1947 Flxible RV restoration

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  1. kex66

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    I've been posting updates of my 1947 Flxible bus restoration on the RVOC forum but I've had a few requests to put information on here as some don't go over to the "dark side" much:BigGrin:

    For those who don't know the story, I'll very briefly explain: I was surfing the net as you do and came across a make of vintages busses called Flxible (not a spelling mistake, they removed the "e" to trademark the name). It became a bit of a dream to own one and then eventually found a fairly rust free example in the California desert that was destined for the crusher and bought it. We have been living on baked beans on toast ever since to try and fnance the restoration:Smile:

    The project has reached an important milestone as it now runs (having been stood for over 30 years). This has required a huge investment so far but there is no turning back now!!

    I have a flickr account that I will update and a short video on youtube of the bus finallly moving under it's own steam:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/95137559@N04/sets/72157635089781485/

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH3kYLzjlp8"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH3kYLzjlp8[/ame]

    I'll update as I go along.

    You can read the full story on the RVOC forum (1947 flxible clipper restoration thread). I'm called bingo_66 on there.

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    Hi Bingo, I have been watching your progress avidly. Your doing a greet job there. Good thing its not me doing a restoration like that as I would have to be standing over them whilst they did it. The Flxx is going to be something to very proud of when complete.
     
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    Hi Kerry, nice to see you over here :thumb:

    whatever you do, dont post how much it cost just to get it running.....folks will have strokes. :Laughing:
     
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    Hi Terry,

    The inerior will be re-done but hopefully retain a retro look. The pictures below show the type of simple interior I want to go for:

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    Hi Kerri I have now read all the posts on RVOC after having to join :BigGrin: Personally I like the very high glossy finished Cherry or beech boards - they look like a very highly polished piano- and I think they would suite your bus very well :Smile:Don't forget you need the interior electrics doing for UK rather than US
    Terry
     
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    Yank bus

    Hi, Kerry Thats A great old bus and it looks like an Airstream type design what colour will you finish it in :thumb:
     
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    Hi Mike,

    Exactly the same paint scheme as it has now - mid blue over white with dark blue detailing. The bumpers, wiper arms, rear mirrors and the FLxible sign on the front will all have a chrome finish as well as chrome wheel trims and chrome finish on the headlight trim.
     
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    Oh, wow................ :thumb:
     
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    Latest update on my 1947 Flxible bus project:

    The bus is now running like new and after all of the expensive mechanical work, is ready for exterior paint. The invoice below is a running total of the work from the start of the project and the latest additions are - front end alignment, sandblasting of the exterior paintwork and priming ready for paint. The exterior design will be an exact copy of the bus's original coachwork which you can see in the video and pictures in this thread.

    The bumpers, wiper arms, rear view mirrors and "Flxible Sign" on the front of the bus will all be in chrome. The ugly vents on the passenger side of the vehicle (about half way down) will be replaced with something less industrial in their appearance.

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    Adding the original purchase price and towing costs from the desert to the restorers shop:

    $4,000 - vehicle purchase price
    $1,200 - recovery charge


    TOTAL SO FAR: $24,411[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    About - £16,500[​IMG]:BigGrin:
     
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    That bus looks so so lovely. They really don't make them like they used to! The invoice is eyewatering, top marks for sticking with the project - so many don't. To be fair though, for 16 grand you couldn't buy something so lovely but newer. It wouldn't be anything special anyway.

    Keep it up :BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks a lot, much appreciated.

    I've taken on a second job to try and finance this project so have had to sacrifice weekends away in our motorhome and a few other things as well. At least the constant car boot sales we're doing to raise money has cleared a couple of sheds out!!:Rofl1:
     
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    It is a real beauty I love the lines of it these things seem to have a soul modern day things lack good luck with your project please keep us all up to date I cannot wait to see some more pictures of your progress thank you for posting this thread:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the comments, much appreciated. The restorer is taking some detailed pictures over the next week so we can work out the exterior finish and interior layout. As soon as they come through, I'll post them on here.:thumb:
     
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    The Flxible has now been sandblasted. I was warned that the vehicle could need extensive bodywork done once the paint had been removed but even the guys who removed the paint couldn't believe how little rust there was and they do these old buses all the time.

    Some bodywork to be done around the rear grill on the drivers side but that's about it. The bus had 7 layers of lead based paint on it and together with it being stored in California for over 40 years, contributed to it being in such good shape:thumb:

    As you will hear from the video, the engine is running perfectly so the next step is the exterior paint and to decide on the interior layout. I've run out of money so I'll have to wait for a while to finance the next part of the project.

    As usual, I'll keep you guys informed and update this thread when I have more to show.:BigGrin:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtS0-NwWwS4&feature"]England Flxible video - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    A Great Project,we wish you lots of happiness with it:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Thanks very much, really appreciated:Smile:
     
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    I've been contacted by a guy from the USA who has seen the latest video of the Flxible stripped and ready for paint. He's very kindly informed that the "Flxible" name plate on the front of our bus is extremely rare[​IMG]

    Almost all of the name plates have "Loudonville Ohio, USA" under the name "Flxible". Only a handful are left that have a name plate with nothing appearing under the name "Flxible". Only a small point I suppose but to a true collector it might be worth a few bob[​IMG]

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    could just be the picture quality but it looks to have a very slightly different F as well....bottom curl and end of centre 'bar'
     
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    hope that makes it worth more for you :Wink::BigGrin:
    terry
     
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