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Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:29 am

My friend had his bus for 43 years and it was stolen a week ago (Aug 31 2014) from Glendale CA (just N of LA)

I'm going into maximum search mode to help find his bus. He's depressed and misses his bus like a family member has been kidnapped. We need help.

ANY leads or ideas on how to locate his bus will help.
License #: 5XHT560
VIN #: 246134276

Anyone else experience this? What did you do? I am determined to find his bus for him.

Thanks
John

EverettB Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:53 am

Do you have any photos you can post so people can keep an eye out?

The VIN # makes me think it's a 21-Window, is this correct?

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:06 am


EverettB Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:20 am

To clarify some stuff:

Comments from that photo you posted:
Quote: Stolen 1966 VW Bus. Looks exactly like this one
Except he had a tire mounted on the front.

That Bus is a 15-Window. 15 Windows ended in 1963.
1966s also have bigger front turn signals.

I'm guessing it was a primer/white '66 13-Window with a tire up front.
Ok, people can keep an eye out.

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:26 am

He just told me the official specs:

VW Transporter Type 2 Microbus
Kombi Deluxe 500
13 window

VIN: 246134276
Lic #: 5XHT560

Do you think this car would be parted out or restored and sold?
Any idea? Seems like it's more valuable to resell it after it's restored.

Should I scour for a place selling possible parts from it?
Thanks
John

EverettB Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:37 am

I don't know what the typical thing to do is but probably either parted out or the VIN #s are changed and it is resold.

Or sent to another country. (Mexico?)

Restored... No. Repainted with a quickie paint job... maybe.

If it has some specific parts that identify it you could watch for those being sold in your area.

hitest Mon Sep 08, 2014 10:40 am

John, time is the essence. What color is it- and what distinguishing features about it will make it easier for people to spot. I mean, supply the following:

Any distinguishing rust areas (my quarter panel rusty spot is shaped like an elk hoof print- no shit)
Any repaired and patched with primer areas
Anything extra bolted to the body or cut from the body (side scoops, antenna holes, etc.)
Any special features inside- especially if the seat bulkhead was cut out for bucket seats
Whether it has popout windows all around or just a couple toward the back.

Sorry if I sound condescending at all- but I get the feeling you're not really a bus guy- but a good friend. The bus community is huge as you know- so be specific about any features that make it stand out.

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:31 am

You are correct, I'm a friend and I'm convinced we can find his bus.
I spoke to Mickey and here are some additional identifiable specs:

-Spare tire mounted on front
-two-tone white top gray bottom
-bug muffler tailpipe out rear bumper
-trailer hitch
-I bolts in rear bumper
-Air scoops
-Driver side front, Dent
-lower quarter panels both sides pop riveted on
-Air bumpers no rails
-custom converted to camper, bed over wooden cabinets
-locking engine compartment
-locking gas cap
-rust on roof
-missing one hubcap
-short rubber radio antenna
-No upholstery on driver's seat
-Gray carpet, wood paneling
-various plates on body pop riveted on
-back up lights retrofit
-switch for backup lights mounted on the dash
-gauges mounted on dash: oil, amps, engine temperature
-speakers and radio mounted under dash tray
-padded rear panels
-6 V
-boss 009 distributor
-Pick 2 carburetor

Thanks for your help.
We are trying to find a photo to post. Hopefully I'll have it today.

Thanks again.
John

marksch Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:38 am

Im heading out to Burbank today and tomorrow from the southbay, I'll keep my bus radar on! ...he's had that bus as long as I've been alive. Thats awesome and a huge bummer all at once. Hope we can find her!

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:49 am

Thanks man!!

Yea, he really misses that bus.

He bought it around 1971!!
Crossed the US many times, rebuilt her many times and I'm sure, countless stories in it.

Thanks for your help in finding her!

Best
John.

Schwing Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:43 pm

Man I never like hearing this kind of news.

This one point seemed to be a good one-
-various plates on body pop riveted on

Are you talking license plates? both sides? corners? You need to keep pushing for pictures. Somebody is going to recognize a 13 window with license plates riveted all over.

Good luck.

Red Fau Veh Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:22 pm

I think you should consider the local towing yards. I would try looking there and the closest hoods. I think it would be hard to go very far with it.

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:16 pm

Thanks Schwing and Red

I'll have pictures up soon.

Gas gauge is also broken, so whoever took it would have thought they needed gas right away. Put flyers up at the nearby gas stations but no luck so far.

Thanks again,
Best
John

hitest Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:07 pm

Excellent follow up John! I wish I were down below and could help look out. Some of us have Splittie vision that exceeds our ability to spot our own wives, children, danger, etc! The most noted thing that jumps out from your list is the pop-riveted panels and the hitch- you have a lot of allies here sir.

xcoldgrimjimx Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 pm

I think I seen this bus!!! :shock: I asked the owner a bunch of questions he was strange he did now shit about it!!!! and did not want to talk it was at the flying j by mantica CA !!!!! NO LICENCE PLATE give me your number so I can call you!!!!! the bus was spray can yellow from belt line down top was the same

srfndoc Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:38 pm

If your sure it was the same bus I would call the cops to have them query the owner.

xcoldgrimjimx Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:49 pm

this bus was on a trailer by the out limits of the gas station!! it was 2 day ago!!! it was dark and did not see pop riv like you said!!? :( it was yellow and on the bumper it had a hot VW sticker on it and on drivers side had a BIG dent!!! by the wheel well and blinds on the windows so if it does not sound like the one in question I sorry I guess the guy just did not know about VW'S and was very rude :cry: I hope you find it!!! I will be one the look out!!

rebapuck Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:57 pm

I hate reading about these thefts. Last thing I do at night is look out at my buses. In the morning I run to open the blinds to make sure they are still there. Whew!!

Gilly3000 Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:02 pm

Thanks xcoldgrimm,

Any lead helps. I appreciate it.

How long has the car been there? Was it just passing thru? If you're still in the area snap a photo and send to me. I assume it will have a cheesy paint job on it.

Also, give me the exact location you saw it and I'll have it checked out.

Thanks man I really appreciate it.

Keeping the faith!!

Best
John

Gilly3000 Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:59 am

I'm going to post on Flying J's blog as well as somehow try to get the word out to truckers who have eyes all over the roads.

If the Manteca sighting really is Mickey's bus, sounds like she's heading North.

That was 2 days ago so I need to calculate the distance to plot her possible location.

Thanks again everyone, and let's get the word out up North.

On the lookout for crudely painted yellow 66 bus on a flatbed.
Possibly heading N on the Interstate 5 near Barstow.

John



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