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    Thread: post pics of your Vw bus or Vans.....

    1. 11-22-2004 09:32 AM #36
      sorry my englisch is not verry good !

      what do you mean with

      Are those louvres behind the rear wheels oem or aftermarket?


    2. 11-22-2004 11:37 AM #37
      You are probably talking about my silver syncro.
      They are FAKE!
      Just stickers, they look pretty good though.
      They were available everywhere here in Canada
      for years.

    3. 11-24-2004 08:52 PM #38
      hey anyone got specs and more pix of the van featured in the gallery. It looks like it got a turbo set up. thanks

    4. 11-26-2004 08:05 PM #39
      all these busses r making me miss mine 69 bus i had then i sold it oh y did i sell it

    5. 11-29-2004 03:22 PM #40

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      11-29-2004 04:28 PM #41
      Quote, originally posted by crusadervw »
      all these busses r making me miss mine 69 bus i had then i sold it oh y did i sell it

      "We used to have a 'freak bus.' In a way, the '60s ended the day we sold it - December 31, 1969."

      Can anyone name the source of that quote?


    7. 11-29-2004 07:01 PM #42
      Ken Kesey?

      Az


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      11-29-2004 08:16 PM #43
      Not sure who that is, but no. Try again

    9. 11-29-2004 09:45 PM #44
      Homer Simpson?

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      11-30-2004 10:19 AM #45
      Quote, originally posted by CTB1 »
      Homer Simpson?

      SO close! In fact, that was a Simpsons quote, but not a main character. In the episode where Homer decides to become a hippie, he asks some old hippie friends of his mother where their freak bus was, and that was the response. The character was either Seth or Munchie, and was voiced by George Carlin.


      Modified by MagicBus at 2:21 PM 11-30-2004


    11. 12-02-2004 02:38 PM #46
      I like the purple van! it must be so fun to go on trips!

    12. 12-06-2004 03:25 AM #47
      Most recent pic from this weekend...

      PDX - Everett - PDX... tank and a half...

      We did a top speed run just past exit 14 on I-5. Ever see a Vanagon speedo go all the way around back to the peg? (I took out my odo reset button). We hit the peg and it was still creeping up.




      Modified by Eric Didier at 11:27 PM 12-5-2004


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      12-07-2004 03:23 AM #48
      Hotness!!!!

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      12-07-2004 03:11 PM #49
      Quote, originally posted by Eric Didier »
      We did a top speed run just past exit 14 on I-5. Ever see a Vanagon speedo go all the way around back to the peg? (I took out my odo reset button). We hit the peg and it was still creeping up.

      eric, i posted this link up to the vanagon list..boy was that a mistake.. there are a bunch of naysayers and doubters on there, as usual.... are you on the vanagon list, and could you see some of the responses?

      dont worry about what they say, youve still got one of the hottest vans i know of..


    15. 12-07-2004 04:01 PM #50
      Sorry for the confusion, the pic shows the new speedo at an indicated "0", posted the pic just to show you guys that the reset button is gone and the new face goes to 125mph.

      I'll open an offer to all that don't think a Vanagon can physically attain 130+, bring your GPS and $20. I'll provide the vanagon.


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      12-07-2004 11:41 PM #51
      I posted to the Vanagon list with some extra info to back you up, Eric. I am not the type to condone Busarus, but you have done a nice job and put alot of time and effort into your bus. Its really a shame to see people knocking your Van and they dont even know the story.

      [thugvoice]I got yer back homie[/thugvoice]


    17. 12-08-2004 03:34 AM #52
      I'm so used to it, that's why I invite everybody to go for a ride in it. Sometimes I can't believe it myself. I mean really, a Vanagon doing over 130mph? I think my stock 2.1 wasser leaker could do 95mph with 95hp... now add 180hp... hmm 130mph doesn't seem that far away, especially if your new engine has a red line of 7250rpm's vs 5200rpm's.
      BTW, I have a tall 3rd & 4th.

      Lets make a video!


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      12-10-2004 02:58 PM #53
      I feel like im the only one who actually has a bus not a EV or Vanagon on this forum. is it just me or is it true. what happened to all the busses. i dont even like EVs or vanagons they are not the real thing and never will be. air cooled is the only way to go.

    19. 12-10-2004 03:32 PM #54
      Quote, originally posted by jshaddvw »
      I feel like im the only one who actually has a bus not a EV or Vanagon on this forum. is it just me or is it true. what happened to all the busses. i dont even like EVs or vanagons they are not the real thing and never will be. air cooled is the only way to go.

      I had a 78 Westy until 2001 when I bought the EV.

      And you're right, it's not the real thing. At least if the real thing involves freezing in the winter, sweating in the summer, largely being a speedbump to other drivers, and wondering what was going to go wrong *this trip*.

      All that stuff sure does build character.

      But then again, as a professional drag racer, it's obvious that you and I think a little differently about a lot of things.

      Az


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      12-10-2004 04:01 PM #55
      Quote, originally posted by jshaddvw »
      I feel like im the only one who actually has a bus not a EV or Vanagon on this forum. is it just me or is it true. what happened to all the busses. i dont even like EVs or vanagons they are not the real thing and never will be. air cooled is the only way to go.

      Well, maybe you should hang out in the aircooled forum.


      I can understand not liking Eurovans if you're a bus guy, but sorry... a Vanagon is VERY close to your bus, like it or not.

      The aircooled Vanagons, for example, had the same exact engine as the late buses. The later watercooled Vanagons had what's basically just a watercooled version of that late bus engine.

      I've been in both. The interior dimensions "feel" similar. I have a last year, 1991 Vanagon which I find is a "somewhat" modern take on the bus idea. Don't forget that all Vanagons, like your bus, were rear-engined.

      Like what you like. Like what you have. If you can't like what you have, get something you'll like.


    21. 12-10-2004 07:38 PM #56
      Better late than never. Another WRX Vanagon (90 Carat)

      The purists blanch and the naysayers shake their heads but its fast as hell and all the fun .

      David, Seattle


    22. 12-10-2004 08:01 PM #57
      WRX Vanagon owners unite!

      I still wanna see yours in person! we need to do a trade drive to see the difference in performance.


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      12-10-2004 11:45 PM #58
      eric, do u know if the wrx conversion can be done to an automatic vanagon? or would i just grenade the tranny?

    24. 12-11-2004 12:07 AM #59
      There are 3 of them in existence! I actually have the only manual.

      The WRX posted above is an automatic. It's a much easier conversion than the manual.

      I think David (above) is on his 2nd auto trans. I'm on my 2nd as well, but I guess using a stock trans isn't really the way to go.


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      12-11-2004 02:50 AM #60
      Quote, originally posted by Eric Didier »

      I think David (above) is on his 2nd auto trans. I'm on my 2nd as well, but I guess using a stock trans isn't really the way to go.


      ugh... so i guess i should start stockpiling auto trannies...

      if im easy off the line will the stock trannys last, mated to a wrx motor? or is there any mods that can be done to the stock auto trans to change gear ratios/shift points/add extra cooling to make them last longer???


    26. 12-11-2004 03:52 AM #61
      read up on the Smallcar.com site, Brian has a lot of experience with the auto's.


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      12-13-2004 05:25 AM #62
      Quote, originally posted by jordanvw »

      eric, i posted this link up to the vanagon list..boy was that a mistake.. there are a bunch of naysayers and doubters on there, as usual.... are you on the vanagon list, and could you see some of the responses?

      dont worry about what they say, youve still got one of the hottest vans i know of..


      I take it you're talking about Vanagon Gerry. I was on the list, and Syncro.Org, but got fed up with all the negative vibes.

    28. 12-13-2004 11:39 PM #63
      Tres,
      Can you tell me the wheel setup for your van. Are those Porsche Cup 1?? Can you tell me the rim size, offset and any spacer/adapters you used.
      thanks

    29. 12-14-2004 03:26 AM #64
      here's a recent pic of my van...only a waterboxer, but manage to avg ~23mpg, even through LA traffic.




      Modified by ekv at 2:34 AM 1-31-2005


    30. 12-14-2004 03:12 PM #65
      Those wheels look better on your Vanagon than they do on the benz!

    31. 12-15-2004 03:11 AM #66
      Eric Can you give specifics on you wheel fitment. Would they work same for 17" Porsche wheels??

    32. 12-15-2004 03:22 AM #67
      You still need to buy adapters,

      5x112 to 5x130...

      keep the overall offset to 30-35mm

      For example: Porsche 17" cup wheels offset 52mm. to get to 30mm, you would need a 22mm adapter, only problem is min thickness for an adapter is 25mm. 3mm won't kill you.

      You want the Porsche alloys with the larger offsets, you can make up the offset and center the wheel with the adapter.

      Some of the 928 disc style alloys are 65mm offset, I think that is the max Porsche ever made.


    33. 12-15-2004 02:41 PM #68
      I see. Will they still make an adapter if it is only 22mm? What about using a 25mm adapter and machining the wheel 3mm to compensate for the adapter? So this setup would be same for front and rear? Thanks for your help your knowledge is priceless. By the way have ever considered fabricating the porsche big brake upgrade and selling it as a bolt on component?

    34. 12-15-2004 02:50 PM #69
      Sorry one more question. For all those with the bigger wider wheels. Has this upgrade improved the handling of you van much? Especially with the lateral movement in high wind conditions. Im running lowered spring by H&R with Bilstiens and I expected it to handle a lot better. Still searching for tighter handling.......

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      12-15-2004 03:36 PM #70
      sorry guys but your right a ev or vanogon resemble a bus. thats right resemble. want to be like it but never will. i dont know what piece of s!!! u drove but my heat works fine and so does my defroster. maybe instead of buying a new car you should try restoring the old one. oh wait that wont work it has to be in perfect condition before you will drive it right. its all about looks. oh yea a 78 westy hmmmmm hardly would consider that a real bus thats like saying a super beetle is a real bug. talk to any real bug person and they will tell you never get a super beetle. and the last time i checked this is an aircooled forum vans and transporters - all years well im not sure but i think a 1970 transporter type 2 (bus) is within those guidelines. get your s!@# straight before you start talking that way i wont have to embarrass you again.

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