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Old 09-08-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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Saw this photo somewhere and thought I'd post it. I had 1963 VW bus that I wish I never got rid of. Classic red/white with the split front window. The previous owner drilled a hole in the side of it way back in the engine compartment. You could feed a belt through the hole, wrap it around the generator and pull start the motor. Can't remember if it was 36 or 40hp. That bus took my wife and I all over the west.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:43 AM   #2
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Very neat!!!!!!
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Old 09-09-2019, 06:43 PM   #3
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Yeah, but the top photo doesn't have the same vehicles as the bottom photo. There's no way on this earth anyone is going to recreate a 21 window VW out of that silver thing in the top photo. If they are, I want to shake his hand and buy him a cup of coffee.
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That is an odd looking, but cool setup. We traveled all over Europe in a VW bus my Dad had when he was stationed at Wiesbaden AB (it was an Air Base then) from 1966 - 1969. He had an old Army surplus "circus tent", and that's what we slept in. Here is a picture of the family, somewhere on our way to the Mediterranean Sea in Italy. I couldn't begin to tell you where exactly. Mom and Dad are both gone now, but these pictures will live on forever. Oh...that's me in the red/black/yellow striped shirt. I'll be 60 years old in February, so I was probably 7 or 8 years old there.

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My first ex wife wanted a Vdub bus to haul the three kids around so we bought a brand new 1975 bus. It had the newer fuel injected motor and would run out real well. We did a lot of traveling in that old bus.
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As a former owner, you may enjoy seeing a VW belt changed in 5 seconds:

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Old 09-10-2019, 08:58 AM   #7
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Hangdiver:

As a former owner, you may enjoy seeing a VW belt changed in 5 seconds:

That was great. Didn't know you could do that!
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That was great. Didn't know you could do that!
Well you can and you can't do it. You really should adjust the shims in the upper pulley to get the proper belt tension. Destroying the bearing in the generator becomes a bigger problem.
But hey it looks cool 😎.
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I had 3 VW camper/buses with the pop-up roof.
They were great!

I also had a 1960 red/white passenger bus with the opening, split front windshield and a 1959 split rear window bug.
I sure wish I would have kept those two
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Well you can and you can't do it. You really should adjust the shims in the upper pulley to get the proper belt tension. Destroying the bearing in the generator becomes a bigger problem.
But hey it looks cool 😎.
I guess you do that after the new belt is on.
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I had 3 VW camper/buses with the pop-up roof.
They were great!

I also had a 1960 red/white passenger bus with the opening, split front windshield and a 1959 split rear window bug.
I sure wish I would have kept those two
Loved the old VW's. They were like a Timex.
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I actually took my driver's license test in a '69 VW bus. I didn't do so well on the parallel parking, but he forgave me when the engine died, and I pulled it over to fix it (a loose wire in the engine somwhere...can't remember where now). But then we had to push start it. Yes sir, old Bubba in Canton TX helping an 18 year old long-haired hippie push start a '69 VW bus. It was awesome. I turned around and picked him up, and we headed back to the courthouse where he passed me. There's a memory one will never forget!!
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I actually took my driver's license test in a '69 VW bus. I didn't do so well on the parallel parking, but he forgave me when the engine died, and I pulled it over to fix it (a loose wire in the engine somwhere...can't remember where now). But then we had to push start it. Yes sir, old Bubba in Canton TX helping an 18 year old long-haired hippie push start a '69 VW bus. It was awesome. I turned around and picked him up, and we headed back to the courthouse where he passed me. There's a memory one will never forget!!
Great story....
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I actually took my driver's license test in a '69 VW bus. I didn't do so well on the parallel parking, but he forgave me when the engine died, and I pulled it over to fix it (a loose wire in the engine somwhere...can't remember where now). But then we had to push start it. Yes sir, old Bubba in Canton TX helping an 18 year old long-haired hippie push start a '69 VW bus. It was awesome. I turned around and picked him up, and we headed back to the courthouse where he passed me. There's a memory one will never forget!!
I would have passed you, too. If you're capable of fixing the engine, I'd imagine you're capable of driving it.
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Great pics and stories

Love the pics and stories. We have a 78í Westfalia camper. The wife and I occasionally take a road trip and camp out of it.
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Check out the Vanagon app.

Friend of mine is behind it. In addition to normal stuff, they have a network of people on it that lets fellow vanagons park/camp in their driveway while travelling.
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My very 1st new car was a '68 VW camper bus - their debut year. Engine threw a rod @ around 15K miles. Mechanic left something in a piston and the engine made it a couple hundred yards before needing a rather complete rebuild. Wheel bearings died at about 30K miles and the transaxle at about 40K miles. Sold it at that point because it was clear the powertrain could not stand up to our freeways.

As a camper, the roof was too week so VW had to provide a steel brace for the inside. Nonetheless, we camped a lot. Spent a miserable week in NC (from PA) with a 3 year old because it rained the entire time we were there.

Haven't been a VW lot since.
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