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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:05 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

Nice to see this thread still active and great stories!
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Have you considered simply starting with a nicer bus? I don't know what your skills are, but the race is easier if you can see the finish line. If you are not a runner, don't start off doing a marathon.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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rennie wrote:
Curious about the different license plates in 1967? And what happened to the antenna?
Ya, weird that the bus is wearing one plate in one pic... then another plate just eight digits away.
It's not owned by anybody in this thread... so, I doubt we'll know anything more about the antenna... besides that is was removed.


The antenna was removed during the restoration. I have no idea on the plate differences. Might have to do with needing to get new plates every year back then or the plates were on the wrong vehicles in their fleet of service trucks.

The owner (kkroll) is on the thread but does not hit Samba regularly.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

Toolbox is correct. The radio antenna was removed during restoration. It was not original to the truck. In fact I recall installing it myself. I decided that since it was not original to the truck, it had to go. The radio was removed and the radio delete plate was also reinstalled.

The license plates are different because the pictures were taken in two different years (1967 and 1968, I believe). Back in those days, you bought new plates every year. Those plates are probably still hanging in the garage where the bus is stored. I'll check.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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My father-in-law (on the far right) bought the bus brand-new in 1962. Traded an MGA in for it. It's been in the family ever-since.

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This is a photo of he and I last year at a local car show. He is so proud to point to old pictures of he and the bus and tell everyone who wants to listen all the stories he has about it. Very Happy

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Looking at those two photos and reading about your Father-in-Law got me all choked up - that is pretty special!
Tell him I'd be happy to listen to his old stories, all day long. Old(er) people don't get enough respect.....
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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The license plates are different because the pictures were taken in two different years (1967 and 1968, I believe). Back in those days, you bought new plates every year. Those plates are probably still hanging in the garage where the bus is stored. I'll check.


New plates every year and the number corresponded to your house address. That's what I was told anyhow, for a Wayne County at least. You move in '67/'68?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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Tmiller3 wrote:
My father-in-law (on the far right) bought the bus brand-new in 1962. Traded an MGA in for it. It's been in the family ever-since.

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This is a photo of he and I last year at a local car show. He is so proud to point to old pictures of he and the bus and tell everyone who wants to listen all the stories he has about it. Very Happy

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Looking at those two photos and reading about your Father-in-Law got me all choked up - that is pretty special!


Tell him I'd be happy to listen to his old stories, all day long. Old(er) people don't get enough respect.....


Great looking delux. Love that Mouse Grey/Pearl White combination.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

I'm the 4th owner. However, the records for the bus are amazing. For the first 80,000 or so miles the owner (aero space engineer) logged every tank of gas, quart of oil, windshield wipers and every other cost.

The next owner kept very good records and the father/son combo who I bought it from kept receipts.

Perhaps most interesting is the original cost: $3076.07 with tax, licence.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

Here's how the records were kept. Engineer.............

I like the prices.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

27.9' cents a gallon

$6.00 for a wheel alignment

LOL!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

On 3-19-66 it looks like he ran out of gas and had to buy a gas can.

Been there a few times... Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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I love how at 343 and 348 miles he's already doing maintenance work. Makes me happy to know they were the same when new. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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I love how at 343 and 348 miles he's already doing maintenance work. Makes me happy to know they were the same when new. Very Happy


Valve stems at 343? That seems weird...

348 I wonder if he hit something and jacked up the alignment.

I want to see more stuff! What else is breaking at such low mileage? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

I wonder if he bitched about the poor quality of German parts....

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:27 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

Below are some of the original service documents that came with the SC. I wish I had the original sales invoice but I do remember handing the salesman dads check for $2340.00. I believe the Ruby Red paint was included for an extra $100.00.


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This picture was taken around 1995 after I drove the bus out the building where it was it was stored after it retired from the business in the early eighties.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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Below are some of the original service documents that came with the SC. I wish I had the original sales invoice but I do remember handing the salesman dads check for $2340.00. I believe the Ruby Red paint was included for an extra $100.00.


Cool stuff.

I wonder why Ruby Red would cost more, it was a factory stock color...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

^^^I'm thinking because red requires a lot of pigments. More expensive ingredients.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

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Below are some of the original service documents that came with the SC. I wish I had the original sales invoice but I do remember handing the salesman dads check for $2340.00. I believe the Ruby Red paint was included for an extra $100.00.


Cool stuff.

I wonder why Ruby Red would cost more, it was a factory stock color...


It was the year Helen Reddy wrote "Ruby Red Dress' although it didn't hit until 1973.

OK, I made that up.

Nice call on the 'running out of gas" EB !!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: Who still has their 1 owner bought new by them Split Bus? Reply with quote

While attending the Porsche/VW Reunion in Cinncinati in 2005 I had the priviledge of meeting Dave Cormack from Hot VW's Magazine. I was extremely honored when he asked me if he could an article on my single cab. Of course I agreed and much to my surprise, the article below appeared in the August 2006 issue of HVW Magazine.


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My 85 year old aunt in Albuquerque taught me how to Skype Cool
Then she drove me to her brothers in Phoenix and back the next day. They both Skype with me when I am here in the east Wink

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As a general rule, old people don't like computers...

You're aunt sounds like a badass. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got some awesome aunts and now she is 92 and yes pretty "Badass" too bad she wasn't into VW's Crying or Very sad


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My 85 year old aunt in Albuquerque taught me how to Skype Cool
Then she drove me to her brothers in Phoenix and back the next day. They both Skype with me when I am here in the east Wink

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As a general rule, old people don't like computers...

You're aunt sounds like a badass. Laughing

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