Saved From The Crusher – ’73 VW Van
I cringe every time I see a Volkswagen van being parted out, even though I’m glad to find things I need. You’re recycling pieces of a vehicle that will never roll again. The Youtube post I originally had here was a happy one documenting the rescue of a 1973 bus, unfortunately the video has been taken down. In his written comments the author, Rob, mentioned some of the typical things that affect a VW that’s been sitting for a long time like leaky push rod tube seals and a failing mechanical fuel pump, but what made me smile is the bit about removing a rat’s nest from the engine bay. That dark and warm cubbyhole is a welcome mat for rodents. I had a similar experience with a van that had squirrels living in the air filter area, thankfully in my case nuts were readily available on nearby trees. There were a lot of shells to remove, luckily no wires were chewed through. Rob wasn’t so lucky but was able to repair the damage. Here’s another video of a similar theme, a banged up old ’73 Westfalia that finds renewed purpose. Happy viewing!