After a roadtrip from Toronto to LA last year, we fell in love with the idea of having a vehicle to do it in. We tented it most of the last one, but we are both starting to find the tent more hassle, and I don't tend to sleep well in them.
We tossed around the idea of a vintage trailer to tow with my Jetta, but eventually settled on a Baywindow bus. I've always wanted an aircooled VW bus, and since split windows are unobtainable in our budget, Baywindow it was.
Unfortunatly, to fund the purchase we had to sell our '57 Chevy. I put my heart and soul into getting this car running and on the road, but was never really attached to it. The plan from the beginning was to road trip in this, but after spending a couple thousand miles in it, we realized it would not be suitable for long distance driving at all. It went to a nice farmer with a small car collection who plans on keeping it original.
This all happened quickly, the Chevy was gone four days after we put it up for sale. Time to start looking for a bus! There was not much at all in Ontario within our budget, which was on the low side in the bus market. Our only options were the west coast or up from the U.S. Given the terrible exchange rate, we started searching in British Columbia, turning up this, a 1972 Kombi converted by a camper company called Dorper in BC.
After a bit of back and forth with the owner and passing a PPI, the deal was done, and bus was put in a train bound for Ontario. Today it arrived!
After 2.5 hours of driving with a rather severe oil leak, the bus and I made it home. The LS valvecover must have been shifted in transit somehow and was leaking a large amount of oil.
Some first day pictures
We plan on doing a thorough cleaning, taking care of some issues, then hitting the road with it. It's first big trip is supposed to be to Speedweek at Bonneville in August. I've never owned an aircooled VW, had never driven one before today actually, so I'm open to any and all advice! I'm going to use this thread to share the work we do and the adventures we end up on with our bus!