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Old 06-22-2017, 04:37 AM   #283 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ChopStix View Post
I hear you on the lack of accomplishment today. But here's the thing. I found a cheap local '60 split window panel bus that I've been keeping an eye on. But even its cheap price is a bit more than I have in cash. I'm half tempted to buy it instead of a beetle delivery since its got real value. Where as a beetle delivery (to use a Samba term) b*stard won't have any real value by comparison. (giggles to himself...)

I like the beetle a bit more. But the van is a different kind of cool. Its lowered with a 1600DP with twin carbs, 009 dist, etc. Its rougher condition, but runs and drives. Also some meathead put a couple house windows in the side of it. However I can fix that abomination and swap it back to stock. But ultimately its cool enough to make it very considerable, if you can visualize the dilemma.
In reply to myself, I went and looked at the bus real close on Monday. I climbed all over it (literally). I also checked out a '76 standard beetle, a '74 standard beetle, and a couple convertible beetles just because they were there. I was really interested in the '77 which is actually a '76 (typo on the listing) until I crawled around and under it. It has a lot of rust in places that I don't want to deal with. For example there's an arm length rust hole through the inside of the engine compartment. Yes I could weld it closed. But its an example of how bad the normal rust areas were! So I had to pass on its $4k price tag when its a giant rust bucket. So that's all the info that I have on that topic at this time. The search goes on....

Edit: Also I learned exactly how the bus cooling works from the side vents to the engine compartment. This proves to me that my louvered engine compartment idea will actually work!

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