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She's not clear coated, just polished out
Awning & frame included. Frame by Randar to EZ Camper specs (RIP Randee)
Photo op, en route to Buses by the Bridge
All locks and doors work great (OG straight seams). OG key for all locks.
Immaculate OG wheel, OG shiny paint, no dash cut-outs
Immaculate OG dash, with old "Der Puttersparker" label above ignition
Really nice original ceiling panels
Clean, redone interior, Z-bed down
Redone interior. Chill box even still has original middle tray.
Engine completely gone through, runs smooth and strong
All original, shiny, preserved paint with only a few nicks
Very light desert surface rust
Only a nickel size hole
Opposite side with quarter size hole
Solid bones, straight sides as when new and never painted anywhere
All rust free gutters and window frames
Matching #'s tags in original nice condition - never restored or messed with
1966 EZ Camper - 100% Original Paint & Metal Price: $49,500
We call her ‘Rennie’.
She's Pearl White with ALL ORIGINAL PAINT, and ALL ORIGINAL METAL.
Never received any new paint *anywhere*, never in an accident, not an ounce of Bondo, no welding done anywhere, no dents beaten out, no metal replaced and no paint touch up ever. She's not clear coated, just polished out. The only dents are the typical nose bump that I’ve not yet tried the football trick on, and a bump above rear license plate.
The only rust of consequence is a nickel sized and a quarter sized hole on opposite sides of the front floor. Beyond that, the frame, outriggers, dog legs, jack points, rockers, wheel wells, battery trays, all gutters, and window frames are all solid.
Bus was purchased new in Ukiah, CA and delivered after the camper conversion was done by EZ Camper in Lancaster, CA. Then about eight years later it went to Arizona with its second (possibly third) owner who had it about 40 years. The Miller family took it camping on fairly short distance trips within AZ with their kids. Use of the bus was so light that the headlamp buckets in the cab don’t even have OG paint worn off them from being used as foot rests. And, the dad didn’t let others put things on the parcel tray (only his leather cased gun), so now the tray remains with shiny amazing paint. Then after the kids grew up, the bus sat for 23 years, at times beneath a mesquite tree where branches rubbed a perfect arch across the roof over the cargo doors.
This bus is a very rare, honest survivor… an unmolested example with _extremely_ solid original bones.
Ceiling panels and head banger are 100% original in terrific condition. Upholstery, and, interior wood side panels and cupboards using the original polished EZ Camper hinges and moldings, have been redone, using the OG unsalvageable panels as templates. New low nap carpet on the rear floor. New front kick and door panels.
No dash alterations (it’s in near pristine condition - literally), original shiny interior paint/including parcel tray, no custom hacks or additions (aside from likely a dealer installed cool-looking cigarette lighter).
Loads of character on this bus. We were even asked to use her in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, and made many trips to LA for various location shoots. We’ll soon see if scenes showing Rennie are used in the film.
All original stock wiring is in place, and she's been converted to 12V. All lights (exterior/interior), blinkers, gauges, and wipers work, as does the horn.
Finally it was put back on the road Dec 2014. I purchased it Jan 2015 with what by all means appeared to be 75,217 original miles (not documented but supported by no ignition key scratches, next to no pedal pad or floor/seat mat wear, a practically flawless steering wheel, fairly well known history, and more). We have pampered it dearly with a desire to be the best stewards possible, and have thoroughly enjoyed her. As of this writing she now has 79,788.
ORIGINAL ITEMS (partial list):
-ALL Exterior Paint
(Choice was made not to paint her. All chalky, unstable paint came off and it is now polished out nicely with patina character for all those patina lovers. It is not clear coated.)
-ALL Interior and Engine Bay Paint
(Interior paint is amazing, as is engine bay though it has a darkened area above exhaust)
-ALL metal (all seams are great)
-Transmission – removed, cleaned/gone through, painted (believed original to bus)
-Gauges (speedo about 5mph slow due to 195 tires)
-Splash pan (sandblasted and powder coated black)
-14” rims (VW date stamped 5/66) sand blasted, painted white
-Big nut RGB’s gone through, new seals, painted, etc
-Head/Tail lamp lenses and housings
-All locks (OG key for all. Each has been cleaned/serviced with new o-rings and work flawlessly)
-Steering wheel (in truly exceptional condition)
-All window glass (except the two fronts)
(All logos visible, including on every OG Jalousie pane… which all work perfectly)
-Weather stripping around the Jalousie’s
-Passenger side pop-out window (fully restored with new rubbers)
-Front under-seat grey mats (in unusually good original condition)
-EMPI front door step-ups
-Antenna (has slight bend at base)
-Sapphire dash radio
-Front floor mat
-Chill box side fold-down table
-Chill box, including the OG mid-section plastic tray inside
-Counter top above chill box
-Seat belts (clean, flexible and work perfectly)
-Heater pipe insulation (heat flows very well to cab)
With the bus being quite original, the goal was to make it reliable without doing any irreversible harm to the originality. I’ve made some changes for safety sake, since we’ve used it for camping and surf trips and also out to Buses by the Bridge in Havasu (drives great, responsive steering and the transmission has never popped out of any gears). Primarily, I’ve been a steward to its originality, as it’s “only original once”…
NEW ITEMS (over last four years):
-Rebuilt 1500 engine (not OG to bus, #H5073756 - it’s a stock Oct 1967 with no mods, miles unknown, compression test showed ~110)
All tin cleaned, painted and looks fantastic
-Solex 30 PICT 1 carburetor completely gone through, dialed in with new gaskets, etc
-Transaxle rebuilt, cleaned, painted, new boots, etc
-NOS exhaust manifold/heat riser
-New wheel seals and bearings
-Front disc brakes and lines (Wilwood calipers, Mercedes Benz rotors – Old Speed)
-Rear brakes, pads, drums turned/painted, brake cylinders, all lines, etc
-Dual Master Cylinder (Old Speed)
-Tie rods – left and right (Old Speed)
-Steering drag link (Old Speed)
-Shift rod coupler (OG one broke shortly after I bought the bus!)
-Shift locker (Wolfsburg West)
-Tires (Hankook Vantra LT’s)
-Chrome ‘VW’ hubcaps
-Discreet tachometer temporarily installed and is easily removable without a trace if not desired
-Emergency brake cable (Wolfsburg West)
-Speedometer cable (Wolfsburg West)
-Exhaust damper, pipe tip, and exhaust clamp (Pierside)
-Gas tank and OG style felt pads under straps (Wolfsburg West)
-VDO fuel tank sending unit
-Fuel pump (Brazil)
-In-line fuel shut off (exterior)
-Gas filler neck seal
-Gas cap (vented)
-BlazeCut Automatic Fire Suppression System
-Horn and NOS Deluxe horn button
-Radio speaker (not currently connected)
-Upholstery front and rear
-Re-screened Jalousie windows (OG screen frames)
-Curtains and matching small pillows
-Windshield wiper arms and blades
-Weather stripping from Wolfsburg West for the following locations:
Windshields, wind wings/slider felts/outer door seals, cargo doors, pop-out, rear hatch (German), engine lid, front turn signals, tail lights
-Front, upper fresh air vent FULLY disassembled and rebuilt with all new rubber seals (Wolfsburg West)
-Front turn signal lenses
-Side mirrors with correct mirror arm lengths on left/right sides
-Water tank (behind chill box) and hand pump (from OG manufacture)
-Old-school “STOP” third brake light added with custom, discreet mount bracket and tidy wiring to DMC
-California OG black/yellow plates (DMV YOM since OG plates MIA)
-DMV “JAN” original period 1960’s red/white license plate month decal
ALSO COMES WITH:
-Awning frame EZ Camper style, fitted to original EZ Camper mounts, by Randar (RIP Randee)
-Awning (red/white striped sunbrella – made by us, and has piping, bias taped swale, strong tie straps, etc)
-Matching awning storage bag with inner protective flap, and closing snaps
-OG German tourist export front license plate (from 80 yr old neighbor’s imported camper in 1960’s)
-A few other spare parts as back-up for road trips
-A few old DMV registrations and OG Owners Manual
-Receipts from work I've had done
As above, we’ve put about 4,500 miles on her, with BBB being our longest round trip of ~640 miles. She hasn’t ever skipped a beat.
We’re hoping to find Rennie a home with someone who appreciates how clean and original she is. Of course there are those who ask when we’re going to paint her, but it seems most say don’t you dare! Buses with such solid OG bones like this are quite rare; they certainly exist, but they just don't come around often.
We hate to part with her, but are just not using her much due to other long-term priority projects.
We’ve had peace signs from four year olds to 90 year olds and it gets constant double-take looks and endless praise.
Surf racks shown in some photos are not included.
Sincere, qualified inquiries only, please.