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PostSubject: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:03 pm

No engine or back seats, but looks very straight and complete otherwise. $14K. I've been looking and they're hard to find since the restored ones are gold mines, everyone's snatching up the shells.

What do you guys think? I can't lose, right? The old splitties are so collectible and getting more so as the years go by.

If I get her, I may need someone to go fetch her for me, near Seattle on a trailer.......

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:11 pm

I had to drive to Seattle to bring my 64 home. It was a quick trip up and back. It is still a blur.


As far as the price people are willing to pay big bucks and I don't see it going down anytime soon.....if ever
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Mon Jul 04, 2011 8:32 pm

Well, it's looking like a done deal. I have emailed and talked to the seller at length. He's taken if off the market with a pending flag for 7 days if I can get up there with a trailer and cash. Working on it. Where there's a will, there's a way.

It's a 21 window walkthru Deluxe samba. I'll be probably putting Hugo's current motor and a bug box in the bus since Ray's got plans for a new bigger motor for Hugo soon.

So, now the hunt is on... seats, rubber, front windows (safaris?), headliner, sunroof, interior panels, all sorts of small bits... BugORama's swap meet will have a whole new meaning.

My goal is to get her road worthy and worry about the cosmetic stuff over time, as $$ allows.

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:31 pm

Very cool. I am jealous.

I am sure it will be a 'fun' project...

Total score! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:37 pm

Congrats! hope it all works out for you. I have a hard time with the prices they are getting for these things today, but Jeff is right.. it's going to keep going up.

I come from the day and age that you picked up a perfectly good running bug for 500 bucks and drove it home. Buss's where a bit more at around 1500 or so. But, times are changing. "sigh"

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:54 pm

I bought Hugo for $900 in 1978. I had to get a car loan! I had $300, financed $600. Payments were $14.12 a month for 4 years. Seemed like a fortune and a lifetime. Razz

Whenever I fuel up, I get people that come over and tell me their "one that got away" story. Everyone has a VW story. I was lucky that I just never let mine go and still have it and in great shape.

I always loved the busses. But, I never had the need for another vehicle. Sure wish I'd bought one back when they were cheap. Now I sound like all those people at the gas station....

When that Samba sold for $198K a couple weeks ago I knew that if I don't move now, I'll never be able to get into one. Here's the video of the bidding. Yeah, made me cry. Like watching racehorses come down the stretch. Why is this so emotional? Geez, I'm such a chick. Check out the seller as he nears $200K.
http://www.speedtv.com//video/barrett-jackson/bj-63-volkswagen-bus-1023778798001/1#_vtop

I don't just want any bus, I always wanted the Samba (21 or 23 window ragtop). Besides, this bus may help me afford to retire in 20 years or so... cheers

How could anyone ever tire of this view? Imagine with the stars out? Kids will WANT to ride in the back seat...

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:16 am

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:26 am

Looks to be pretty nice. I just can't get over what these things are worth. It's $14,000 and it needs everything! Either way, I can't say it's not worth it. I'd love to have one. Conratulations!
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:39 pm

Thanks Greg. I know, it's crazy. I've been watching these things climb up and up for several years now. The pre-67 kombi's and 11/15 windows are even high, although attainable. But I was at a loss to find any Samba's for a decent price other than this one. I haven't bought it yet!

I challenge you guys to find me one this week for a better price? flower

This one is $20K, basket case:
http://www.oldbug.com/idy58.htm
I doubt they'll get that, but now that Barrett-Jackson set the precedent, maybe they will...



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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:01 pm

I love a challenge so I found this one

http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/cto/2408852900.html


Lost interest.....1967 21 window....This was a daily driver before I started the restoration.It has a 1600 engine. About 70% of the rust has been repaired there's still rust on the driver's door&doorjamb.Some rust on one of the oval windows.The bus has all the glass except the front glass.It's missing both bumpers the middle and back seats.It has new jack points,new rocker panels new out riggers. The interior needs redone. About 80hrs of bodywork left and it's ready for paint.I might be interested in trades....I like british project cars wooden sailboats,fishboats,tugs or cash.....

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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:08 pm

Oooooooh, I just emailed him....... You're a sleuth with the internet searches.... Smile Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:26 pm

I am not done
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:23 am

Holy sh-t!! That's a much better deal. Nice one David!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:27 pm

This is a parts van


1959 vw bus **project** - $600 (east of sweet home)
Date: 2011-06-09, 9:48AM PDT
Reply to: sale-xwrar-2430330186@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
R you up for it?? Ready to bring back to life a split bus sitting for the last 15 plus years!! You will need a trailer, and some help!
Its a 1959-61 bullet front bus, missing rear Tranny no wheels under the back!! sitting off of a field in the black berries. "Possibly have rear tranny to help get the bus out". There is rust and its been hit in rear. missing seats and some glass. **no title** Yes this is a real posting and yes i will get back to you if you email.......I have and have had many a bus and it is Restorable
***PRICE IS FIRM**** 11 window non walk thru
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 pm

http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/cto/2473139346.html



1957 VW Bus. Originally Palm Green/Sand Green. 1600cc. Freeway Flyer Trans. Bubble tailights. 1960's Westfalia interior. Runs and drives great. $11,500 Also, this price will include new Safari Windows, new pop out window frames, and an original crankstart rear apron, and I do have all four original wheels. Scott (760) 966-1077



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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:00 pm



http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/2474673986.html

67 Split Window VW Bus - $8500 (Clairemont )


I've got a super dry '67 VW Bus. Last year of the split window. Pretty clean inside and out. Runs great. On it's way to being a beautiful classic. I intended on finishing the body work, doing a full custom camping interior, and a full custom paint job. I may still do that.

At this time I am not hurting for cash. I will sell this if the price is right. I am also willing to entertain offers of trades. I would be interested in a nice old school, something bagged, possibly a bug plus cash, something newer and nice, something of less value plus some cash, or ???? What do you have? Send me an email with what you've got and we'll talk.

Thanks a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:59 am

Dave, you are the hounddog! Thanks for the hunting. Smile

That first one was the best, it's a samba. The others, although good deals if I was looking, but if I'm going to spend over $200, it's only going to be for what I really have always dreamed of and that's a samba 21 or 23 window ragtop.

The first one I ruled out though. The guy sent me some more pics of the interior and it's completely gutted. That alone, I could work with considering it was a savings of $$, but I didn't like that he'd done so much work already. I've seen bad work. I would rather get an all OG vehicle and do it myself, rather than a cut up bus that someone else f'd up... Even if he did it in name of removing rust. My bug is all original, although modified, not cut up. That's my style. Smile

So, I sent my $$ to buy it. And I'm having it hauled down for me. The guy didn't charge much more than the pro car transports bid. And he's going to load it up with spare parts that he'll throw in, cosmetic and motor stuff. Very Happy

She arrives at Vallero's shop next Tuesday night..... I am so excited!!
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PostSubject: Re: Possible purchase of a '66 21 window rag microbus   Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:31 am

So you bought the original one you were looking at? Sight unseen? Shocked Shocked
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