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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2023 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

The great thing about a VW Bus is they like to work! Pulled the modular Sportsmobile Camper fixtures, loaded the missus' craft show stuff and put it to work to set up for the show. Just like Travel Equipment Corp intended. Smile

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And because they are compact, I was able to share a choice parking spot with a local golf cart. He turned it sideways for me while we talked busses. Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2023 7:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Dammit man, i didnít know you got a bus. Now ima gonna have to read through the whole damn thread. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2023 4:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Great job!! Do redo the safety wire on the rear shift coupler. Each is best individually wired with the wire going around the shift rod. Wire needs to be wound so as each puts a tightening torque on the bolt heads.

Also better to get the hose clamps on the top and bottom of each fresh air tube to keep them from popping off. Had that happen a time or two, and that got the oil temp to shoot up.

A rubber seal goes on the lower end of each of the fresh air tube to seal the hot air under the rear tin to keep the engine cooler.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2023 6:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Just a couple of working girl pics. Getting some straw for the chickens to play in

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Bus in the background after delivering another full load of crochet craft show sundries to the county fair. The bus towel with handy topper is sold by the way.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2023 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

So I've just been exercising my bus regularly as recommended by the German factory workers that strapped a seat to the front beam of a beetle chassis and started hauling thousands of pounds af parts around the facility with it, later calling it a Type II.

Here she hauls massive quantities of covid spawned cardboard to the recycler.

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Here she hauls some tires for an American car, because she is open minded.

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Here is her hauling the waste oil harvesting apparatus, to feed my barn furnace in the Ohio winter, her gift to siblings in que for resuscitation. As well as some shots at the local hardware store and my buddy's auto shop. Laden with about 900 pounds of oil and cargo she lumbered home with the black gold.

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There has also been the odd beetle motor pick up, but you all have seen plenty of those.

And because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, there has been the occasional pleasure cruise through the countryside.

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All in all, a productive summer for the Krankenwagen.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2023 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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Here is her hauling the waste oil harvesting apparatus, to feed my barn furnace in the Ohio winter


Please explain to a Natural Gas burner how that operates.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2023 10:28 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

I like that flexibility to remove the interior and have a big space for various loads. I wouldn't want to do a dump run or carry my kayak inside in a Westfalia (much as I love them).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2023 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

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Here is her hauling the waste oil harvesting apparatus, to feed my barn furnace in the Ohio winter


Please explain to a Natural Gas burner how that operates.


You can see the waste oil furnace in the background of these pictures.

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It's like a big diesel torpedo heater siting sideways in that blue box, with the exhaust going up the black stack and out the roof. The cylinder of the torpedo heater serves as a heat exchanger. The squirl fan on top of the blue box blows air down inside around the cylinder, and out the front left of the box as warm air. The warm air supply could be piped through ducting but mine just blows out into the shop like that.

The black tank under the blue box holds about 250 gallons of waste oil. It burns almost anything automotive related but NOT BRAKE FLUID (brake oil is too corrosive). It burns dirty motor oil, transmission fluid, gearbox oil, hydraulic fluid, as well as being able to run on diesel or home fuel oil (dyed farm diesel). This one is not set up for bio-veggie oil, but I'm sure those are available if you had a source for it.

The main difference between the burner on one of these compared to the burner on a home fuel oil boiler is that this uses compressed air from my shop air compressor to atomize the oil for the burn, rather than just the pressure of an electric pump. On this, there is an electric motor driving a little head unit to push the oil up from the tank to the burner, and there the compressed air adds its push to generate the mist out of the burner orifice to flame up when ignited. So it needs both 110 household current for the squirrel cage blower and the oil pump, plus the compressed air from a steady supply (mine is an 80 gallon 5hp 220v compressor if I recall, and it runs this plus air tools easily).

To harvest the waste from the hardware store or wherever, I use an old time fireman's pump that has a little Briggs & Stratton gas engine with a pump head on it and some garden hoses to transfer it from tank to tank. I tried a rotating hand pump, but it required significant devotion to upper arm development beyond my interest, and went through a couple 12v DC electric pumps, which burn out after 2 or 3 transfers, but have not tried a 110 AC electric pump as I found this little gas engine pump on Craigslist and it works well for my shenanigans.

Even with an open ceiling, 5 pot vents in the roof and an uninsulated barn, I can keep it in the mid 50s in the worst of Ohio winter weather, and easily 70 at just below freezing outside.

If I recall it burns a gallon for an hour of run time. It cycles on and off at the command of a wall thermostat just like any other furnace.

The best is I don't have to prop a door open and get dizzy risking poisoning by the portable torpedo heater I used to use. It exhausts to the outdoors so its just warm air.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2023 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Don66bus wrote:
I like that flexibility to remove the interior and have a big space for various loads. I wouldn't want to do a dump run or carry my kayak inside in a Westfalia (much as I love them).


I've never seen it and can still guarantee your Westy is a much prettier girl than my Krankenwagen. Ha Ha!

Back to work with you my dear bus!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2023 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

Thanks for the explanation. The atomized oil I did not know about. Is there a lot of smoke coming out the roof? I love being warm when it's cold too.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2023 8:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1966 Sportsmobile Camper by Travel Equipment Corp Reply with quote

BarryL wrote:
Thanks for the explanation. The atomized oil I did not know about. Is there a lot of smoke coming out the roof? I love being warm when it's cold too.


There is a puff of white smoke out the stack when it first fires up and then runs clean, so to speak, mostly just heat waves out the stack. It runs just like a great big huge torpedo heater. It's not like a wood burner at all. You can hear the whoosh of it while it's running, like a turbine sound. I'm really happy with it.
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