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Gavin Snowdon
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VW R8 Samba "Sleepah"

February 23, 2022 · in Automotive · · 8 · 1.4K

This is a little project that I did a while back, having been inspired by a monster bus built by the crew on Gotham Garage (Netflix or Prime), can't quite recall.

Anyway they inspired me to build a VW Samba bus rat rod that was powered by an Audi R8 power train. I have seen every other imaginable variant on line, so I wanted to "seamlessly" blend the two kits together to create a , which is the vernacular used to describe a high performance hot rod in disguise.

Thanks to the guys (George, John & Spiros) for suggesting that the build was worthy to be posted on head lines.

I hope you enjoy my "Frankenstein" build as much as I did in the creation process.

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8 responses

  1. Did you upload any pictures?

  2. Now I can see it

    Very nice work sir love the rusty patches. You could have taken a picture of this with grass and a bush in the background and I'd probably have thought it was a genuine vehicle

  3. Looks like a fun exercise in weathering.

  4. An excellent result on this Samba bus, Gavin @snowman
    The rusty looks are very realistic.
    Welcome onboard this great community.
    Looking forward to see more of your builds.

  5. Good to see it here, Gavin, well worth posting. I’ve heard of these camper vans having Porsche and Alfa Romeo engines but never an Audi R8, way to go.

  6. Fantastic result, Gavin! A joy to watch!
    Building, painting and, of course, weathering all are supreme.
    It is really great that you posted it on the headlines.

  7. Welcome, Gavin. Well done! Like John mentioned, the rust spots look spot on. As well as the rest of the paint job.

  8. Very sharp! I have an affinity for VW buses, as I grew up driving one!

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