A little pic of her near done; I still need to do some work to roof-rack and ladder, as well as some wheel & hubcap stuff.
But remember, no news is good news. Busy busy busy but nothing I am ready to share yet.
I have decided it is time for her to get a new outside coat, and it will be like nothing anyone has seen before nor will anyone be able to replicate it exactly =])
Well, Yesterday I tried and tried to get her to start but it was a no go. Just no spark. So, after walking off my frustrations in 105 degree for 3 miles to teh post office and back home, I sat down and started working on figuring out what should go where regarding the fuse box wiring and then figuring out how it should be if wired according to as should be, on the Blue Sea fuse boxes. Then the task of figuring out how I will wire it according not only to how it should be, but according to what she actually has and does not have installed inside her. Like, side markers have no wires, the interior lights I redid long ago with LED's, after-market gauges, no door buzzer or switches either. So these are what I made and will work off of to figure out how she actually is wired (some PO really messed with her wiring) And, these are printed up and will go into her Bentley's so there is a record of what's-what for future reference. ( Thanks to Bulli Klinik on thesamba for the Blue Sea picture, which I then labeled to meet my needs.) As I pondered on the wiring last night as trying to fall asleep, it came to me; the coil +/15 wire must be at issue in the broken fuse box, and not allowing her to get spark to start.
A picture of a non-broken stock 70 Bakelite Fuse Box. ^
Bulli Klinik's on thesamba for the Blue Sea picture, labeled to match the needs from the sock picture. ^
Bulli Klinik's on thesamba for the Blue Sea picture labeled to meet my buses needs. Here's to hoping it works! ^ ( Says How she is wired as I am hopeful this is true and will be after all the parts arrive, get it all set up and ready for wiring, and then installed and wires plugged in and then the waterproof covers on.
Well, seems she says "No, I am not going anywhere! I am staying with you hooman! Now, the 70's, they are notorious for their fuse boxes cracking in half due to Volkswagen making deciding to try making them out of Bakelite. They did this for the first 6 months, then realized their mistake and switched to the white plastic for the remainder models of 1970. Seem she is an early 70 though so yep.... got the Bakelite one and we had dodged that bullet alllllll these years, but no more. When we had gone camping at Lake Perris, when I got home I noticed her low beam on the passenger side was out. Given the bulbs are like new and I rarely drive where/when I need headlights, I was bummed. I order 4 spare bulbs, and forgot about it. So, I was moving stuff around and found the spare bulbs, figured since not brutally hot out, I would change the bulb. Took existing bulb out but it was good as new except for a little dust. Perplexed, I put it back in and went to check the fuses. As I touched one, four others fell off. W T F ???? then I see it, the crack of doom. (Mind you, battery is disconnected now) so, I squeeze it back together, pull the tabs back where they go and tape it up tight, then zip-tie it tight. Battery back on, turn on headlights and ShaZam! they work. But, there is an odor I do not like, not risking an electrical fire so battery back off and we wait for our friend Jeremy to find us a suitable replacement (the white ones for her year are nearly impossible to find and not going with another Bakelite one). I am considering just going aftermarket and putting in Blue Sea fuse boxes instead though, will look like this once all the parts arrive.
Getting new PAINT
1970 VW Bus
1776cc engine, rebuilt less than 10k miles ago Has great torque, and dual Kadrons.
Transmission rebuilt less than 10k miles ago
Starter replaced less than 8k miles ago
Clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing replaced less than 7k miles ago
Complete axles and CV’s replaced less than 5k miles ago
Tie rods replace less than 2k miles ago
Fuel pump and coil replaced less than 1.5k ago
Has BlazeCut fire Suppression installed and a fire extinguisher is also included.
Many spare parts, including but not limited to: a spare case (bored and machined to 90.5 and for full flow), spare rear drum, electric fuel pump & regulator, master cylinder and well, rear bumper with tow hitch, vintage alarm system, ignition switch, tools, etc
Custom, unique interior with handmade bed area, storage, and galley railing
Fully self contained: has antique counter with hand pump faucet and copper bowl sink, two 6 gallon water containers (one fresh water & one grey water), a hidden portable potty, vintage Coleman upright icebox, LED lighting, cigarette power supply in camping area
Includes portable butane cooktop and a wood burning campstove, with vintage Coleman camp oven.
has cyl temp and oil temp units, and guages, been too hot to install gauges right now), also has a Save My Bug Oil Temperature Dipstick installed.
Has fog lights and backup lights, (need grounds cleaned)
Unique roof rack system Also has a shade cloth cover to go over roof racks and provide shade when camping in full sun as well as a custom made awning
Multiple hidden Anti-theft devices
Well, We went for a day, night and next day. It was fun actually. I did far too much walking and left the bus alone far too much. (something went missing, but I cannot figure out what for the life of me (I must not have needed it that much...) but, I do know I had far more room inside her after packing everything up for the ride home than I had on the way there, or else I would have brought my wheelchair....) Oh well, like I said, if I cannot figure out what exactly is missing, I must not have needed it too much. PICS! I took some, not many.
Another pic of Poster on my lovable VW Bus, Cikán Vůz, The Quaint Gypsy! =]) #IhaveheardofMG #MGAcarposterchallenge
Hooman replaced my inner door latch today, it is beeooteefulll. And, she didn't have to "drop my engine" to do it. Only took 5 minutes. Amazing considering normally on an old VW, changing out the simplest of things means you have to tear it down completely just to get broken part out
test run of stands for awning to see if they were worth the $$. Plus getting thing put back in her that will be needed when camping. Just the essentials though, no more too much stuff everywhere. =])
Here is a pic of me finally trying out the shade cloth, fitting it for the grommets to tie it down, etc. The bus stays about 15 degrees cooler in full sun with this.
On 3/26/2017, I took her up to Idyllwild for a one-night trial run to see how bnew bed would work out. I forgot to put a support bolt in, so it slid a little, and the wooden base bed kept falling into the storage area below LOL But , once home I resolved that issue and now that part is good to go. Other improvements on hold since my ex-lodger stole $750 from me on 4/7/17, and then moved out stiffing me for a month's worth of rent and unpaid utilities, so technically, they stole almost $1400 from me. I am disabled, and on a fixed income, it is not like I can ask for some overtime to make that money back up and the only thing I have left to sell to make that money back up is my bus, so that is not happening. Still very sad over that.
Been fighting/suffering the flu the past week but only rain is stopping me. A few pics of progress, in order from before to now. I haven't taken many pics, but here are a few. Tomorrow, the lids to the cabinets are made and bed frame will be installed, maybe the antique sewing cab sink counter and ice chest will make it back in, if time allows.
I was able to start creating the skins on the cabinet today, What a time consuming adventure LOL But I got 4 done and stained a coat. Clouds blew back in so put it all away for the day, will finish the skinning tomorrow I hope. Then it will be time for the lids, and then bed frame. =])
Not perfect but then, I never have made anything like this before, so not bad for first try. Next will be the skinning and cabinet doors. This frame also still needs the board on inside end that will stretch out the frame and snug it up against the walls. It will also serve as the hinge board for the bed frame yet to come.
Here is the link to the ad. I really need this dear seat/bed combo sold asap as I just do not have anywhere to store it unless I actually bring it into my house LOL http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2025099 The embed code feature is not cooperating so please copy and paste it in a new browser window. Thank you kindly
Broke toe and foot bones in right foot... no going anywhere for 4 to 6 weeks and given it is in my RSD/Causligia foot, longer. And, I cannot drive. so no BBB, no camping, no going to the grocery store even... for 6 weeks... anyone you know can do that? I doubt it LOL
Sorry if I have been absent. I haven;t been feeling well, and since my son moved away to Wisconsin, I no longer have a built in dog-sitter. So I have just been a homebody and doing some basic tinkering on the bus. I had an awesome spray paint artist, Damon Renwick, of Hemet, CA, paint a nice addition to her side. Very creative.
Feeling the waters.... due to health reasons. She has a like new/rebuilt engine and tranny., gone over by mech and no issues. Blaze-Cut, Near new IRS bearing & axles, tie rods, brakes excellent, front brake drums replaced less than a year ago, comes turn key, as-is (minus my personal items), fully self-contained and has many spare parts including new M/C and new brake fluid reservoir, newly refreshed spare case full flowed, bored for 90.5, new rear wheel drum, and all tools, rear bumper with tow hitch. Insured Guaranteed value through Hagerty is $25,000. I am asking $17,500 obo
I decided to , for now, go ahead and use the driver side seat cover I already had made. Down the line, if I find a single seat cover for the year that fits that seat, as well as a matching one for the passenger seat, then I will get that and re-do it all. But for now, making best do with what I have.
As most now, I pulled out the passenger seat, tore it down and made new seat covers, but not just for the passenger seat, but for the drivers seat as well. So, today I pulled out the drivers seat, looked at it as I was trying to break it down. W T F ???? So, the P.O. put in non-1970 seats. The passenger side appears to be a 73-74 or a 75, as it has head rest tubes, and the bottom is the same as 68-72 but the drivers side is a 75, which is COMPLETELY different in the way it installs and is made. so, a big waste of money there thank you very much1 scratch that idea and get creative. I will instead, after I remove and replace some broken springs in the seat base, repaint it all to match/compliment her interior and make some custom made tie-on patio style seat covers for now, until I hit the lotto (How I know= http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7531009&sid=72b3fb4c77e4506313f752023d180189
The Blue Hag
Just a crazy older gal, making ready for when my nest is empty and I can go see the world, camping and rest-stopping on the way to be able to live simply and afford ably..