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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:14 pm    Post subject: The 1979 VW Transporter Reply with quote

After much convincing my girlfriend finally gave in and
on May 17, 2015 at approximately 2:45pm in Compton, CA we
finally made one of our dreams come true.

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We bought and brought home an old rusty bus. WOOHOO!! Very Happy Very Happy

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It came with dings, rips, rust, dirt, and grease, but it was now ours.
I wanted to put this thread together for family, friends, and enthusiasts alike to enjoy our progress on restoring this bus.
I hope it is entertaining and informative to everyone that reads this.

Thanks and enjoy.
Zach & Regina

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dig, Man. Enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! That's a good looking bus there. You guys are going to have a blast with it. Looking forward to seeing the progress. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welcome and it will be a fun adventure
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:52 pm    Post subject: Re: The 1979 VW Transporter Reply with quote

zoobum wrote:
After much convincing my girlfriend finally gave in and
on May 17, 2015 at approximately 2:45pm in Compton, CA we
finally made one of our dreams come true.

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We bought and brought home an old rusty bus. WOOHOO!! Very Happy Very Happy

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


It came with dings, rips, rust, dirt, and grease, but it was now ours.
I wanted to put this thread together for family, friends, and enthusiasts alike to enjoy our progress on restoring this bus.
I hope it is entertaining and informative to everyone that reads this.

Thanks and enjoy.
Zach & Regina

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Congratulations on your new bus!!!

Don't want to spread doom and gloom. but did your bus come with the Fuel Injector parts? You will need them to smog and register it.

SGKent is one of the experts here on getting a bus to pass smog. You should do a search later and read his previous posts on the matter.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a Landmark conversion? The luggage rack and unusual rear cabinet is telling me it's possible...

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What a badass bus, though. Keep us updated!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your rear engine tin look to be off of a '75 model. Suspect that you have quite the variety of parts from different years there. You also have an aftermarket distributor and carburetor. If you are in a county that requires strict compliance with pollution standards you may face quite the ordeal getting it licensed. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the seller, in CA, has to provide a valid smog certificate within 90 days of the sale. I hope you got this.

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When a car is sold, who is responsible for the inspection?

The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.


https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/smogfaq

The single carb isn't stock and shouldn't be on that vehicle if it is to pass visual inspection.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a Rivi interior. That rack maybe Landmark.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to TheSamba!

Champagne anyone?
Is the dash brown?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a Riviera interior, matches what i have in my 79 Riviera.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:11 pm    Post subject: Re: The 1979 VW Transporter Reply with quote

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Congratulations on your new bus!!!

Don't want to spread doom and gloom. but did your bus come with the Fuel Injector parts? You will need them to smog and register it.

SGKent is one of the experts here on getting a bus to pass smog. You should do a search later and read his previous posts on the matter.


Yes it did come w/ FI parts and hope to update at a later date.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wildthings wrote:
Your rear engine tin look to be off of a '75 model. Suspect that you have quite the variety of parts from different years there. You also have an aftermarket distributor and carburetor. If you are in a county that requires strict compliance with pollution standards you may face quite the ordeal getting it licensed. Crying or Very sad


It's actually licensed and registered, i got everything up to date.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this your engine and do you live in Los Angeles?

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I did not look at the engine picture closely until now. That bus cannot pass California smog if it is a 1979 if you still live in Los Angeles. You immediately need to address this issue or you will be putting a lot of money into refitting fuel injection on it.

This is a 1977 with FI. Do you see the big air cleaner on the right, and the absence of the carb in the middle? That is what you will need to pass smog. There is only one exception that I know of - a new bill in the California Assembly (AB 550) that has not passed yet (and may never pass) but if it did would allow someone with a 30-year old car to pay $200 in penalties in lieu of passing a smog test.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGKent wrote:
Is this your engine and do you live in Los Angeles?

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I did not look at the engine picture closely until now. That bus cannot pass California smog if it is a 1979 if you still live in Los Angeles. You immediately need to address this issue or you will be putting a lot of money into refitting fuel injection on it.

This is a 1977 with FI. Do you see the big air cleaner on the right, and the absence of the carb in the middle? That is what you will need to pass smog. There is only one exception that I know of - a new bill in the California Assembly (AB 550) that has not passed yet (and may never pass) but if it did would allow someone with a 30-year old car to pay $200 in penalties in lieu of passing a smog test.


Yes, that is my engine. The guy I bought it from had it smogged already when I purchased. He gave me a crate of what looks to be most of the FI parts. I'm hoping to convert it back soon. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tcash wrote:


Champagne anyone?
Is the dash brown?
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The dash is all black, the seats are brown though.
I took a photo of the M-Plate, its kinda hard to see all the characters due to wires.
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I ran it and here is what came up:
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, you guys in California....that is NOT rusty.....really, believe me....good luck, looks like an interesting bus.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought it was a Champagne Edition.

Depending on which county you live in, you may need to get it smogged in as little as two years. As previously posted, you are going to need to put all the original equipment back on, to do it legally. If you bought it knowing that, fine. But if not, you are going to have to put some money into it to get it done legally.

Good luck
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tcash wrote:
Thought it was a Champagne Edition.

Depending on which county you live in, you may need to get it smogged in as little as two years. As previously posted, you are going to need to put all the original equipment back on, to do it legally. If you bought it knowing that, fine. But if not, you are going to have to put some money into it to get it done legally.

Good luck
Tcash


Thanks Tcash. I have most of the parts for the conversion and hope to take care of that before we need to smog again. I would like the engine to be as original as possible for the strict polices here in California and I think it would run better.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

secretsubmariner wrote:
Is that a Landmark conversion? The luggage rack and unusual rear cabinet is telling me it's possible...

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What a badass bus, though. Keep us updated!


Interesting. It may be some sort of model, but it doesn't look like it has all the features as the landmark. I do love that roof rack though. Lol

Thanks for reference.
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