Posted on 8th Jan 2015 @ 10:14 PM
So here we are, just about to end the first week of the new year and folks around Eddy and Dave's Garage are already hyped up about the upcoming shows, both locally and a few hours away. There's the Pomona Swap Meet within the next two weeks as well as Buses By The Bridge in Arizona. From people getting their rides ready for the long trip to those on the hunt for the missing parts that can complete their project, the VW vibe is alive and thriving. With that said though, I was disappointed to hear already about one transaction that recently took place which just rang a too familiar bell. A 1973 super beetle was purchased for $1000, and for an extra $2000, a motor came with it. Unfortunately, that motor also came with a cracked case. The seller was contacted and another motor was provided to the buyer.......for an additional $400, and if that wasn't enough, the seller took the original motor back. So far, with the labor it has taken to install the original motor, find out it's bad, replace the motor with the second used motor as well as changing exhausts, the buyer is into his car for quite a bit of money and to top it off, it's got rust issues. Ugh!
Today, I personally had the pleasure of busting my knuckles on a 66 bus that was delivered to our shop by a customer that had just recently purchased it. It needed to have the transmission pulled in order to fix the broken nose cone. It also seemed fairly simple considering there was no motor present. I should've known better. After undoing the very few bolts on the spring plates, it became apparent that the transmission's passenger side axle reduction box had been welded to the spring plate. Yes, welded. We tried to take the tranny out many different ways, but in the end, it was necessary to just cut the spring plate down the middle. Needless to say, the owner was as surprised as we were.
These are the type of transactions that can ruin someone's VW experience and lead them to believe that VWs are "not worthwhile", "too expensive", and so on and so forth. When looking at a new project these days, it's not as easy as it used to be. You can just ask if it runs and drives. You must really look into matters fully and then some. Ask a lot of questions, do your homework and KNOW what you're looking at. I have bought a lot of busses in my life and still to this day, I'm blown away by what I see and find.
Here's to the new year! Wishing you the best of luck and the most this 2015 can bring to your lives.