Paul DeAngelis’ 1969 Early Bay
The bus is 1969 and I sold my Splitty to fund a break up and mortgage cough up so I went out as soon as I could afford to and bought the project bay. It was awash with deep filler and botched repairs and between overseas property projects and building the business up it took me nearly 6 years to complete! But I promised myself another bus when I watched the Splitty drive off so deliver I must!! And I did.
The interior is a one off bespoke bit of kit, designed and built by Marc Firkin of Firks Works and so you won't see another like it. Rusty Lee Rock n Roll bed. Literally everything was replaced. The bus only has a genuine 75k miles on it as its been standing for so much of its life but then again everything's new on it now anyway!! The interior is ‘vintage surf postcard' and I spent over a year looking for that ‘just right' fabric so I could start making that interior.
I wanted a bus that had classic trends – but with modern twists of those themes. For example, they originally painted the bay's orange, so I painted it orange but a modern Ford Electric (3 stage pearl) orange as seen on the ST focus. Classic style wheel but the more modern ‘black n polished rim' … If you get what I'm explaining?
This Electric Orange early bay was one that was featured in Ultra VW magazine awhile back.
The engine spec was:
1641 rebuilt Type 1 engine
New Case, Crank, Heads
Equaliser front pulley
It was a total piece of s**t to be honest, with many a bad repairs hidden under some hand painted filler! It was totally stripped back to pretty much bare metal and gutted and started from scratch. Took me 5 years on and off to get her to this condition today. Hope you enjoy!