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Old 12-03-2010, 05:05 PM   #3376
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My 78 with duel webbers cruised at 75. Never tried to hit much over that.
My '71 bus had a big bore kit on it when I bought it....but it was happiest at 58mph. It took me forever to get halfway across the country in it, but it was a great smell-the-roses way to go, and my lab loved riding in it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:45 PM   #3377
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My '71 bus had a big bore kit on it when I bought it....but it was happiest at 58mph. It took me forever to get halfway across the country in it, but it was a great smell-the-roses way to go, and my lab loved riding in it.


Did you buy it new?
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:09 PM   #3378
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I once bought a '77 VW Westfalia with a Porsche 911 (2.7L ?) in it. You'd think it would have been a screamer, but it wasnt. No matter what powerplant you put in it, the shape, weight and lack of aerodynamics make them all various degrees of slow. It was better that the stock motor, but not by much. And parts of course were verrry spendy.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:56 PM   #3379
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My '74 westy 2.0 was happy at 65. That was a great travelling machine; I still miss it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:12 PM   #3380
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Did you buy it new?
hell no....I don't think I bought a new car until 1988 after I'd worked where I am for a couple years.

I traded my '78 Fiat X1/9 for it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:15 PM   #3381
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hell no....I don't think I bought a new car until 1988 after I'd worked where I am for a couple years.

I traded my '78 Fiat X1/9 for it.
I used to lust after the x1/9. I love tiny mid-engine cars.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:20 PM   #3382
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No matter what powerplant you put in it, the shape, weight and lack of aerodynamics make them all various degrees of slow. It was better that the stock motor, but not by much.
I had mine when I moved my long haired, hippie ass from northern California to Texas in the late 70's for a few years of culture shock. The Texas heat/humidity kept cracking heads between the spark plug and exhaust valve - so I finally tossed the big bore kit and put it back to stock.

Other than it was a fresh motor breaking in - I noticed virtually no difference in performance. Still loved driving that thing though, it was cool. I brought it back to Chico in '80 when I went back to school (age 25) - and the block cracked. The new motor that came out of that fun was a good runner.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:41 PM   #3383
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I used to lust after the x1/9. I love tiny mid-engine cars.
I see a Fiero in your future

And you could trick it out and stuff....



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Old 12-03-2010, 09:08 PM   #3384
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I traded my '78 Fiat X1/9 for it.
old age kickin' in....I got rid of the bus by trading it and acquiring the X1/9.
I sold a '69 Chevy van and bought the '71 bus.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:41 PM   #3385
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I see a Fiero in your future

And you could trick it out and stuff....



Hah! I actually had a fiero once, Robert Higdon of Lakewood did me the favor of running me off road on 72, highspeed off roading suddenly led to jumping the car into a ditch, flexing the car like a banana and popping out the windshield and cracking the body all over the place. Good times.

Anyhow, yeah. Type IV parts are expensive. Supply and demand i suppose, but a set of decent cylinders and pistons for an upright vw is about 160-180 bucks, for type iv is more like 480 bucks. Cylinder head for an upright, 150 bucks or so, type iv more like 400. That combined with the fact that even with all that space-age technology like l-jet fuel injection it still only puts out (fresh) 70hp or so. Thats why it's getting an ej22, it wont be a race bus but it should be able to get out of its own way.

Hayduke: mines actually a 77 2.0 too
Driving it back from boulder was exciting. Highway 36 was not nice to it, i hope i didnt piss off too many people but i figured the four lane highway was easier for everyone else than trying to attempt 93 would have been. It's really fun to drive. I dunno, something about sitting way up over the front wheels, having tons of leg room, and the mass of it makes it ride and drive around quite nicely. It's the westfalia, so its got all the goodies on the inside as well as the circus tent option (i havent set it up yet but what i can feel through the opening in the bag feels VERY over engineered for a tent).

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Old 12-04-2010, 06:44 AM   #3386
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Hah! I actually had a fiero once,
Geraldine Fiero, wasn't she a VP candidate? I suppose GM will come out with a Palin .

I sold my Porche 356B to buy a brand new '72 VW bus so I could haul all my worldly possessions from CA to CO. I think the '72 was the first year for the "big" engine. It had plenty of power at sea level but was totally gutless going over Rabbit Ears.
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:05 AM   #3387
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:33 AM   #3388
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I see a Fiero in your future

And you could trick it out and stuff....







Someday, I will have a 914.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:12 AM   #3389
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:31 AM   #3390
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I used to lust after the x1/9. I love tiny mid-engine cars.
My pick for a ridiculously small mid engine car...



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