Last Call- RTD Bus Edition

Few people realize that the Type 2 VW Bus had a one and a half ton load capacity. Of course, the original 43-hp wheezer made that a challenge, an issue this mid-mounted V8 with double quads shouldn’t have at all.
Image source: [gtotiger68 via Flickr]

15 Comments

  1. Well at least you don't have to deal with all the heat coming off the doghouse like in my old forward control '66 Falcon Econoline.

  2. Look at all the dents on the inside face of the cargo door.
    It looks like folks have been beating on it to get in and behold the goodness!

  3. And to think I was content with putting the 1600cc back in the 66. Sheesh this is insane…and by the looks of those roll bars, PURE AWESOME!!!!!

  4. Okay, so I guess I'll be the asshole that points out that this guy destroyed a rare Kombi. Why couldn't he have used something '68 or later? That would have been a sweet bus to restore.

    1. I was initially going to argue Sooper's point specifically with the type 2 because those are the ones most often found rotted out clear through the floor and dog legs. In looking at the picture further, it's apparent that some SERIOUS modifications were done and while it can be brought back, it's going to take a lot of effort and more money than the vehicle would be worth in the true collector's market.
      In regards to that Oval on Schmo's gallery? That's a travesty. Those cars typically don't have issues above the bottom 1/3 of the doors. That was an intentional chop and that's a rare vehicle that shouldn't have been touched. They only made ovals for about 4 1/2 years, mid 52 (Zwitter was the transition in early 52 with the Oval dash, split rear) thru 57. In 58 the window got bigger and while old, the 58s and up are less desirable.

      1. That's actually a very good point. I recall that some folks customized later year bugs into ovals during the Great Cal Bug Epidemic of the 1980's.

      2. You make a valid statement and my comment was rather high level wasn't it. They make oval reproduction clips you can toss into the back of any bug and fenders to mirror the look…so I can't, from the photo only, tell if it's real or not.
        I would hope not.

      3. I was of course assuming that the thing wasn't a totally clapped out rust bucket, but even with a moderate amount of rust, it would have been nice to fix up. Kombis are fairly rare these days because so many lived hard lives. Everyone gives love to the passenger buses, and especially the Deluxe models, but the worker vans are often overlooked. You rarely see a nice Kombi, at least in my neck of the woods.

    2. Ehhh, I sometimes think like that but in the end, to me, it comes down to – it's his (or her) car. He can do to it what he wants. Having been on the selling / giving away end of a rare car, and having no takers, I know it's just a car and the same people that protest its modification won't plunk down the money to buy it to prevent its fate. Like the Citroen in the last Lemons race; they offered it for sale at $275 and had no takers. So to the races it goes!

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