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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:51 am    Post subject: The first slammed van? Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I am currently looking for pics, magazines and general information about the first lowered buses. Does anyone know who started lowering splits and when?
I am currently trying to get a historical license plate for my van in Germany. The TÜV-guys are pretty tough and want me to proof there have been lowered vans in the 60s already.

Can anyone help? And I'm not talking about Photoshop Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess that trend started in the 70's after the Cal Look bugs started getting popular.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess is this is going to be pretty difficult to prove.

You'll have to have photos of someone pulling out torsions ?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My guess is this is going to be pretty difficult to prove.

You'll have to have photos of someone pulling out torsions ?


Anything could help. Pictures of lowered vans somewhere in the street, magazine features, catalogue pages of adjustable beams or anything. I googled a bit and only found drag splits that were everything but lowered...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasnt there a lowered barndoor campingbox bus from way back? the one that had the chrome bumpers i think
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10 inch narrowed beam

Congrats, that's going to look like shit.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jake Martinez wrote:
wasnt there a lowered barndoor campingbox bus from way back? the one that had the chrome bumpers i think


Was there? Never heard of it! But pics like that I'm looking for. Ideally with a proof of age e.g. from a magazine.

There is a great German website for only that one purpose: helping people to proof that modifying VWs was already 'en vogue' in the 60s and 70s. Unfortunately they are mainly covering bugs...:

http://www.kaeferfriseure.de

Sorry, in German only Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it had a porsche running gear also i think
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1971 Hot VW Cover.

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1991 Cover.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that shorty is lowered.

Look through the Cal Look book. I remember seeing old pics of buses given the Cal Look.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been going to VW shows here in So. Cal. since the '70s. The first lowered bus I ever saw was actually a Bay window at OCIR back in '78 or '79. Most customizers were still cutting out the wheel wells for wider tires then. I didn't see a lowered split bus until the early '80s. If you go back to old Hot VWs issues you will see it follows a similar timeline.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this one was done back in the 50's
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea thats the one!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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this one was done back in the 50's
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Cool!!

Does anyone know the story on this bus?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blue jay wrote:
UZI wrote:
this one was done back in the 50's
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Cool!!

Does anyone know the story on this bus?


Do a search for Brooks Stevens...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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this one was done back in the 50's
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I knew that Dude was a vampire.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ToolBox wrote:
blue jay wrote:
UZI wrote:
this one was done back in the 50's
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Cool!!

Does anyone know the story on this bus?


Do a search for Brooks Stevens...


There is an aerial pic of the above bus in an old museum brouchure on this page, incorrectly identified as a Jeep Van. It is parked outside the museum building:
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/11/11/lost...wisconsin/
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crofty wrote:
I don't think that shorty is lowered.

Look through the Cal Look book. I remember seeing old pics of buses given the Cal Look.


Doesn't matter, at least the pic shows there've been modified vans in that period already. As I said, everything helps Smile

"The" Cal look book? I guess there a several ones around. Which one do you mean? Cheers!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clara wrote:
ToolBox wrote:
blue jay wrote:
UZI wrote:
this one was done back in the 50's
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Cool!!

Does anyone know the story on this bus?


Do a search for Brooks Stevens...


There is an aerial pic of the above bus in an old museum brouchure on this page, incorrectly identified as a Jeep Van. It is parked outside the museum building:
http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2009/11/11/lost...wisconsin/



Cool! Where is it today? The owner might have done a little history research already!

Cheers everyone, keep'em coming! Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cool! Where is it today? The owner might have done a little history research already!



same place as where the vampire picture was taken. behind the cheddar curtain
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Cool! Where is it today? The owner might have done a little history research already!



same place as where the vampire picture was taken. behind the cheddar curtain


That picture was taken in the Brooke Stevens museum, which is not where the bus is located today.

Also as far as I know that bus was lowered in the 70'ies, not in the '50'ies.
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