unkParticipantOctober 21, 2017 at 6:55 amPost count: 386
Damn. That sucks. Should we fix? Or just order a new long block? Not sure the cost and time differential.FranzKeymasterOctober 21, 2017 at 8:06 amPost count: 3917
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.CampingboxParticipantOctober 21, 2017 at 9:36 amPost count: 7
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.FranzKeymasterOctober 21, 2017 at 10:37 amPost count: 3917
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.unkParticipantOctober 21, 2017 at 12:15 pmPost count: 386
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.John JonesKeymasterOctober 22, 2017 at 8:38 amPost count: 7344
Funny how many people have come by to see this rig… Something new, something different… something old, something blue…. 😉CampingboxParticipantOctober 22, 2017 at 10:41 amPost count: 7
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?FranzKeymasterOctober 22, 2017 at 11:06 amPost count: 3917
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.JdawgParticipantOctober 22, 2017 at 1:25 pmPost count: 455
Jesus the underside of that thing is clean!AndymParticipantOctober 22, 2017 at 2:47 pmPost count: 959
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!unkParticipantOctober 24, 2017 at 2:49 pmPost count: 386
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:
- His son blew the engine when he was 17. It never was on the road past that day which was around 1988.
- 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.
- The bus was used extensively for camping for several years all arouNd COlorado.
- 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.
- He is going to send me some pictures of the busses camping adventures for me to post.
- 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.RustabusParticipantOctober 24, 2017 at 8:09 pmPost count: 2075
Glad you are digging into this Rigs past!!!! Cool stories!!! 😀 😀VwfoolParticipantOctober 24, 2017 at 11:22 pmPost count: 338
Good work tracking it’s history. It is always fascinating the stories behind the vehicle.John JonesKeymasterOctober 25, 2017 at 8:30 amPost count: 7344
Cool History right there!!!!!! 😉 😉 It is nice to hear where and what the bus has been doing in it’s previous life.MembadatParticipantOctober 25, 2017 at 4:47 pmPost count: 42
Super sweet bus holmes! Great score
Cedar City is right next to beaver, hey hope you enjoyed your time there 😉FranzKeymasterOctober 25, 2017 at 6:13 pmPost count: 3917
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.JbParticipantOctober 25, 2017 at 7:05 pmPost count: 650
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?68tintopParticipantOctober 26, 2017 at 6:24 amPost count: 746
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?? MoabJohn JonesKeymasterOctober 26, 2017 at 7:55 amPost count: 7344
MOAB 2017 Lin Ottingers Birthday….. Be there, see it in person.. enjoy the tent.. and Holly, it has a pop room on it!!!!FranzKeymasterOctober 26, 2017 at 4:14 pmPost count: 3917
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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