Eric Miner had never seen a VW bus in person until he bought this one about 10 years ago. It took him nine long years, in between multiple Air Force deployments, to rebuild his pride and joy, but he is loving every minute of driving and showing his dream ride.
The owner says the 4,200-pound bus is remarkably speedy, considering it came equipped with a 78 horsepower air-cooled engine. He rebuilt the power plant and switched it from a single carb setup to the dual carburetors seen here, improving the power picture.
You would never guess it now, but the entire nose assembly of the bus has been replaced, taking it back to factory stock configuration. When Miner began repairing heavy rust under the windshield wipers, he found two old beach towels stuffed behind the sheet metal, covered with bondo.
Miner refuses to put larger wheels on his bus, saying he wants to keep everything as original as possible. So he has kept the original 14-inch wheels and stock hub caps; he has upgraded to thin-line whitewall Uniroyal Tiger Paw radials, for safety's sake.
The only original door remaining on Miner's bus is the big slide-back door on the passenger side. He said the driver's door was so full of body putty that it weighed nearly 100 pounds, so it had to be replaced.
The dashboard and steering column are virtually stock, except for the small tachometer added to the right instrument bezel. The bus uses a combination lever/handle parking brake to keep it firmly in place when in camping mode.