Ringbrothers may be world-famous for coachbuilding high-end custom vehicles, but customers also seek us out to work on miscellaneous projects, like this 1963 Volkswagen Double Cab.
This VW came to us from Madison, Wisconsin – roughly an hour commute – to our shop in Spring Green.
The owner brought the vehicle to us with some metal work started, which we finished and we did some body work as well as painted the entire vehicle and helped the owner reassemble it.
Mike was glad to have multiple tools and products from 3M Collision on hand for the body work including 3M bondo, sand paper, guide coat, wet sand paper, wool pads, and foam pads.
Because the vehicle is all metal with no accents (like chrome), the entire bus was painted from top to bottom. Mike Ring said this was the most painting he’s ever done on a vehicle. The body and the hub caps match the original colors of the Double Cab. The body is coated in a BASF color called Dove Blue, the front and rear bumpers are the BASF color Silver White and the hub caps are powder coated.
Mike said the project ended up being more work than he anticipated, but it was a lot of fun and he really enjoyed working on the VW.
Here's the finished product:
December 21, 2017
We sat down with Matt D’Andria at the 2017 SEMA Show to talk about our latest builds – the 1956 Ford F100 “Clem 101,” the 1969 Dodge Charger “Defector,” and the Prestone 1972 AMC Javelin AMX “Defiant!”
January 19, 2017
"Ringbrothers, a Wisconsin hot-rod shop founded by Jim and Mike Ring, has a reputation for standing the SEMA show on its ear with stunningly designed and meticulously crafted creations."
July 17, 2018
"When Ringbrothers first laid eyes on this particular 1971 Pantera, it was in rough condition. A chance meeting with NIKE’s‘Innovation Skunk Works’ design team brought a new direction to the project."