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1978 Volkswagen Bus / Truck Custom Transporter Og Reef Blue Paint on 2040-cars

Year:1978 Mileage:51000

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

There is a lot to say about this bus. I found it with a caved in roof skin and braces, and it hadn't ran in 10+ years. An old buildings roof collapsed on the bus and it was holding the roof from crushing a karmann ghia and a convertible beetle. The only thing it damaged was the roof skin and some of the drip rail. So when replacing the skin I made it into a truck.
The truck now has air scoops mounted on the sides. Not shown in some pics
Yakima roof basket is not included, I no longer have it.

The rear hatch opens like factory still. (I used a donor bus for the correct corners inside the bed, and the latch.
2.0L fuel injected engine with 4 speed manual trans DAILY DRIVEN
Newer tires
Freshly powdercoated wheels. Custom side step and custom hitch powdercoated
Thule roof rack load bars
Factory gas heater (that I haven't got going again yet)
Factory Reef Blue paint and ROADRUNNER model
Pretty fresh motor according to the previous owner
Does not leak oil
Has newer seats out of something else in front. With added pedal extensions because my wife couldn't reach pedals well.
Seats 5 with the rear bench
Has 36" legroom in the back

The 2.0 liter has quite a bit of power with the EFI and stock size tires. Bus weighs less then a factory bus also, so Im sure that helps. Sometimes the bus idles low, and I have to keep it running at idle. Seems to do this only when its warm out, because in the mornings at lower temps it idles fine, sometime even idles high. This could be related to a temp sensor? Im not sure. I drive it everyday, so this doesn't deter its reliability.

42" bed with custom tailgate
Idles high and sometimes low, but it very reliable
Needs a drivers door panel (looks like the door was replaced at one time. but sometime ago
Some rust spots but nothing huge. surface rust Rock chips up front being tow barred at some point, all floors are solid, but show some surface rust. overall pretty dry compared to the rust buckets ive seen.

Overall very solid
Rear bench is factory in awesome shape (off white ) which folds forward. which makes it nice when opening the hatch.
Factory rubber mats front and back

I have a SEARS all state trailer that can come with the bus for the right price. The custom hitch has the mounts for the single wheel trailer along with a 2" receiver.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions. I will be happy to answer them, but I don't want to take hours of time to show how this was done so someone can just copy it!! :) I cannot be held responsible for the buyers assumptions. This truck is NOT a show truck and was a fun project that turned out pretty good. Im not a body guy so it could have been done differently. but this way certainly worked well.

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Volkswagen adding R-Line trim to Touareg, Tiguan for 2014

Fri, 11 Jan 2013

Volkswagen introduced its aggressive R-Line appearance package on the CC and Beetle last year, but later this year, this treatment will also be applied to VW's crossovers, the Tiguan and Touareg. Both sporty-looking utility vehicles will be unveiled next week at the Detroit Auto Show.
The 2014 Tiguan R-Line comes standard with bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, and the package adds 19-inch wheels, grey fender extensions, body-color side skirts and a liftgate spoiler. Inside, the R-Line adds a flat-bottom sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, a black headliner and numerous metallic trim accents such as the stainless scuff plates, the aluminum pedals and metallic finish on the instrument and door panels. The Tiguan R-Line will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive configurations.
As for the 2014 Touareg R-Line (shown above), this model gets an ever more distinctive look with an aggressive front fascia, 20-inch wheels and dual oval-shaped exhaust outlets in addition to the painted side skirts and LED taillights. Similar metallic interior trim pieces found inside the Tiguan R-Line will also make their way into the Touareg as well as gloss black accents on the instrument panel and center stack.

An inside look at VW's new California R&D center

Thu, 18 Oct 2012

Less than two months ago, the Volkswagen Group opened a new facility in Oxnard, California (about an hour's drive west of Los Angeles). The $27 million investment, touted as Test Center California (TCC), serves as a research and development lab testing emissions for all brands under Volkswagen's umbrella, including its newest member, Porsche. While still not fully operational, we toured the new 64,000-square-foot building last week and had a first-hand opportunity to see just how much work is involved testing engines and meeting increasingly stringent government emissions standards.
Replacing a similar facility established in 1990 in Westlake Village (about 20-minutes east of the new location), our guide explained how Oxnard was chosen for its temperate climate, varied regional terrain for test drives and low altitude. (The area is only a few feet above sea level - a critical parameter when instrument testing emissions.) The new facility is capable of analyzing hundreds of vehicles, prototypes and customer-owned vehicles, annually.
Most interesting to us was the huge stainless steel climate chamber, with a massive four-wheel dynamometer that allows VW to test running vehicles in both scorching desert and freezing climates without ever leaving the building (an Audi Q7 was running in place during our visit). We were also mesmerized by the countless storage tanks and intricate plumbing of chemicals, stored in both liquid and gas states, needed to perform the variety of tests. Lastly, we took a look at Bugatti's service center on the west coast, located completely within the new center. While there were no supercars on site, the facility is equipped with plenty of spare forged wheels (mounted with expensive Michelin PAX tires) and a Veyron-specific repair jig that allows the vehicle to be completely disassembled, if needed. It is a shame that the facility, which set off all of our automotive geek alerts, is closed to the public.

VW readying new VR6 with forced induction

Fri, 27 Sep 2013

Volkswagen built a stonking, narrow-angle V6 in the 1980s and 1990s that was found in three different generations of the Golf (their performance iterations, obviously), three generations of the Passat, the New Beetle, the Corrado and the Touareg, among other VWs, a spate of Audis, Seats, a Skoda, and even the Porsche Cayenne. It was a sad day when it was announced that it'd be put out to pasture.
Rejoice, though, fans of the venerable VR6, because Volkswagen has a new, modern variant in the works that, according to AutoWeek, features direct injection and can easily be fitted with forced induction. In fact, AW mentions Volkswagen insiders that claim this unit will spawn a production version of the twin-turbo V6 shown on the Design Vision GTI from this year's Wörthersee festival. That unit produced an epic 503 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.
Don't expect a production unit with that level of power (although it would make a hardy RS4 powerplant), though. In reality, AutoWeek is suspecting anywhere from 340 to 450 horsepower from the new mill. When it arrives at an undisclosed date in the future, it'll likely be found in the Passat and Passat CC as well as the production version of the CrossBlue.