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Rat Style Camper – finding a suitable subject

DragBus Rat Style part one – start with a rusty VW Bus


The build spec for this project was a solid deluxe walk through Bus in a Rat Style – with an engine. Rat style and hoodride campers are all unique – no two will be the same – vintage accessories and parts, air cooled engines, custom or stock wheels are a given but its the bodywork and how worn it is that makes the statement.

 

What we wanted was a lowered Camper running some cool wheels, with the bodywork as solid as we can get – maybe with seats in it so we can do the school run, and a big engine. Rusted out Campers are fairly easy to find but this time we wanted a walk through. This is what we found – curtesy John Harper Carolinas Vintage Workshop – way cool walk thru front seating – now mother can climb into the back of the Camper to talk to the children;
VW Camper walk through seating

 

A solid cargo floor – one of the high traffic areas and one thats frequently rusted out and missing altogether in a rusty Camper;

VW Camper cargo floor

 

Dash area confirms this is a deluxe model – the clock for the passenger to keep time with, and in this Bus a bonus in that the radio panel has not been cut – frequently done to put in a later style radio;

VW Bus deluxe dash original radio hole

 

And this is where the work is required – a new passenger floor, lower a post and probably a door is required passenger side;

Campervan rusted out front floor

 

This is probably why that corner had rusted – ouch – needs some panel beating here maybe;

VW Camper nose dented

 

The rear corners will need work;

vw camper rear corner dented

 

Rusted out battery tray VW Camper

 

Long side Sill is ok, but the passenger side will need work;

Campervan sill long side rocker panel

 

Campervan cargo door short sill rocker panel rust

 

Quite the challenge. Unfortunately the original paint on the Bus was not saved – about 20% exterior visible.

 
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