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Old 02-14-2012, 07:40 AM   #1
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Happy Birthday Betty Lou

New to the forum with an old bus: [img][/img]

Born Hannover Germany 2/16/73 Converted in Andrews, IN.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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Awesome! More pics please.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
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Looks pretty clean! Pics! Pics!
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:26 PM   #4
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Ah...that brings back the mid 70's. Tyrolia,Paul Masson and a VW creeping up the hill into Yosemite at 30 MPH
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:13 AM   #5
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Re: Happy Birthday Betty Lou

More story too... How long you've had it, etc.
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Old 02-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #6
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I'll try to post more pics when the weather's better, she's tucked away in the garage now. She belonged to a friend who's in-laws bought it new, spent it's whole life in Michigan but evendently wasn't driven much in the salt because there's very little rust--that's all original paint. It's only got 72k mi. on the clock and is pretty much all original although I did just replace the stock VW front seat upholstery. I borrowed this bus about 20 years ago for a weekend camping trip so my 3 kids all slept in it (the youngest slept in a car seat between the front seats). I got into the bus scene with a Westfalia I restored several years ago and put out a feeler to my friend who said his wife was finally willing to part with it so we got it this past fall. I've been cleaning it up, new curtains, luggage rack was a Christmas present. We can't wait for camping in the spring! It IS slow though, an automatic to boot!
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First thing I ever drove (that ran on gasoline) was a '71 Westfalia VW van.

I woulda lost a sh%tload of $$$ betting that there was no such thing as an automatic in a '73 VW van.
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Hi Sage;

Go to the classified listing I just posted for the perfect match (year, auto!) SMB for you for parts. Not mine; just found it looking at Sportys...

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Old 02-25-2012, 06:11 AM   #9
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That one's rough but not as bad as my Westy before I restored it! It does look pretty complete, just needs a VW nut with some TLC. The Samba is the place!
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