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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:46 pm    Post subject: 1973 Bay with Buick Flare Reply with quote

Start a thread on this 73 I picked up. One of my brother's co-workers approached him, said his neighbor passed away and the family was selling off all his vehicles and other belongings. The dude was 85, had this van forever, he might have been be the only owner? It's definitely been in Massachusetts since 1989.

Went and checked it out, it's a 73 passenger van, with a homemade camper kit. It's nothing special, sink and a table. Not even sure if the rear seat folds down. The son found the middle seat in the basement, so that was included in the sale.

It runs and drives, and it only has 65k for miles, and as far as my brother and I can tell, it's all OG and untouched. 1700 with dual carbs. Leaks a little oil, but the plan is to do all new seals and gas lines.

The only thing I can say is that it's SOLID and very straight!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm diggin' the hubcaps! hahaha! those Grandma curtains gotta go though!
Nice score. that is one clean bus.
Chargoggagoggmanchaugagoggchaubunagungamaugg Lake?! Shocked Where the heck is that???!!! That is the most awesome sticker I've seen! I want to go thee just so I can get one to put on my bus.
I will NEVER complain about Skaneateles (pronounced Skinny Atlas) Lake again!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your a lucky guy.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chrome on the window seals.....Even the windshield. Wow. That bus is a very rare find.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice ride, love those hubcaps!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the second super-OG '73 to show up in four months! I like this trend! (Spooky, because they both have the same low trim and the most unoriginal part on them is just the hubcaps. Smile )

Please take good care of it; you have a real piece if history on your hands, and there aren't many cars of any type on the road today in that good of condition.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see overspray on the vent window seals. other than that, I would slam it it earlys and Subaru the hell out of it.

nice find. looks to be very solid!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I see overspray on the vent window seals. other than that, I would slam it it earlys and Subaru the hell out of it.

nice find. looks to be very solid!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sill has the air pump on the engine. Crazy.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

khalimadeath wrote:
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I see overspray on the vent window seals. other than that, I would slam it it earlys and Subaru the hell out of it.

nice find. looks to be very solid!


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Sill has the air pump on the engine. Crazy.


I thought the same thing. looks to be pretty dam nice
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this a OG 73 pedal pad?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's a reproduction for a bug. I have seen them before like that with the vee only.

bus pads (correct me if I'm wrong) only had the lines like pictured but never had a VW in them
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The bus lives at my house in Mass. I took some more pics for you guys.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I trust we shall see this fine Bus at Litchfield come Father's day?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Randy in Maine wrote:
I trust we shall see this fine Bus at Litchfield come Father's day?


I hope so. Need to order some tires, engine bay seal/gasket, valve cover seals, fuel line, filters, cap, rotor...etc. Then it should be good to go.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

better pics
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okay oil leak problem. You guys think it could be valve cover gaskets and push rod tubes?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

heater boxes look kind of crusty? Where can I get replacements?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since this bus is so OG, I would consider keeping the boxes. Pull them, clean them up real good, paint and reinstall.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

X2.

Braze on some patches for any holes, thoroughly sandblast, and VHT coat. Or if money is good and you want the absolute best, go with Jet-Hot.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am kind of disgusted at how clean this bus is.
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