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Old 12-14-2011, 09:57 AM   #29
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Whose hijacking? For those of us who are interested in VWs, this thread provides info in one place. Now, if I live long enough, and we get going on my pickup (It was my birthday gift.), I have one thread to go to. Trouble is, we need VW in the thread title. Maybe we should tell a moderator to change it.

And I am jealous as heck of both your rigs!

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Old 12-14-2011, 10:19 AM   #30
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If you can, have the mods change it to "Old VW's- hauling right!"
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:41 PM   #31
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If you can, have the mods change it to "Old VW's- hauling right!"
The search function needs the key word to be at least 4 characters long.

I spelled out Volkswagen and changed the title for you.
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Thanks Frederick! This site is great!
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #33
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Now this thread is not hijacked. Mike can post his progress and if Rick has any pointers, he can add those. And all of the classic VW lovers can benefit. We may need it soon. We may need to get our '68 VW pickup going, so we have a third vehicle that is trustworthy. I spent last evening saving Kevin who was driving our '69 Beetle. I was driving our VW Eurovan, because my 2007 Beetle was in the shop.


There, for anyone interested (Ed?), you now know all our VW herd. We have a '68 VW pickup that does not run, a '69 VW Beetle autostickshift that did run until last night, a 2003 VW Eurovan that we use to pull our Uhaul and is Kevin's daily driver, and a 2007 Salsa Red VW Beetle with a black convertible top that is my driver (We had to replace my '99 Beetle last summer when the silver maple in our back yard pooped 2 big branches on my Beetle. Finally I have a great radio!).

So, beware of two people of a certain age driving around Oak Park, River Forest, and Elmwood Park in a Salsa red Beetle with the top down and loud Celtic music!

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Old 12-18-2011, 12:14 AM   #34
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There is more VW info on thesamba.com, plus a couple of other sites.
If you want to put that Ford engine in you will have to figure out a radiator arrangement. In Mexico they continued that body style after the Vanagons came out on the US market. They had water cooled engines and a radiator grafted onto the front.
I vaguely recall seeing slide in campers in some old RV magazines from England. There were also class C motorhomes.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:37 AM   #35
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Picture the single cab pulling this: Dub-Box or Caravan? : VW Classic Camper Hire in Yorkshire

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:56 AM   #36
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Herb I have the Mexican front grill in my conversion kit. My friend has already done his bus, I'll give a link to his build thread.

Back on track here- I'm using my Dad's Dodge Dakota to go get a 1977 13' Trillium.We're leaving the day after Christmas. It's a 1,500 mile round trip -but I'll be an actual part of the group!
I also got my wiring harness in from e-trailer (for the brake controller). Taking my Dad's truck will give me relief during these hoildays when we're all so busy.
I've already sourced a good VW transmission for the conversion and started bringing the Ford engine back to life.
I'm really excited about getting the Trillium!
Here's the links to my friends conversion and the ad for my Trillium-
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:06 AM   #37
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Cool, Dude! It's just the thing I would love to take to the car show ON a trailer. I saw one of these iconic little trucklets the other day, actually for sale in the dealer's lobby alongside the ritzy CC and the obscure Routan. Green over cream white, I believe. But I'll never forget the sight of the driver's footrest-- it's the back of the headlight housing. The only protective crush space in this vehicle is the thickness of the paint.

I'd be afraid to drive this vehicle over 40 mph on it's own, but towing adds so much more peril. Your trailer will wind up weighing 3/4 tons or so. VW originally intended these things to tow light artillery down French country lanes, not large objects at expressway speeds.

I like your enthusiasm. It's a fabulous-looking combo. But there are so many better, safer alternatives in collector tow vehicles. A classic 50's pickup would be a far better tug, in my book... though I'd always choose a 21st century VW as my daily drive...
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I like your enthusiasm. It's a fabulous-looking combo. But there are so many better, safer alternatives in collector tow vehicles. A classic 50's pickup would be a far better tug, in my book... though I'd always choose a 21st century VW as my daily drive...
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The only protective crush space in this vehicle is the thickness of the paint.
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This is my daily driver and I think about head-on every time I drive it. You are right.
When I grow up, I'll probably do as you say.
I live by faith, but always keep in my mind Darwin's awards.
I'm always aware... I have to be.
Oh, this truck is not a collector. It was on it's way to the junker . I did all the work to make it usable. The drivers door doesn't close right and the body leaves a lot to be desired.
Here's a link to the build if anyone has a cup of joe and no where to go-
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Wow! What a change! I wish we could get ours running!

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:25 PM   #41
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Cindy- these old things aren't that involved, that why I'm involved with them.

What's wrong with yours?

Back to my quest- I put a deposit on my 1977 13' Trillium. So, it's mine! I will go up to Nebraska - weather permitting - and get it Christmas week. That weather permitting thing is real dicey this time of year!

Question -It is not already set up for brakes. When I get brakes, do I have to change spindle too?
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #42
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I have owned VW's all my life. I hate to see you butcher that classic with a Ford engine! I have owned a lot of VW's, but never a truck. I love it!
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