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sd73vdub Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:06 am

Abscate wrote: On the positives you are in Bus heaven, so you can find a dry Bus with a bad engine and get a driver together cheap, without traveling too far , where you are! This is the place to get help on sorting the engine and mechanicals out.

Good luck and dont forget pictures. We don't have enough Bays with Huskies in them.

I like it all! Sounds good, thanks Abs:)

alman72 Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:36 am

I think that the Wild Westerner guys on here would like to get some numbers off that bus......

Spike0180 Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:00 am

If the under carriage and mechanics are as good as you say, I personally, don't see why you couldn't do a cheap at home sand, osphoro, and paint. You wouldn't have to take anything out of the inside. You would need new window seals though.

danfromsyr Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:47 am

crawl under with your camera and take some good clear pics of the front beam & beam to frame mounting.
then in the back, the crosstube just ahead of the rear wheels that the rear suspension hangs off from..
if the frame and frame to suspension connections are tight.. roll it as it is..
F'ugly but sound(ish).
and relish in that you won't have to have the 'chat' at every gas station or worry in a grocery store parking lot that the guys with pristine Bus need to.

the view looks the same from the windshield & sliding door no matter the C'rust.

sd73vdub Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:37 am

alman72 wrote: I think that the Wild Westerner guys on here would like to get some numbers off that bus......

What kind of numbers alman? Not understanding. Thanks!

Abscate Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:43 am

sd73vdub wrote: alman72 wrote: I think that the Wild Westerner guys on here would like to get some numbers off that bus......

What kind of numbers alman? Not understanding. Thanks!

Its a Wild Westerner Bus - which has its own thread on this special version - search on it, ill post a link once I get rid of this lawyer. Does anyone have a spare 55 gallon drum...'The Counselor"

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=527392&highlight=wild+westerner

sd73vdub Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:41 am

Spike0180 wrote: If the under carriage and mechanics are as good as you say, I personally, don't see why you couldn't do a cheap at home sand, osphoro, and paint. You wouldn't have to take anything out of the inside. You would need new window seals though.

Hey Spike. Yeah, it's pretty minimal underneath considering, and it runs pretty damn solid. It's not a daily driver and i'm wouldn't really take it on an extended trip (partly cause i'm paranoid and not mechanically inclined enough to fix certain items that may go awry, although as previously mentioned the prior owners went to other countries w it, but again I believe the husband was very mech inclined). It runs and sounds like a normal VW bus!:)

I like your suggestion and appreciate yours and all others input here. Thank you! It DEFINITELY can use new seals even already btw. Thanks!

sd73vdub Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:08 pm

Abscate wrote: sd73vdub wrote: alman72 wrote: I think that the Wild Westerner guys on here would like to get some numbers off that bus......

What kind of numbers alman? Not understanding. Thanks!

Its a Wild Westerner Bus - which has its own thread on this special version - search on it, ill post a link once I get rid of this lawyer. Does anyone have a spare 55 gallon drum...'The Counselor"

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=527392&highlight=wild+westerner

WoW, Abs, thats super cool!! Amazing that thread has 120 pages! Thanks for the post and info:)

williamM Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:11 pm

:shock: I was in your same spot last year- bought a 78 bus with out looking close enough at the roof line-- turns out the under and rockers were great- with new trans and rebuilt motor--- drove excellent- the bad news was- like yours it had sat exposed to the Santa Cruz salt air for way to long- the entire cab roof and gutters (hidden by Riviera top )were toast.

Heart broken- not to mention the cost- I lucked out big time with a scrapped body having all the bits I needed--AND neighbor John took an interest in fitting an entire roof on the bus. Total cost $1200 to replace almost all the rust- SO- even if your gutters and front are toast- the "spirit of samba " to the rescue.


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vwwestyman Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:56 pm

alman72 wrote: I think that the Wild Westerner guys on here would like to get some numbers off that bus......

You got that right right!

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=...7a#8659090

sd73vdub Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:09 pm

williamM wrote: :shock: I was in your same spot last year- bought a 78 bus with out looking close enough at the roof line-- turns out the under and rockers were great- with new trans and rebuilt motor--- drove excellent- the bad news was- like yours it had sat exposed to the Santa Cruz salt air for way to long- the entire cab roof and gutters (hidden by Riviera top )were toast.

Heart broken- not to mention the cost- I lucked out big time with a scrapped body having all the bits I needed--AND neighbor John took an interest in fitting an entire roof on the bus. Total cost $1200 to replace almost all the rust- SO- even if your gutters and front are toast- the "spirit of samba " to the rescue.


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$1,200?! Wow thats awesome, and mighty nice of John the neighbor to help obviously:)

Abscate Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:09 pm

I would roll that thing topless in a heartbeat...

:lol: :lol: :lol:

TDCTDI Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:42 pm

Abscate wrote: I would roll that thing topless in a heartbeat...

:lol: :lol: :lol:
We ain't interested in seeing your man boobs. :lol:

Abscate Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:37 pm

TDCTDI wrote: Abscate wrote: I would roll that thing topless in a heartbeat...

:lol: :lol: :lol:
We ain't interested in seeing your man boobs. :lol:
https://goo.gl/images/jQVR9i

I got a bad furniture problem. My chest fell into my drawers

vwwestyman Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:46 pm

I'm sorry to see that somewhat extreme rust on that bus! As I said in the Wild Westerner thread, I really like those high-roof Westerners! There seems to have been a few made. I'd like to have one, some time.

KentPS Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:26 pm

vwwestyman wrote: As I said in the Wild Westerner thread, I really like those high-roof Westerners! There seems to have been a few made. I'd like to have one, some time.
Try checking the San Diego Craigslist... :lol:

vwwestyman Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:00 am

Ha ha, I also said that I didn't have the spare cash at the moment in that thread. So I'll have to make due with the "boring" passenger WW and ordinary Westy I've got at the moment! I have to admit that I don't NEED a 3rd Bus right now!

There was a non-running but less rusty (though it may have had some kind of other body damage, I don't recall for sure) high roof WW that sort of languished on ebay for several months a couple years ago. Sometimes I wish I had gone after it back then.



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