That picture up there was taken 32 years ago. Me and my high school friends cut out of school on one of our final days of senior year. We had been putting these two buses to good use on weekends ('nuff said) and we wanted to memorialize those days with one final picture. That was my bus on the left and I'm the one with the hat on. My friend Rich owned the bus on the right. He was a guitar player, hence the girls on his bus, haha.
Last year I was asked by a high school friend to "Bus sit" a 1979 VW Westfalia Camper while he was living overseas for work. WOW, what an opportunity! I was soon thrown into a state of nostalgia by taking care of it. Washing it, driving it, just having it in the driveway took me back to high school. Since I am turning 50, I decided that, if I didn't do it now, I won't, so I started combing The Samba website searching for that one bus that made an impression on me. I found it and in my color!
I wanted a camper for day trips but didn't want the weight and drag of a full Westy "Pop Top". So I found this Westy "Tin Top" out in California that looked great for the price. (I did not pay what the ad says .) The biggest issue with 40 year old VW buses is rust, so a California Bus with little or no rust, shipped to PA, would cost me much less in the long run. After my Paypal transaction and 2 weeks of waiting, I had my 1971 VW Westfalia "Tin Top" bus from California!
It arrived at night which made me nervous since I wouldn't be able to take a good look at it, but after crawling around under it while it was still on the transporter with a flashlight, I knew I had something special. After 4 months of work, the bus is structurally and mechanically ready for action!
The best part has been having my wife working with me on the bus- she actually decorated the interior! In the fall, I'll get final paint and trim done and we'll tour the east coast.
As of now, we've begun to attend get togethers and have met great people, but also important for me is being able to preserve such an important part of my youth!
OK, now back to planes. But first, a week with Jay and his family in the UK! We plan of doing as much flying as possible and may post video as well!
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