Check out this awesome helicopter recovery of a rare 1951 barn door Volkswagen bus in the woods of Sweden. It’s just a shell, still there is enough for these automotive experts to bring it back too life. Can’t wait to see the finished restoration.
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After those end of kombi production posts I needed something to cheer me up, and here it is. A family of Volkswagen enthusiasts rescues what appears to be a 1979 Riveria and returns it to its former glory. Speaking from personal experience, when you get an old bus you tell yourself your going to a take it to a shop for some serious restoration. However, the best thing might be to clean it up and learn how to do as much as you can on your own like these folks did. Besides it’s fun. That original looking orange paint really comes back to life with some rubbing compound and a 2 stage wax.
Forgotten Volkswagen Camper Van LIVES AGAIN !!!!!!! VW Bus
I love a good story, especially one that involves a Volkswagen camper. Call it blind ambition, sheer determination, maybe even naivete, sometimes we find ourselves committed to something that others find crazy or impossible. It wasn’t cheap, but Colin Smith now has his battered not running 60s VW camper at home in England after a year of trying to rescue the old bus from the depths of Alaska. I like how his Dad joins the ultimate mission to Valdez to bring it back by U-Haul and ship. Good luck Colin, may you make many more friends in your journey to get Bugsy roadworthy.
Thank you to The Video Volks who produced this Youtube series.
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!
This fine example of a 1973 Volkswagen Westfalia owes it’s preservation in part to being stored for 9 years in southern Minnesota. If I’m right this one was being sold on the Sunset Classics site. I’ll bet someone is getting ready for spring camping.
The stuff dreams are made of, Classical Drives tells of a Finnish farmer who bought two 1973 Volkswagen panel vans, drove one and stored the other which he would use when number one broke down. Van number two ended up in storage until I presume 2007 when this post was made. “estimated to sell for $23,500 to $31,000” a bargain!
Air cooled motors are simple and have an advantage over water cooled, nothing to freeze and crack. This old bus gets on the road again with a little help from his friends.