. This poor 1967 VW 21-Window ragtop bus was just pitiful. If you walked past him just a little too fast, you'd cause a breeze to stir... and it would rock him. Gentle poke to his rear quarter? He'd shimmy and shudder.
When it was time for Rusty to come indoors and start the restoration process, he couldn't even move on his own wheels.
But we weren't scared. (And we're all up to date on our tetanus shots.)
We like to wish we could save all the old Volkswagens rusting away in junkyards, garages, and mythical barns. This 1967 VW 21-window ragtop bus is a challenge, no doubt. But it's one we're eager to beat. It's taking many, many hours of metalwork. The replacement metal alone is a significant driver on this project's costs.
In fact, when the client brought it to us, we recommended starting with a core that's in better shape. This wasn't the bus he grew up with or got married in... it was one he sourced. But as long as he understood this was not going to be fast or cheap, we could build him the gorgeous bus he was envisioning. That's why some honest conversations are a good place to start.