- MikeKParticipantMarch 21, 2020 at 10:08 amPost count: 233
I also discovered that the Bus had a cyclone air filter:
I always thought these were cool but I don’t plan on a 36hp for this thing.
Stay healthy and aware!TyHParticipantMarch 21, 2020 at 5:36 pmPost count: 18
Man you stay busy don’t you Mike, great work as usual!! Didn’t you have a topic on Samba about your Vanagon?MikeKParticipantMarch 22, 2020 at 10:55 amPost count: 233
I do. That’s a work in progress as well. I was clipping along nicely on the Vanagon until this Samba came into my world and distracted me.
I just painted the doors last week. Still a long way to go at my pace.TyHParticipantMarch 23, 2020 at 8:01 amPost count: 18
Mike, distraction’s happen. Keep at it and you’ll be camping in no timeMikeKParticipantApril 15, 2020 at 9:55 amPost count: 233
I had an epiphany in the last couple of weeks that I just can’t keep up with all of these projects and build them to the level I want in the time I have on this earth. Never mind maintaining, insuring and garaging them. As a result, I sold off three Buses in the period of a week. My 58 Samba found a new home in California along with a burned up 83 Westy. My 63 chopper Bus is being picked up on Friday and is headed to Arizona. This leaves me with an 85 Westy project and my 66 Okrasa Beetle. Along with some improvements I’d like to make to the shop, this should be a full load for me and hopefully I’ll have more time to make some memories in a Bus than underneath.MikeKParticipantApril 15, 2020 at 10:12 amPost count: 233
This is the only old VW I have left. Though I’m not really a Beetle guy, this one always stood out to me over the years while visiting Rob Cress up in Summit County. He bought this Beetle back in the last century while on a mission to pick up a buggy in Denver. He spotted this thing sitting on an empty lot with a sign saying; 66 Beetle, Modified, $700.00.
After meeting with the owner and hearing the story, he bought it and hauled it back to Summit Cove where it sat for nearly two decades. We would have some beers and check out all the wacky accessories that were on the car and the very unique motor. The story is that the original owner picked up the car and immediately brought it to Oettinger for the treatment. From what I understand, the motor was treated to a full Okrasa setup, the wheels and brakes were changed to disc’s, rally lights, horns and a front mounted cooler were added and this thing was rally ready. The owner mentioned that it was faster than Porsche’s on the Autobahn! It’s crazy to think that he wanted a sleeper and not a Porsche, which would have likely cost about the same once all the mods were done. What is also interesting is that with the introduction of dual port heads on Type 3’s in 67, this is likely one of the very last Okrasa engines. There are quite a few things unique to this particular unit and I hope to find out more in the future. I think what attracted me to the car was how original and modified it is while staying so sublime. Looks like any other 66.
As some of you know, Rob passed away several years ago. After helping his family with his estate, we bought the car. I’d like to think that the project will be a sort of tribute to him, our friendship and our mutual love for VW’s.
Here’ she is, 1966 Ocressa:tlambertParticipantApril 15, 2020 at 1:43 pmPost count: 305
That’s a badass car. Lots of coo accessories on it.
Did Rob live in or near Aurora? Did he pass from cancer?PeteParticipantApril 15, 2020 at 4:53 pmPost count: 886
Yeah, that car has a killer story. I agree with Tim….that thing is badass! Love the engine.TyHParticipantApril 15, 2020 at 11:02 pmPost count: 18
Woah, that car is awesome! And what an awesome story to it as well.mtnbusParticipantApril 16, 2020 at 11:11 amPost count: 1073
Great story, great car, great guy !
I met Rob many years ago passing through Summit County (I think he was in Dillon?). My friend lived with him and kept telling me about all these crazy Vws he had around the house. When I met Rob, he was at his computer on “the Samba” it was the first time Id heard or seen the website. I remember Rob being super nice and let me look out back at all the Vws. I have a vague memory of an OG split ambulance ?
My friend who lived with Rob was a photographer (not into Vws) and gave me a framed photo of the front of one of Robs many split Vws in the yard. That photo is hung on my wall today.
I hope to see the bug someday, it looks badass !FranzKeymasterApril 17, 2020 at 9:50 amPost count: 3484
Super cool bug. So its a 1500cc okrasa then? Do you think it has a stroker crank or big bore cylinders?
Look like they even had a intake pre-heat air pump at sometime. Wacky.MikeKParticipantApril 18, 2020 at 11:49 amPost count: 233
That’s a badass car. Lots of coo accessories on it. Did Rob live in or near Aurora? Did he pass from cancer?
Rob started getting severe headaches in the Fall. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor, had surgeries and passed away in the Spring. I was fortunate to go visit him at his Sisters house in West Virginia a few weeks before he passed. It was sad to see someone who was so full of life reduced to a point where he could hardly walk.MikeKParticipantApril 18, 2020 at 11:54 amPost count: 233
Great story, great car, great guy ! I met Rob many years ago passing through Summit County (I think he was in Dillon?). My friend lived with him and kept telling me about all these crazy Vws he had around the house. When I met Rob, he was at his computer on “the Samba” it was the first time Id heard or seen the website. I remember Rob being super nice and let me look out back at all the Vws. I have a vague memory of an OG split ambulance ? My friend who lived with Rob was a photographer (not into Vws) and gave me a framed photo of the front of one of Robs many split Vws in the yard. That photo is hung on my wall today. I hope to see the bug someday, it looks badass !
He had an Ambulance for a a while. Also a couple of high-roofs, deluxes, the Cutty Sark, and a ton of other stuff. I remember he dragged out a 21 Window, got it running and sold with the stipulation that he would deliver it to Pomona. His goal with the Bus, which he did, was to drive it to Cabo with the safari’s opened from Colorado to Cabo. I’ve got a million stories about that guy, his pranks, snowboarding, skating and general chaos. RIP.
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