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  • Avatarunk
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    Damn.  That sucks.   Should we fix?  Or just order a new long block?  Not sure the  cost and time differential.

    AvatarFranz
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    A lot of good parts on this engine still. Rebuild for sure.

    We have a pallet going to painters on Monday or tues. I’m going to throw it on there.

    They can probably knock that rebuild out while we’re prepping the rest of the bus.

    AvatarCampingbox
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    Neat bus. Green & white tents are super rare.

    I think some of the Euro buses had early tent mounts past 1965. I’d date that tent earlier though, because of the dark brown leather straps. A tent made in ’67ish would have light grey leather I think.

    I think someone added the jalousies, those would have been unusual for a no port code westy.

    I think someone added the rear headliner hinge cover. That would have come from a 64-65 flipseat, or maybe an so-44 optioned without the rear cabinet.

    That interior has the ’61-’62 cabinet knobs.

    I think there are layers of camper parts there. I bet someone lived close to a junkyard and was grabbing the parts he liked in the early ’70’ies, or maybe he had a 61-62 flipseat which he really liked but it got wrecked and he moved the interior into a new body.

    Cool bus, I’m not putting it down, just don’t think it left westfalia like that.

    You could look for scratches in the door jambs to see if it had an so-42 interior clamped in place. There would be scratches on the right side of the rear hatch jamb and scratches on the rear cargo door pillar.

     

    AvatarFranz
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    Hmmm. No scratches.

    Maybe ordered without interior?

    The theory of the owner having a crashed 61-62 to take the interior from seems the most likely.

    Avatarunk
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    I got the mobile number of the guy who was the 2nd owner.   We will get this all figured out.  I’m hoping the original owner is still around.  It will be fun the document the history and start creating some more.

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    Funny how many people have come by to see this rig…  Something new, something different…  something old, something blue…. 😉

    AvatarCampingbox
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    Does it have holes in the drivers side wheel well for the So-42 bed bracket? How about holes in the firewall for the so-42 bed support?

    AvatarFranz
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    Negative. No holes in either location.

    No bolts holes for the Z bed base either.

    Table support. Covered in dealer undercoating? Does anybody have close-up of factory welds to compare here.

    AvatarJdawg
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    Jesus the underside of that thing is clean!

    AndymAndym
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    Sounds like a total hack, does it also have a subi in it? ???

     

    cool fine for sure. If you paid what it’s worth and wanted it, nothing wrong with that! Cool shit cost money!

    Avatarunk
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    I had a great meeting today with the PO of this bus.  He owned it from 1983 until he sold it to the guy I bought it from.

    A couple items:

    1.   His son blew the engine when he was 17.   It never was on the road past that day which was around 1988.
    2. They did NOT buy this from the original owner.   They bought it off of a used car lot in Loveland, Co.  he is gonna try to look for some records to see if I can continue looking for the earlier owners.
    3. The bus was used extensively for camping for several years all arouNd COlorado.
    4. They made NO modifications to the bus while they owned it.   The bus was purchased and had been unmodified since 1983…..and hopefully we can keep going backward to find the total history.
    5. He is going to send me some pictures of the busses camping adventures for me to post.
    6. The P.O. lives in Arizona but used to live the n Montrose.

     

    I also also sent in a request for a birth certificate and perhaps that will continue to provide more clues on ththe busses history.

    AvatarRustabus
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    Glad you are digging into this Rigs past!!!! Cool stories!!! 😀  😀

    AvatarVwfool
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    Good work tracking it’s history. It is always fascinating the stories behind the vehicle.

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    Cool History right there!!!!!! 😉  😉   It is nice to hear where and what the bus has been doing in it’s previous life.

    AvatarMembadat
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    Super sweet bus holmes! Great score

     

    Cedar City is right next to beaver, hey hope you enjoyed your time there 😉

    AvatarFranz
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    Parts came in today. Propane refer out for testing and clean up.

    Does anybody know much about these refrigerators?

    I talked with Painter’s today on the engine. Should be on time.

     

    AvatarJb
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    3 way fridges are great when they work…not so great when have to fix em! Biggest killer in those is letting sit. The ammonia or sulferhexafloride nastyness that in em crystallizes and blocks the path of flow. They real simple operation no compressor or fuck all basically a couple heat exchangers, a propane orfice and 12v/115 heater sometimes. Very few and far between they can be brought back with a series of flipping and sitting in different directions to try and get the juices flowing again but it rarely works if all crusty inside pipes

    Refrigeration is my gig but I don’t dabble in rV shit, it considered a specialty niche end of the trade because of some specialized equipment needed for charging and then the system is welded closed so there no access fittings. Last I heard there was only one old boy that had the market cornered in BC. I just gave Greg Noble his contact this summer to try and revive a few early westy fridges he had stashed. Not sure if he had any luck yet?

    Avatar68tintop
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    This bus is awesome. The paint looks so good. I bet it was modified by a navy  airplane mechanic those guys love to build cool shit. Can’t wait to see it on the road?? Moab

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    MOAB 2017 Lin Ottingers Birthday…..  Be there, see it in person..  enjoy the tent.. and Holly, it has a pop room on it!!!!

    AvatarFranz
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    Pat cleaned a fuel valve and got the pilot to light on the fridge. The element got cold and seemed to be functioning. Probably needs the ammonia system recharged. Pat found a local guy that works on vintage refrigeration. Hopeful he can make it 100%

     

    More bad news on the engine. Painters said the case was junk. They had a reconditioned case for $550. I told them to go ahead.

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