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PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

I was finally able to make it into the DMV today! And boy was it a nightmare. The actual YOM transaction with the lady behind the desk wasn't bad at all. She did everything correctly and I can't complain. What was so bad was the waiting. I waited for 3 and a half hours in there because I was number B066, and the machine that calls the numbers broke after B065 and didn't call any B numbers for another hour and a half. And of course they couldn't let me go up sooner because I had to "wait for my number to be called."

But the paperwork all got filled out correctly on both ends, I paid the full $45, the clerk photocopied the new plate, and I surrendered my old ones. I couldn't imagine it not getting approved, so now I wait for DMV headquarters to send me my 2017 registration sticker. In the meantime I get to display one of those stupid red tags in my rear window.

Here it is on the bus!

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Before that, I was working on the trunk area and treating the rust that was there so that I could go ahead and put some more sound deadening back there to hopefully cut down a lot on engine noise. I started with two coats of por15 and then top-coated that with some rust-oleum red primer. Next will be to cover it all with this big roll of fat mat that I have.


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I also just received 5 of the window seals so those will be going in shortly as well becasue you can see in that last pic how much the old seals leak d'oh!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

68Transporter wrote:
Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

A small update: I have not had a chance to go to the DMV yet but to coming Monday I will have time for sure. But all this waiting to do it is making me more and more nervous because of all of the bad stories I've heard of people's experiences trying to get YOM plates. I think I have all of my ducks in a row and I'm ready to tell them how to fill out the forms because I doubt that they know how to do it.

And I drove the thing in the rain... on highway 17! and it wasn't even scary. Worst thing was watching out for all the other jackasses that were speeding and losing control in the corners.

If it's raining 17 is like a bumper car track.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

A small update: I have not had a chance to go to the DMV yet but to coming Monday I will have time for sure. But all this waiting to do it is making me more and more nervous because of all of the bad stories I've heard of people's experiences trying to get YOM plates. I think I have all of my ducks in a row and I'm ready to tell them how to fill out the forms because I doubt that they know how to do it.

And I drove the thing in the rain... on highway 17! and it wasn't even scary. Worst thing was watching out for all the other jackasses that were speeding and losing control in the corners.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

I just read your thread from start to finish...... I think you did a great job, the bus is looking really cool with that patina and the lowered stance is sick!
Well done, mate!!! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:08 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

roland wrote:
khalimadeath wrote:
Nice work, You could paint the hubcaps and wheels the OEM color,

Hub cap: L 70 X grey silver.
Wheel disc, rim: L 581 cloud white

I think it would look cool with the OEM blue, some paint shops will mix up the OEM paint in a spray can for easy painting..

See OEM paint colors here

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/colorstype2.php

Just a thought!


this is a "deluxe", it's got chrome all around the windows and on the belt line, it's supposed to have chrome hubcaps.

that bus looks awesome by the way, nice work.


O, well then carry on.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:35 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

khalimadeath wrote:
Nice work, You could paint the hubcaps and wheels the OEM color,

Hub cap: L 70 X grey silver.
Wheel disc, rim: L 581 cloud white

I think it would look cool with the OEM blue, some paint shops will mix up the OEM paint in a spray can for easy painting..

See OEM paint colors here

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/colorstype2.php

Just a thought!


this is a "deluxe", it's got chrome all around the windows and on the belt line, it's supposed to have chrome hubcaps.

that bus looks awesome by the way, nice work.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

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Great looking bus.
I live off Summit Rd and 17. When my bus is road worthy id like to come by and take a look at yours. I'm in Santa Cruz all the time.


Thanks! Your westy looks killer! I'd love to check it out myself. I've been waiting for a Santa Cruz aircooled or even bus only meet. I think I might talk to Bus Junkies to get something started.

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Can that poor bus clear the ubiquitous speed bumps and driveway drainage channels out there?


Colin, yes my poor bus can make it over speed bumps and up driveways with ease. I still take the thing camping as well and it does the job with no problem.

I'm trying to to rally some Bay Area VW'S to do a monthly meetup/Cruz.
Take a look at the link to a Facebook page in my sig.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

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I dig this bus.
Really got me debating slamming mine now.


Thanks man. In regards so slamming, you're going to need a welder or a whole lot of cash. Good lowering parts aren't cheap for a bay.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

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Colin, yes my poor bus can make it over speed bumps and up driveways with ease. I still take the thing camping as well and it does the job with no problem.


imagine that....

I drive my bus all over fucks creation with a radiator under it too. amazing, huh? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

I dig this bus.
Really got me debating slamming mine now.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:06 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Nice work, You could paint the hubcaps and wheels the OEM color,

Hub cap: L 70 X grey silver.
Wheel disc, rim: L 581 cloud white

I think it would look cool with the OEM blue, some paint shops will mix up the OEM paint in a spray can for easy painting..

See OEM paint colors here

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/colorstype2.php

Just a thought!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:33 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Vova wrote:
Great looking bus.
I live off Summit Rd and 17. When my bus is road worthy id like to come by and take a look at yours. I'm in Santa Cruz all the time.


Thanks! Your westy looks killer! I'd love to check it out myself. I've been waiting for a Santa Cruz aircooled or even bus only meet. I think I might talk to Bus Junkies to get something started.

Amskeptic wrote:
Can that poor bus clear the ubiquitous speed bumps and driveway drainage channels out there?


Colin, yes my poor bus can make it over speed bumps and up driveways with ease. I still take the thing camping as well and it does the job with no problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:00 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Can that poor bus clear the ubiquitous speed bumps and driveway drainage channels out there?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Great looking bus.
I live off Summit Rd and 17. When my bus is road worthy id like to come by and take a look at yours. I'm in Santa Cruz all the time.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:02 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Ordered some YOM plates the other day and got them in the mail today with the correct registration year sticker to I can get them registered for the bus. They even have the correct month sticker on them already so I don't have to buy that. I know you are supposed to use the new, blue month sticker that the dmv gives you, or you are supposed to put the sticker on one of those mouse ear metal tabs. I'm not going to do that. I'm going to try and make it look like these are the plates that the bus has always had which is why I'm keeping the old red sticker and not using the tabs. I'll be going into the DMV on Monday hopefully and I'll let you all know how smoothly (or not) the whole process goes. But Here's what they look like. Little rough around the edges but I figured it was perfect to match the crustiness of the bus (and dinged up plates are so much cheaper than nice ones).

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Haven't posted an update for a while but I have been up to some things on the bus. I've been mainly focusing on getting prepped for all the rain that's going to drop in the near future. Most important was getting some windshield wipers since using just rain-x wasn't quite cutting it. With being a '68, getting the correct wiper arms proved more expensive than what I thought it was worth. What I ended up doing was retrofitting some '69 and up wiper arms. The way I did this was I tapped some threads onto the wiper shafts that are on the bus and then tapped the same threads into the inside of the new wiper arms. I then just screwed on the arms to the shafts and put a lock nut on each, all with some thread locker. Over the past couple months they have been working great.


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The wiper arms and blades that I got looked far too new so I sanded then down with some high grit sandpaper to knock down the shine some they didn't stick out like a sore thumb. I also went down to bare metal in a few spot just to make it match the bus a little better. I think they look pretty darn good. And the best part is that they even work! Hahaha

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I also did some sound deadening, primarily in the doors so that I can seal them up with a vapor guard so that the water that drips down into the door isn't able to get into the bus itself. I also finally got door seals since I didn't have a single one and the water would just pour inside if I ever washed the thing. I got both real German and Brazilian seals so we'll see how much better the German seals really are and if they're worth the extra money.

The seals are finally starting to wear in a bit so that I can actually close the doors fully without slamming the door as hard as I could. Between the seals and the sound deadening, the rattling noises are considerably less. I still want to completely cover the entire area over the engine compartment to cut down the engine noise but it's still definitely more drivable now.

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Next up is window seals as mine are all 100% shot and they soak up water like a sponge and spit it out inside the bus. I wish I could start putting in an interior but those efforts would be useless until I can get it at least semi-water tight. I've decided that I'm definitely going to use real German seals for the windows as I want the fit to be perfect if I'm putting in the work.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:28 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

with hubcaps for sure Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

New shocks arrived in the mail today and I wasted no time getting them installed. Got the old blown monroe shocks out of there and the new KYB shocks in, all in less than 40 minutes. Took it on a test drive and it is an absolute night and day difference. I don't bounce 5 or more times for one bump in the road anymore. It drives like a car should. I would recommend these to anyone with a lowered bay. Here are some pics of the install.


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I've really been enjoying the look of no hubcaps lately but I put them on today to see what they look like. I'm torn. What do you guys think? Hubcaps or no hubcaps?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe Build Reply with quote

Had a pretty productive weekend. I did a lot of maintenance stuff that seemed to all pop up at once but I'm probably just noticing it all now since I just finished a big project and I'm listening to every little squeak and rattle. First thing I did was replaced a bad wheel bearing. This I already knew about I just hadn't figured out which wheel it was. Turned out to be the passenger front. Easy fix.

Next off was a new rear wheel cylinder. I had noticed that I was leaving a wet spot under my drivers rear wheel and figured it was a leaky cylinder since all my lines were tight and I couldn't see the source off the leak (besides the fact that it looked as it was coming from inside the drum. Got that replaced and was even able to do it without removing the shoes completely.

Up next was a new throw out bearing. The old one that was in there had a fair amount of slop so I was glad I didn't pull the motor out for nothing.

While I had the motor out I also changed out the mounts as they were pretty well shot. The right side one was just holding together by a thread. Since I had the motor out I figured that it was as good of a time as any to finally get rid of that terrible yellow painted intake and generator stand. So I cleaned all of those up and gave them a nice new coat of black.

New wheel cylinder vs old
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New wheel cylinder in
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Engine out (look at the yellow accents on the engine Mad )
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Yellow gone and black in its place
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