Have you ever seen a car on the street that drew your attention, and you maybe wanted to snap a picture, but worried about whether the occupants might have a violent reaction? Well, today’s feature could have been a RustyButTrusty feature vehicle, but for the concern that photography might have alarmed its inhabitants. Fortunately, online classifieds come to the rescue, and that’s how you get to see this 1972/3 VW Bus stretch (don’t call it a limo) for sale for $2000 in Berkeley, CA.
For quite a while, this bus was parked outside the day care center attended by the RustyButTrusty junior intern, provoking mild concern from the center’s management and worrisome parents. Turns out it’s pretty harmless – more of an art camper in the works than a residence. Now you might ask yourself, who’s selling this vehicle? Thanks to photography, you can see it’s the friendly artist above. And why is he selling? Well (and this will make a deal-sniffer’s ears perk up), he’s leaving for several months’ travel in early March and doesn’t have time to keep it. Needless to say, there are issues, but power is not among them as it’s been converted to Ford Ranger 2.9 V6 power, with fuel injection, and the standard VW transaxle with manual gearshift. Compression is tolerable, but the van is said to have some wiring issues which are causing it not to start.
Fortunately (?) the wires are all exposed, which makes for easy troubleshooting. The seller has dreamed of putting in a diesel and running it on biodiesel, but gives no details on potential solutions. It’s not clear if the propane tanks on the back are for the engine or interior conveniences like a stove and heat. With the raised roof, this van should have nearly as much interior space as a small conventional camper. What would you do with this? The possibilities abound – food truck selling currywurst? Cross country camper? Desert art festival vehicle? Minimalist home?