atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5576: Damn it, I'm jealous

So after watching that video about towing the '73 Bus with a Honda Civic, I watched the rest of the videos in the series. It ends with a two-parter, where these two guys take their massaged JalopyBus on an impromptu camping trip to the Florida Keys. (They live in FL, so that's not a huge drive for them.)

...and I'm jealous. They don't say what they paid for the Bus, only that they paid "parts Bus money" for the thing. They also don't show all the work they did to it, but after replacing some windows, building some new interior, replacing a brake caliper and rotor, and doing some other work, they have a Bus they can take on a friggin' camping trip. It doesn't look the greatest, but one could charitably say it has a "patina".

They did drop the engine twice, once to replace the clutch and once to do some other work. That's not as difficult in an air-cooled car from the early '70s as it is for anything with a radiator. There was nothing wrong with the engine, but the clutch disk was rusted to the flywheel; once they replaced the clutch, they had no trouble getting it running.

Probably put new tires on it and did a bunch of other work they don't, as I implied, talk about--but even so, that is the kind of project I'd like to do, where you get a vehicle which is drivable but for this and that, and you fix it and go enjoy it.

Come to think of it, I did that, with the red Escort, in 2006. (The week beginning August 7th, in fact.) But that was for transportation, not for fun. I want to do it for fun.

Well--ain't happening this month. I have too many other things on my plate, and no money anyway. But it's nice to think about.

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