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  • 1963 Dormobile Project Almost Finished

    My intention was always to start a thread for this project but that never happened... so I figured I would share a few before, during and after pictures instead. I acquired this 1963 109" Dormobile in 2018 from the estate of a collector (Ian) in Charlton, Massachusetts. After working up the courage to start, I dove head first into the project and recently was able to drive it to Metal Dash weekend.

    Some project highlights include maintaining the original external patina, galvanizing as many steel components as I could (missed a few), conversion of a galvanized chassis from regular to station wagon, fully rebuilt 2.25l engine, partially rebuilt transmission, addition of a Salisbury rear, power brakes, lots of corrosion repairs and fiddling with almost every component on the truck.

    Just wanted to share
    1959 88" Series II
    1965 109" IIA Dormobile Project

  • #2
    Few more progress pics
    1959 88" Series II
    1965 109" IIA Dormobile Project

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    • #3
      Current condition Pics
      1959 88" Series II
      1965 109" IIA Dormobile Project

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      • #4
        Nice! I'd kill for a garage like that!
        gene
        1960 109 w/ 200TDI
        rebuild blog; http://poppageno.blogspot.com/



        "We are prisoners of the Present, forever transitioning between our inaccessible Past and our unknowable Future." Neil DeGrasse-Tyson

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        • #5
          Looking great Mike

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          • #6
            Perfect!
            Erik

            1970ish exMOD 109

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            • #7
              Looking great. I’ll bet that bead blast cabinet got a workout.

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              • #8
                Ian was going to take a Dormobile top from me for that truck. Looks great, and looks like a ton of work. I was thinking it would be fun to see where all his trucks went.

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                • #9
                  Nice. Great work.

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                  • #10
                    Nice job!!

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                    • #11
                      And it looked even better in person at MetalDash.
                      1969 Marine Blue Bugeye

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                      • #12
                        Beautiful 109! Great work! I love those Station Wagons. The frame condition pic is about how bad the frame is on my 61 109.

                        Does it have the Dormobile seats? If yes, what happened to the camper top?

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                        • #13
                          Thank you all for the kind comments, it sure was a fun but challenging project. I still intend to finalize all the smaller details over the next year or so, but at least now I can take it for a ride to keep the motivation levels up!

                          The Dormobile seats are still part of the truck. I used the Exmoor cover kit to recover them after fixing a few broken springs and freeing up all the different pivot points. Overall I was happy how they turned out. I was under the impression that a Dormobile could be custom ordered in any configuration that you wanted, so I believe this truck might have been ordered with only seats. Either that or the seats and Dormobile ID tag were sourced from another truck in a past life.
                          1959 88" Series II
                          1965 109" IIA Dormobile Project

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                          • #14
                            There used to be another hard top Dormobile that came to the MAR rally. The truck had a capstan winch and the owner had machined an aluminum blender that ran off the starting dog from the winch. The mahogany storage box for the blender was as much of a work of art as the blender itself!

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                            • #15
                              I remember that David.

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