"Scarface" 54 BD panel build

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby Critter1 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:12 am

OGPaint wrote:
Critter1 wrote:Hope those heims worked for you fellas!


I know the Heims worked well. The guys installed them in Fairfield CA on the way back and the linkage was really sweet after that.

We arrived in Salem Monday night as a group, and crashed at our farm. Yesterday we escorted the group to the Oregon border, last heard from them late last night and they were deep into Washington.

Good to know. I'm sure they get the award for the furthest traveled for the weekend! \:D/
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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby jb » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:50 am

K so the high of this trip is starting to wear off....hearing is slowly coming back and I don't feel the seams of the concrete I5 in my sleep anymore :-({|= we had lots of mechanical "mishaps" some could have been avoided if we would have had the luxury of getting more than 10 miles of road testing done before embarking on this roadie ](*,)
Haven't been to the shop since we got home and unloaded but Johnny is coming down for church tomorrow night to get behind the wheel of scarface for the first time =D> The goal for this bus was to build a super solid badass driver barndoor, I think we delivered Smile after the trip the "newness" is definitely gone haha. Was one hell of a shake down run on our 3000 plus mile (not really sure exact cause had the '52 50mph max speedo disconnected most of time so didn't snap the needle off bouncing it off the zero stopper O:) )

This is the 3rd time I've started this post and had it erase itself.....gotta go help kids with a bottle drive now I'll pick up with some of the details and pics later :-$

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby jb » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:22 pm

Replacement "lottery" trans that we thrashed all night to swap out night before we left, thx ediddy =D> Was actually one thing that worked flawless the whole trip!

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Ferry line up with an hour sleep and about 4-5 miles road time :-#

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Winona's big brown beaver trying to help greg diagnose a fucked motor in his 65 standard about 30 mins into Washington (Squim). Man we off to a great start!

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was a 2110 with hyraulic lifters from the infamous Berni Bergman #-o from what could tell on side of road it busted the bore out of one of the lifters? Greg and Clara offered to use their AAA to tow it to Olympia and yank the "cragar kombi" 1600 to swap in but greg called out a huge favour and sweet talked Matt into getting on BC ferrys and drive down to rescue them with trailer! Only to load into the TDI vanagon westy and head back across the line (getting laughed at by customs)
Jrod and me kept going.....suspension settled and started to scrub the front wheel wells pretty good. we had to pull over to jack it up a notch, no sweat.
Got to Olympia and met up at Greg and Clara's got a sweet tour then rolled out with their restored 56 and Mikes OG 59 LHD RH Cargo Swedish westy.
All was well until flying down I5 Just outside of Portland...about 9pm the red light comes on! Pull over to find the alt pulley scattered all over the engine bay #-o all the shims and parts were in there still but the fancy aluminum CB pulley acorn nut had no threads left, FUCK! Tuned out the cheap ass Chinese T-bolt alt strap snapped causing the alternator to dance around loosening the pulley, apart she came!

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Made a bunch of calls to Portland peeps and Danny Byers came to the rescue with a new stock pulley and steel strap. Super solid dude, never met him before but we owe u big buddy! Back on the road about hour and half later and onto Patrick and Rachel's farm in Salem. By time we made it there the fuel filter was plugging up, limped it in and ate/drank like hadn't in weeks \:D/ Parker in his 21 and Adam/Ally in their 356 powered wheeled 59 mango had rendevu'd there too. We took off in the AM with a killer route planned by Mr Hall in their sweet 52 CC deluxe. Pat just built a mini stroker we coined the "super25" with a 25hp case, 77mm jugs, a 69mm crank and 36 ho heads....turning it into a 1300 while looking very stock \:D/

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Group was keeping a great pace of 65ish through the rain and hills....barndoor is really really loud even with earplugs and I didn't like putting muffs on cause couldn't hear the bus :-s really cool scenery along the coast!
Stopped at a Fred Myers to food/beer up for camping, hop back in bus, ignition key on, hit starter button and instantly starter solenoid is stuck half on grinding away, turn key off, nope still powered up run out back rip battery cable off.....wtf? Was a brand new Bosch with like 3 dozen starts on it ](*,) climb under, disconnect solenoid lug and push start it. Patrick found us a new one at autozone for 44$ in stock in Brookings where were we're headed to camp. Carry on, bit later someone was on reserve and sputtering, no problem we were carrying gas....pull over and a few feet before rolling to a stopthe right rear tire slips off a 3" drop of asphalt.....SHIT! Grind to a hault on what I thought was muffler....Jrod jumps out and instantly yells KILL IT! Just as I look at the pod and see the oil light come on! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?! I feel like the biggest tool ever with 6L of oil making beautiful rainbow col_ours all over the 101 in the rain. The drain plug off the 3.5 qt sump is sitting 6" behind the rear press bumper. Parker with his fancy Hazard light late model secures the scene and we jack it up. The aluminum sump plate was chewed up along with last thread on the drain plug....quickly file the plug and try and screw back in. Instantly starts to cross thread :-# I close my eyes give it 2-3 waps in the right direction to straighten it out and miraculously it worked! \:D/ collectively the group had enough oil to top us off and off we went! just dodged a huge bullet, still feeling like a donkey oh well could have been much worse.

I like parkers photo bomb here!

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Arrive at a very soggy campsite in brookings, have some of Clara's famous pizza pie campfire pockets for dinner, beers, stories and laughs galore. Found the starter in the morning, swapped it out in a parking lot and Dave Cormack (use to write for HotVWs) met us for a billshit in his killer oval rag. We learned that the 101 costal route though the redwoods and stuff is closed due to landslides :-({|= we had to turn back inland back through grants pass (again) Greg, Andrew and Jas had been killing time there all day after driving through the night to catch us on the 101 but was closed. bus is running good, we making good time! Make it into Corning CA and pull into an almond orchard that Patrick does some work for to camp.

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We roll into Redbarn and set up camp, start drinkin \:D/ jrods wife made him this awesome shirt to wear with all things Canadian haha gotta represent!

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Johnny sent us with a club to lock up his baby haha

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Met loads of cool peeps and put a ton of faces to names. Swap was great got some we didn't need.

Oh shit I'm getting all crossed up here missing mark Merrills open house.....I gonna cut her here and pick up later

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby vwfool » Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:44 pm

Sounds like an awesome trip

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby JRW » Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:07 pm

Awesome doesn't describe it. We met people we know from the forums and saw some spectacular. Cars. hung out with awesome people. And bought parts we probubly don't need but are nice to have kicking around

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby russ scott » Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:15 pm

sounds like an amazing time with some hiccups
they add to the stories late on and it's what you will remeber most

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby PeteSC » Sun Apr 30, 2017 7:03 am

Nice recap...sounds like a helluva time. You guys don't half-ass you road trips. =D>

So what next for Johnny's BD? Cab divider, rattle trap and some interior cards to make it more hospitable behind the wheel?
Meh.

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby Franz » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:08 am

Nice write up!

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby jb » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:46 am

Oh I'm not done yet fellas, more to come \:D/

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby johnnymain » Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:41 pm

I know this sounds crazy but I just drive my bus for the first time, the thing is a fucking monster, pulls to the moon and back, and brakes dead straight, wow I challenge anyone to try kick this smile off my face !!!!

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby john jones » Mon May 01, 2017 6:21 am

Glad your first drive finally happened!!!!! We already had that excitement.. Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Wink Johnny.. You are one busy man!!! :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$
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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby Franz » Mon May 01, 2017 7:19 am

Excited for you buddy. Slammed 2 liter barndoor is something that doesn't happen everyday.

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby john jones » Tue May 02, 2017 5:45 am

yeah.. No lie there.... That is EXCITING shit!!!!!!! It must have sent chills down your spine to finally behind the wheel of that rad bus!!!! Something you dreamed about for sooo long.... =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>

You guys done did it!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby johnnymain » Tue May 02, 2017 7:00 am

Ya I sold a bus probably 8-10 years ago to buy that bd, but my life has been overly busy to say the least with some unexpected family loss on top of that, I can't say enough about triple js and kcw, even though I don't post much I check this site every morning to get my fix, can't wait to road trip this baby when life gives me the chance, it's such a bucket list thing for me, thanks

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Re: "Scarface" 54 BD panel build

Postby jb » Tue May 02, 2017 12:38 pm

ya when Johnny couldn't make it down for the ritual sunday night "church" session I decided to drive up to the Main farm (hour away) and bring the test drive to him \:D/ First thing he does on the way to the beer store is launch out of his driveway and smash the hammer down =D> =D> =D> instantly I thought of how easy we were on the old girl on the trip compared to this "testdrive" hahahahaha was perfect our boy Johnny was like a kid in a candy store! \:D/


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