RED BARON "The Fastest VW on Earth"
Irwindale California 3.14.2010 Drag Day, goes 121mph in the 8th mile. I followed the crew back to the pits where they found a bent pushrod. Still a great job and a great car. Legendary.
A modified VW bus to die for? - well it's killing me!! The long haul begins;
Major flat six custom build from a wreck! Bus had been left to rot at the back of a barn for 6 yrs. It was going to be converted to a burger bar :( Didn't relish that idea so I'm now in the middle of converting it into a VW / Porsche hybrid. Shouldn't get into too much of a pickle? It can't be that hard . . . can it??
My T'rusty steed is no longer FeO2, having replaced everything below knee height [to a girraff] and strengthened wherever neccesary. All sections made up in galv wherever possible + every weld fully treated. I've had the new engine in the back just to make sure it fits [it does - JUST, but had to re arrange a few ancillaries to allow it to slot in!] but took it out again to set up for the conversion and any little niggles.. ha ha man have there been some! Glad I did; now that it's sorted; it needs chucking into the back of the bay though I need 2 progress some more mods first.
All drive train is matched 911 [the 915 gearbox cost me the same price that I paid for the bus!] and lines up really well. I've strengthened the chassis already whilst doing the renovation or should that read 'resurection'? Have also encorporated quick release features into this engine swap should it ever have to be removed in the future for repairs etc. Still a long way to go before Mubbsi hits the streets, but when she does circa 2008/2009, the sun is just gonna keep shining! Even if I had decided not to go for the custom conversion and just stuck with the standard re-build it would have been worth it; KEEP THE AIR COOLED's ALIVE DUDE'S .......you know it makes sense?!:)
To the VW purists out there turning uncomfortably in your beds I leave you with one thought . . "Would you rather have seen a burger-bar"?
If this vid drives you then check out the two follow up movies, part 2 and, er oh yes, part 3. Part 3's pretty scary, don't go there unless your prepared to get your fingers burned?
If this vid ain't your thing then your prob not reading this anyway?
Oct 2010, have just uploaded an updat vid 'VW Bus - nice bay but no beach', check it out if you want to see my busses progress? If not, no worries :)
Nov 2011; my how time passes?
The last video showing the completed build is now posted - check out ' VW custom bus finally hits the roads, 5 yrs on! This bus rocks!' video to see and hear the final result!
Hope you enjoy it :) Drop me a mail and let me know sometime.
Gus VW Bus
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