love bug - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-11-2003, 01:11 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
love bug

well, here's my ''new'' beauty. I've driven past it for months, stopping to scope it out several times. Finally, yesterday I took my checkbook and bought it. It's a 13 foot 1973 love bug. It needs lots of tlc and I hope to restore it to its former glory as much as possible. I know it's an ''orphan'' and the company has long gone, but I'm hoping it shares many parts with other eggs. I'll keep you posted on my progress. I have two calls for help in the ''owners helping owners'' forum and would appreciate any help.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e97131994805lovebug1.jpg/>



__________________

Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2003, 01:15 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Way to go! Yes, it has many parts in common with Scamp, Boler, and early Casitas. Like you, I just got my egg a few weeks ago. I'm fixing it up, and am very excited to get started camping in it!



__________________

Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2003, 01:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
at first glance I would have guessed it was a Boler, but the roof looks more like mine. :) a Surfside or maybe a Trillium. It doesn't look like it needs any work at all from here. :lol



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2003, 01:26 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bug

Congratulations! And welcome to the forum! :wave

We love to see the ''rescued ones.'' I used to think my '89 was old until I came to this forum and found out it was down right modern compared to some of the others that are still rolling around. Sure makes me feel good that there are so many years of enjoyment in these little fiberglass wonders!

We'll love to see the pictures of the transformation when you have them. I must say, though, it really looks pretty good from this angle.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2003, 02:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Welcome
Thats a nice looking rig.You will get all the help you need just keep asking.:wave



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2003, 02:45 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
looks good from the road

the inside is kinda rough. everything works, but it needs a good going over (paint, cleaning, etc.). i'm converting the dinette to a full-time bed and getting rid of the old cushions, which have seen much better days. i'm looking forward to taking my dogs camping this summer.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 07:34 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bug

Kent,
I also have a '73 Love Bug. Keep us posted on your progress. It looks as though the door was replaced with one from a Boler. Here's some recent pictures of my Love Bug.
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~theauchs/lo...pics/MAVICA.HTM
Enjoy!



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 08:10 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bug

Kent: I also currently own for a short time, a 197? Love Bug. I sort of found it by being in the right place at the right time. I spotted it while it was being transported on a flatbed truck. It was being moved by the owners friend as he was moving from one manufacturing facility to another. It was stored in a warehouse. Anyway, I had bought it with the intention of freeing up the 1984
U-Haul Camper Trailer that I went to Springfield, Missouri to get. I know quite a few folks looking for U-Haul Campers. But alas, someone was interested in the Love Bug, gave me a deposit, and then backed out of the deal. I currently have an interested couple from Denver, CO and a couple from Mishawaka, IN that has an interest in it. Thus, I am awaiting confirmation of interest by either couple with a deposit. But, as always, money talks, and whomever puts the deposit in my hands first will eventually be the new owner. So, for the time being, I have ownership of the Love Bug, and 2 - 13 foot U-Haul Campers.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e996ed878bd7Mvc-001f.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e996f8369180Mvc-002f.jpg/>

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e996f69e7782Mvc-003f.jpg/>

- Ray



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 08:33 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Door ?

As Jamie Auch has suggested, the door may have been replaced. I will have pictures later....but it also looks exactly like the door used on the Acorn, which was the first of the Scamps ever produced.

- Ray



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 09:58 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Differences in Love Bug

Ray,
Our Love Bugs differ somewhat. I do not have the windw behind the stove and do not have the windshield up front. As I recall from previous pictures, your upholstery is a beigge weave? My interior upholstery is red, blue and beige. Dou you know any sources for replacement tailights? Mine were broke and I replace them with rectagular trailer lights.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 09:58 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Differences in Love Bug

Ray,
Our Love Bugs differ somewhat. I do not have the windw behind the stove and do not have the windshield up front. As I recall from previous pictures, your upholstery is a beigge weave? My interior upholstery is red, blue and beige. Dou you know any sources for replacement tailights? Mine were broke and I replace them with rectangular trailer lights.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 02:41 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Interior

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e99cb3eab3e5Mvc-012f.jpg/>

Jamie: The interior of the Love Bug is Blue/Tan Plaid, the U-Haul Camper is a Beige weave. Do you need just a round lens or the fiberglass housing?

- Ray



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 02:59 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bug

Ray the whole tail light assemblies were trashed when I got the egg. I'll just replace them with something else. The fiberglass housings are still there.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 03:09 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
thanks, lovebuggers!

wow! two more love bugs! jamie, i see what you mean about the door. no wonder it doesn't fit well. i have the original tail lights, but one lens is gone and i need a replacement. ray, do you have a line on tail lights? i've searched the internet for the original reflect-o-lite, with no sucess. your bug appears to have a furnace and i like the front window cover.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 03:35 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bugs Everywhere!

I have owned my Love Bug for over two years. Until Ray's and Kent's appeared, I have only heard rumors of them. I just looked at my VIN and realized that it's a 1972 not 1973 Love Bug. I also have a furnace but no rock shield ;0( Kent what does your interior look like?



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 04:47 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Love Bug Answers

Jamie & Kent:

The Love Bug I have was purchased by the previous owner from Elmer Tonne in Iowa prior to his passing away. It was one of a few that he had remaining in a warehouse. It has rectangular RV lites, it never had the round housing or round lens.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e99e7929eaf1rearlens.jpg/>

If you are in need of the housing, I would suggest making a mold of the fiberglass housing, and cast a couple of new housings. For a round tail light lens, unless I have exact dimensions or the tail light lens in hand, it would be rather difficult to just find something of use. I go to about six or seven RV distributors, surplus, and salvage yards to find things. Sometimes I do, other times I don't. But, I am willing to try....

It has a rock shield. It has the spare tire carrier with the Love Bug sticker on the wheel cover. It never had a furnace. It does have a holding tank for either the fresh water or waste water. Have not thoroughly check out all aspects of this. It weas indeed well kept.

- Ray



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 06:41 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
fwiw

A short stray off topic (?) does anyone recall the VW love bug? I think it was a '74, gold with a sunroof. I wonder out loud here, what or who coined the term love bug?

Now, back to our scheduled programing.



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2003, 09:43 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
Answer

Answer: Disney.

Wasn't Herbie, the "original" LOVE BUG!

- Ray



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2003, 06:00 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
tail light

ray; i just need the lens, but would buy the whole assembly if i could get one. the assembly is 6 5/8" in diameter. the backing plate reads "reflect-o-lite 110-150". if you should happen to run across one in your travels, i'd be happy to pay for your troubles.

jamie; the original cushions have been recovered. i'll post photos of the interior soon.

as for the original "love bug", didn't that have something to do with penicillin? just asking.....



Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2003, 02:51 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
Posts: 18,870
more pics

as promised, here are more photos of my love bug. consider this the "before" photos. this is how it came to me. i haven't done anything yet, but have big plans.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e9b1e7cc6fbfDSCN0007.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e9b1ec8511b4DSCN0008.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e9b1eec25fcbDSCN0009.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e9b1effcc75dDSCN0012.jpg/>



__________________

Legacy Posts is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
love bug


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I love this one! Camilla General Chat 12 02-26-2010 10:04 PM
I 'LOVE'... Doug Mager Forum Admin, News & Announcements 8 12-07-2007 05:27 PM
Love Bug logo help please. Phil C. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 05-18-2007 08:48 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
×