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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, didn't notice the subject.....so is it at least a fine exotic hardwood like Ash or Maple?, or just lumberyard crap?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry, didn't notice the subject.....so is it at least a fine exotic hardwood like Ash or Maple?, or just lumberyard crap?


No worries. Honestly, I hardly ever look at the subject either.
And it just seems like a piece of crap.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muthashabubu, so you bought this bus without first looking underneath it?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Muthashabubu, so you bought this bus without first looking underneath it?

Nope, I looked. I bought it how it is. And cheap. I'm not looking to restore it, just drive it. Once I get a running engine together.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does NOT fixing anything count??? My BUs needed pretty much Everything fixed. Especially the Aquarium quality tubing for vaccuum lines, and the feul line going across the engine tin w/ no gasket as well. Yes, the fuel line was cut half way through!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Does NOT fixing anything count??? My BUs needed pretty much Everything fixed. Especially the Aquarium quality tubing for vaccuum lines, and the feul line going across the engine tin w/ no gasket as well. Yes, the fuel line was cut half way through!!!


Good save! How long did you own it before you noticed the fuel lines?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I bought this . . .
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and found this.
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Perfect.


At first site I would have said, "next".
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What do you expect from the great northwestrainforest? :lol: It can be saved, we have the technology!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never buy a bus with a bra on it... Laughing 2" thick Bondo.

Found this gem in a dealer's back lot in Beaver, PA around '89 or so. Type 1 motor, no key (nice hot switch panel, though) and a Stewart-warner tach planted in the clock hole. 3x3 steel rear bumper w/ hitch, I used it to tow my '70 Ghia vert down to Florida. The drivetain lived on to power a friend's cherry bay Westy he found without eng/trans.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice mullet!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Right? C'mon, 1989... I wish my hair was still that color.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Downunder we have a nickname for this sort of thing, It's called Bush Mechanics, My Dad was a terrible bush mechanic. Things like zip ties as throttle linkages, Plastic real estate signs to support rusty floors.

I mentioned to him that my rearseat 'Interior Trim' card kept falling off my 69 bug and when I got home from school he'd fixed it by screwing it in and the screws were sticking through to the outside.

I seriously learnt 'everything not to do' from my old man, he was a great teacher. Nowadays he comes other and watches me in my workshop, I carefully lay everything out, use correct parts, research everything first. If I stuff up I always think of my dad! lol

Here is an Aussie TV series called Bush Mechanics and you'll get an idea where the name came from

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I honestly don't mind the fuel sender access panel if it's done well, but this is just too much:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump!
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Bullets as fuses, didn't the Myth-busters do this one already?
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the worst fixes to be no fix at all. Neglect kills VWs. From rust, to valves to leaking seals to oil changes... doing nothing does the most hands-down.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I believe the worst fixes to be no fix at all. Neglect kills VWs. From rust, to valves to leaking seals to oil changes... doing nothing does the most hands-down.

Mmm, quite true, quite true. One of the more interesting ones being the effect water has on a mag case, can you say- Wet kitty litter!?!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: The Bad and Ugly (Worst Home Repairs to a VW bus) Reply with quote

How do you like previous owners sway bar? I laughed when i bought this 74 and brought it home and climbed under it. And no I didnt drive it with this rebar sway bar, it hasn't ran since i purchased it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Re: The Bad and Ugly (Worst Home Repairs to a VW bus) Reply with quote

That probably cost more for the welding wire than it did for the rebar to make it.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: The Bad and Ugly (Worst Home Repairs to a VW bus) Reply with quote

I think the mud wasp egg cases are helping hold that together. You know, 30 or 40 yrs. ago these cars were cheap, disposable even. A lot were owned by poor people who did whatever they had to in order to keep going. I'm afraid of seeing something I used to own here. LOL
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