Archive for the ‘VW’ category

“When I’m Rich I’ll Have My Own VW Garage”

February 3, 2018

I occasionally  point out to my friends someone rich and famous who doesn’t own any vintage Volkswagens, for example I’ll say something like; “…do you know how many Volkswagens Madonna owns?…That’s right none! All that money and no air-cooled VWs.” Now here’s a guy I understand, comedian Gabriel Iglesias had a Volkswagen split window bus that was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage. After his visit to Jay’s a light bulb went on, as Gabriel was doing very well in his career he decided to start his own Leno like garage except devoted almost exclusively to air-cooled buses!!! Did he say thirty vintage buses? The collection must be worth several million dollars! Remember we love our buses because……….we love our buses! Not because they’re worth a lot of money these days. Enjoy this video tour by Salomondrin on YouTube.

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’55 VW Panel Bus Rescue

January 18, 2018

This is stuff dreams are made of, imagine finding this gem in the forest. However, these guys take it to the limit by driving it out of the woods! It wasn’t easy, but they had all the right friends to help out. If not for the tin roofing covering the Volkswagen it might have been in much worse condition after four decades in the trees. YouTube‘s “Florian George” presents, “RESURRECTION – Rescue of a VW 1955 panelvan – Forest find !

International Couple Tour In ’73 VW Hightop Bus

August 5, 2017

I just found this couple on Youtube touring the States in their 1973 Hightop Volkswagen Bus. They are trying to do their bit for the environment  with things like vegan food, but their one weakness is the vintage VW, gas mileage can be as good as 25 MPG…with a tail wind. They seem to have at least one dog which must be a bit of a challenge. However, in the continental U.S. it is possible to follow the sun. Look for them on Youtube, channel name: Wandxr Bus

Adjusting the Valves on your VW Greatly Improves Performance

September 4, 2016

Although the bus was running very well at the beginning of spring I felt it had lost some of it’s get up and go by late summer after a number of reasonably long road trips. Certainly I had tuned it to perfection, but I had left out one thing, the valve adjustment. (note: later air-cooled engines featured self adjusting hydraulic valves, my ’74 has the manually adjustable type)

Driving the ‘74 Westfalia seasonally I probably put on about 3,000 miles in the past 3 summers, perhaps a bit more. Three thousand miles is the recommended interval for valve adjustment. To my surprise the valves were quite tight, .004 inch or less when I ran the feeler gauge through the tappets. As usual number 3 exhaust was the tightest as its cooling is impeded by the nearby oil cooler. The stock gap for intake valves on a 1974 Type 4 bus engine is .006 inch. The exhaust setting is a bit more confusing, if the motor still has the special sodium filled exhaust valves the gap should be .008 inch. However, I see debate on the Samba with some people setting them to .006 inch with good results. My personal experimentation found .008 to be a bit noisy and I settled for something closer to .006 or just closer to .007 for the exhaust. The fact is I don’t think I have sodium filled valves as a previous owner gave the engine a top end rebuild about fifteen thousand miles ago.

Then the great joy of sealing up the valve covers, finding they don’t leak, and putting the gas pedal down to find the bus has new found easy glide power. Like an almost new engine the bus is once again making as much as it can out of its potential 70 horse power. There is no need to jack up the car for this procedure. Happy motoring, and don’t be afraid to set your valves yourself.

The videos are from Chris Vallone at Classic VW Bugs dot com though the same principles apply to buses both upright and Type 4 engines.

Beach Wood Wheel Chock for the Bus

July 21, 2016
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Wheel chock made from a piece of drift wood.

It’s a simple thing but very useful as the parking brake cable on a bus is very long and can sometimes give way enough for the vehicle to start rolling. Call me paranoid, my dad’s bus once rolled down the driveway into a tree, and yes I park in gear. We often head to the beach in our ’74 Westfalia to enjoy an afternoon by the sea. I love looking at all the variations of beach wood, some natural or in this case man made. This block struck me as being the perfect shape and size to become a VW bus wheel chock that would fit easily behind the driver’s seat. I gave it a dash of orange paint from a rattle can and made a grip from the remains of some old lawn chair webbing, and voila!

The Ever Increasing Price of the Vintage VW Bus

November 19, 2014

On the one hand it’s nice to know something you’ve invested in is increasing in value, but I can’t help but cringe when I see how much these old beauties are being flipped for. Admittedly the guys at Wheeler Dealers in the U.K. did add some handy upgrades to this old split window bus including a modern steering box. The upshot is they have preserved the vehicle for future owners. I do like the show and have enjoyed other episodes featuring other vehicles, however I did find it amusing how they talked the lady they bought the bus from down on her price of $14,800 to $14,000 , but were firm with theirs re-selling at a whopping £25,000! They turned a profit of more than 8,000 pounds. Then again they had to ship it from the U.S. etc. The obsession some people have for these Volkswagens is incredible leading to a “I’ll pay whatever it takes” mentality to get that special bus. Just a few years ago $10,000 would go far, and it still can, but the new reality is more often a sellers market and the older the bus the higher the price. wheeler-bus

Great Canadian VW Show – Vancouver- 2014

August 17, 2014

Above is a video from the 23rd Great Canadian VW Show (2014) held in Vancouver Canada. Like any good Volkswagen gathering it attracts a huge following, from Bugs to Sciroccos and everything in between, including of course many buses. An awesome group of people. Here’s a video of last year’s event (2013,) take a virtual trip to one of the best shows around.  Video embedded from CanadaCustomsHotRods on Youtube.

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