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'71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:50 pm

I have been in the process of getting a bus over the last weeks. I borrowed an auto trailer from a friend and headed up to New London, CT today for the pickup. Round trip door to door it was a 7 hour ride. I had BusBBQ as my co-pilot and we made great time, no traffic either way. Got the trailer loaded up and my Tribute worked like a champ.

I was a very long trailer...
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Getting it all abroad with a little help from friends
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Tribute handled the load well and the ride home was smooth. Home Sweet Home!
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Got lots of stuff to sort out and a good housecleaning. Will get some pics in the daylight. Bus is solid but it has some issues to sort out so I will again be relying on the brains of the DVG to get this road ready. Much thanks to Bill for making the trip and going the extra mile! It was a good day! :P
Keep working at it and it gets done!!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Tom » Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:02 am

Looks real solid,did he give you the rear bumper?
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Big_kid » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:09 am

WOW! Like Raj said, it looks solid in the pics. I'm looking forward to seeing your threads on this. Congrats!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby realbluefoot » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:44 am

Awesome! Congratulations.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:44 am

Tom wrote:Looks real solid,did he give you the rear bumper?


Yes I got the rear bumper and the grill for the front vent.

Will keep you "posted"!! :lol:
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby volksbugusa » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:24 pm

WOW love it...if you need a hand with anything just give us a quick email...Matt..
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby BradleyVW » Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:30 pm

Very cool, good luck, welcome to the other side!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Glenn A » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:17 am

Wow! Now thats the cats meow. I'll be waiting for the pictures once it is cleaned up.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:25 am

Thanks all for the good words!

Here are some more pics from my visit back in September when I went to look at it and some from the weekend.

A few extra pieces for the interior. Deck floor is solid
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Front doors hinges fit tight. No sagging
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Driver floor
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Peek on the underside. No oil leaking.
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Wood headliner is hanging. Inside needs to be set up and the seats recovered.
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Engine compartment, external oil filter is going to be relocated and it needs a good going over!
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Hope the weather is nice this weekend to get started on it! If you're in the neighborhood give a shout! :P
Keep working at it and it gets done!!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Raj » Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:17 am

Very nice. I'm glad she finally made it home. Best of luck with it
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby williamblanda » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:37 pm

Awesome, Aud! Welcome to the wonderful world of buses.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby EDNCAROL » Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:44 pm

Aot Very cool!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby mannys66 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:47 am

very nice bus Audrey, if there's anything I can help you with, please let me know.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:06 pm

It will be a slow process peeling back the layers but took some looks at the engine compartment. Bus was born RED so thats a good sign!!

Got the battery charged but there is some clicking going on when the pos terminal goes to the post. Lots of other connections are drawing off this so the great minds of the DVG were sorting it out at last nights meeting.

Lots of rusty connections and a few too many!
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Some type of start relay (?) has attached in the upper right off the canister.
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Needs a good going over with new wires and connectors,hose clamps and filters.
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Would not be a VW project without one of the cats being curious!
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:D
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby gotboost79 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:42 pm

wow...busbbq's twin!

Looks like a GREAT bus to work with, enjoy it! Can't wait to see the interior come along.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:04 pm

spent a few hours taking inventory on some of the issues. I checked the connections on the starter and solenoid and there are some additional connections piggy backed on. There were also two extra wires on the positive side of the battery. I took off the ones that looked like part of a relay and i got the engine to crank, but it didn't turn over. I got the engine to spin last night so it moves! Yeah. Also have uncovered that the bus was originally red as you can see from the engine compartment. As my daughter said it's a white wagon with a red heart!!

The gas tank does not even register R, but not sure if that accurate. The tank has been sitting for quite a while so I replaced all the fuel lines and filter from the hard line up to the carb. the old filter was black and most of the fuel connections were minus clamps, so that's all been fixed. The wire to the coil was melted in spots and frayed so that got removed and cleaned up with the new yellow connector.

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Gas that came out of fuel pump and carb when lines got changed.
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Fuel filter that is gone. Will put in a metal filter when the tank is cleaned.
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the bus has been out in the elements for a while and the moss has been growing. Gave it a good wash today to see what was hiding. Did come across a spot behind the PS slider that has a rust through in the outer shell. I'll have to put up white duct tape! :lol: Notice the red paint flecks

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Had fun exploring the mysteries of the bus that I hope will get solved!
Keep working at it and it gets done!!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Big_kid » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:06 am

I have no doubt at all that you will get them solved. Enjoy the journey, I'm sure you'll learn a lot along the way.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby volksbugusa » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:59 am

nothing like being new owner...The rust area's are not hard to fix.....as long as there is something solid to weld to...
looking much cleaner now...keep going...
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Glenn A » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:42 am

Is it running yet?
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Tom » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:09 pm

Cleaned up nice.


When you tried to start it were you drawing gas from a can and not the "varnish" that appears to be in the tank?
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Raj » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:19 pm

she looks good all cleaned
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby AoT » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:42 pm

After checking out some things yesterday, it was obvious that the bus need a tune-up so got the needed parts and Bill gave up his day to help me out.

The is the old rotor, with electric tap and frayed wires. Put in new plugs, wires, rotor and condenser.

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We got the bus to turn over many times but it bogged out so Bill pulled out the carb and we did a fast cleaning and ran the fuel line back to fresh gas. It started right up each time but then couldn't hold the idle. the manifold boots are nasty so going to replace them and see if that helps. was just glad to hear the engine running. Hope a few more tweaks will get it going steady!! Thanks Bill for all the work you put in today!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Glenn » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:56 pm

AoT wrote:The is the old rotor, with electric tap and frayed wires.
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Those are the points.

This is a rotor.
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Raj » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:19 pm

dont mind him AOT.... we got your 'point'

Good work!
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Re: '71 White Wagon

Postby Glenn » Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:24 pm

Raj wrote:dont mind him AOT.... we got your 'point'

Good work!

It's called... educating. That's why I put the picture in.

It's not like she doesn't know her left shoe from her right.
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