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Restoration Ready: 1958 VW Single Cab Truck


Up for sale on The Samba is a ’58 Single Cab Splitty project. This truck is remarkably sound and ready for a restoration. The previous owner media blasted the truck from stem to stern so there’s nothing to hide. The truck is equipped with period offroad goodies including coil-over front shocks and air-adjustable rear units. The rear wheel arches were cut to accommodate oversized knobbies but the original steel road wheels and tires are included.

The original engine is long gone but a 1600 dual port that is out to rebuild (it turns freely) is included. The truck bed is solid as are the rear floor pans. The front pans have been patched however new pans are included. Other new panels include a pair of jack points, a new lower nose panel and driver’s side rocker.

The front and rear glass along with the tail lights and turn signals are gone.

Rebuild the engine, add a set of Safari windows and clear coat the body to have one tough shop truck or start a ground up restoration without having to guess at what lurks beneath old fixes and resprays.

Project of the week: 1959 BSA Super Rocket in Atlanta


First off, note that the picture above is not of the actual project BSA for sale but a stock photo of the same year and model. We found this ’59 Super Rocket on Craigslist in Atlanta with an owner that’s looking for good home for it. The Super Rockets feature a 650cc twin and were pretty reliable. At $1000 its worth a call to see what kind of shape this one is in.

Early 60’s Italian barn finds


Here’s a trio of Italian roadsters found in a barn in Griffin, GA. Two look to be early 60’s Fiat 1200s and you can just make out the tail end of what we think is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1300. These will need a lot of work for sure but Alfas and Fiats from this era aren’t getting any easier to find. These are listed on Craigslist for $1250 each.

1968 Mercedes Pagoda 280SL

This ’68 Mercedes was for sale in Birmingham, AL with the Craigslist ad just expiring yesterday. The post was not deleted though so the car may still be for sale. If so, at $37,500 it may not be a bad deal for a Pagoda that is said to have $60,000 invested in its restoration. The car is said to have been sitting for a couple years which is evident by the layer of dust on it. Add that to the fact that it won’t start and you may be able to negotiate on it a bit. The original CL post is below.

“Beautiful 1968 280 sl Mercedes. Off white with blue interior and blue hard top. Over 60 thousand has been spent on the restoration of this car. New brakes,shocks,exhaust and all components under the hood with the exception of the block. The car has been sitting for approximately 2 years and at current is not running. Sould be running just fine after the fuel system is cleaned out. Please call Clay at 205-266-1368. I will not answer texts or emails. Pictures to follow soon.”

1973 BMW 2002 in East Tennessee


2002’s look best with round taillights, small bumpers and big round driving lights. This ’73 ticks all of these and adds period Alpina style wheels to boot. This car claims to be from Florida where it was in storage for quite a while. It can stand some interior work but the bones of a good ’02 look present. Find this one for $4500 in the Knoxville area.

1984 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

**Update** July 31, 2013. A friend of the shop went to look at this camper over the weekend. The c/o has not had it on the road yet. Although it does crank and run it has a fair amount of rust at the body seams and around the power and water pickups. Be sure to make a good inspection of this one if interested.


Here’s an ’84 Westy that may have some potential. The body looks straight and the cabinets and canvas top look clean. Its an automatic which isn’t ideal for these busses but for $2800 it may be worth overlooking. Find this one in Bishop, GA.

1964 Volkswagen Beetle


This ’64 Bug was found on Craigslist in Stone Mountain, GA just outside of Atlanta. It was listed for a reasonable $3500 yesterday but upped to $5000 today. We like the look of  pre-’67 bugs with contoured fenders and glass covered headlight assemblies. This one is said to have been converted from 6 to 12v and in “working” condition.

1968 BMW 1600

This 1600 was purchased from the original owner who took delivery of the car in Massachusetts in the fall of 1968. The original 1.6l engine was swapped to a 2.0l unit from a ’74 2002 in the late 90’s with the rest of the car remaining completely stock. We like the low-back seats, euro indicators and lack of federally mandated reflectors and trim that these early cars feature. So far we’ve done brake and cooling system work as we get her ready to be back on the road. Next up will be rust repair, tuning, exhaust and a pair of sidedraft Webers to let her breath a bit easier.