The Acme Custom Bus
have owned several VWs in years gone by.
A ruff chopped Beetle with full dancing
hydraulics being the first, followed by
an original '64 Westy I had for several
years. I got itchy feet with that and
stupidly let it go. Then I went to the
dark side for a year with a Dodge Monaco
low-rider, but it just wasn't the same.
So five years ago now I stumbled across
this nasty Swedish import that a friend
wanted to get rid of. I had a very good
idea of exactly how I wanted it to look
with the help of www.Busselecta.com.
I always wanted it to be bare metal because
of seeing lots of build up pictures from
other people in magazines and thought
it was a good look. And to the best of
my knowledge it had never been done before.
After the poor Bus had a ton of welding
completed, and had the entire underside
and interior had been sandblasted, I set
to it with an angle grinder and some twisted
knot nasty wheels to rid the whole body
of any traces of that paint stuff. It
took several months and lots of dangerous
incidents with the angle grinder to finally
buff every inch.
this time I had experimented with different
lacquers and sealants. And for the first
year or so the body was sealed in a secret
marine seal. These days it is sealed with
my own blend of lacquer/wood sealant and
a big bucket full of matting agent, and
this is the way I want it to stay. After
the body was sealed and the interior received
plenty of coats of paint I could begin
to build the thing back up. The interior
I built myself with an L shape bench type
set up after the entire body was sound
proofed with Bitumin sound deadening pads.
Inside the bench is a full Alpine sound
system with a couple of amps and a sub
which provides a seriously nice sound,
it has to be heard to be believed! Up
front are a set of Empi racing buckets
to get good and comfy on those long trips.
A monster tach hangs out the window. Oil
temp, voltage meter, etc. are all on display
stance is provided by a Creative Engineering
4" narrowed beam and a set of 4"
drop spindles. The rear is adjustable
spring plated IRS. A set of full polished
Randar rims sit under there very nicely
with 145 rubber up front 155 at the back.
Up front is a massive Boz bar supplied
by Boatyard Buses. I
can admit that I am an accessory addict
right now and have been sourcing roof
racks, vintage coolers and making trikes
and stuff to make this whip different
from everyone else's. The Bus has been
copied by several people over here and
I just want to keep developing and adding
touches that no one else would have a
clue about, so the battle continues.
now I am really considering selling because
I feel the need to get my teeth into a
brand new project. An early 356 to be
exact! I was a bit chicken to do it but
the Acme Custom Bus finally up for sale!!!
It will happen one day very soon...