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KrisBalfe
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:13 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Abscate wrote:
The hose clamps on the heater bypass face In opposite directions

Other than that, your work is Acceptable.

Laughing


I will make sure I address this possible catastrophic failure ASAP. Thank you for keeping an eye out!😀
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:54 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Incredible fab work!

How does it drive? Are you happy with the on road handling and the 2.0 aba?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

I like the use of the bulkhead from behind the seat with the Mplate as a panel in the engine compartment. It had to go somewhere, right? You could have put the Mplate on the fresh air ducting like a later bus I suppose..... do syncros have it in the engine compartment?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:51 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

How's performance of the Vintage Air AC? Is it able to get the front of the bus cold in hot weather? How many BTUs?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:31 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

markd89 wrote:
How's performance of the Vintage Air AC? Is it able to get the front of the bus cold in hot weather? How many BTUs?


Not sure yet, only heat is hooked up right now... heat is more than adequate though. I do plan on adding another vintage air heat/ac to the rear but haven’t gotten to it yet. Good little unit though.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

alman72 wrote:
I like the use of the bulkhead from behind the seat with the Mplate as a panel in the engine compartment. It had to go somewhere, right? You could have put the Mplate on the fresh air ducting like a later bus I suppose..... do syncros have it in the engine compartment?
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No, I just thought it would be kinda cool there.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:33 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Sloride wrote:
Incredible fab work!

How does it drive? Are you happy with the on road handling and the 2.0 aba?


Very happy, as I cross things like vibrations and rattles off of the list I get happier and happier with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:25 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

KrisBalfe wrote:
Sloride wrote:
Incredible fab work!

How does it drive? Are you happy with the on road handling and the 2.0 aba?


Very happy, as I cross things like vibrations and rattles off of the list I get happier and happier with it.



Still looking killer. As my South African friends would say, "fuck my dog mate."

Which Im pretty sure is a good thing Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

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Well, I’m so stoked with this bus I decided I should do it again.
Hopefully someone out there more skilled than myself will start making
A steering knuckle and rack and pinion set up so that people are able to adapt
the Audi drivetrain to there bay beams in the future. Because there is nothing like an awd bus.
Someone get on that, in the meantime out comes the sawzall.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:20 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Congrats! That is truly amazing!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Solid build man! Unique would be an understatement for this beast.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:20 pm    Post subject: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Dude that is insane!!!! I love it!!!!!! i've been talking about that for awhile now. Just afraid to start cutting/ modding and know it would probably cost a fortune.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:33 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ecofRmtxi24
Still not sure how to YouTube correctly...

Thanks everyone. It has been a great bus, just finished installing a diesel heater and finished up the electrical in the camper kit. Moab next weekend.
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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 12:01 pm    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Holy crap, this is the stuff I miss while being off the forum enjoying my basic ass 2wd Bay? Good work dude, sweet build!
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

khalimadeath wrote:
Holy crap, this is the stuff I miss while being off the forum enjoying my basic ass 2wd Bay? Good work dude, sweet build!


Ha thanks man, nothing wrong with a 2wd bus! I just wanted to save 5 minutes going up the canyon without chaining up, so I blew 3 years on this bitch. 😀😂
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:35 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

This is incredible. I am late to the party but just got caught up on the thread. Amazing work man
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:09 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Funny you should bump this thread, as it's 4sale now..
you can buy the VW Bus that VW never (mass) produced.
Kris is a little bit of Dr Frankenstein, mad scientist extraordinaire.

ps you can't buy a Syncro Westy for $25k, nor a engine swapped bay camper for that either..

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2328189

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11/10/2019 1976 Riviera syncro conversion Price: 25000
Syncro conversion completed a year ago, I love this bus. It has a eurovan westfalia kit installed, and diesel heater. Jetta 2.0 aba engine. I still consider this bus a project but have driven it all over through all terrain and weather conditions. I have it up for sale because I am currently building my split window syncro and would love to throw some resources at the project to finish it over winter.

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This is most of the pictures through the build.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:10 am    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Completely badass. I can’t even imagine having 4wd in a camper!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: My 1976 Riviera.......syncro Reply with quote

Thanks again you guys for appreciating my bus.
I am hoping that it is for sale long enough for me to come up with the funds another way, wife still won't let me part out her syncro for my new mad endeavor. 🤷🏻‍♂️
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