(This page describes my 67 deluxe microbus - it was intended originally as a possible ad for selling it, but is presented for information only at this point)
I bought this 1967 deluxe walk-through bus on 26 May,1973; I am the third owner,
the middle owner never drove
Features and facts about the restoration:
I had the major restoration done at Haselrig Renovations, in West LA, CA in a
19 month period, 1994-95.
Total restoration cost - $22,000.
During that time, I spent several days a week, participating in the
restoration work, mostly under the bus,
taking care of details like exposing rusted areas for the welding man,
successfully redesigning the heat-
distribution system, and POR-15 treating both the inside and outside of
every part of the frame, floor, and
channels, inside and out, after welding repairs were made.
Entire underchassis has been POR-15 treated, except small areas around the
front pedals and emergency
Wheel wells were stripped bare, rusty areas replaced, then sealed with 3M
coatings and seam-sealer, then
Front nose skin completely replaced, using donor bus part; lower front lips
and channel are from Das Bulli
Haus. Inner surface of skin and inside surfaces of front lips and channel POR-
15 treated after welding.
Bottoms of each windshield frame were rebuilt using 1/16" thick steel angle
iron, wrapped around lower
corners - solder used on corners. POR-15 used after welding.
POR-15 sprayed up thru the interiors of left, right, and center front posts,
and up thru the interiors of both
side-door body posts.
A layer of POR-15 was brushed around all window openings - front, sides,
and rear, between two layers of
epoxy-primer, before painting.
Both body rear corners were replaced, with POR-15 sprayed on inner
surfaces of body and battery floors.
Bumpers were renovated, then stripped bare, then primed with 3-part
epoxy primer, then topcoated.
Bumper blade inside surfaces, vertical pieces and pipes were POR-15 coated
on inner surfaces, then primed
Both side rocker panels were replaced, then POR-15 treated on inner
surfaces and channels.
Cargo bay floor was sanded and POR-15 sprayed.
Inner channels, seams, and surfaces of all doors and hatches were POR-15
All window frames were sandblasted and POR-15 coated on inner and outer
channels, before priming and
Both front spindles were replaced along with link pins.
Transmission and reduction boxes were rebuilt in 1999 by Rick Long
Enterprises, with proprietary
components for strength and reliability. Gear ratios are 'Freeway Flyer". All
bearings are German FAG or
SKF. No cheap low-quality parts. Rebuild cost total = $2300.
New transmission mounts - German/Brasilian.
New rubber everywhere.
Paints are Acrylic Urethane, matched to original formulas - titian red,
beige/grey. Zymol wax hand-applied
Aluminum belt trim was hand-polished and coated with Crystal-Clear
Topcoat from POR-15.
Front seats reupholstered, frames repaired, driver's seat back is
All five wheel rims, shifter rod, and pedal splashpan were powder-coated.
Walk-thru floor-section rubber mat, and seat-pedestal side-rubber mats
replaced. Grey padded floor mats
surrounding seats were renovated and reinstalled. New front floor mat.
New 67-only master cylinder installed.
Heat distribution system replaced with continuous flexible silicone ducting,
with tight-fitting POR-15-treated
1/2" thick, closed-cell neoprene-foam sleeving over entire length of ducting.
This bus has heat.
Wiring harness replaced with mil-spec, aerospace-quality Teflon-insulated
high-gauge stranded wiring, front to rear,
spliced into original good-condition dashboard wiring. Starter/ignition runs
are 1/4"-gauge stranded Teflon
coated wiring inside harness. Entire rear end completely rewired using the
Oil pressure and oil temperature gauges custom mounted under dash in
separate bracket - no damage to
dashboard. Gauges wired through the new harness using included extra
Extra front right-side fusebox organizes radio, gauges, clock, and other
accessory wiring - no interference
with original existing bus-wiring or bus fusebox.
Included are replacement interior door panels of the proper material and
thickness, already POR-15 treated,
not installed, and waiting for the day when someone reproduces the THIN
vinyl in Platinum color. The new
kick panels are treated and installed, but are also awaiting new Platinum
vinyl. The original salt and pepper
middle material pieces and chrome strips for the door panels are in
Clifford Concept-40 built-in alarm system, with two remotes. Radar
proximity-sensor guards entire front
area of bus from people loitering within inches of door-windows or
windshields - sends quiet warning
beeps. Alarm also has remote-operated ignition-disconnect feature, which
removes power to the ignition
module at ANY time.
All headlights, taillights, and turn-signal lights have been mounted using
special security screws to deter
theft. Additionally, the starter terminals have been made inaccessable by a
plate fastened with the same
kind of security screw. Two special matching screwdrivers are onboard in
the tool cabinet. The front and
rear chrome emblems have been mounted using special locking hardware,
and are not removable from the
outside, but may be unfastened from within.
General points of information:
Interior of cargo bay is NOT stock. Light-weight wooden bed and
installed in 1974, for living and traveling. Entire interior furnishings and
flooring were removed during
restoration, renovated during restoration and reinstalled in '95. Stock cargo
bay can be achieved by
removing furnishings (about 3 hours work - all installed with screws);
necessary restoration requires new
headliner, as well as same material reinstalled throughout interior above
beltline. Original interior panels on
sides and doors are there, but decorative coverings would need to be
There are hidden storage areas containing all necessary tools for doing all
repair work, as well as more
spare parts for this bus than a well-stocked parts store (I have been
collecting parts since 1973). There are
literally thousands of parts and tools, all in orderly fashion, stored unseen,
within the bus, including a small
1.5 ton floor jack, 2 good jackstands, a professional timing light, compression
gauge, single-person brake-
bleeder kit, grease gun, easy-loading tranny oil pump, and VW-specific
special tools. There is a Clymer
manual, a 1971 original Idiots manual, a bag of notes and other paperwork
onboard, a 5-lb Kidde fire
extinguisher, at least 3 quarts of Mobil One 10-30, grease, solvents, and hand
cleaner. The bus is self-
Additionally, there are three cartons of extra, spare restoration parts and
repair parts, in storage at a friend's
warehouse, along with the Bentley shop manual, and a full copy of the
original VW Parts Manual.
The mounted spare tire is inside the bus, out of the way.
The fuel tank gas line is double-walled neoprene, and goes to the engine
compartment through a new hole in the firewall
to the left of the engine, avoiding stock fuel-line engine-fire dangers.
Additionally, there is an inline manual
fuel cutoff valve before the electronic fuel pump, which is a Facet #574,
which runs a long time with no maintenance.
Electronic ignition is a Crane XR-700 optically-triggered module, no points, no
adjustment necessary, which
has been running for over 10 years - no failures. The module is mounted
hidden within the rear of the cargo
bay to deter theft, and may be deactivated by the alarm's remotes at any
time, as well as manually when
Engine is a dual-port, 1776, with all tin and cooling flaps, with dog-house fan
and standard generator. Cooling flaps inside fan housing have position-
indicator arrow installed outside of
housing. There is an inline oil cooler and a Berg full-flow oil filter unit, using
Teflon aircraft quality
stainless steel flex lines and mounted RVEECO-style under the engine - no
failures on any items; cooler installed '74, filter installed '91. Engine had new
top end work (heads, cylinders, pistons) in July '02, and runs excellent.
Bottom end had 45,000 miles on it when the work was done. Ran strong and
the time of repair.
There is a LIFETIME battery guarantee for this vehicle via Firestone/JC
Penney. If the battery fails, it will
be replaced free forever - started in 1981, have exercised several
replacements with no hassles ever; all
replaced batteries are high-capacity sealed units, no cheapos. Original receipt
is in bus. You walk in with
faulty battery and receipt, you get new one immediately, forever.
This bus is a long-term proven road vehicle, requiring only minimal regular
maintenance, and I have
traveled over 225,000 miles in it over the last 30 years, many times back
and forth across the US. . Handles
well, quiet, and reliable. I have been the mechanic-in-charge since 1973, and
have never skimped on
anything having to do with this bus.
If it became necessary to sell this bus, I would prefer selling it to someone who would
continue its long history of service
and take care of it properly without lowering or otherwise altering the
essential stock look, and who
would preferably own it for a long time. Someone who appreciated the
practicality and aesthetics of the existing interior might leave it as is for
traveling and day to day driving, as the design has been time-proven over