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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:29 pm    Post subject: What's the story on these shorty buses? Reply with quote

I saw this bus in a VW magazine in 1989. At the same time I was debating buying an "already shortened" Samba with Jackmans from Poor Richards VW shop in WV for $600. I never bought the shorty Samba. Sad I'm wondering if anyone knows any more about either bus.



I know shorties aren't well received anymore but at the time it seemed "cool" to me. Every time I see a shorty for sale I wonder if it was either of these. The one in the magazine article was from Pompano Beach FL. I'd be interested to hear any info.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get the reference to the Rapper Too Short (who was big in the 80's)

Todd Anthony Shaw (born April 28, 1966 in Los Angeles, California), better known by his stage name Too $hort, is an American rapper who started his career at the age of seventeen in Oakland, California.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are basicly unloved bastards of vehicles. If you really want one, please buy one that has already been shortened, which seems like your intention. Bringing one of those back to life is commendable to some extent, shortening a new one is punishable by death. They do pop up for sale here once in a blue moon and at reasonble prices.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This one could be yours.
The seller is someone I've known for years, real nice guy.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=508155
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They seems dangerious with both doors cut out .Ive seen 1 or 2 w/ only 1 door cut out ,its seems safer and looks a little more in proportion.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clara wrote:
This one could be yours.
The seller is someone I've known for years, real nice guy.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=508155
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I wonder if that's this bus. My neighbor took this picture in the early 70's, and I scanned it a couple years back. Look at the shape of the rear flares - pretty similar...

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not looking to buy one. I just wondered about the featured bus, and I wondered if anyone ever bought and completed the "Poor Richards" shorty in the 80's/90's.

That was soooo long ago I don't even remember anyone except Joe B that worked there.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did somebody say shorty?

Yeah, they are the ugly stepchild of most vw thoughts and dreams. I have been slowly putting mine together. Although I have since got distracted by real vw's - but still intend to fix up and mod out my shorty. With taste....you know. Here is my *stolen* vision of shortys of the future (based on a well known vw sites logo double cab)

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Pictures of my shorty's progress are listed at:

http://www.esp-machine.com/bus.html
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I'm probably not right in the head or something, but I actually really want to find a solid shorty bus in a barn or something that I can stick a motor in and drive around. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are u located - I may be able to help you with a split or a bay window - foreshortened - guilt free
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in South Carolina, but it'd have to be cheap (read: practically free) right now or I wouldn't be able to afford it since I'm poor. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

///Mink wrote:
Clara wrote:
This one could be yours.
The seller is someone I've known for years, real nice guy.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=508155
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I wonder if that's this bus. My neighbor took this picture in the early 70's, and I scanned it a couple years back. Look at the shape of the rear flares - pretty similar...

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I'd say the best tell here is that they both have the two jacking points next to eachother...probably a match!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd say the best tell here is that they both have the two jacking points next to eachother...probably a match!


I recently shared that picture with the guy currently selling it here in the classifieds and he thought it was his bus, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

///Mink wrote:
I recently shared that picture with the guy currently selling it here in the classifieds and he thought it was his bus, too.


You should buy it.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thom wrote:
///Mink wrote:
I recently shared that picture with the guy currently selling it here in the classifieds and he thought it was his bus, too.


You should buy it.


I double dog dare you.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thom wrote:
///Mink wrote:
I recently shared that picture with the guy currently selling it here in the classifieds and he thought it was his bus, too.


You should buy it.


And slam it on earlies?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Levonbenelli wrote:
///Mink wrote:
Clara wrote:
This one could be yours.
The seller is someone I've known for years, real nice guy.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=508155
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I wonder if that's this bus. My neighbor took this picture in the early 70's, and I scanned it a couple years back. Look at the shape of the rear flares - pretty similar...

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I'd say the best tell here is that they both have the two jacking points next to eachother...probably a match!


I would say no. Look at the dog legs!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The doglegs look the same.

The scoops have changed, it's got a roof rack, a different front bumpe, and different wheels. It might be the same....
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

campingbox wrote:
The doglegs look the same.

The scoops have changed, it's got a roof rack, a different front bumpe, and different wheels. It might be the same....


Maybe.....The flare doesn't go as far down as the other one either.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What's the story on these shorty buses? Reply with quote

It surfaces!

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2029382


It took ten years but I've since seen both shorties in question. The short samba resides in a barn in PA
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