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Old 03-11-2008, 09:26 PM   #15
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yeah baby! another nice wagon...

hey maybe you should be looking at classic motorhomes...

the zambonis' (with 2 kiddos) have a 79 and tow their vdub behind it...

check out posts 33-38 here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...cap-23413.html

could be time 4 a greatful dead-stream gathering...

rIde on!

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Old 03-11-2008, 09:37 PM   #16
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another variation on the theme

spotted at Salem, OR
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:52 PM   #17
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spotted at Salem, OR
actually i camped facing that gal and at the time a recent widower ?

very sad story and example of 'wb' nonsense....

she drove ACROSS the nation, and was parked on the tarmack (with the big wigs) but had a tiny dog...

i forget what breed but tea cup sized.

anyway, someone left a nasty anonymous note on her moho door to LEAVE the rally because her dog wasn't allowed in THAT section...

crying, she was gonna leave, but we made a space for her in OUR already full dog section.

i think her hubby had been a past pres at one point...so this was her first international alone?

she had a very cool bug, i had one of those egg blue superbugs (a 71) brand new, back in the day, i think that's a 73 or 74?

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:53 AM   #18
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crying, she was gonna leave, but we made a space for her in OUR already full dog section.

i think her hubby had been a past pres at one point...so this was her first international alone?
2air

That's not a nice story. I wanted to talk to her about her great little combo but she shot me kind a dirty look. Did not look very happy. Sounds like (some) of old guard need to take a Starbucks style timeout and rehash customer service again.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:06 PM   #19
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Very cool setup with a Bus to tow behind

... Right now I am so sick of things with motors I could scream. The '71 Chevy C-10 just got out of the shop for a new driveshaft and brake work. The '96 Sierra needs its Injection Pump and Injectors replaced this weekend... Too much grease for one person to handle.

I have had MANY VW busses over the years, I think it is time for a change. I have just always kept this 66 Westi for some reason although it has been the one that needed the most work. Over the years I have had a '71 Westi, '69 Standard, '74 Westi, '76 Westi, '66 Sundial, and the '66 Westi. Not to mention a couple Beetles... I still have a '57 Oval Beetle and '79 Porsche 911 SC to keep my air cooled addiction in check.

As a kid I grew up camping with my grandparents and they started out with a travel trailer and I just kind of liked it. Later they purchased a Banner motorhome and then a Southwind motorhome when they full timed it for a while... I still liked the travel trailer for livability.

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that was my progression also pillow...

vw bug to bus to a/s moho to a/s trailer...

i do like parking the house and NOT having a drivetrain under it.

good luck finding your trailer, she's out there somewhere...

and with so many folks hot on the little twinks, the 30, 31, n 34s are value priced.

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2air' I could not agree more!

...Even my wife is fully behind the purchase of an AS. Not sure why, but I figure the less questions at this point the better Just go with it.

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Pillow;
Thanks for the memories! I drove a bus around the country in the mid70's. Even entered a motor R&R contest in So.Cal. As I had a section of aluminum sailboat spar for a rear bumper that was easily removed I was able to completely remove the motor and reinstall it in as I recall about 12 minutes.When I slid the motor back and it left the alignment pins, well it dropped on my chest, then I had to wiggle out from under the bus with the motor on my chest and wiggle back under(rules of contest). Then I was able to sort of bench press the motor back in with the help of arching my back and a little hip movement.lol geez the beauty of youth.Had a big divot in my sternum where the drain plug made contact with me. more lol.
Anyway I have a 86-32foot excella, It's great.With your sleeping needs I'ld definately look for something with a dinnette that could serve as a bed for the young ones.
Welcome to the forum and good luck in your search for your airstream, and thanks again for the memories.
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Wow, a 66 bus. That was our first camping vehicle although it wasn't the camper like yours. We took the middle seat out for sleeping on the floor and filled the back end of it up with our camping stuff.

Those old busses had issues of hot starting due to the 6 volt battery and fact that the voltage had to run from the rear engine to the front ignition and then back to the starter. Until we got a relay to remove that distance, it wasn't unusual to see Patty or I pushing the bus while the other one popped the clutch in gear to get the engine running.

We foolishly drove that bus to the top of Pikes Peak and barely got to the top. The last few miles we had to drive in first gear and I got pulled over by the police on a switchback to allow all the cars behind me pass.

We also experienced broken clutch cables and accelerator cables. We once camped in the Land Between the Lakes area in Kentucky. The accelerator cable broke and luckily I had a roll of wire in the bus. I sat Patty in the back seat and opened up the back tailgate and motor compartment lid. I tied the wire to the throttle arm on the carburetor and Patty pulled on the wire to give me gas. She had to back off for me to shift gears to keep from overreving the engine as I pushed in the clutch. I then had to rent a car to obtain a new cable. From that point on I always carried a spare of each cable.

Oh the memories....

I sold the bus to some young kid at night. It was so rusted that I had holes in the floor. I bought a used 1970 bus that was like night and day from the 66. 12 volts, no more swing axle suspension and more horse power. I kept that until the transmission failed. I was driving without a reverse or second gear. What a hoot!

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Thrill seeker?

Having owned a 67 Westfalia for the last twenty five years, what I strove for was not downshifting on hills. I have never driven 75 in my bus(maybe a few times, not for long) I built a 2180 dual port that was too much (wheel hop on fast acceleration). Finally built an 1835, SINGLE port, dual webers that is bullit proof. Really fun bus and a real head turner.
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I have never driven 75 in my bus(maybe a few times, not for long)
The only way my '66 could have done 75 was downhill with a strong tail wind. When you hit 65 it just stopped accelerating. Almost like there was a governor on the motor.

As a matter of fact driving that bus across Kansas on I 70 with a 30 mph crosswind out of the south was a feat in itself. You hung on to that big white steering wheel for dear life every time you came out from the protection of an overpass.


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