So there's this guy and we're both into cars, especially classic cars and he's a mechanic. He gave me a VW bus speedometer this past summer as a gift (after hiding it under my pillow), which I found so cute and amazing. This was after we went to a VW bus car show together. I made drawings for him since I'm an artist and put them in his lunches for work, which he said always brightened his days at work. Now, I found this inexpensive, great condition VW bus near me and am close to buying it, just need to take a look at it on Sunday. My question is should I tell him that I'm going to go look at a VW bus then / ask for any advice or should I wait and if I get it, surprise him with a picture (it's a long distance thing so for him to come here and see it won't work at the moment). It's both of our dreams to go on a vw bus roadtrip one day
Tell him. I mechanic and wrench and always tell someone im looking at certain vehicles, because every year, trim package and motor is different. From my experiences vw bushes should never be inexpensive and great condition, there are clubs who buy scrap buses up at a premium just to have them, so it’s a huge red flag to me. Even if you have experience with them, he may have something you need to be aware of when looking at the vehicle that you may have forgotten in your excitement. Like the 23 window busses sell in excess of $100,000 in good to fair condition. Depending on the model your going to want to get the vin and other information. You could be looking at a kit car and not a real vw
The type two which is what a lot of people picture when they here vw bus sells between $14000 to 35,000 on average depending on condition too
Do you know which engine it has? Because if it’s a rebuilt engine and done right it shouldn’t have an issue on a maidan voyage. And take a magnet with you. Stick the magnet on the body anywhere you see a crack, or anywhere the body looks off, including around the doors and above the wheels. If it doesn’t stick it’s been bondo’ed. If the paint is cracking over the bondo it may mean the bondo was doin badly and you are looking at bunch of body work and repainting
If it’s been towed there it’s probably going to need towed out. He’s asking half of what they go for in okay fair condition. Something strikes me as wrong
This all being said if it sits right with you, and you want it go for it, but be aware of how expensive just minor work will be if you don’t have the tools and knowledge
Thanks for your tips. Yes I know about the magnet thing and I'm going to take the Idiot's Guide for VW book that goes through what you should look for before buying. It has the '71 engine, which is a dual-carb with power breaks, a little under-powered but doesn't matter to me. That was the last year they put the upright bug engine into the buses.
He also said he just towed it there because he was scared about the engine light coming on. It should still run and drive according to the people on the VW forums, but worse case scenario, I can get it towed home. The 'minor electrical' problem might be as small as the tightening the pulley by taking the shims and moving them to the outside.