There is something to be said for a vehicle that makes everyone smile as you drive by. This bus is one of the rare full pop top models with canvas screening. It has been my baby for years now and has turned a lot of heads. But it's time for it to move into the hands of someone who will appreciate it as a collector's item and cultural icon. It has been completely overhauled with great attention to detail, and stored in a dry garage. It has a completely rebuilt 1700cc air-cooled engine (The Porsche 411/412 "pancake") with Weber 32/36 Progressive carburetor for more power and efficiency. It runs like new, with less than 1000 miles on the engine since rebuild. The body is completely RUST FREE.
The bus has several custom modifications, including a second battery on a relay system (which powers a 12v power system with 7 outlets), hand stained Red Oak wooden interior panels, custom fabrics, custom curtains, a new Kenwood stereo with usb input, side door and rear 6x9 speakers, a cushion bed in the pop-top, custom upholstery lining the pop top, custom paint, a blue LED lighting system (from Japan) throughout the vehicle controlled by switches on the right side of the driver's seat, and an Avital motion sensing alarm system. The alarm is specially configured for the bus, preventing anyone from hotwiring it and sounding alarm if someone opens the engine compartment or sticks their hand into the bus via windows.
The bus comes with many accessories, including the original handbook and several others (Bentley's etc), 2 jacks, and a whole lot of extra parts. I ordered many of these, and pulled the rest from another bus. Given space limitations in an advertisement, I will email a document listing all these parts to interested buyers. I also have an aftermarket AC system designed for the bus back in the 1970s (with the compressor and custom engine bracket included). It would need an upgrade to today's Freon systems, but it is a workable solution for air conditioning with a nice T-shaped overhead venting and control system.
I have spent the last six years restoring this bus. The following list details most of the work, and I have all the receipts.
1) Engine, Electrical, and Fuel system
a. Complete engine rebuild with top quality parts.
b. Petronix replacement point system.
c. Weber carburetor rebuild (Nov 2012) with new electronic choke
d. Master cylinder replacement
e. Alternator replacement (Bosch)
f. New Muffler
g. 12v fuel pump replacing the mechanical pump on engine
h. Replaced all old wiring in engine room and installed of one-way relay system to secondary battery
i. Upgrade of main power to a deep cycle Marine battery
j. Replaced all fuel lines, including all rubber pieces in the fuel evaporative system.
k. Reconditioned fuel tank , installed new fuel sender, and replaced rubber boot from gas cap to tank.
l. Repainted entire engine and engine compartment.
m. Replaced all old wiring behind instrument panel and installed new bulbs. Added blue LED bulbs.
n. Ran 12 volt power system from engine throughout bus.
o. Added VDO gauges for oil pressure and cylinder head temperature
p. Reconditioned all engine tin
2) Body work
a. Stripped to frame and ground out all rust.
b. Welded new metal into all weak spots
c. Primed and painted interior and exterior with 3 coats of rust preventative paints, followed by another 3 coats of top paint and 3 more of clear coat. I paid a profession body shop for major work and the exterior paint.
d. Replaced ALL seals on the vehicle. It is watertight and well protected.
e. Undercoat (spray on rubber protective layer) on the entire undercarriage.
f. Created access hatches to fuel tank and rear carbon filters (this makes them accessible without dropping the engine)
3) Other notables
a. New shocks (Dec 2012)
b. 5 New tires (2012)
c. New interior lights (all)
d. New fuses (all)
e. New lights all around (halogen headlights, turn signals, side lights, and tail light assemblies (2012)
f. New mirrors
g. New windshield
h. All new carpet and interiors mats. Added soft carpet cushion layer underneath all carpets.
i. Replaced worn interior panels with new ones covered in thick vinyl.
j. Replaced inside of seats with foam and reconditioned vinyl. Installed new headrests.
k. New airplane style seatbelts.
I had the bus professionally inspected on December 19th, 2012. Valves, compression, timing, and carb settings are perfect. Everything works. I have $1000 in parts that I am including with the bus. I will also provide cans of the paints used for any touch ups in the future.
As you can see, I have put a lot of money (~$20K) and TLC into this bus. I am only letting it go because I have to. I am looking to sell to the right buyer and will take the time to make sure the bus ends up in a good home or collection. Asking $24K. I am willing to ship if paid in full in advance, but I recommend you come see and drive it first.