omacdon2 wrote: ↑
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:09 pm
Haha I'm a little scared to hear what you have to say about the power brakes, dualport cylinder heads, and distributers, but come at me... :D
Do you think I would need to replace all of this and the engine while I'm at it / do a total restoration?
I gotta stop kidding around. Any bus, properly set up is a joy.
If you have a 1971 bus, then I am all for keeping it a 1971 bus. I thoroughly believe in replacing absolutely nothing on that car except that which has been proved necessary.
A 1971 Chianti Red/Pastel White 7-passenger bus with a black leatherette interior is a lovely thing. Its power brakes are welcome companions in the mountains. The dualport 1600 (properly assembled, maintained) is a fine engine. That is your baseline.
IF your car has been frankensteined, then you will have decisions to make.
If you have a rusty aftermarket exhaust, do you get another aftermarket exhaust or do you hunt down an original exhaust (with the correct 537B tailpipe dammit)?
If your door panels are warped hideous wood paneling with monster speaker grills, do you revert to factory?
If your engine has been replaced with a bug engine without the bus mounting lugs, do you track down a bus-appropriate case or do you stick it out with a leaking oil pump due to the stresses being applied to it?
You are the person who takes inventory of your bus and you decide if you want to go towards stock or to some place different. I will be here (Robbie too!) to help guide you should you decide to stay near stock (where the value of the vehicle jumps crazily).
p.s. this is what happens when you get it all together. Note the correct 537B tailpipe dammit:
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles