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D-Jet Diagram Notes
Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:25 am
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D-Jet Diagram Notes
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Throttle Bypass Carbs
Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:34 pm
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Amskeptic
The difference between Pict2 and Pict3 and how it executes in the dual carb buses.


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June 11 Montana
Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 11:00 am
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June 11 Montana
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snow after muggy 88* Chicago was a shock to the system. Bus has 553,000 miles on it, running fine, good heat, lucky thing.


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Squareback Engine Top Shot
Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 9:18 pm
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Squareback Engine Top Shot
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this engine has never been been torn down. All decals and little pieces are there. The odometer says 41,960 miles. I did have to change out those red breather hoses which I would like to track down.


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Air-Cooled Itinerants
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:10 pm
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The two air-cooled VWs in the total fleet of five.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:04 pm
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Half Decade Mark
Amskeptic
I've been looking out this windshield for 28 years now, and I still think it is one of the more attractive interiors, simple honest and rugged.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 5:57 pm
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Half Decade Mark
Amskeptic
This is a chassis shot. Every fall since I have owned it I touch up the chips and scratches and rust everywhere on the chassis underneath. Now that there are six or seven coats of rubberized undercoating, many nicks don't even make it to the painted metal underneath. The lower engine tins and heater pipes need scrape/sand/painting every three years.


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"Bushed" throttle levers
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:29 pm
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"Bushed" throttle levers
Amskeptic
We shall see how long these bushings keep the springs from eating any more of the throttle levers. . . .


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"Bushing"
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:28 pm
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"Bushing"
Amskeptic
I drilled the throttle levers with a bit that was slightly smaller than my new "bushings", heavily modified 16 ga spade terminals that were ground down on the bench grinder. They already have a nice "waist" to stay inside the holes on the throttle levers. I did need to bevel the ends to get them to start into the holes without too much of a fight.


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Dual Carb Throttle Spring Repair
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:25 pm
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Dual Carb Throttle Spring Repair
Amskeptic
I drilled the throttle lever spring holes


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Dual Carb Throttle Spring
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:24 pm
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Dual Carb Throttle Spring
Amskeptic
My dual carbs have springs that have been slowly eating through the levers.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:18 pm
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Half Decade Mark
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That tachometer belonged to a Jaguar long ago, it is a Lucas with a silk-screened face with VW numerals transposed. It is now 27 years-old and working fine. The tach's light diffuser is a coffee cup lid with a gap unfortunately growing at the top as the plastic shrinks


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:11 pm
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Half Decade Mark
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The exhaust system was last refreshed in 1995, with new exchangers and a Dansk muffler from RMMW. I keep the thing religiously painted and always warm the engine up thoroughly (a functional thermostat helps) when I start it to help reduce corrosive effects of condensation. You can see the valve covers and bales are painted too. The bale is given a scour to give it a brushed stainless steel look, then it is painted with engine clearcoat. The valve covers and tins are given Gloss Black Engine Enamel.(thems the red Koni shocks visible)


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:04 pm
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Half Decade Mark
Amskeptic
There are some high mileage parts in this engine bay. The flywheel and pressure plate have an original 521,918 miles, as do the distributor, carburetors, tins, flaps, crankcase, oil cooler, etc. Its engine was last rebuilt in the winter of 2002/3, when I overhauled it in the dining room. It now has 86,918 miles since the Winnie TX gallery plug fiasco. I did put some used heads on it last May when the originals gave up some valve guides and showed some cracks in the wrong places at 505,000 miles. It is running well but I have a fresh engine with an almost new crankcase in the works.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:49 pm
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Though I have owned the car since 1979, I only recently got the last missing piece, the side seat cover from fellow member, satchmo.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:46 pm
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Half Decade Mark
Amskeptic
I re-covered the seats with TMI upholstery which has held up extremely well. It took three sets to get the correct pattern, however. The interior panels are becoming unglued from the cardboard, but this car has seen some brutally hot days out in the desert and has hosted some rather active kids along the way.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:40 pm
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Half Decade Mark
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The bumpers have been resprayed twice since 2002, once in a Ralph's parking lot in 2004, the other time last week.


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Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:37 pm
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Half Decade Mark
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All of the reflectorized tape is un-noticeable in daylight.


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At The Half Decade Mark
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:34 pm
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At The Half Decade Mark
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It has been five years since I posted some pictures of my rattle can spray-paint job of my '73 bus at 419,000 miles.
It is now at 521,918 miles. That engine enamel is good tough exterior paint, easy to touch up, too.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:08 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
I love this little car. Got me across the country with no problems whatsoever at 70-75 mph, ate a half a quart of oil, 25 mpg, responsive and light on its feet.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:06 pm
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1973 Squareback
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The hatch covers were crumbling brownish plastic. I coated the insides with clear rtv sealant to build some strength, and painted the outside with white plastic-bondable paint and rubbed the paint into the millions of hairline cracks with my finger. This helped bring out the grain of the vinyl too.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:03 pm
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1973 Squareback
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Repaired the reverse lights in Anthony TX, it was merely a dangling wire from the connector at the clutch replacement, but I took the opportunity to clean and De-Ox electrical connections and tail lamp housings.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:00 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
Repaired the fresh air cables at Starbucks in Pheonix. Had the glovebox out and parts strewn all over the car before I realized how easy it was to fix in situ. Lubricated the ashtray slide and waxed the heck out of the painted surfaces in the interior.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:57 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
Waited until I got to Atlanta before tackling the gauges for a cleaning and polishing of the bezels and lenses. Fixed the clock and it keeps time to within a minute every couple of days.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:55 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
Pulled the soundproofing and painted the floors and battery box in Lordsburg NM, drove stoned off paint fumes for an afternoon or two.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:53 pm
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1973 Squareback
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I undercoated the car and painted the heater boxes and exhaust in Casa Grande AZ.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:51 pm
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1973 Squareback
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Engine was untouched except for tune-ups and a clutch replacement. Fuel injection works flawlessly, all tins, screws, decals, and rubber bits are present.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:49 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
Though the car was used as a farm truck or something, based on the strange dents across the front fenders and scratches and dirt, most of the damage looked to be too much CA sun.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:46 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
This car was neglected in all the nooks and crannies, but the original paint came back nicely with some wax and elbow grease. All chassis and body bolts look untouched.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:44 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
The windshield washer works. Factory recommends a whopping 55 psi in the spare to drive it until a cutoff occurs at 28.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:41 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
Jack, tools, bag, decals, everything is there.


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1973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:40 pm
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1973 Squareback
Amskeptic
This car looks to be extremely original with 42,000 miles on the odometer. It did not work for some period of time.


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!973 Squareback
Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:38 pm
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!973 Squareback
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The culmination of a 32-day road trip"restoration."
Bought in L.A. on January 27th. Photos taken on March 4th.


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Vacuum Leak Search Dual Solex Buses '72-74
Posted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:25 pm
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Vacuum Leak Search Dual Solex Buses '72-74
Amskeptic
It is springtime. Get out to your bus and look closely for vacuum leaks before you toast your engine. Follow the pink. Two dimensional drawing makes it difficult to see elevations of parts but it'll make sense when you're out there. Any questions, PM.
Colin


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Engine Overhaul In Car IV
Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 9:03 pm
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Engine Overhaul In Car IV
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All done ( except for heater hoses) drove to Yelm Washington from Glendale CA then back to New York for the break-in.


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Engine Overhaul In Car III
Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 9:00 pm
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Engine Overhaul In Car III
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Nice sandblasted/clearcoated fan housing back on. This job took five days in a parking lot 3,300 miles from home. Didn't need the overhaul it turned out, machinist thought cam gear was loose. It wasn't. Put in new bearings anyways since it was 100,000 miles since last overhaul in 1992.


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Engine Overhaul In Car II
Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:56 pm
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Engine Overhaul In Car II
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Here the long block is back together, fan is being used to adjust valves.


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Engine Overhaul In Car I
Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:54 pm
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Engine Overhaul In Car I
Amskeptic
It can be done, Type 4 engine teardown and reassembly in car. Didn't need so much as a jack. Heads were off in a couple of hours.


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Emergency Clean-outs
Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:03 pm
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Emergency Clean-outs
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Two brass plugs 13mm at front of carb float bowls, and two idle cut-offs, unscrew, blast chambers/ports with GumOut and red nozzles, reassemble with all washers accounted for.


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Tune Up Day For Dual Carb Bus
Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:11 pm
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Tune Up Day For Dual Carb Bus
Amskeptic
Again, may be difficult to read this mess, but I hope to use it as a reference for those who ask about dual carb bus tune-up adjustment problems. I will be doing a major write-up on how these systems work. When they do, you can't beat the driveability and economy, and of course, the value of your bus skyrockets when it is all original. : )


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Balance Pipe and Brake Booster Set Up
Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:07 pm
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Balance Pipe and Brake Booster Set Up
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May be hard to read, but there is a note that says" 1974 has throttle switch activated and temperature switch-controlled EGR vacuum signal valve. For the record, the photo of my engine shows that I pinched off the EGR pipe from my balance pipe.


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Central Idling Circuit '72-4 Bus
Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 7:02 pm
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Central Idling Circuit '72-4 Bus
Amskeptic
This is reference material for those who have questions about setting up their fine dual carburetor bus. I will be doing text to go along with these, soon.


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Glendale Apocalypse
Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:20 pm
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Glendale Apocalypse
Amskeptic
Though it looks like my car is running a little rich, I was actually doing a quickie 5 day parking lot overhaul while passing through Glendale CA and the mountains were on fire. Fortunately it was only a two day fire.
(that was the famous Unnecessary Overhaul where the machine shop gave me some mis-matched rods and charged me for valve guides that he never put in. The noise was not a loose camshaft gear, it was merely the oil pump drive lug rattling in the groove)


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Timing Scale
Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:20 pm
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Timing Scale
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I ordered a new timing scale because mine lost all of its numbers over the years. The new one was cheesy plastic? so I painted the high-lighted numerals, stuck my own reference mark between the recommended 5*ATDC and 10*ATDC marks that came with the scale. The fan housing was sand blasted and clearcoated for a nice durable sort-of-original-looking finish.


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Top Shot In Dining Room
Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:20 pm
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Top Shot In Dining Room
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Bird's Eye View for those who have stock dual carbs on their 1973-4 bus engine.


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Engine Rebuild In Dining Room
Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2004 6:20 pm
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Engine Rebuild In Dining Room
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Performed two years ago, this rebuild was photographed from beginning to end. This shot looks sort of arty. The valve cover bail was sanded then clear-coated, still looks nice lurking under the car where it belongs.


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Instrument Cluster
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:09 pm
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Instrument Cluster
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I tried to enhance the contrast in ACDSee to show the silkscreening on the tach face, but the photo is a little too over-exposed. I had the numerals from the speedometer transferred onto a Jaguar/Lucas tachometer. That is a specially trimmed Plastic Coffee Lid Instrument Lamp Diffuser around the perimeter of the tach face.


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Ever Feel Small?
Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 6:09 pm
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Ever Feel Small?
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. . . sometimes 74 bhp doesn't seem quite enough.


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Most Recent Photo 2003
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:03 pm
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Most Recent Photo 2003
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After visiting Bottomend in August, this one day before spewing out the gallery plug in Texas @ 435,000 miles or so.


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First Photo 1979
Posted: Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:03 pm
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First Photo 1979
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First road trip photo of my '73 Bus taken in the Rockies at 110,000 miles travelling with my gf from Connecticut to L.A.


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