1977 Volkswagen bus (rust bucket)
Last updated May 30, 2013
The photo is actually a 1978 VW bus that is not mine, but it is the closest I could find to what I had in the same shade of white over snot-green. We purchased ours in 1981 and in just 2 years of use the bottoms of the doors were reduced to jagged pieces of rust from the salt used during New York winters. The exhaust manifold also rusted out. I never took any photos of this vehicle, perhaps because it got too rusty before I got around to getting the camera out.
It performed really well in the winters. The only time it wouldn't go was when we had a blizzard that blew snow up underneath the engine compartment and on top of the battery, shorting out the battery. That was weird.
It was roomy and we hauled a lot of folks around in it. I also hauled fire wood in it.
With the fuel injection, it had pretty good pick-up, but with that poor aerodynamics it struggled to do much over 70. One time I was passing a tractor-trailer on a two-lane road and when I got to where the wind being split by the truck hit the front of my bus, I couldn't go any further even though I had it floored.
fuel-injected, air-cooled, flat-head four-cylinder.
When I couldn't install a muffler anymore because the exhaust manifold had become so rusty with nothing left to connect the muffler to, I hammered exhaust-tip resonators into the jagged ends of the manifold and they fit tightly enough to stay until I got rid of this rust bucket. Hey, I was on a tight budget and exhaust manifolds are expensive for these babies.
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