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Bought one, need a panel-beater in/around Victoria...

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 8:27 am    Post subject: Bought one, need a panel-beater in/around Victoria... Reply with quote

She's a `72 (I know, I know: orphan and too many one-year-only parts), but an unmolested pop-top Westfalia, and she's been parked in a shed for 17 years. She's complete and in remarkable shape for a 44 year old girl.

I'm torn between a full blast & repaint vs. just patching up a few areas of rot to keep it from spreading (behind the front wheels, under the door sill), and while I'm comfortable with the mechanical work, I don't want to butcher this fine example of Hanover steel.

Can anyone recommend someone on the south island (or, I guess, lower mainland) who can give advice about which way to go and who can also do a quality job?

I would also like it done before the end of May so I can get it back and get the mechanicals sorted out before we go to the Haida Gwaii in July. I gather that means some carriage works /shops are too busy.

The mission will be summer camping and then in 2020 I'm taking 6 months off to home-school & travel with two of my kids; we're thinking of shipping it to Florida & doing the trip home from Key West. So this is a driver, not a showpiece; it's going to have some bumps & bruises by the time we get back from the opposite end of the continent.

Thank you in advance for all the advice!
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