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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:16 pm    Post subject: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Hey guys, i recently purchased this 1970 riviera camper from my parents last May. This was the exact bus i grew up in, we traveled all over the east coast, learned stick in, went camping, made skateboarding trips and all that good stuff... Im very excited to have it running again, hopefully ill have it ready for The Charlotte transporter show in 2018.

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I will post updates of my progress and whatever i do with the bus, I'm currently a senior in high school and i am paying for everything myself. That being said progress will be made slowly but surely, if you are interested in more pictures i often update my Instagram @cspider7. If anyone has any information about these small pop top Rivieras or just Riviera campers in general i would love to about them as much as possible.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

Man I hope you're able to get that bus on the road quickly and start enjoying it! I have a 71 Riviera with the small pop top and it's hard to find some specific Riviera parts.. like the missing lens on your interior light, replacement pop top canvas in the factory color, etc. You're missing the icebox cabinet, was it removed when you were riding around in the bus as a kid? They are not common, the Riviera cabinets I've seen don't actually have a sink, even though they come with a water tank and manual pump faucet.

What are your plans for the bus?


Here's mine:


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

Welcome to the Riviera club! Yours looks great!

There is lots of great information about Rivieras here...
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...ht=riviera

It's great that you're inheriting the family VW, and carrying it on. It's going to be a great vehicle for school and play... as long as you learn how to keep it maintained an running. Enjoy the learning,process. We're here to help if you need it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

scrivyscriv wrote:
Man I hope you're able to get that bus on the road quickly and start enjoying it! I have a 71 Riviera with the small pop top and it's hard to find some specific Riviera parts.. like the missing lens on your interior light, replacement pop top canvas in the factory color, etc. You're missing the icebox cabinet, was it removed when you were riding around in the bus as a kid? They are not common, the Riviera cabinets I've seen don't actually have a sink, even though they come with a water tank and manual pump faucet.

What are your plans for the bus?


Here's mine:


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Awesome bus, its cool to see another small pop top...

Im planning on getting it mechanically sound, dropping it on a wagens west beam with BBT sprints, all new window seals and new rockers. Then its camping time!

As far as the interior goes i have the cabinet for the rear passengers side and the OG jump seat along with the westy seat in the bus right now. Ill try and get more pics of that later.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

KentPS wrote:
Welcome to the Riviera club! Yours looks great!

There is lots of great information about Rivieras here...
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=...ht=riviera

It's great that you're inheriting the family VW, and carrying it on. It's going to be a great vehicle for school and play... as long as you learn how to keep it maintained an running. Enjoy the learning,process. We're here to help if you need it.


Thanks! Ive been driving my 65 beetle daily as of now, and i'm very excited to start driving my bus.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

Cspider7 wrote:

...Im planning on getting it mechanically sound, dropping it on a wagens west beam with BBT sprints, all new window seals and new rockers...


good priorities! Save those rocker repairs for last; get some time in the seat before you start chopping at rust. Things can go south quicker than you'd expect once the cookie jar of rust repair is opened!
Do you already have an engine for it? Red Bay Bus
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

scrivyscriv wrote:
Cspider7 wrote:

...Im planning on getting it mechanically sound, dropping it on a wagens west beam with BBT sprints, all new window seals and new rockers...


good priorities! Save those rocker repairs for last; get some time in the seat before you start chopping at rust. Things can go south quicker than you'd expect once the cookie jar of rust repair is opened!
Do you already have an engine for it? Red Bay Bus


Oh yeah, i'm planning on saving the rust repair until i'm done putting floorpans, and a rear clip on my 65 beetle. Im gonna drive the wheels off it first though, this cold weather needs to go away so i can start camping with it!

As far as the motor i've got pretty much everything for it, once the new year comes i can move the bus over to my dads shop and get some work done!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Reply with quote

Found these old pics from when my parents owned it...
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Interior shot, i still have the cabinets stashed away in my room haha

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My daily driver 65 next to it

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:34 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Siiick Love the bus and the pic of the stock hight vs slammed xD
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

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Siiick Love the bus and the pic of the stock hight vs slammed xD


Haha, yeah i thought it was too cool not to share. Thanks man
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Here is more info about Rivieras:
https://www.type2.com/library/type2/camper.htm#2

Good luck, and have fun with it!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Great story, great bus, and good on you for keeping it in the family.

Looking forward to seeing it back on the road with repairs progressing.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

I haven't had much time to work on the bus lately, but i did have a bunch of parts ordered for the motor...

Until then enjoy some snow pics!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

My vintage speed exhaust showed up!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

POST UPDATE!!!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

AircooledHome wrote:
POST UPDATE!!!

Thanks Smile


Been sick in bed for a week, this flu is no joke!! Hopefully i can get something done this week if i'm feeling a little better...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Tearing down the motor today...


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Moved the bus to my dads shop, hopefully i can knock out some more this week. Progress should pick up soon, stay tuned!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Wow, It's a Dual Port!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Pushed the bus in the shop to take out the metal brake lines.

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Cleaned up some of the engine tin, that stuff was filthy!

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Loaded the block on my beetle

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sprayed it down with some tire cleaner at the car wash.

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clean!
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My carbs came in yesterday!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

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