New Tires and 100watt Solar Panel

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Sorry I haven't updated in a while there's been a lot of changes I recently got new tires I got the BF Goodrich ta KO tires 195 75 R14 and oh my God are they great.

Also got installed a 100 watt solar panel with solar charger and deep cycle battery a 100 amp hour battery. I didn't have to chop up my luggage rack and modify it to turn it into a mountain where the panel but it worked out really well

Off Road LED Lights Setup

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Well I broke down and bought some LED Off Road lights, I got 4, 18watt  lights on Amazon  for $10 each, cheap but im happy.

I drilled 8 holes, used sealent when bolting the brackets on, i still need to seal the cables.

I soldered the wires in parallel and taptes them up, then tucked them back into the roof area

I used a relay and fuse and tied the switch in with the dash lights, tied it all up out of the way.

For so small the shine the light, and pull 5.6 amp all together.

Install Canvas on VW Sportsmobile Bus

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So we got some nice weather the other day so I decided to spend the day and replace the canvas on the top of the bus. Lucky when I bought the bus the previous owner had bought a new canvas and not installed it so I didn't have to buy a new one.

I started by loosening the bolts on top of the fiber glass top. And cut the old canvas off so I would have working room. Then I tied the support bars down and locked them in place so I could lift the top off freely.

I removed the four trips around the bottom of the canvas that were screwed to the roof of the bus and saved all my screws they weren't too badly rotted so I'm reusing the wood strips. After removing the top plate it in the grass upside down and removed the rest of the canvas and the top ceiling. The wood paneling was rotted from a leak that the bus had for a while so I cleaned it to the fiberglass. Now I had to figure out how I was going to replace the wood and mount the canvas. I figured I'd use a sheet of plywood or panel board, but I didn't have a truck at the time so I worked with what I could find I made a trip to Home Depot. I found clearance sale of snap together wood flooring and thought what the hell.

I cut them all to size place them in and made sure there was enough to fit. I remove them and took the first one in centered it and screwed it in then I could just place my canvas under the edges measuring about an inch and a half of canvas under the panel. After each panel and measuring the canvas I would screw in each panel with the canvas to hold it in place and did that one by one till it was done.

With the canvas all in place and boards secured I rolled the edges and safety pin them together to keep them from coming undone. I got a few hands to help and put the top back on top. The tricky part was I released the support bars and lifted the top about halfway and anchored it. They gave me enough room to get under the top and still make adjustments for bolting it in. I bought all new nuts and bolts and washers we used the rear support panel. And remade the front support bar block after a little bit of adjustments I got all the bolts in with a little help from my wife who was convinced she was going to die lol.

The hard part was putting the strips back on the bottom that attach to the bus roof I screwed in each end and middle to the bus and when it looked right I place the rest of the screws in. It didn't come out perfect but it works and should keep the mosquitoes out I left it open for a couple days to let the canvas adjust and it looks a little better I still need to add the elastic cord around the top to help when closing. I'm happy that no longer has holes and I'm not winning any beauty contests anytime soon Westphalia tents are a lot easier

New tires coming in soon can't wait to get this sucker on the Road

Engine Overhaul

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Well getting ready for cold weather. So I started ripping the motor apart ready for detailing. Everything is going a lot smoother than I thought rust isn't as bad as I thought but there is a few bolts being very tough to get out. I'll update more when I finish getting the motor out.

Installed Windshield

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So I got the windshield in the gasket was ready. Put the gasket on the windshield and installed the windshield to the bus. They all went pretty easy. The only thing I can really recommend I used the string trick, and soapy water in a spray bottle is a life saver tried at first and it was hard, then sprayed it and everthing went smoothe, 20min job at the most. And i was alone.

Out for a Drive

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Took the kids out to the park and ait lunch, should have a windshield monday, got the gasket for it yesterday. Found some tires down south still seeing if i can manage it.

Start of the Paint Job

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Started the painting on the bus, I was stuck deciding colors, and I found I like a Khaki top and Deep Forest Green by Rustoleum, yes I use Rustoleum, It has always worked good, but this is the first time i have used the camo paint so I hope it last as long.

I wanted to have neutral colors and not be a camo design

Its Alive......

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So I hooked up the fuel lines install the battery resealed the muffler bled the brakes after fixing a small leak in a hose put fresh gas in turn the key and fired right up. Drove it around a few blocks, she kept running she shifted she stopped everything seem to be working pretty good, totally shocked.

So I got it back into the garage ready for winter I need to get the front windshield and the rear windshield feels and a new windshield. I painted and reinstall the ceiling panel in the front cab. Remove the luggage rack and rails off the roof and sanded and primed the roof. So I think now its just a bunch of little things and of course the tires.

Norcold 2way Fridge test, Its ALIVE

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So I tested the Norcold fridge that came in the Sportsmobile package, I have not had one that ever worked so figured, the same, but this is why I test, the damn thing is working good is AC and DC. So Cleaned it up real good fixed the door, and reinstalled it, ready to go, had it plugged in for hours running good ice cold.

Also pulled out all the wires and outlets, ready for rewire, what a mess!!

Weekend Update Wiring and Engine Check

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I had a pretty good weekend working on the bus. I got to finish the body work and primed all I have left is the roof which will be done during the spring. I did inspect the tent it needs to be replaced, luckily the bus came with a brand new one but it's going to take two or three guys at least to change it out. I have changed Westfalia tent before, but never a Sports mobile and there's a lot more parts.

I hooked the battery up to the engine this morning, to check out the wiring system and basic startup. All lights and components in the cabin work did I walk around check of light system everything's good. It was nice to hit that key and hear the starter. I have a long way to go but this gives me a lot of hope. I did check the oil it looks like it was freshly replaced when parked is still looks really clear.

I removed the exhaust system yesterday morning separated all the pipe out took me all day due to rust in the spend the week preg raining it down remove the heat exchangers, I will not be running the heat system but having a gas heater inside. I hope to get these cleaned up and enameled this week ready for reinstall when I put the engine back together next month.

more Floor Priming

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Didn't have a lot of time today but got some more primer and did some more the main floor area getting closer to the front also removed the bumper and primed the body. I hope to have the floor ready in a couple weeks so I can start installing the interior.

Priming the Bus

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Over the last couple of days I've got a lot of body work done and rust removal the bus is primed and ready remove the windshield fixing it up for the seals quite a bit of spot rusting breaking through, its coming along pretty good. I removed the rear bumper today first two bolts came out fine made it over to the left side and both head popped off that will be fun. I did a crappy bondo job but with the paint texture that's going on it I'm not worried about it I don't need it pretty I need it usable.

Introduction to the new Survival Bus 1977 VW bus Sportsmobile

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Rebuilding the survival bus I found this 1977 Volkswagen bus in North Kansas City has some rust issues interior is pretty good it's going to be my winter project to get it back on the road previous owner did right side bodywork left me the left side to do had to re weld sliding door bottom frame and wheel well. Spent the weekend working on the body stripping the inside and removing a lot of trim trying to figure out what it going to take made a list of what I'm going to do for each month how much is it cost pretty hopeful .

After getting in the garage I started stripping it down getting it all cleaned up ready to start the repairs

The finds in the bus was original business card from salesman and fliers. - When Should You Shoot A Cop by LarkenRose

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Just wanted to share - Nate

That question, even without an answer, makes most “law-abiding taxpayers” go into knee-jerk conniptions. The indoctrinated masses all race to see who can be first, and loudest, to proclaim that it is NEVER okay to forcibly resist “law enforcement.” In doing so, they also inadvertently demonstrate why so much of human history has been plagued by tyranny and oppression.

In an ideal world, cops would do nothing except protect people from thieves and attackers, in which case shooting a cop would never be justified. In the real world, however, far more injustice, violence, torture, theft, and outright murder has been committed IN THE NAME of “law enforcement,” than has been committed in spite of it. To get a little perspective, try watching a documentary or two about some of the atrocities committed by the regimes of Stalin, or Lenin, or Chairman Mao, or Hitler, or Pol Pot, or any number of other tyrants in history. Pause the film when the jackboots are about to herd innocent people into cattle cars, or gun them down as they stand on the edge of a ditch, and THEN ask yourself the question, “When should you shoot a cop?” Keep in mind, the evils of those regimes were committed in the name of “law enforcement.” And as much as the statement may make people cringe, the history of the human race would have been a lot LESS gruesome if there had been a lot MORE “cop-killers” around to deal with the state mercenaries of those regimes.

People don’t mind when you point out the tyranny that has happened in other countries, but most have a hard time viewing their OWN “country,” their OWN “government,” and their OWN “law enforcers,” in any sort of objective way. Having been trained to feel a blind loyalty to the ruling class of the particular piece of dirt they live on (a.k.a. “patriotism”), and having been trained to believe that obedience is a virtue, the idea of forcibly resisting “law enforcement” is simply unthinkable to many. Literally, they can’t even THINK about it. And humanity has suffered horribly because of it. It is a testament to the effectiveness of authoritarian indoctrination that literally billions of people throughout history have begged and screamed and cried in the face of authoritarian injustice and oppression, but only a tiny fraction have ever lifted a finger to actually try to STOP it.

Even when people can recognize tyranny and oppression, they still usually talk about “working within the system”–the same system that is responsible for the tyranny and oppression. People want to believe that ”the system” will, sooner or later, provide justice. The last thing they want to consider is that they should “illegally” resist–that if they want to achieve justice, they must become “criminals” and “terrorists,” which is what anyone who resists “legal” injustice is automatically labelled. But history shows all too well that those who fight for freedom and justice almost always do so “illegally”–i.e., without the permission of the ruling class.

If politicians think that they have the right to impose any “law” they want, and cops have the attitude that, as long as it’s called “law,” they will enforce it, what is there to prevent complete tyranny? Not the consciences of the “law-makers” or their hired thugs, obviously. And not any election or petition to the politicians. When tyrants define what counts as “law,” then by definition it is up to the “law-breakers” to combat tyranny.

Pick any example of abuse of power, whether it is the fascist “war on drugs,” the police thuggery that has become so common, the random stops and searches now routinely carried out in the name of “security” (e.g., at airports, “border checkpoints” that aren’t even at the border, “sobriety checkpoints,” and so on), or anything else. Now ask yourself the uncomfortable question: If it’s wrong for cops to do these things, doesn’t that imply that the people have a right to RESIST such actions? Of course, state mercenaries don’t take kindly to being resisted, even non-violently. If you question their right to detain you, interrogate you, search you, invade your home, and so on, you are very likely to be tasered, physically assaulted, kidnapped, put in a cage, or shot. If a cop decides to treat you like livestock, whether he does it “legally” or not, you will usually have only two options: submit, or kill the cop. You can’t resist a cop ”just a little” and get away with it. He will always call in more of his fellow gang members, until you are subdued or dead.

Basic logic dictates that you either have an obligation to LET “law enforcers” have their way with you, or you have the right to STOP them from doing so, which will almost always require killing them. (Politely asking fascists to not be fascists has a very poor track record.) Consider the recent Indiana Supreme Court ruling, which declared that if a cop tries to ILLEGALLY enter your home, it’s against the law for you to do anything to stop him. Aside from the patent absurdity of it, since it amounts to giving thugs with badges PERMISSION to “break the law,” and makes it a CRIME for you to defend yourself against a CRIMINAL (if he has a badge), consider the logical ramifications of that attitude.

There were once some words written on a piece of parchment (with those words now known as the Fourth Amendment), that said that you have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures at the hands of ”government” agents. In Indiana today, what could that possibly mean? The message from the ruling class is quite clear, and utterly insane. It amounts to this: “We don’t have the right to invade your home without probable cause … but if we DO, you have no right to stop us, and we have the right to arrest you if you try.”

Why not apply that to the rest of the Bill of Rights, while we’re at it? ”You have the right to say what you want, but if we use violence to shut you up, you have to let us.” (I can personally attest to the fact that that is the attitude of the U.S. “Department of Justice.”) “You have the right to have guns, but if we try to forcibly and illegally disarm you, and you resist, we have the right to kill you.” (Ask Randy Weaver and the Branch Davidians about that one.) “You have the right to not testify against yourself, but when we coerce you into confessing (and call it a ’plea agreement’), you can’t do a thing about it.” What good is a ”right”–what does the term “right” even mean–if you have an obligation to allow jackboots to violate your so-called “rights”? It makes the term absolutely meaningless.

To be blunt, if you have the right to do “A,” it means that if someone tries to STOP you from doing “A”–even if he has a badge and a politician’s scribble (“law”) on his side–you have the right to use whatever amount of force is necessary to resist that person. That’s what it means to have an unalienable right. If you have the unalienable right to speak your mind (a la the First Amendment), then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to shut you up. If you have the unalienable right to be armed, then you have the right to KILL ”government” agents who try to disarm you. If you have the right to not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, then you have the right to KILL “government” agents who try to inflict those on you.

Those who are proud to be “law-abiding” don’t like to hear this, and don’t like to think about this, but what’s the alternative? If you do NOT have the right to forcibly resist injustice–even if the injustice is called ”law”–that logically implies that you have an obligation to allow ”government” agents to do absolutely anything they want to you, your home, your family, and so on. Really, there are only two choices: you are a slave, the property of the politicians, without any rights at all, or you have the right to violently resist “government” attempts to oppress you. There can be no other option.

Of course, on a practical level, openly resisting the gang called ”government” is usually very hazardous to one’s health. But there is a big difference between obeying for the sake of self-preservation, which is often necessary and rational, and feeling a moral obligation to go along with whatever the ruling class wants to do to you, which is pathetic and insane. Most of the incomprehensible atrocities that have occurred throughout history were due in large part to the fact that most people answer “never” to the question of “When should you shoot a cop?” The correct answer is: When evil is “legal,” become a criminal. When oppression is enacted as “law,” become a “law-breaker.” When those violently victimizing the innocent have badges, become a cop-killer.

The next time you hear of a police officer being killed “in the line of duty,” take a moment to consider the very real possibility that maybe in that case, the “law enforcer” was the bad guy and the “cop killer” was the good guy. As it happens, that has been the case more often than not throughout human history.

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Booted Taco from Via for Open Carrying

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So me and the family wanted to try something new and we decided on Taco Via, so we loaded the kids up and headed over. So we get there and NO SIGN so im good. We start off by noticing that is a very religious place, they have the last supper and the ten commandment on the wall and as I get up to the counter, laugh and point out that its funny all the religious items and the register has "6.66" on the display LOL

So we ordered and got our food, as we are eating the manager walks out from the back and after a couple minutes walks over to me and asked if im "licensed". I reply no need and my wife jumps in that if legal to open carry.

The manager a middle aged lady, tells me she is licensed and is always carrying, and that my instructor should have told me I should not carry into businesses. She told I could tal my gun out to the car and come back in and finish my food and I replied I would just leave due to risk of theft, from someone seeing me put my gun in the car. She said no that wont happen to just put in under the seat, she always does.

after a minute of debt she stated I could stay this time and finish my food but would have to leave it in the car next time, but she will have to put her gun on the counter while Im there LOL yes she said that, I told her I would just leave and take my business elsewhere. She at this point just ased me to leave and she would get us a box. I said no need. and we left. as I was leaving I herd her talking to someone that she was going to make a sign to post at the door.

there was a lot said but she was to funny to debt with, she said that me OCing was brandishing and she didnt now me from adam and that I could pull my gun and rob the place, at that point I saw what kind of a person she was, she took the class bought a gun and carries it probably never even shoot it LOL

The ignorance of the CCW community is painful, this was the most entertaining OC situation I have had, there was many time I could not help but laugh at her, I tried so hard to hold back but she was to funny.

So if you need a good laugh eat at Taco Via the food sucks but you get a good laugh.

sorry for the format watching movie and typing LOL

New AR-15 from D9Firearms

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I picked this up last night from Darrel at D9Firearms, I was blown away at this rifle, I have built a couple AR rifles and always used cheap or stock parts. this is nether, its built with a 2-stage DPMS trigger, Yankee Hill: flash hinder, quad rail, and Troy trigger guard, Magpul: stock, sights mags and sling adapter. then is has a exstended bolt release, that is a highlight for me. Also has a 1:7 Match Barrel.
I got it from

Darrel does not build crap rifles he uses quality parts, I have owned many from darrel and this is one of the best ones yet, I have no doubt it will be a tack drive as they always are, but I need to break the barrel in and get a few more mags. 

Now to get to the range

Black Out Driving

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I having been working on getting a  switch setup in the so when I flip the switch the bus runs dark, no lights, It disables the brake lights and dash lights. In my 79 Bus the fuse for this is number 11. Im running to 2 lines from the hot line to the switch panel at the dash box area, I tested the the results of disabling the fuse and it works great I just need to get the switch in.

The advantage is, if you bugging out and don't want to draw attention, disabling all the lights so people don't notice you, like it your driving in the woods at night, and some one is following you, driving and brake lights can bee seen for a long distance. Im tracking down some old military black out lights for the front so I can still see if needed.

My crappy fuse panel, they had AC in the bus and had chopped the wires up its a nightmare....

Im planning on a switch like this next to the Off Road Lights

Weekend Campout in Lake of the Ozark Park

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Heading out tomorrow for Lake of the Ozarks, for some camping and I hope to shoot a couple videos and do a couple articles. Im going down part of one of my bug out paths, Im going to make some stops to show you a couple places and ideas I found on route.  UPDATE I had to turn back due to weather

Swival Table Recovered from Grave

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I got a killer of a deal on a Rear dining table for the bus, if you own a westy and have looked for one you know how hard it can be, I have been searching for a year, and when I went to check out the bumper I got I saw the table laying in the bus of a customer at the shop and I asked the owner of the shop to ask the owner of the bus if I could buy it and I shot a offer out and I never really looked at it, I just saw in through the window and it looked like it was in bad shape.

I got a email later that the owner would sell it to me, so I was able to pic it up today and I got the table and leg. got it home and started cleaning and OMG I hit the jack pot, this is like the holy grail of my bus the one part I was looking for to complete the camping outfit.

I got some Formica glue to repair the top but is all there and no cracks or missing pieces

The leg is in the bus so no pics, the doors are froze shut at the moment LOL

Trailer Hitch installed

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Found my local VW Shop parting out a 73 bus, and I went to go check it out and found a very nice custom bumper with trailer hitch. It was welded on but they were nice enough to remove it for me, total cost was $25.

After loading it home with the kids. I started grinding the rust off, after placing it on jacks as it weighs a ton

after the cleaning I painted with a rust transforming paint, and then another coat of flat black paint.

Mounting was a trick I bolted it with 4 bolts and I plan to add a plate to help secure it more to the frame, also going to swap out the bolt with a higher grade bolt as 3 are pretty soft.

After install I gave it the jump test and it didn't move...

Upgrade Propane Tank first of Dual Tanks

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I got my vanagon tank in and got it cleaned up and mounted to the bus, I replaced the original westy tank with the vanagon westy tank do to they are a little larger. I plan to have dual tank one on ether side.

I started by removing the old paint and rust from the tank, then painting with a rust converter then coating with another layer of paint.

The new tank does not mount where the old tank does, they make a adapter for it but as I am impatient and like to save money where I can, I mounted it my self. I bought some 1 inch angle iron $5, some 3/8 nuts & bolts $5, and a 3/8 drill bit.

I moved the left bracket from the old tank mount down to the next support and drilled the holes for the bolts. After mounting the tank to the mounts first holes I had to create a mounting for the other side as the mount is to sort for the new tank. this is when I got the 2 peices of angle iron, and drilled a hole in each on and installed them on the old mount and over the main frame of the bus then bolted it in. This worked very well.

I still need to refinish the skid plate, hope to get to that tomorrow....

Kansas city world of wheels show

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we made it the world of wheels car show in Kansas city. Caroline heard that billy the exterminate was coming so we had to go. not much for me ... no VWs lol but there was a lot of pretty American muscle but other than that to noisy and to many people..


Update- I found a nice 62 Bug there

Surviving the Winter Months

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We have had a rather large amount of snow and its currently snowing more tonight. Last week I took the bus to drive some one up to the VA hospital so they could get there knee surgery, I found out that they were going home the same day so I stayed in the bus and waited, we got there a little before 6am. I figured I would get some sleep. It was about 15 below freezing and still dark, so I popped the top and grabbed a blanket and tried to get some sleep, after about 30 minutes of freezing I remembered about a blanket I got from Solar Green Effects, if was a survival blanket but was not one of those cheap emergency blankets but it was a fabric, with a reflective side its thin about the thickness of bed sheet. I figured it was a good time to test it as I needed to stay warm. So I in folded it and used it like a sleeping bag on the top bunk and through a light blanket I had over it to hold it down as its like wrapping up in a sheet of paper. So after a few minutes I actual felt warm and fell asleep till people started driving by and passer bys, talking about the cool bus and how they didnt know the tops go up LOL.

I was very hesitant about this at first but after using it, I will be folding it back up and putting it in my Bug-Out_bag, its light and keep the body warm.  This is a must have in my book.

Some info from Solar Green Effects website

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Temptrol is made of soft, breathable polyethylene fabric, which means it’s more comfortable than a traditional “space blanket” and because it reflects 95% of the heat, it’s more efficient than one too. Temptrol is the only fabric on the market that is also a radiant barrier. That means Temptrol would be more effective in preventing hypothermia and cold weather injuries.

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Using Temptrol as a blanket is even warmer than an electric blanket or heated mattress because Temptrol transfers the heat along the aluminized side, distributing the heat equally. Temptrol is not just for emergencies though. If you are just looking for your sleeping bag or mattress to keep you warmer on a cold night, Temptrol can easily be sewn or seamed into your sleeping bags, mattress, or jackets for convenience. Whether you are hunting, camping or just enjoying the great outdoors, don’t forget your Temptrol Survival Blanket.


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Survival Generator - Inverter Setup

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So I bought a 1500Watt inverter, from a fellow Open Carrier, and I got around to installing it today I mounted it on the bottom of the  bench seat and hooked it into the solar charger, It is only hooked up to the Aux battery and Alternator, but works good I can run a lamp and very little change in the battery after 20 minutes. and its a old battery that test bad, it still works just not well. I hope when I get the extra Deep Cycle batteries installed I can use it as a backup power supply to supply emergency power to the house.

Everything used in the bus is going to be 12v so the inverter should never really be used, but its there if I need it. If I ever find a dead 5-10kw gas generator for cheap I may scrape the electronics and replace the inverter in the bus.

VW Bus Canvas Install

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So I got my new canvas in for the bus, this is a great feature for in the bus it adds a sleeping bunk and head room. In a survival situation this is great you can just pull up and pop the top and camp.

The first thing I did is removed the fiberglass top from the bus, I was lucky to have the neighbor help me lift it off and into the garage. Its cold out side and I made sure the weather was days away from snowing. I proceeded to clean and prep the fiberglass top.

I then laid out the canvas and tacked it down so it will be center, I am using a simple staple gun and plastic weather stripping. I stapled the canvas to the top the lined the stapled area with the weather stripping then stapled it again, sparing to staples. After its in place I used clips to hold the canvas in place while its being installed back on the bus.

then I posted a ad on craigslist for some help and soon after got a cool guy to come over and help me bolt the top on. after he left I got to attaching the canvas to the bus, its help in place by a metal rail that is screwed down, I propped the top up about half way so I could screw the canvas down, I took a picture of the canvas before fastening it down I will try to get a good pic up soon it was snowing and cold when I got down. all in all it took me about 3 hours, in a 24 hour time frame.

I had to cut my wires to the solar panel I have two hole drilled in the roof to run them through I hope to have in done sunday.


AZ Rep Gabrielle Giffords SHOT....

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NPR is reporting that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been shot in the head in front of a grocery store in Arizona. No word on her condition or that of the gunmen as of this time, but she has been transported to University Medical Center in Tuscon. Update: Reuters and NPR are reporting she has bee killed is alive and in critical condition and undergoing surgery.

NPR broke the story, though not many details are currently known:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, an eyewitness reported Saturday.

Giffords, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting her first “Congress on Your Corner” event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting. At least five other people, including members of her staff, were hurt, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media.

Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known.

UPDATE: Fox News currently reporting that Giffords, a Democrat, has been shot “at point-blank range in the head” at a public event while speaking to a couple and engaging constituents. A man ran up to her “shooting indiscriminately” and shot her and three of the five staffers on hand at a grocery store in Tuscon. The shooter is in custody and Fox News is now reporting 12 people have been shot. The Fox News report below (and an eyewitness account from CNN here):

I found this I wonder if there is any relation, or if they will use this for a bill on the floor, wouldn't be the first time. we will see how it plays out,

Replaced Fan Hub Seal

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I replaced the Fan Hub Seal, it was pretty easy I figured since I had done so much work on the bus I would get it done, I ordered a bunch of stuff a couple months ago and I found a nice set of points I had ordered, I just shock my head thinking and I just had to order a cheap set from the parts store to get the bus going. I noticed today the bus is running 10 times better. I also should be getting the replacement tent/ canvas this week. Im going to find someone to help me put it on, as its more a 2 man job.

I also stopped by Ace Hardware and picked up some braided wire so I could fix the thermostat, after getting home I soldered a  end on the wire to hold it to the nut.

after I had removed the hub seal

The Wheels on the bus DONT go round

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I started up the bus this morning and warmed it up, then shut it down so I could get some food. I cam back later and turned the key and she turned but would not fire. I trouble shot the carb and the fuel pump, a couple hours later I removed the Coil and shook it and no swish it was solid, so I went over to Advance Auto Parts and ordered up a new one. It will be here in the morning I am hoping this will be the problem. I hope she is running tomorrow, I got a new canvas on order from CIP1 for $190 I got it on Xmas day with there 20% off coupon saved me $45

Off Road Lighing

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I got a couple off road lights installed on the bus that I found on clearance at Advance Auto Parts . I just bolted them to the bumper and drilled a whole under the lip on the nose. They are hooked to the Auz Battery that is being charged by the Solar Panel and Alternator. I decided to turn the clove box door into a control panel that I will install the switches and meters too. I have plans to install side and back lights as well.

Gas leak = ball of flames

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marry Christmas to me, I warmed the bus up and she died as I pulled away I was able to make it to the gas station. I filled her up but it only took two gallons. I was surprised as I came out of the gas station I saw a small puddle behind the rear drivers tire, I figured it was melted snow. but I put my finger in it and sniffed it just to be safe, and it was gas. :o so I popped her into neutral and rolled from the pumps . the fuel stopped coming out and felt I could make it home, as it is only a couple blocks. I did some research on the samba when I got home , and found that my suspicions were correct, the vent for the tank had a bad line, I should have replaced it but out of sight out of mind. I will update when I get home had to come get food at ihop lol

The baby is coming

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things have been crazy, I hate had a lot of website work for customers, and my wife is getting ready for our second child. so I have not had much time to work on the bus. if the weather breaks i will get back out there. my wife is currently in labor so I hope to have a little girl tomorrow. bye for now
UPDATE my  wife had the baby and I am getting back to work on the bus

Got my Glock

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Not bus related but I got a new side arm today, a Glock 23 .40sw, I have open carried for years and have not been able to due to having to sell my last pistol do to paying for the bus, but im back and carrying again, I feel a lot better out in public again LOL Its a police trade in but it only shows a little holster wear, and very little other wear. I carry anything in .40SW that fits in a Blackhawk Serpa holster, but I got a Itac holster from CR Sales in Independence, MO. I am going to be working on installing the CV Boots on the bus this weekend, and fan hub seal too.

I got the solar panel hooked up to the Aux battery till I get some Deep Cycle batteries.

Solar Panel Setup Wiring

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I worked on the wiring of the Solar Panel today and it was easier than expected. I decided to run the wire though the top without going though the metal, this means it will go through the tent when I put it back on. So I started by sending the wires down through the spare tire area.


I then got a fiberglass tent pole that I could use to run the wires from the tire area to the fridge area, I removed the control panel and pushed the pole to the tire area, as you can see in the pic above. Then I taped the wires to the pole and pulled them through.


I then ran the wire down the fridge following the control panel wires into the bench seat area. Where I wired it to the Charge Controller. I screwed the controller into the cover for the power converter.


I then removed the vent cover for the air circulator and prepped it for when I ad the batteries so I can vent the batteries out of the living area.


Ill add some more specs in a bit

Got the Solar Panel for Mota

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I received the Solar Panel from Solar Green Effects today. It’s a 65 Watt panel with a controller and 15 feet of wire, it came by UPS in a thin box. I pulled it out and it was smaller than I thought and more durable. Some Pics




After playing with it for awhile I took it out to the bus and figured where I wanted it. I placed it in a few places and found I like the cargo carrier better than the rest. It sets about flush so there is no added wind drag.



So I set out to remove the top, I took the screws out then the bolts, and found that the rear of the cargo top that I sealed with silicone, and acted as glue. So after some time of hacking away I got it lose. A neighbor was able to help me lift it off and into the garage.

I then worked on lining up the brackets and tightening them to the Solar Panel and marked the hole to be drilled in the cargo top. Then I moved the Solar Panel and drilled 4 holes in the marked places. I then had to run to Ace Hardware for some bolts. The clerk at Ace asked what I wanted and before I knew it, I had a bag of hardware, I was WOWed at the service LOL.



After getting it all bolted down, I started getting the wires run. I considered a few options with the wires then decided to run them through the back wall into the bus. This should add the ease of reinstalling the top. So I drilled the holes and ran the wires, then marked the Neg wire so I don’t get them mixed up.








Home at last, well sort of..

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So the drive back was pretty good, she burned gas fast, but I drove 60-70 MPH all the was. I got to the exit in my home town of Lees Summit and I came to a stop sign when I pushed the gas to go, she didn’t do anything, I thought she died but she was still running. After a second I was able to get her to limp forward and she started to go but was struggling all the way. I pulled into the Advanced Auto Parts that’s only a few blocks from my house and check out the engine.

I opened the oil fill cap and found a build up of white film and made a loud OH SHIT. So I bought some oil and made it home. I backed in to the lot and figured I would go out today and work on her.

So this morning I changed the oil and checked the carb, the air filter is sprayed with oil and it eat away at the filter and now there is a bunch of wholes in it. I need a new Fan Hub Seal, that’s causing the spraying of the oil. I am thinking of taking the carburetor off and cleaning it, who ever worked on it in the past jerry rigged it so I’m hoping to fix it.

I got her running and took her for a test drive and she was a little sluggish so I ran over to get gas and I figure I got watery gas at the last stop. I aired up the tires and drove on and she was driving good, still had a few problems at stops she wants to die but that should be easy fix.

But all in all she did very good.

I am going to re organize the buses survival and medical gear, things got kind of messed up the last couple weeks so I need to replenish my supplies and put some things back in the bus. I’m getting anxious about getting the solar panel to install on the roof.

I found 14 inch glow sticks for a $1 each at the $1 Store and grabbed some up, they work great.

Off Road Test Drive, & Tranny Check

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Today, after a very cold drive from Columbia to the BOL, the temp was around 21 degrees. The  Mr Heater propane heater worked good at heating the cabin BUT and that is a big BUT, the moisture was not that bad  as long as the bus was moving. When the bus is going 60-70 down the road it pushed cold air through the nose, just by the cold coming off the metal. so that couple of feet was freezing, where I was sitting but the rest of the bus was warm LOL so I froze.

After getting to my destination, I took the bus into the woods to test out its  drivability in over grown areas, and she did very well, I took it up and down over grown hills and in to the brush, she has a lot of lines down the side from tree limbs.  I only had one problem backing up a hill and the ground was to wet and I skid out, but after turning the bus around, she went right up the hill. I took a bunch of pictures.


I also got the transmission checked and oil changed, the transmission lube was good and full, that shocked me LOL. The oil was low and dirty, 4,000 miles since the last …. oops .  All my CV boots need replaced, but there still good and greased.

I have decided to go to a diesel heater from a semi. I hope to find one for a couple hundred or less.

The Solar Cells should be here soon so I can get them installed. I have got a 65 watt RV kit showing up, it has the Solar Panel, cables, regulator, and mounting hardware in the kit. This should be multiple posting of the installation and setup of the unit on the bus. I will be hooking it up to a Deep Cycle battery or 2.

Middle of deer season mmmmhmmm meat


Holiday Drive

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Left for a 4-5 hour drive today, to go visit family.  The weather had other plans I made it to the half way make in Columbia and had to stop at a Drury Inn the Wife and kid took the Toyota, we meet up at the hotel and are currently in the room waiting to go get food. I found that the propane heater puts out a lot of moisture but when driving its not bad.

Also the brake work I did, helped the steering so it doesn’t sway so much, tomorrow will be the test to see if she starts back up in freezing temps LOL I did notice a lot of people driving by with a cell phone pointed at the bus LOL.

The Fan Hub Seal needs replaced as it is spitting oil. 


Success, Aux wiring

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I got the radio and 12v plug  hooked up to the Auxiliary battery and working good. I also insulated the front nose of the bus with fiberglass insulation and covered the open area with canvas and attacked it this magnets, so its easy to remove.  The kid lost the camera so I had to use my phone so the pictures are not that great.

My neighbor gave me a couple Sony speakers for the radio and they are working great.  

I will be getting a 65 Watt Solar Panel installed on the roof, that will charge a Deep Cycle battery.  I think the shocks are shot, under the bus so that will need to be fixed soon. The cold weather really messes with the bus LOL

I got confirmation of Decembers Giveaway, will be's Guardian Deluxe 2-Person Kit

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These are great for office and car prep kits. I may pick one up for my wife to have in her cubical at work, she works in a Federal building so she would need a kit as there would be no help for her there.

So remember to sign up for the newsletter if you haven't so you will be entered in to win, winner will be picked on December.

Had a guy come by the house and ask if I was selling the bus, LOL I said no…..


a bad pic but I tried to shoe the canvas covering the wall of the nose


The Fuse box under the dash



Here you can see how I ran the cable through the AC hose


Aux Battery Install

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I ran a 10 gauge wire from the Auxiliary Battery to the front of the bus just under the dash, and hooked up a fuse box. When I removed the AC components, I left some of the hoses under the bus, they cam in handy. I ran the wire from the battery to the middle of the bus through the left over hose, I found this to work good as if protects the wire, and ease of running.

The front of the bus was very different, I had to go through the left over duct work, and it was a pain. but I got it all setup and ready to start rewiring the the radio and other things to run on Aux.

I also worked on getting the Solar Panels today. I hope I can get some in sooner than spring, will see. 

Small Update

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The weather has got cold but I am slowly trying to work on the bus, I got some wire and a fuse box for the Auxiliary Battery today and hope to install it this week. The plan is to put the fuse box in the front of the bus, and operate everything except the main system off the Aux Battery, that will be a Deep Cycle hooked up to the alternator and a roof mounted solar panels.

Brake Replacement

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Ever since I bought the bus it has needed brakes BAD, they barely worked. So I broke down and finally bought break pads and changed the front pads. They were really bad, and very "Jerry rigged". I removed the first caliper and changed the pads and it went on good. The second was not so easy to get off, the caliper was stuck. I could not break the bolts loose. Then I looked at it and WOW, I didn't have to take the caliper off, I just removed the pins holding the pads in place and they came right out. I replaced them as well.

While working on the break pads I removed the hard brake line, which had me kicking myself later LOL. I ended up having to bleed the brakes to get the air out. The first side was easy, but the other side was a pain in the ass. The lower bleed valve was rusted and the 7mm head was rounded off, the top valve was hit with something and tilted. After giving it a little test tug it fell off. LOL. Wow, I'm screwed!

This is where I start the Jerry Rigging... I know I should buy a new caliper, that is the plan, but I can't afford it at the moment. I drilled a hole through what was left of the top, the air came out and it started pumping oil, so I got a HD screw and screwed it in the the hole. Then I unscrewed a little. I told Caroline to pump the petal. As she did it I screwed it in, tested it, and it leaked a little. I screwed it in more, and it stopped. I then cleaned the area and JB Welded it to hold it. I'm going to be replacing both calipers in the spring so I hope it holds.

I was hoping to get the Sway Bars and Canvas for the tent, but the brakes needed work.

Jerry Rigging should only be done by a professional Jerry Rigger

Before removal

During repair


Local VW Car Show/Swap Meet

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Caroline and I headed down to Raymore, about 20 minutes from us, and attended the local VW Club swap meet. It was a very nice turn out. Caroline was rather grumpy from being woke up at 6:30 in the morning. She just sat in the bus munching on Survival Tabs LOL. It was cold when we first got there and I ran the new propane heater, which made it nice and toasty.

On the way back from the show, I was driving in bad cross winds and decided to move the sway bars to number 1 on the list LOL

Here is a funny pic I took at the show, yes it was his idea LOL

Out Of Gas #2

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Ran out of gas on I-35 in Kansas. Caroline and I drove up to Olathe, Kansas today to pick up a nice Mr Heater, I wanted for Aux Heating in the bus. We drove into Kansas and ran across a McDonalds that had a NICE splitty bus (pre-67), so of course I had to stop and look. Caroline was in awe at the colors.
So after grabbing a bite there, we made it to the meeting point, in Olathe. l thought to myself, I should stop to get gas to make sure I have enough gas to get back home.

We hung out in the DMV parking lot waiting for the person with the heater to meet us. We were parked next to a firetruck so Caroline was more than occupied. After we got the heater we moved on again. I called my wife, Kate, to order up some Oklahoma Joes why I was in town so I could bring it over to her at work. After getting the food we were driving back and got on to I-35. A couple miles down the road she died. First thought "I should have got gas". I didn't carry extra gas in the bus, due to the fumes, and I don't have a carrier outside yet, so I was stuck. I called Kate and she went to get gas.

As I waited the Roadside Assistance truck stopped and I told him I had some one on the way. As Caroline and I waited I ate my Puled Pork sandwich with extra BBQ sauce. After a couple minutes I figured out we didn't have anything to drink, so I pulled a couple packets of emergency water out and we both sipped on them until Kate got there.
Right before she got there a lady pulled up behind us, thinking she was offering help or something I sat there waiting, and then she snaps a picture with a camera and pulls off! She was on the phone the whole time! LOL Some people... The wife delivered the gas, took the kid, and I met her at her work. I did stop for gas, filled up the can and stashed it in the spare tire box. Lesson learned.

*Caroline spent the time waiting taking pics with the camera *

Sway Bar Envy

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I had a friend come over to pick up the BA4 Gas Heater I removed from the bus. He had me take a drive in his bus and I found that his bus had the best steering I have ever driven. I was blown away! His breaks are considerably better than mine LOL. He told me after I had returned that he had installed front and back sway bars, and it changed everything. So I put that on my list of projects and it came in at the number 3 project at the moment.

He showed me a new tire mount he had just got. He was converting it over to a water/Fuel carrier, and it gave me some ideas of making my own, as it seemed very easy to make. I hope to make this a project as well.

Thanks Walt

ROAD TRIP - Survival Food Tabs pick up in Concordia, Missouri

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Caroline and I woke up this morning and started a journey to pick up some survival tabs from Swedish Bitters in Concordia, Missouri. It's about a 40 mile drive, and I wanted to make a day of it, so we took the long way to get there. We left at 9am and started driving to Warrensburg, which is most of the way there. I took Caroline to the local park to see a lake there.

Before we left Warrensburg we stopped by a few shops and stores to kill time. We picked up some food and headed to Knob Noster. As we were coming up to Knob Noster we saw a B2 Bomber taking off from the local Air Force base (Whiteman AFB). I tried to take a picture of a it, but it didn't work so well while driving.

I missed my exit, so I turned around and headed back to my exit in Knob Noster. We were cruising down a back road at 45-50 mph and we stopped at a Conservation Hunters parking area. After hearing 6 gunshots I decided to move on LOL. When we got a mile up the road we passed the shooting range LOL, well that explains it! Further down the road was washed over, looks like it had flooded a couple days ago.

We made it into Concordia and we stopped by the Swedish Bitters plant and picked up a few bottles of the Survival Food Tabs and Stabilized Oxygen (for purifying water). After having a nice conversation with the guys in the office, Caroline and I moved on and started the journey home.

We made many stops on the way back home. One stop we went down an abandon road outside Warrensburg and I had to snap a shot of the bus. This is a great area to bug out - not many people know about it, there is only one way in by vehicle, and it's not very easy to get to by foot. There is a bridge that has collapsed with a web of rivers and streams. This is one of my Bug Out Locations (BOLs) to temporally stop at while heading to the main BOL.

After we made it home, around 3pm, I gave Caroline one of the Survival Tabs. I made sure to have the camera running. I will do a proper review later, after I look at them more, but so far I have found that these are great. Caroline loves them. Full Review Coming Soon.

Survival Food Tabs can be seen here

She Runs - Alternator FIXED

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So I have had the Alt light come on and off in the bus for the last month or so. After the battery dying out on me at the auto parts store I figured I would take it out before it completely died on me. I checked it when the battery when running and it was only pushing 12 volts, it should have been 14-16 volts.

I took the alternator out. When the motor was replaced by the previous owner they chopped the cooling tins, so it was a maze getting out the front 3 tins. I didn’t have the money for a replacement alternator at the time so I researched how to rebuild an alternator. I found that the brushes go bad and need replacing, so I checked my brushes and sure enough one brush was out of whack and messed up.

After 2 days of ordering the brushes, and having to reorder another set, I got the new brushes in. I painted the alternator and tins, that way I can keep track of replaced or cleaned parts.

I got the alternator installed and POW! She fired right up and no more light, YAH!

She is running tops. The alternator is pushing 16 volts now. I have been driving her around, and she’s working great now.

Tested and removed alternator

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I went to Ratwell’s Website to look for info about my charging problem. I tested the alternator and it came up it was not pumping enough juice, so the VR (voltage regulator) may be good. I studied my Bentley Manual, and then removed the alternator. I’m going to try to repair it, but may have to buy a new one instead. If I do buy a new one I will go for a larger amp than the 70 it had in it, but the 70 will be fine if that is what I can get. I hope I can get some more done on the survival side of the bus soon.

Cheap RV Living - I love this site

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I have a forum I am a member of, and another member commented about this site and I followed the link and after reading for the last couple hours, my motivation to complete the bus a has tripled.

I have always been very nomadic. After the Army I did a lot of hitch hiking, and always wanted to travel and live out of my bus. Alas I am married now, and I have young kids. I am working on living a simpler life, and working on getting the wife to go along with it LOL

I would love nothing more then to spend 6 months of the year on a homestead and the other 6 on the road traveling. It will be years before I can get the wife in a mindset to do that, let alone the money I would have to make to get her to stop her Wage Slave ways, but don't think I do not appreciate what she does for the family. One thing I have been learning is that this society is not working, and people need to figure out how to take care of themselves - not have to rely on someone else or the government to take care of them

But back to the site, it gave me some very good info and helped out a few ideas I have had. I recommend anyone that may have to, or chose to, live out a vehicle check this website out...

Voltage Regulator FAILED

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I drove around town today and noticed every time I went to start the bus she was drained each time. So I drove over to Advanced Auto Parts to get the alternator and battery tested. The battery tested fine, but drained. I went to start the bus and she was dead, so when I left I had to push start her, not that hard since I was already on a hill and just popped the clutch. When I got home I tested the battery and it was pumping 11.4 volts and with the bus running the alternator was pumping 12.6 volts. I figure the Voltage Regulator is bad, at least I hope so. If a new one does not fix it I will change the alternator and buy a couple new batteries - a main and then maybe a couple deep cycles for the Aux batteries.

I took the Voltage Regulator apart to check the insides and it seemed pretty used up. It was covered in dust and the points are burned. I tried to clean it up and fix the points but that didn't do it. I should be able to pick one up next week.

I also need to get going on getting the basic heater working; it pulls heat from the motor area. It’s not great, but it’s good for a temp fix until I can get a propane heater built and going.

When I removed the main battery to swap it with the Aux it’s pushing 12.4 volts. I noticed the battery tray is almost completely rotted so I’m going to work on that early next week.

I will not be fixing the current canvas for the tent. It’s too degraded. I’m going to have to break down and get a new one. I hope to post pics up soon when I get more work done, it’s been raining a lot lately.

Removed the BA6 Gas Heater

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I decided to remove the gas heater and go a different route, I must say it removed A LOT of weight, I did post the heater on classifieds.
I noticed when removing it there was a section of hose that was about 6 inches long on top of the heater that I didnt see when replacing the lines, it had a crack 3/4s of the way down it. so im happy I decided to remove it LOL
I hope to build a storage area under the bus, after insulting the floor to deadin the sound. I also removed alot of the AC hose that was left from when I removed the AC. I created a YouTube account for the website

Propane Tank and BA6 Heater removal

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I parked the bus on the driveway today and choked the wheels, I took off the heater cover plate and tryed to get the heater apart but the rust did not think its a good idea, so I sprayed it down to loosen the rust up hope to get it tomorrow.

I figured why I was already dirty I would remove the propane tank, after about a hour of screwing with it, it came off YAY its not in that bad of shape just needs a little surface rust removed from the tank and the guard grinded down, then paint it up.

I want to get a trailer hitch installed and get a cargo carrier that attaches to a hitch on it so I can carry genny and extra stuff.


Replaced Fuel line for BA6 Gas Heater

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I worked on getting the gas heater working on the bus today, its a BA6 Gas Heater that. When I replaced the fuel line to the motor I disconnected the heater due to a rusted line, its getting cold out so I figured I better get it done before the snow hits LOL.
So I reconnected the rusted line just to test the heater, but it broke open when the pump started OOPS. so I pulled the metal line out from the T to the heater pump and replaced it with rubber fuel line, I took the blower off and checked it and it works. So I fired up the heater and it worked, but it was puttering like it was little explosions and not just burning, after a little bit its pumping smoke out the vents. I then turned it off, im not sure if its just burn in, or the Glow Plug is bad. Im going to do some more work tomorrow on it, im going to pull the plug and check it and if its good im going to check the pump flow.

Im glad I installed the kill switch on the tank

Photo of the T for the heater when before I started replacing the rusted line

First Camp Out

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We tool the family out on our first camp out with the bus, I wanted to test how we did sleeping in the bus. It all went good other than the mosquito's attacking the wife in the middle of the might, it went good had lots of space and caroline loved it, Im going to be working on a tent system for the back and side doors, and making a latrine tent that hooks to the back.

I also have a idea for heating and cooling at night that im playing with in my head.


Ammonia Bomb

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So the I went into the bus one morning before painting and I smelled ammonia REALLY bad, got in and found the fridge was leaking gas CRAP.
Well I wanted to replace the fridge anyways so I went in and grabbed my Gas Mask and a hack saw, and went to town. Took me about a hour but I got it out. Im thinking of adding a 3 way fridge. So its just a cooler for the time being.


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So as I always do with a new bus I am changing the fuel lines today after I converted the stove over to run from 1lb propane tanks  YAY.

im still building the tube for the tank to gone so the regulator and hose are not lose like that

So when I moved over to replacing the fuel lines I started draining the tank, I had run the bus to get alot of the gas out over the past few days I was sure she what empty, WRONG...... 8 gallons later. at about 5 gallons I crimped the line to swap cans, when I hear splashing from under the bus, thinking my line came off I jumped under and tried to fix it BUT the line had broke somewhere else. so I yanked off the the hose on the filter and bypased the leak and attached my hose to the filter and started draining again.....

removed the steel line and and all hose and clamps under the bus the line in the engine area is brand new.

So as im letting the road dry up, I figure I will check the Fuel sender since it has been acting up and there is a hole that the PO had cut to replace it before.

so I disconnect it and take it out and am surprised to see a brand new sender, I start to inspect it when my blood runs cold..........

the needle had got tangled in the wire and bunched it up and it shorted slowly and burned in half

so here I am waiting for the wife to get home so I can go to the parts store to get a kill switch for the lines.

Setup Aux Battery Wiring

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so I found that the Fridge did not work so after days of research, I found that my Aux Battery wiring is gone so I recreated it and installed a old battery to get it going, worked like a charm, Cost $10, Worked better than waiting for a $30 kit that a 10 yr old could make LOL I hope to add a couple more batteries before I ad a solar panel on top



Mota got a Paint Job

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I spent the last few days prepping and painting the bus, Im using Rustoleum satin Dark Taupe, and satin black, It coming out better than I thought. I doing it in sections, this has made it easy on me, and I can pay attention to detail.  I wanted to make the bus a natural color something that would blend in with most environments, I am not worried about winning any awards for style, I have event filled the rust holes that have rusted through with latex, works good.  


Introduction of Mota

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I found this bus near Leavenworth KS, in July or 2010, this was to be my 3rd VW Bus this year, I was searching for a late bay Volkswagen Westfalia Deluxe. I found my current bus and had to buy it fast do to the barn find effect and the more then reasonable price being asked. It is a 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia Deluxe Camper Bus. It had a new motor installed in 2005 with the Fuel Injection swapped to Carbs, with currently 22,000 miles on the motor from what I believe.
My 4 year old daughter has named her Mota and will be referred to as such. The many features with Mota are, stove, sink, fridge, propane tank, gas heater, 2 beds and a cot. I have done a lot of work to get her to the point she is at but have many more plans that I hope to log on Survival Bus as work is being done.
The list of some things I am thinking of doing to make Mota a BOB (Bug Out Bus) is to make it so my family can drive anywhere and be self reliant with minimal need to rely on the grid are:
  1. Solar and Wind Power
  2. water filtering
  3. alternative fuels
  4. EMP and radar hidding
  5. communications
  6. defenses
  7. etc
Mota is my daily driver and needs to stay that way, all the work I will do will be discreet and not Mad Max. Here are some pics to get started. These are from the first day bringing her home. That's my daughter in the pics Caroline, you will see her alot as she is my side kick.