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I HADN'T OWNED A VW IN 30 YEARS BUT THEY JUST WON'T LEAVE YOU ALONE. I BECAME RE-INTERESTED IN VWs AROUND APRIL OF 2009, WHEN I SAW AN EARLY BUS THAT HAD BEEN SHORTENED BY BASICALLY REMOVING THE SLIDING DOOR SECTION OF THE BODY, THUS, MAKING THE END RESULT A BUS THAT IS 4 FEET SHORTER. BEING A ROD BUILDER, I SAW A CHALLENGE, AND, I LIKED THAT LITTLE BEAST. I HAD TO GET A COUPLE PICTURES OF IT AND I POSTED THEM JUST BELOW. IT WAS AROUND NOON ON A SATURDAY AND THE OWNER WAS LOADING UP HIS DRUM SET AFTER A GIG HIM AND HIS BAND JUST DID IN A LOCAL PUB THERE THE NIGHT BEFORE

 

( Update-March 4th 2012) - RECENTLY, A FELLOW EMAILED ME AND COMPLIMENTED ME ON MY PROGRESS SHOWN BELOW. HE MENTIONED THAT HE ALSO WAS DOING A SHORTY AND THAT MY EXAMPLES PROVED TO BE A LOT OF HELP. I TOLD HIM TO SEND SOME PHOTOS AND I WOULD PUT THEM HERE ON MY WEB PAGE. WELL, HE HAS A NICE POSTING ON FACEBOOK, SO JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO THE LEFT AND YOU CAN SEE JOE'S PROGRESS

I PICKED UP A 1972 MODEL RIGHT QUICK SO I COULD BEGIN BUILDING MY OWN VERSION. I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THEM REAL QUICKLY ALONG THE WAY. SUCH THINGS AS SUSPENSION AND ENGINE CHANGES THAT TOOK PLACE THRU THE YEARS AND MUCH MORE, THAT YOU CURRENT ENTHUSIASTS ALREADY KNOW...

It's been sitting on my lift for nearly 2 years now and I finally got started on it

Just below are some pictures of the progress with "MY" Shorty

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 MY VW SHORTY BUS BUILD

 

(Early August of 2011)

Side view, up on my lift, with lowering plate on and a wheel in place

View of the lowering U-plates provided by "widefive". Check out their link on this page. This method lowers the rear just over 3 inches and otherwise has no adjustment

Trial fitting the exhaust. Looks like it clears everything, as it was meant to fit a bug I believe

Nice bottom view shows how it all will go togeather

View from the top of the empty aluminum case with the jugs & heads temporarily installed to trial fit everything in the engine compartment

The U-bent inlet on the muffler extends past the bumper a couple of inches, but tucks the Dynomax muffler under the bus nicely

 ( Update-August 26th 2011) Here I have the front suspension mostly disassembled for cleanup and reassembly. The upper torsion arms and beam must be removed yet

These parts are degreased and ready to prep and paint. All the ball joints and tie rod ends were in very good original condition and need only new rubber boots

This is the custom built adjustable lowering beam I got from The Bus Boys on the west coast. It will give me a similar drop in the front to match the lowering plates in the rear of approx. 3 inches

After hours of scraping and degreasing, the center underside is coated. I must also do the inner wheel wells before installing the new lowering beam

( Update-Sept. 4th 2011)  Most of the front suspension parts are painted and ready to reinstall on the beam. I cleaned and painted the brake booster as it seemed to be in good shape. Time will tell if the diaphragm holds up

One side of the reinstalled beam. I will clean and paint the spindles after deciding how it sits with the lowering devices and the body changes

Underside view of the near completed front beam assembly. The next step is to set it on the tires, remove the center section from the body and weld the two end back together

It sits lower at this point, however I will be removing 4 feet of the body soon. I'll see where I'm at with a few hundred less pounds on the springs and make a final adjustment to the front beam. As mentioned above, the rear can not be adjusted

( Update-Sept. 6th 2011) Here are a couple pix of the drivers side after removing most of the center panel, window frame and the sliding door on the other side. I will now fine cut the edges of the original seams so they will fit nicely when I bring the two end together

( Update-Sept. 8th 2011)

We had some extreme flooding and wet basements the last two days here as many others did from what I saw on the news. I did get back on the bus a day later though and here's where I am now

To the left are a number of angle shots I took after removing most of the unwanted sheet metal. I left only the two frame rails to hold the body halves steady while I fine trim the edges to be fit. SO FAR SO GOOD??

( Update-Sept. 11th 2011)

After 8 hours of "final trimming", and here are the results. These two thumbnailed closeup pix show the meeting areas of the front & rear sections after the "near" final trimming has been completed. As seen on the pictures, I must use one side of the final trimmed roof panel as a pattern to mark the other to complete the final trimming on that side. I must also remove the two frame rails (seen in pictures above) before I can bring the halves together. Otherwise, everything is ready to trial fit and see if any high areas must be ground down to insure a snug fit before welding

NOTE THAT ON THE SIDE PANELS I AM JOINING THEM AT A FACTORY SEEM ON THE DRIVERS SIDE AND THE SLIDING DOOR OPENING ON THE OTHER SIDE WHICH MAKES FOR A REASONABLY EASY MEETING. ON THE ROOF I WILL USE A TOOL THAT PUTS AN OVERLAPPING OFFSET ON ONE SIDE OF THE ROOF PANEL (CLICK ON THE THUMNBNAILS)

( Update-Sept. 16th 2011)

The 2 halves are now trimmed, prepped and have been joined  for final  welding.  The 2 pix to the left show views of the underside temporarily clamped

If you have never seen how an offset seam tool works, click on the picture to the left. It performs 2 tasks. It installs the offset and also punches holes for button welding the 2 sides together. This is how I joined the roof panels

The photo on the left shows the overlapping roof panel being trial fitted. I then traced the edge of it onto the other panel to make the final trim so they join perfectly when brought back together. The photo on the right shows the final offset seam, back together & ready to weld

These 4 photos show a few views of the shorty bus, ready to permanently weld together

I got away from the body work for a while and built the rear motor mount using aftermarket urethane sway bar bushings and part of the original hangers as seen on the photos I continued with the engine compartment in these 4 photos. I fitted and louvers some 16 gauge polished aluminum panels. The roof is black although its hard to tell and the shiny ones still have the protective coating on them. I have the oil cooler in place and access for the battery

 

(Update late December 2011)

No new picture as I've been doing a lot of the boring work such as rerunning tubing for all the cables and cleaning the undercarriage. I'm close to putting some final detail to the underside and I will take some new pix. Also had to do some work around the house, so the bus became second on the "to do" list

BUT IN THE MEAN WHILE...

As you see from the photo here, I had a Monkey Wrench thrown in the gears. A few days before Christmas, I had a near fatal heart attack. Before that, never took much more than an aspirin for a headache. What a life changer. 6 pills a day now and no more Triple Wendy's burgers I guess

I'm gradually getting back in the swing, and I'll update again soon as I have something interesting

 

 

(Update Jan 12th 2012)

We had a few unusually warm days here and the roof & gutters were really rusty and pitted. That kind of rust that has to be blasted away. I had my cousin help me prepare and blast those areas as I still have very sore ribs from the CPR at the hospital. They apparently broke quite a few during the process and still had to give me 8 shocks from the paddles to bring me around

You also can see some lower rust panels installed recently. All is coming along well and once it's back in the garage, I can finish the under carriage detailing and take some more pictures

 

(Update Jan 30th 2012)

I finally am felling better from the cracked ribs I got from the CPR and welded the two inside floor halves together yesterday

A friend of mine is a retired body man and has a good start on the roof & sides. He has most of the body lines on the roof back to looking stock. It's 6:30 AM and I'm off in a few mins. to my heart therapy classes

(Update Feb 25th 2012)

I must replace the drivers door with a good used one I have and finish the nose panel. Other than that, the first full primer coat is now on the welded sections of the body as pictured here

Final visual inspection, additional body work and block sanding will be next on the external part of the body. My body guy has over 100 hours and $400 in materials used thus far and it's only in primer

As seen mentioned on the last update, I now have finished my heart therapy. I've been working on the underside and some mechanicals of the project for weeks now as I feel just fine

(Update March 28th 2012)

Above are some pix of the bus in the final bodywork primer. It is now ready to go to the painter for block sanding and color (white top/red bottom) Don't know when that will happen

I moved everything out of my shop and began blowing off light fixtures, shelves nook & crannies and anything else that had 1/4" of sanding dust on it. After doing the same to my toolboxes, welders and the other contents, it's all back in place and ready for me to finish the mechanicals of the project

 

 

(Update May 6th 2012)

Pictured here are some components I'm just about ready to reinstall. I resealed the steering box and replaced the ignition switch along with lengthening the wires for better access. It all got a fresh coat of paint as well

For those of you who may want to bring the fuse panel up to date, I found a nice universal replacement. Again, I added a 10 inch pigtail to the panel terminals so as to relocate the panel to a more user friendly location under the dash. It's pictured here ready to mount. Here is the "ebay" store I bought it at

http://stores.ebay.com/Arlington-Products?_trksid=p4340.l2563

 

(Update July 20th 2012)

I haven't been on top of working on the bus like I should be lately. What I did get done was time consuming and here are some photos of the progress on the underside. I also restored and installed the gas tank

The brakes are ready for fluid. The trans is in with shifter linkage shortened and back in place. Clutch pedal in place along with the throttle cable. Steering column back in and I just have to tighten all the tie rod ends and recheck the other nuts & bolts on the chassis

 

(Update August 8th 2012)

I did some detail work and under chassis wiring along with mounting and installing the wheels & tires. I had to test fit a couple of size tires on the rear to find one as fat as possible that would still clear the inner body

Earlier in the build I did use a porta power and jack the wheel well opening outward as far as I could without kinking the panel. I ended up with a tire size of 205/60/15, which I used all around as the rear fit was close but clear and front fit was no problem. I included a photo from the beginning below as well

 

(Update November 11th 2014)

Can't believe this much time has passed. Over 2 years already. OK, here we go again. Had a local Vo-Tech Collage instructor I know agree to take the nicely prepped body, as seen in the earlier update, and finish it at a very reasonable price.

This did not come to be over a year ago when first discussed, however, bout 6 or 8 weeks ago, I hauled it to their shop (classroom). Here it is after final detail & prepping, with a Base/Clear 2 tone finish on it. I started to install the exterior items, but yet to get an interior & engine in place. Going in for headliner tomorrow and then I can install windows and will then have the materials, in matching colors, on order to finish the inside in a week or two. KEEP CHECKIN BACK...

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 VOLKSROD PROJECT

 

Here are some photos taken in late July 2012 of a proposed Bug Pickup I'm building. In the photos I had just finished cutting the rear of the body off and setting the rear corners of a 1950 Ford pickup in place to show my intentions. I picked up the old corners in the yard the day before. I'm hoping the contours are close enough to make it look like the factory built it. I will finish it in a VolksRod style. Keep an eye on the project

 

 

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SOME VW STUFF FOR SALE

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This engine for sale only with one of the above project cars. I bought it from a previous owner who built it for a customer and had to repo it due to lack of payment. He put all the external "stock" accessories back on it and used it in his own Bug for a while. The accessories you see on it now were stored away during that time. I detailed it all up and reinstalled the goodies as seen. He said it had a 90.5 big bore kit and performance cam. I'm assuming it is a 1776cc displacement. For Sale Only with purchase of project car - $1200 (SOLD)
These two cases are ready for final assembly. I'm waiting for parts just now. One is a stock 1600cc, freshened up unit with used crank and cylinders, new cam/lifters, bearings & oil pump, will be a complete turn key stock looking one when assembled - PRICE & AVAILABILITY-?

Other will have a new 92mm bore kit with a used stock crank with a 1835mm disp., perf. cam /lifters, external oil filter, new bearings, will be a turn key assembly with a new dual single bbl. carb setup - PRICE & AVAILABILITY-?

 

1978 BUS 091 Trans 2.0 Pancake Type 4 IV   OFFERS AROUND $999 !!

DON'T BE BASHFUL HERE. If my price is not fair, let's be fair with each other. Give me a call with your fair offer

 As pictured here, I have a project or parts bus. It arrived at my home just the way you see it on the photos. As such, I can only verify what I've been told by the previous owner

 Two guys bought this bus with the intentions of a total resto. They said it ran and drove fine upon arrival. They tore it apart to start the job and time passed. As usual, interest was lost and I ended up with it. I have plenty of other projects here and decided to sell it with everything included that it came with

 Here's what I know. The two guys I got it from seemed honest and forthright, so I suspect it is just what they said it was. It has been stored in a dry garage since disassembly and is now under my pavilion out of the weather. It was absolutely complete and all the parts are included, packed away inside the cab. The trans is still mounted as seen and the engine longblock is still assembled inside the cab. Some rust and bumps are included, but, it is very restorable

 The engine is the desirable 2.0 type IV and the trans appears to be the 091 6 rib unit, which in itself is also very desirable. I assume it has fuel injection, but, since I have never even moved a part inside the cab, it may have a single or dual carb setup buried in there somewhere. As mentioned above, the driveline was to have been in good running order.

 

 

JUST FOR FUN "VW" STUFF

Saw this one for sale on Craig's one day. I went back the next day and couldn't find it again. They only wanted $6500 for it

ANYONE HAVE MORE INFO ON THIS ONE ??

Just because I have to much time on my hands, I put the "Cutaway" engine together below in the thumbnailed pix. Just click on them to get a better look

As seen I cut an old pulley down on my lathe so that a connection rod would clamp tight on it. I then used an old wrist pin to make a handle. This is then used to crank the assembly over so you can watch the rocker arms, valves and distributor operate. The VW BUS seen on the distributor travels around the distributor cap as you crank it over

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