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Old 02-17-2012, 07:24 PM
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Was talking to the wife unit last night and we got ot talking about fixing up her old bug more as an old style Baha bug with lights and flared fenders. I wanted to ask.. What do you folks thing about it as a possable Scout/Bov car?
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:27 PM
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i think it would be great, especially in baja style, but i am biased because i am a huge fan of VW
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one of the simplest vehicles there ever was !
use to love my old sand rail and took it every place and was good on gas !
baja bug would be nice , my opinion is to build one with the IRS rear so the tires aren't layed out on there side when jacked up !
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Sounds like a great idea.

My Dad had a '71 Beetle when I was a kid. An afternoon snowstorm closed the schools. Dad made five or six trips shuttling the kids in our neighborhood home while the pick-ups and station wagons were stuck. When I turned 16 it became my first car. When we finally gave it to my nephew the odometer read 220,000 miles... many with first time drivers. It just kept going and going.

Now I have a '73 Squareback. I think he would make a decent BOV... the benefits of a bug with a little more room for stuff. I think the primitive circuitry in the fuel injection is pretty tough... but I AM looking for carbs.
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I bought a baja for my son when he turned 13 he drove it all over the mountain, still runs been thinking about getting it out and fixing it up just in case the only problem with it for a BOV you can't haul much. JT
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I like the idea -- decent on gas - good turning radius - small target kinda
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They are simple, durable rides. I sure miss the ones I had back in the day. Unfortunately, they have gotten pricey. Not as pricey as being w/o a BOV WTSHTF, though.
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I have heard alot of good things about the VW's, but what I have done is bought and in the process of rebuilding a 1977 CJ5 jeep for my BOV, I have most of it done and it is very runable at this time, hoping to get the paint job this coming winter, I will post some pictures when the site will let me
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Trailer hitch and tiny trailer and you're good to bug out.
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I like the idea -- decent on gas - good turning radius - small target kinda
Yeah but if you're driving into a strong headwind you're screwed!

We used to really be into the vintage VW scene but eventually decided that we spent too much time and money keeping them running ... of course, everytime we got one fixed up we'd sell it and buy another one to restore.

I loved my '64 Bug but there is not enough room in a VWBug to even take all my guns, much less the dogs too.

It might work though!
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its a much more reasonable and realistic BOV than a decked out camo/armored m35a2 is.
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The bug screams " we ain't got **** to steal" while the huge suv hollers " these people have stuff I want".
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A VW Bug, properly set-up will dang near out Jeep a Jeep.
... and they are tougher than leather.
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Yeah but if you're driving into a strong headwind you're screwed!

We used to really be into the vintage VW scene but eventually decided that we spent too much time and money keeping them running ... of course, everytime we got one fixed up we'd sell it and buy another one to restore.

I loved my '64 Bug but there is not enough room in a VWBug to even take all my guns, much less the dogs too.

It might work though!
MAYBE THIS WOULD WORK ?
http://cars.oodle.com/view/1968-vw-b...birmingham-al/
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Wow..You brought flashbacks of fun running the sand pits in Il.. Always loved em Bajad out. My friend had one that would do wheelies
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Where are you "Bugging" to, and for how long?

If I were just trying to get away fast up into the woods or wherever, I would probably
use my Bug.

But if you're planning on leaving home for good... they're high maintenance compared
to something GMC or Jeep or whatever, of the same vintage. (I.e., if you don't tune
the valves and change the oil often enough, theyll friggin blow up.) In that case I'd
probably go for the 4WD truck with the camper on it.
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An excellent choice..
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LOL, I thought sure you were gonna have a link to The Samba!!

You know, a bus is the one VW we didn't have ... even had one of their custom colored 2005 'verts for a while ... it was a POS though -- tons of electrical problems! The older ones ran better and were MUCH easier to work on!
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My Dad bought a VW Campmobile new in 1968.
We went all over the US and Mexico in it every summer for 2 weeks and other weekend trips as well as it being his daily driver and my borrow car in school.
When it finally laid down it had over 250,000 miles on it and most likely could have been fixed back to good ... just didn't reaalize what we had at that point.

With the back hatch up and enough guys sitting on the rear it too could do wheelies (and that was something to see)
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I had 3 at one time. They were great when I was in school, working fast food and the tire shop across town. The easiest jury rigable car of all time. If they were clunkers, they could nickle and dime you to death though. I believe with a few modern improvements they would be a lot more reliable. My baja was tough as nails, and I beat on it hard. My street bug got rode hard too. I used to pop out the seats and compress the shocks on a dirt bike and stuff it in there.
They would be a great BOV for a single guy, maybe two people in ultra light backpacker mode.
Parts are still reasonable, and a baja conversion can be done with a saw pretty much if you don't have to have super cool fiberglass fenders. Agood way to get lift on an older one with swing arms is to swap in a bus tranny. The gear reduction boxes on the ends of the axles give you like 4" of lift, and better gearing for bigger tires.
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