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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:03 pm    Post subject: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

This is my build/rebuild thread regarding a 1971 camper I bought from my buddy Charlie last week. I plan to get it running well and then resell it. The big problem right now is the brakes so that's where I'm at right now. Here's some pics

The bus as it sat at Charlie's house in Virginia
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Delivered last Sunday to San Diego
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The interior
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So this week the wheels are being powder coated, then Hankook RA08's will be mounted. Right now I'm rebuilding the brakes

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

I looked between the first and second post, was trying to figure out what was going on.. get it now. Smile
Kinda grungy but looks solid and complete. Should be able to turn some coin.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Hello,
Nice find, to bad it was on the other coast...
How long had it been sitting before the rescue?.
The panels looks straight from what you show and it looks complete but, hows the rust?(the front grill looks very crusty plus some other areas of question). The engine/heater boxes and trans look clean, not covered in oil and grime from forty seven years. And, you still have inner wheel wells, not bad for a east coast bus.... Again, nice find.
It, looks very promising though there flipper boy...
Oh, and there is a octopus living behind the passenger seat....if you didn't notice.
More picture of your project, please...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Stay tuned for more pics and updates. This will be taking me a couple months. I donít plan to hide anything and this bus has some rust and needs things like window rubber and canvas. I plan on being completely honest with the condition and only expect it to be a good running bus when Iím done
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

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I plan on being completely honest with the condition


You bet you will Gary! Just like your mentor! Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

as long as it isn't that red lipstick on a pig come home to root.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

no no no...like this :

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Now that was funny
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Charlie and I have been samba friends for over 10 years. He lives near DC and has owned this camper for about 15 years I think. Last month he told me he was thinking about selling. He named his price and I bought it. The trucker delivered it to last Sunday. All I did was drive it about 1/2 mile.

It has a pretty nice engine thatís 1776cc with dual Kadrons and is full flowed with an external filter. The shifter was a bit sloppy but I think itís just some linkage wear. I plan to change the tranny fluid and check the bushing and coupler. The engine will get a tune up and carb synch. Then weíll see what we have. There is a dual battery system but I still need to check that out. The pop top canvas is missing. I may replace that but that will cause the price to go up a lot.

Iíll be installing rebuilt front disc brake calipers and expect good results with my brake overhaul. Pictures will be coming.

The camper interior is looking good but once again I havenít fully inspected everything because Iíve only had it a week.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:09 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:12 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

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pop top canvas is missing. I may replace that but that will cause the price to go up a lot.



And it should. This is one of those things that, for myself being a cheap bastid, will still pay more if it has new canvas. I know what a bitch it can be replacing them (same with headliner) and I'm willing to pay premium just so won't have to do it.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:52 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

That looks like a great project, Gary. And it is so so familiar to me by now, having done over a dozen of these "refurbishments". It's not flipping if you are actually doing all that fixing and deferred maintenance.

The hard part for me was deciding when to stop.

Kudos for getting another one back on the road!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:03 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Thanks Gary, my bus needed a good home and it found one for sure!!!

Keep us informed...It did have some provenance that I passed along to you, plus a lot of the parts that came with it that I supplied will help defray at least some of your costs. The transport from my house to yours worked out flawlessly which was an added bonus, but then again, nothing should go wrong with all of that, right??

I will miss being a member of the Bay Forum for all these years. There's so many knowledgeable/helpful owners on board. I'm still on the '58-'67 Beetle forum, as I still have my '66.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Looks like the outside just needs a cut and buff to clean up the paint. That poptop needs a good cleaning too!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

I think not having any canvas on the pop top would keep some potential buyers from pulling the trigger. If there was an older canvas that was still serviceable I would say clean it up and keep that canvas. Having no canvas I would replace it. Do you plan on new paint or just a cleaning and buffing of existing paint? That might make a difference as well.
The engine improvements are a big plus and the interior looks very complete and pretty clean. I like it.

Keep the updates coming. I'm not far from you and bought my first Westy from a VW guy in Coronado. That was about 3 1/2 yrs. ago. 1970.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Thanks Charlie (Jodi),
Youíve been a good friend so stay in touch.

For those interested, I donít plan to do anything to the body and paint other than give it a good wash. Iíll probably install new canvas but thatís one job I hate doing. Thereís a list of things I need to do but itís mostly mechanical and not cosmetic.

This thread will talk about some of those things along with pictures. Last night I ordered a set of kick panels off eBay (Werksberg). I try to get something done everyday.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

I donít post much here any more but wanted to take a second to say how happy I am that Rita (Charlieís Bus) has found a good, albeit temporary, home! I spent many an hour toying with my Ď76 Rivi in Charlieís driveway while he cogitated on lifeís many mysteries and helped me slowly restore my own bus while foregoing work on his. He will truly be missed on the forums, but who knows...maybe I can tempt him back into the world of busses with my new rust-free Ď73 Riviera. Iím only 1,000 away these days. @Gary, looks like youíre doing things right with Rita. Keep us apprised if your progress.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Flipper, Flipper, faster than lightning Reply with quote

Oddly, the Kurt Russel screen shot shows a mid 70=s Plymouth Fury and a 73 Chrysler New Yorker.

I own both.

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