1978 Volkswagen Bus / Truck Custom Transporter OG Reef Blue paint

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Transmission:4 speed manual
Engine:2.0 Liter 4cyl
Trim:Roadrunner edition
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There is a lot to say about this bus. I found it with a caved in roof skin and braces, and it hadn't ran in 10+ years. An old buildings roof collapsed on the bus and it was holding the roof from crushing a karmann ghia and a convertible beetle. The only thing it damaged was the roof skin and some of the drip rail. So when replacing the skin I made it into a truck.
The truck now has air scoops mounted on the sides. Not shown in some pics
Yakima roof basket is not included, I no longer have it.
The rear hatch opens like factory still. (I used a donor bus for the correct corners inside the bed, and the latch.
2.0L fuel injected engine with 4 speed manual trans DAILY DRIVEN
Newer tires
Freshly powdercoated wheels. Custom side step and custom hitch powdercoated
Thule roof rack load bars
Factory gas heater (that I haven't got going again yet)
Factory Reef Blue paint and ROADRUNNER model. Sold new in Rapid City South Dakota, I have that paperwork.
Pretty fresh motor according to the previous owner . steering is tight, brakes are awesome.
Does not leak oil , I noticed a small exhaust leak, not sure exactly where from yet.
Has newer seats out of something else in front. With added pedal extensions because my wife couldn't reach pedals well.
Seats 5 with the rear bench
Has 36" legroom in the back
The 2.0 liter has quite a bit of power with the EFI and stock size tires. Bus weighs less then a factory bus also, so Im sure that helps. Sometimes the bus idles low, and I have to keep it running at idle. Seems to do this only when its warm out, because in the mornings at lower temps it idles fine, sometime even idles high. This could be related to a temp sensor? Im not sure. I drive it everyday, so this doesn't deter its reliability.
42" bed with custom tailgate
Idles high and sometimes low, but it very reliable
Needs a drivers door panel (looks like the door was replaced at one time. but sometime ago
Some rust spots but nothing huge. surface rust Rock chips up front being tow barred at some point, all floors are solid, but show some surface rust. overall pretty dry compared to the rust buckets ive seen.

Overall very solid
Rear bench is factory in awesome shape (off white ) which folds forward. which makes it nice when opening the hatch.
Factory rubber mats front and back
I have a SEARS all state trailer that can come with the bus for the right price. The custom hitch has the mounts for the single wheel trailer along with a 2" receiver.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions. I will be happy to answer them, but I don't want to take hours of time to show how this was done so someone can just copy it!! :) I cannot be held responsible for the buyers assumptions. This truck is NOT a show truck and was a fun project that turned out pretty good. Im not a body guy so it could have been done differently. but this way certainly worked well.

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