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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:22 pm    Post subject: 1978 Champagne Bus VR swap aka BUSTDBVR Reply with quote

Ok I am gonna get everyone caught up w/ an insane amount of pix right now. I bought the bus wanted to make it faster. I do VR swaps like crazy so figured wth! BVR= BeaVeR or Bus VR. The bus is brown and a beaver is fitting!!! Its busted so... BUSTDBVR is my europlate and this is my build! Crack a beer and enjoy the pix! WARNING PIC HEAVY!!!!!! Didnt get into all the odds and ends just took all the pix of the build.
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Butt, Butt, Butt smh They will be coming off and be soldered back up!
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This is what I am left w/ after sifting and weeding out the cancer in that harness! Ready for friction tape!
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1st step AquaKlean!
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RustBlast!
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And the finished product RustSeal!
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Also had to grind down my shaft to due its monstrosity length.
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Then BAM!!!! Sitting in Ivans house when I get the call that the plate has been shipped and it will arrive in a few days. Checking the tracking as everyday passed. Finally it came to my job!!! And thats when I started to get the VR into the bus for the mock up!!!
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And VOILA!!!! 2 times a charm!
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Couldnt bring myself to do the welds!
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Finished product!
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Im getting the engine ready to sandblast, paint and refresh!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is fantastic. I have done this into a few vanagons but they were watercooled so cooling was never a problem. you will love the power you get when its completed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop right there!


Omit the mid trans mount entirely.

Many of us that have converted found that this mid mount creates a vibration issue. I deleted mine after a samba member suggested it and everything worked out great.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Great thread! the rust is very similar to mine bus! It can be a twin resto! I will stick to the original 2L FI engine. How do you like that anti rust stuff?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work! Is it just me or do CE's tend to be rustier?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One simple question ; if I may, What is a VR?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a VR6 is volkswagens V6 engine that shared a single head.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fastwagens wrote:
this is fantastic. I have done this into a few vanagons but they were watercooled so cooling was never a problem. you will love the power you get when its completed.


Im hoping I do. Ive never driven a bus so it will be an interesting first test drive! Its a slow build but the countdown begins!!! I have 6 months t get it running!

chazz79 wrote:
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Omit the mid trans mount entirely.

Many of us that have converted found that this mid mount creates a vibration issue. I deleted mine after a samba member suggested it and everything worked out great.

Yeah I am thinking about doing away w/it because I think I am going to raise the engine and trans so I can go lower in the rear.

Hvost2000 wrote:
Wow! Great thread! the rust is very similar to mine bus! It can be a twin resto! I will stick to the original 2L FI engine. How do you like that anti rust stuff?
Rust has become apart of me everyday I work on her. It gets everywhere! It took about 5hrs to do the anti rust paint in the rear, it was step by step but I am happy w/it. Its supposed to be the equivalent to POR-15.

CoastalAirCooledVW wrote:
Nice work! Is it just me or do CE's tend to be rustier?
To me all buses are rusty lol
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice fab work. I am glad to see some other people getting creative with the motor options. What are your plans for the front beam? Why did you need to shorten the shaft into the pilot bearing? I wonder with my set up will require that? Great job!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scirocco_crazy wrote:
Nice fab work. I am glad to see some other people getting creative with the motor options. What are your plans for the front beam? Why did you need to shorten the shaft into the pilot bearing? I wonder with my set up will require that? Great job!

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Thanks man! I was gonna shorten it 4inches throw some adjusters and side plates on it to fab my own beam. The shaft was tooo long to go into the bearing so it needed to be grinded down in order to mate the engine and trans. Its coming along even w/ a 2yr old and a 6month old Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapped in a battery to see what works and what doesnt.
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I also picked up a whole deck from a Vanagon b/c the bus one is too small. Got it from westyseeker and gotta say he knows his vanagons! Great seller! Chose to cut out the whole deck to see if I can make it all flat and look like a stock deck! We will see, not sure yet.
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Whole deck I cut out!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread is sick! Your bus is also frickin sick! following this thread, keep up the sweet work man!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chazz79 wrote:
Stop right there!


Omit the mid trans mount entirely.

Many of us that have converted found that this mid mount creates a vibration issue. I deleted mine after a samba member suggested it and everything worked out great.


Me too...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

surfinbusslover wrote:
This thread is sick! Your bus is also frickin sick! following this thread, keep up the sweet work man!


Its a slow build but I am def going to get on it b/c I would like it done for the spring. A lot of suspension stuff needs to be done and motor work.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love those VR6 motors, and would love having one in my bay.

Just like the type4 engine - they like to run HOT.

With the correct exhaust that VR6 sounds like heaven.

If they can push those Rialta's around - it should have no problem with a bay!

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airkooledchris wrote:
I love those VR6 motors, and would love having one in my bay.

Just like the type4 engine - they like to run HOT.

With the correct exhaust that VR6 sounds like heaven.

If they can push those Rialta's around - it should have no problem with a bay!

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Gonna slap a borla on it. I can't wait to turn the key and hit the gas! Keeping it cool is def gonna be an issue.
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Bansheelos wrote:
Keeping it cool is def gonna be an issue.

Especially if you put the radiator in the engine compartment the way some folks keep insisting on doing. It *can* work but it's a lot of effort to do it and not have the fans running all the time...
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](*) We'll see. I wasted @500.00 thinking I knew more than everyone else Arrow
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cant believe i missed this thread...watching it now Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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](*) We'll see. I wasted @500.00 thinking I knew more than everyone else Arrow


Has the cooling been ample w/ running the rad under the fan in the green monster?your build is insane! What did you waste $500 on? Did you end up using the a3 rad or the dodge one?
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