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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

The recent trip also gave me the opportunity for the most scenic oil check Iíve ever had...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:50 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Made another camping trip with some friends this weekend, canít beat the NC mountains...



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Another killer weekend of camping, mountain roads and great friends!

Drive your shit!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

notchboy wrote:
15's huh? Look like 66-67 bug wheels or 356 knock off's?

Are those quick shift shifters? The ones form Vintage Speed? If so will my stock knob fit?


Theyíre original 356s my dad had powder coated years ago, I bought the Firestoneís for my 58í panel but I decided to lower it instead... Pops gave me the green light to borrow his wheels and run those tires. I had a set of comtracs on the 14Ē wheels and the road noise was unbearable, so they definitely had to be changed!

They are the quick shifters from vintage speed, I put one in my bus and Iím glad I did. Although it was a process to get it dialed in. Not sure if the stock shift knob will fit on them, personally I loved the knob that came with it so I never even tried.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

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Cool bus. I like your photo updates and the work you have done.


Thanks man, itís been a lot of fun...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

15's huh? Look like 66-67 bug wheels or 356 knock off's?

Are those quick shift shifters? The ones form Vintage Speed? If so will my stock knob fit?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:52 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Cool bus. I like your photo updates and the work you have done.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

More parts slinging from the riviera
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Cool shot from my buddies wedding

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Did 662 miles to Morehead City for the 4th, smooth trip with some great friends.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

The riviera earning her keep at the swaps

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Nothing but traveling and camping for this ole thing lately... Oh, plus a rack and some curtains!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:20 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Nothing much to update you guys on, but I love driving my bus daily!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Cspider7 wrote:
TomWesty wrote:
Are those Honda Mini-Trail 50s? Those things are waaaay cool. I wish Honda still made them.


Indeed they are! Those two belong to my friend, i have a 76' that needs to be put back together... Such a blast to race around on!


Sweet! I'm bringing a '78 back from the dead alongside my '70 Westy Resto Laughing

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This bus is awesome. You need some super swampers and a winch to get you out of that mud Very Happy

I've been looking at one of the vintage speed exhausts for mine as well. Good to know they have some solid reviews on here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

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Awesome, I love Wilmington. How did she do in the mud?


It does alright in the mud, it was way to soft to be back there so I had to get towed out Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Awesome, I love Wilmington. How did she do in the mud?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

So I decided Iíd take the bus through some trails behind my house Laughing

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We got stuck as you could imagine...

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Thankfully my buddy with a 4x4 samurai lives up the road and was able to yank me out! I need big tires!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

The bus has been loving its daily driver duty here in Wilmington, only issue being a snapped accelerator cable and some minor electrical issues.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

TomWesty wrote:
Are those Honda Mini-Trail 50s? Those things are waaaay cool. I wish Honda still made them.


Indeed they are! Those two belong to my friend, i have a 76' that needs to be put back together... Such a blast to race around on!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

Are those Honda Mini-Trail 50s? Those things are waaaay cool. I wish Honda still made them.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1970 Riviera Camper Build Reply with quote

GoBigEmma wrote:
Hey CSpider!

I just saw your thread. We also have a Riviera, 1975 "Big Emma". We have a full-size poptop rather than a small one. It's awesome that you are restoring yours! Does it have a name, btw? I didn't see one scanning your thread. Smile

We actually just restored our whole roof (fiberglass, wood frame, etc. etc.). Just in case it is helpful, here is the link to the write up, but I'm guessing most of this won't apply to you:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=709845&highlight=

Do you have a picture of your top popped? That would interest me Smile

We've also done a bunch of other stuff on her - because of a mishap we had last year, we have been restoring putty much everything. We totally hear you on the scarcity of Riviera parts! We are currently working on adding struts to help lift our roof (I currently can't lift it alone Sad ), but we haven't found a single Rivi top with this feature to model on - Westys are no help at all - so it seems like we are pioneers on that front.

Here is a pic of our Bus, we also have a link to our travel/repair thread in our sig:

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Anyway, if we can help you with Rivi questions at all, please don't hesitate Smile It's really cool that you are doing this project!

-Emma


Hey thanks for the reply! Iím glad to see big Emma is back in business after the flood incident! I followed your thread awhile ago, pretty neat. Eventually I need to do something about the interior but it works for now.

I would love to see some older photos/dealer photos of small pop top rivieras, I really havenít been able to find anything.

My top kinda struggles to stay up on itís own but hereís a photo from camping in October.
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