Photographed a few blocks from house this weekend. It wasn’t there the next day … so it does move.
Does this even have front tires?
People who do this kind of thing ought to be prosecuted for cruel maltreatment and mutilation of weak and defenseless senior cars.
The state has Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services, but they ought to also have Vehiclular Protective Services.
Mom always said if I can’t say something nice don’t say anything.
Any speculation on the value of this bus? It’s not an early split, but these things are still pulling in crazy money. I’d guess this one could bring 10k.
More like 20k here
There’s a stock looking regular driver, fairly straight and clean, but nothing special, that I see just a block from where I took this picture, that briefly had a For Sale sign for $22K. It either was taken off the market, or sold to a neighbor, because it’s still on the same street.
Mate of mine has a lowered VW Kombi its almost useless as a vehicle a minor speed bump becomes a major obstacle,
I had intended this to be pretty much a “Wordless Outtake”, but now I’m curious. Obviously lowering the front is pretty straightforward with the VW trailing arms. I guess the front end has to be narrowed to allow steering lock. But what is done in the rear to prevent severe negative camber in the rear, with the swing axles?
I think what they do is use a beetle sedan transmission. Without the bus’ usual reduction gear hubs that allows the rear to sit low without extreme camber change.
Of course – thanks! If I see it again I could try to take a peek, but I think I’d need a mirror and light. Might look suspicious.
That is how they lower 1967 and earlier Buses. This one is a 1968 or later. It has Independent Rear suspension, and no gear reduction hubs. Lowering doesn’t require a transmission swap.
1968 and later Buses had Independent Rear Suspension, so negative camber is less of an issue.
Maybe the owner has it like that so that they don’t try to steal it? thats my guess
Look at me giggle like a little kid. 🙂
Hardboiled, you win the posting award for today. Very funny!
With the “UUZ” license plate, this might be a very early ’68, I’d love to see the VIN.
Haven’t seen a Mezzetti Volkswagen plate frame in decades.
I remember buying a few parts for my Scirocco at Mezzetti, and test driving an early Mk1 GTi there.
…it does move.
Maybe it was towed.
Count me in as thinking this is pretty cool.
I would prefer stock ride height but the original paint and wheels with hubcaps score points with me.
This is a bay window bus. I haven’t been tracking how their values have been tracking. Surely up but not as stratospheric as splittys have – makes it far less of a sin!
I sold my 1960 Kombi in 2014 and have been out of AC VWs since. Back then there were so many bays, you can do whatever you like with them – there are more out there.
I’d speculate that this… thing… rides on airbags, and the suspension is in the lowest position on this photo (air-ride suspension kits for the VW Transporter are pretty common).
But, who knows… some people are just crazy enough to drive cars this low to the ground without air suspension )) I have first-hand knowledge of that…
Maybe it’s an incognito Transformer?
Cool looking bus, thank you for sharing. I do hope this has air suspension since being permanently lowered is not ideal.
Nice bus but I could do without the Iron Cross in the window.
That’s a great shot. Jada Toys has produced various lowered VW buses under the ‘Dub City’ brand.
These lowering kits for ’68-’79 IRS Bus are not cheap. Swing axle Bus, up to ’67, does use the Beetle trans to eliminate the reduction gears and lower the rear. The rest involves readjusting the torsion bars, and dropped spindles. Not something I would do.
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