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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

Wasted youth wrote:
I did not catch this earlier... Question I thought the heat dump tubes were 1978 only. My 1977 and 1973 do not have them, anyway. My '78 does, so can someone clue me in on this?


That's my bad. While removing the engine the right flapper box fell down, hit the floor, and the little spring between the flaps broke free. It looked hard to repair, so I just used a later one I had around, with intent to find a correct one later. The 75' had no heat dump tubes.

I also replaced the asbestos cuffs with the new gray rubber ones.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

Hoody wrote:
I am pretty sure that cleat you inquired about was to secure the Westy stool. Not the between the seats storage box but an actual stool that they came with. Judging by the looks of the bottom of that heater box it appears as though the PO decided to go over a large rock he shouldn’t have. My guess is the heat dump tube got mangled and rather than fix it or replace it he just removed it. You are also missing the uber important bracket-hanger for the rear of the heater box.


I'll buy that, it could be that that cleat was for the stool, which this bus didn't come with. I believe Canadian 75's got the box, US ones got the stool? Or maybe this one had the stool upgraded to the box, being sort of a bespoke outfitted bus.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

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Try sitting your dash table on those cleats on the side of the fridge and sink cabinets Wink


No, not those plastic support bars. The secondary table slides in there. There's a cleat like the ones between the front seats that hold the storage box, but back on the side of the fridge. It's about 2 inches too high up to hold the straps of the box. Hoody suggested it would have held in the not included Westy stool?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

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Try sitting your dash table on those cleats on the side of the fridge and sink cabinets Wink


No, not those plastic support bars. The secondary table slides in there. There's a cleat like the ones between the front seats that hold the storage box, but back on the side of the fridge. It's about 2 inches too high up to hold the straps of the box. Hoody suggested it would have held in the not included Westy stool?

Correct, that one is the stool cleat, I guess they put them on all the cabinets regardless of the trim level of the camper it was going into.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

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I would be interested to see the Inspection markings.
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Yea, you saw the ones on the tin, I'll have to take a look behind the wheel for that one. Any others? Isn't there a VIN marking somewhere in the undercarriage?


IIRC the VIN is stamped on the right frame rail.

There should also be some inspection markings in the headlight housings.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

Amazing!!! Mine is 9/74, and has at least 384K miles, assuming it had turned the odometer over once when I bought it. It was sold here in E. Tenn. in 4/75 the same week Saigon fell and "Jaws" was released upon the world.

Since it had the original motor with a #3 rod inspection port in the block riding where the middle seat should have been, another worn-out motor, and tranny, in back, and radio stations out west written on the back of the owner's manual, it is safe to say it has WELL over half a million miles. I even have the original Sapphire radio. My Dad's '75 had the factory 8-track back in the day.

We're ready to log many more miles in the near future. The front end needs the TCash treatment; I admired your work in Clatter's excellent thread sir.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

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Also the transport Canada vin sticker on the door jamb. Definitely a Canadian bus. Luckily it doesn't look like it's seen a Canadian winter.

The underside pics look at least 139K to my eyes, but I can see how some road salt not getting washed off before storage would do that with only 39K.
Either way, she's a beauty.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

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I don't know if the headlight mod was a PO, factory, or dealer upgrade, but it's for the H4 headlights which I suspect were installed when the bus was in Germany in 1975, since they were legal and available in Europe.

I expect that this is exactly what this is for. What does that wire go to inside the headlight bucket?

I have four wires into the bucket on my euro-spec Mexican pickup, and this fourth (gray) wire, which is part of the original wiring harness, is indeed for the city light bulb that lives inside each headlight. Took me about 18 months to figure that out, get proper headlights with the city light feature, and the mounting rig for the city lights. Now mine is all done, and the city lights come on when the parking lights are on. You might check for power on that wire when the parking lights are on. If you want to restore that functionality, you can PM me.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

...aaaaand queue the offer from Notchboy Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:47 am    Post subject: Re: Brilliant Orange Time Capsule: A 39K mi bus and its OG/NLA parts Reply with quote

Volswagon wrote:
rusty busty wrote:
Also the transport Canada vin sticker on the door jamb. Definitely a Canadian bus. Luckily it doesn't look like it's seen a Canadian winter.

The underside pics look at least 139K to my eyes, but I can see how some road salt not getting washed off before storage would do that with only 39K.
Either way, she's a beauty.


Interior and provenance strongly support 39k
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