Soooo....I know there are a few VW folks here, I figured I would share my build. I was posting up about it on the samba, but honestly, those people drive me nuts..... I have always been way into VW's. I have a 71 Westfalia camper that my dad bought when i was 4, I grew up camping in it, drive the piss out of it myself in high school and such, and my lovely bride and I left our wedding in it. I have owned somewhere around 100 various bugs, busses, thing, ghias, etc and actually own a VW shop now. The VW I never got my hands on, but always wanted was a pickup. As a bit of history, VW (and other coachbuilders) used the bus as a base to build trucks aimed at the commercial market. They eventually grew to have 3/4 ton ratings, and innovations that chevy and ford ripped off 50 years later, like 3 door extended cabs, tailgate steps, etc. Fast forward to 2013, I was lamenting to my wife how I wanted a double cab VW, but that they were so damn expensive. We were at a show, and after checking one out, she agreed that they are pretty badass. Her exact statement was "They won't get any cheaper, you want one, just buy one." I really couldn't argue with that logic, so I started searching. After about a month, this dude popped up in the samba classifieds. Now, for those who do not know, the samba is a VW forum, mostly populated with know it alls, and the classifieds are notorious for being anywhere from 50-100% over priced. It's almost like it's a competition to see how asinine your prices can be. With that backstory, I was lucky to find a truck I could afford on there, I was amazed to see it listed for roughly half the going rate of similar trucks. I got in touch with the seller 15 min after it was listed, we had a long conversation, and he was convinced that my intentions were to look for a truck to build and keep, and that I was not trying to make a quick buck. The truck was in very solid shape, but had been wreck and repaired. The repairs were done to a decent quality, but it would take a large investment to make it roll through barrett jackson for $100k. Basically, it was exactly what I was looking for, didn't need a ton of rust repair, was complete, but was still rough enough that I could load it up with scrap or firewood and not feel bad. The problem was, it was 660 miles away, and we had my son's first birthday party to plan and get ready for (we just added onto our house and I was trying to button it up).The seller stepped up as an awesome guy and was cool with me waiting over a week to grab it up, even though I am quite sure he could have sold it much quicker. We struck a deal, and I was on my way to owning my dream truck. A week and 2 days after I sent a deposit, I hooked my trailer up, picked up my buddy Tom, and we hit the road at 5:30 am. After some Waffle House, a slight incident at a toll booth crossing the Hudson, and a whole lot of driving, we arrived in Rhode Island. We made quick work of loading the truck, checked out the sellers nice Single Cab VW, and hit the road for home. All I really remember about the trip home is chatting with people about VW's at fuel stops and stopping for a couple of 20-30 min naps, otherwise, it was one of those experiences where you just count the mile markers and everything just turns into on big blur of white lines, up hill down hill, pass a semi, construction zone, pass a truck, be passed, fuel up, white lines.... Eventually, we made it home at 7am the following day. I fell asleep for a few hours, then went out to admire my treasure.