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Murse Magnet
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It seems that every vacation glosses over the whole travel aspect. Most people hop on a plane and boom they are at their destination, or if they decide to drive they go well over the speed limit to get to their destination. This project is going to be the polar opposite. The vacation is the trip. This car won't go over 70 ever and its cruising speed will be around 60mph. Why be in a hurry?

After 2 years of searching every day for my project car and after many many getting sold from under me or sold before I could even find one, I have finally scored my car: A 60s VW Bus. Tomorrow morning I am heading out to trailer the car home and to start getting to work.

Plans are to get the car drivable, safe, and comfortable enough to be able to go camping and cross country road trips. I thought my 1.6 miata was slow but this bus on a good day has less than half the horsepower that my miata does and it weighs a good 500 pounds more than the miata. Oh what fun.

Pictures will be coming tomorrow and I plan on documenting every aspect of the build. At the moment the brakes don't work, there is some rust that needs to be addressed, doors don't open, sliding door is rough, speedometer doesn't work, needs a full interior, seats are beyond recognizable, I don't think it has seatbelt, pop top needs a new curtain, hideous wheels and hideous cb antennas on the front.... But let me say what is awesome. The engine and trans are great (and by great I mean it shows every ounce of 50 whp that it might have), rust isn't really that bad and only surface in some spots. It has new floor panels in both the front and back seat area.


 

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im truly, deeply sorry you thought this was a good idea.
 

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Murse Magnet
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Never once did I say it was a good idea, but neither is staying out late to party when you have work or class the next day. This decision wasn't made lightly or quickly, it has been the plan for a long time in the making.

Keep on groovin.
 

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Motorboat Captain
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Please, please get a license plate that says BANGBUS.

Although, being in Florida, I'm sure that plate has already been taken.
 

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The best project cars don't make a lot of sense. Well done Andy.



Now, MOAR PIX. Ever see that thread on m.net from the Canadian guy who drove his 93LE all over the US? I want some of that.
 

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Murse Magnet
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Is it a real westy?

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It should be. It has both the pop top and weary interior. I need to get the original sink / refrigerator tomorrow when I pick it up.
 

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Murse Magnet
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Please, please get a license plate that says BANGBUS.

Although, being in Florida, I'm sure that plate has already been taken.

I wanted the license plate to say "groovn" but the car currently has the original license plate from 1969. I'm seeing about talking the owner into letting me have it so I can register that plate with the dmv as a period correct plate.
 

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In for bong hits and late night pizza runs... Something about a VW Bus just brings a smile to my face.. They have the same nostalgia as Jeep Grand Wagoneers. I love those things too..
 

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Murse Magnet
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Ugh. I made it home at about 8pm. I made it safe and I am extremely exhausted. A full write up of the trip will happen tomorrow.
 
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