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Just picked this up for my 2009 Assult of the Shasta Snow Trip. Want to thank our good buddy Brian Watts for making me a screamin' deal on this Beauty! So here are some pics from the very beginning....

As Brian found it:



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How it looked when I got it on the trailer:







Had to put this decal on it:

 

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After the first day of cleanup. Took the pressure washer to it, inside and out.
Painted up some wheels and found some hubcaps. Installed headlights. tail lights, and turn signals.





 

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looks' pretty straight...

awsome find!

only a few months left before the trip..(i say this with 95 deg weather out haha)
 

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ErikTheRed said:
WHOA..... now thats weird! That truck and that trailer look alot like mine too!!

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Naw....can't be you or yours. Why would Brian make you do the hard work winching up that Bus with a flat tire while he just steered it.
Naw!....Don't make sense!
 

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Hunt for ongoing needed parts continues. One of the main goals in this Bus build is to use as many recycled, saved, garage sale, and swap meet pieces as possible. Keeping our pact, as we did with our first Shasta Bus (The Mushroom Bus), we hope to construct another top contender for the race to Shasta City.
Lessons learned form out first assualt, we will build a faster, stronger, more comforatable, and lighter vehicle than last year. With the help of fellow VW fanatics (Brian Watts, Rich Duncan, Doug Colley, and most recently Corey), we have a jump start with six months to go. Last year we obtained a Bus and started to outfit and modify it just two weeks before the event. This year we have the luxury of time.
Our goal is to set a new record by smashing the existing record of 10 hours in a convincing fashion. Although it's not really a rally or a race for that matter, our involvement has brought a new competitive feel to the event.
Veterans of this event have almost ten years of experience under their belts. When they heard a team of accomplished VW Drag Racers were in the mix, the smack talk started.
"Those Drag Race guys have no idea what they're in for!". "They are totally out of their comfort zone!", and when we showed up with our tire chains already installed...."Those guys are Pussies!". The teasing, albeit in fun, was relentless. We stared to second guess ourselves about being chained up. Being Newbies at this event, and I for one not much of a fan of cold weather, we started to think maybe we were in over out heads.
Well the tables quickly turned as we raced away from all the ill prepared "experts". In the most demanding conditions ever experienced during this event, we made a name for ourselves beating the next team into Shasta City by over 3 hours. Not bad for three guys that more at home taking a trip a quarter mile at a time.
Our original plan was to purchase a Bus each year, run Shasta and then sell it on ebay. Last years bus went for big bucks when we sold it. Not only did it pay for the trip and all the expenses, but it left us with a decent profit.
The Bus for this year I aquired from Brian Watts. Like last years Bus, this one has a certian Magic to it.....a certain Mojo. I can't really explain it, but if it takes us on another memorable, exciting journey, and safely gets us back home, I will then be able to put it into words. We may have to change our original plan of buy, race, and sell. This one may be a keeper!
I will have more pictures to share as the build continues.
 

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Greg, great story. Would you be interested in possibly allowing us to make this an ongoing feature story on the UAC website? I know its not exactly "VW high performance" or drag-racing related, but its a captivating VW experience none-the-less, and it involves a team of dedicated drag race enthusiasts known quite well throughout our community who are passionately engaged in a variant ACVW activity-- a compelling "side story" of sorts. (and there inlies the connection, and hence, the justification.) I haven't yet passed this idea on to Brian, it just struck me as I read the above story...... I found myself respectfully intrigued. I believe others would be as well, and it would add a unique detraction from the expected normalcy of the typical VW website. As noted in our mission statement, this is exactly what we're after....... being different, and being better. We can only be different and better if we offer things that are, well, different and better. ;)

Post your thoughts or shoot me a P/M.
 

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I'm all for it ETR.
I was going to use this post as an ongoing journel as the Bus gets pieced together. There are plans for a number of major fabrications. I will have before and after pics as these modifications and repairs are completed.
So, if you want me to shoot you the notes so you can use them as some sort of feature, I would be thrilled.
Might be a good idea to close this or move this thread to wherever you want to use it. Just a thought.
 

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For those that are not familiar with with our previous participation in the SST, these links will take you to my journal from 2008 and other audio/video documentation.


Chapter 1 includes all the prep for our trip now at:
http://deutschstahl.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2604&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

Chapter 2 A Four Wheel Adventure Will Soon Bring You Much Happiness
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278655

Chapter 3 Chasing the Ghost of The Shasta Snow Trip
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278271

Chapter 4 Shasta Snow Trip: The Run to Castle Lake
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278417

Chapter 5 Shasta Snow Trip: "The Dog Leg"
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278723

Chapter 6 Shasta Snow Trip: Preparation Is Everything
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=278842

Picture Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbDjroH3yFo

Video from past Shasta Trips
http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/ll474/norcalriviera/Videos/?action=view&current=TheShastaVibe.flv

http://i315.photobucket.com/albums/...ideos/?action=view&current=TheShastaVibe2.flv

FOOTNOTE: I do not claim any of my recollections of this adventure to be accurate or true. This entire story may just be my imagination running wild. With that said, I have always found Truth to be funnier, stranger, and more far fetched than Fiction.
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Overall the Bus is amazingly clean, almost rust free.....almost.
The only area that is affected is the front floor. Unfortunately the previous owner put shag carpet underneath the rubber mat. It got wet and never dried out. The carpet acted like a sponge soaking the the metal till it rusted away.



Easy fix would be to purchase a complete new floor pan or pieces, fit and weld them into place. But, to keep with our promise to go low budget, I just happen to have a donor Bus with an OK floor section. It's a 68 Bay but the floors are similar. I'm going to try to cut the floor out and fab it to fit the 65.

Here's a pic of the donor Bus right after I hacked the front off to get better access to the floor.



Certainly not the best method, but it is a cheap method. It will take some time, but with the current slow down in daily activity, I can get a little bit done each day.
 

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Previous owner also cut out the bulkhead that goes behind the front seat. I thought about using the walk-thru section out of the donor Bus. The more I think about it, I will probably just leave it open and reinforce the seat area. Maybe I'll just look at it some more.





 

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ErikTheRed said:
I believe others would be as well, and it would add a unique detraction from the expected normalcy of the typical VW website.
I love seeing stories like this. I think a whole section detailing the build and the journey would be real cool.
 

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An ongoing shasta diary from Greg is there for the members to read if he is up to it?

The space for ongoing articles is yours if you want it?

Greg?
 
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