Posts Tagged VW bus


Posted on February 25, 2014 by 9 Comments

We’ve a had a string of recent visitors and more coming, so things are a bit more lively than normal around here.

Sean, Becki and baby Knox came up from Denver last week and peppered us with questions about living on the road in a VW, solar system design and the like.  Really nice folks.

They’ve got a ’76 bus and are planning on a 6 month or so road trip to the West Coast. Since he can work remotely, they’re pretty open to the possibilities.  Hmm… I wonder if it will go longer than planned.  Nah… that never happens.

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They don’t have a name for the bus yet, but suggestions are welcomed. Good luck, guys!

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Um presente

Posted on January 2, 2014 by 6 Comments

The other day we had a knock at the door and the delivery guy was dropping off a big box. From São Paulo.

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Inside was a personalized VW bus doormat, a nice note, and a copy of a magazine with a VW advertisement where we’re listed as heirs of the last VW bus to roll off the line. Pretty cool!

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Legal! Muito Obrigado, VW do Brasil!

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Posted on December 14, 2013 by No Comments

Now that it’s warmed up a bit (but still below freezing), I can fix a few car issues. For one, the car now starts. Above 15F seems to be the sweet spot. Below that, it’s not going to start. This could make for a long winter, so we’re stocking the freezer with food and learning the local bus routes.

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But, I did manage to fix something. I wired around the bad headlight dimmer relay. This had prevented the lights from working at all, so at least we now have headlights if needed.

The stamp on the relay case seems to indicate that this is the original ~43 year old part. Considering it’s age, it’s an impressive bit of engineering, but was bound to go out sooner or later. A new relay is on my Christmas list.



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Red Beard 2.0

Posted on December 5, 2013 by 1 Comment

Original artwork by Matthew Koons!


Thanks, Matthew!

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Are We There Yet?!

Posted on November 15, 2013 by 1 Comment

It was our last day in town, and we had surprise visitors!

We met Wendi and Steve about 4 years ago at a campground in Mexico. They had pulled a trailer with an SUV all the way down from Canada for the winter – just like all the other snowbirds. These guys were different, though. And, we stayed in touch. Not long after we got going, they headed back to Canada and bought a VW bus – Pumper. They drove it south as far as Ecuador, then did a re-set and shipped it home and then to Europe. After doing a loop, they almost sold it in the UK to an eager buyer… but just couldn’t do it. They shipped it home again, but decided to stop traveling and resume a ‘normal’ life in Canada. It lasted 6 weeks. Now, they’re on the move south again and probably in Mexico by now.

Suerte, amigos!

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Filed Under: Texas

More Bus Stuff

Posted on November 14, 2013 by 4 Comments

The list is dwindling and the bus repair updates should be slowing down and getting replaced with travel updates very soon. This might even be the last one for a while.

I installed a new floor. New sub-flooring too. We went with commercial grade vinyl tile squares – the same kind you’ll find in the local high school cafeteria. Previously, our wood flooring looked really nice, but just didn’t stand up to the continuous wear and tear. And, it was rotting from underneath. These should do the trick.


New door panels too. I went with a double dose of plastic sheeting on both the panels and the door frame. On every ACVW I’ve ever owned, the door panels get wet and rot out. Hopefully, this will keep them solid a little longer than average.

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Everything has taken longer than I thought, but we’re just about there. Every little project tended to involve shearing off a bolt and extra trips to the hardware store. I’ve accumulated a little set of metric taps – not a bad investment.

Adding the undercoating was a big task – mostly the required preparation, since I don’t have a lift. But, totally worth it.

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New tires. Check.

I’ve also been doing some wiring and added some more lighting. I now have a total 400W of illumination on the front. Maybe a bit much for someone who tries to never drive at night. But, if we get cold in the mountains we can probably just turn on all the lights and stand in front of the bus.

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Blue Light Special

Posted on November 11, 2013 by No Comments

We’re clearing out and making sure that everything we own fits in the bus.

This stuff needs to go to a good home…


Dual-diode battery isolator. Two batteries, one easy solution. Works great. If you are considering adding an extra battery, this is the simplest way to do it. We used it for 4 years sin problema. We’re changing to a more complicated system. Price: free. Claim it – send me your address – and I’ll send a PayPal invoice for the actual shipping costs.

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Those dual-Weber ICT carbs. My excellent sales pitch the first time didn’t work. But, they need to go. We’re simplifying and there’s no room for these.

Comes with all linkage and new filters. 1 good carb, 1 bad carb. You figure it out. Make me an offer.


Custom zip-out screen for pop-top. Improved with high-density high-durability mesh. Hand made in Montevideo, Uruguay. If you have a zip-out rectangular screen, this probably fits. Freebie. Pay for shipping and it’s yours.


My old 90 amp Bosch alternator. Good gen gone bad. Use for rebuild or for core. Free – just pay shipping and it’s yours. Seems like a waste to throw it in the garbage.


Door handles. Bought the top one in Mexico and is identical to the current aftermarket repro. No key, but easy to re-key (we did). And, a second bonus handle with no tumbler – I think this is the one we started the trip with. Needs a good home. Hate to trash – say the word and it’s yours.


Retractable seat belts! Our bus originally came with limp lap belts – not this fancy upgrade. Works great. We have these in our front seats and one in the back. Perfect substitute for your old bus belts. I think I got these from a Jetta. Nice price – free. Just shipping cost to wherever you are.


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