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#1 Gtractor ONLINE  

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Posted October 20, 2015 - 12:58 PM

BTS asked for a pic of this well over a year ago and kinda forgot all about it until today.  

They say the first thing to go is the memory...  :toilethead:

 

It doesn't look like much now but I had it all buffed out at one time and it looked pretty good.  Van is from Florida so not much rust.  A local dentist had this and put the Ford water cooled power plant in.  The radiator was desguised as a front mount spare tire.  Unfortunately the "tire" cover has rotted off. 

It has the large manual-crank sunroof, which I thought was kewell. 

He said when it was parked all it needed was a carb rebuild.  That was probably 15-20 years ago now.   :(  

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Posted October 20, 2015 - 01:33 PM

BTS asked for a pic of this well over a year ago and kinda forgot all about it until today.  

They say the first thing to go is the memory...  :toilethead:

 

No, the memory is the second thing to go.  I just can't remember the first.


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Posted October 20, 2015 - 02:23 PM

No, the memory is the second thing to go.  I just can't remember the first.


Just because it took a year doesn't mean you forgot. You were just really busy.

Somewhere in Elk River, Mn my wife's eyebrows just shot up for no reason.
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Posted October 20, 2015 - 05:15 PM

Cool



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Posted October 20, 2015 - 05:59 PM

Neat!

A fellow (dead now) had one here and it had a Mercury Capri (water cooled) engine in it!

Radiator was up front with a "spare tire" cover over it!


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Posted October 20, 2015 - 06:17 PM

Cool van...

How does the rad work with a vinyl cover and no space behind it for airflow?

Where is the Ford engine, front or rear?


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Posted October 20, 2015 - 06:40 PM

Nice van, I have a 72 transporter that I brought home from Hawaii while in the Navy. Not sure if you need another but I would part with it as it takes a big chunk of my barn shop space. Sorry I am not actually listing in the for sale but just thought us fellow VW guys gotta stick together.
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Posted October 20, 2015 - 08:02 PM

I want the bronco


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Posted October 21, 2015 - 07:11 AM

Kris, you better check as there may be a recall on that one too !


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Posted October 21, 2015 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the picture.

That looks nice, you have quite the row of VW's there, :rocker2:


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Posted October 21, 2015 - 09:08 AM

Cool van...

How does the rad work with a vinyl cover and no space behind it for airflow?

Where is the Ford engine, front or rear?

The vynal tire cover had the center cut out and a black screen sewed in so air could flow through.  Radiator sits out from the front a ways so air had somewhere to go.  There is an electric fan mounted on the back side of the rad.   Engine is in the back with the stock VW tranny via an adaptor plate. 


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Posted October 21, 2015 - 09:13 AM

Thanks for the picture.

That looks nice, you have quite the row of VW's there, :rocker2:

I have a few.  This ones my favorite

 

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 07:23 AM

I drove one of those old vans when I worked for the college service dept, it was one of the carpenter's work trucks. It was such a pain to shift with the 3 foot long shifter. :D

 

My wife has always wanted a Thing, almost got serious a couple years ago.


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Posted November 07, 2015 - 05:35 PM

That water cooled conversion is awesome. Did they hook up a better heater system as well?
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Posted November 07, 2015 - 09:22 PM

I wish they would have made a hard top thing. 

Had a 70 VW van. The wife didn't like it. She never got used to setting in front of the front wheels. I on the other hand enjoyed driving it. A friend was a first responder and told me he was glad I got rid of it. Front seat passengers don't stand much of a chance in a head on accident I guess.  :(


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