My 1968 VW Type 2 Bus
I bought my 1968 VW Crewcab in May 1986 from Boardwalk VW in
Redwood City, CA. It had been the dealer's parts truck for 16
years. The 2nd owner bought it from the dealer, drove it for 3 years,
then traded it back. I took a friend to the dealer to test drive the
new Scirocco. I saw the truck as we were driving through the back lot
on the way out. I bought it later that day. It's been an on-going science
From 1985 to 2000 I did a number of engine, brake and suspension modifications. The Type 1 motor grew from 1600cc to 1776cc to finally a 2110cc with 125 estimated h.p. The brakes were up-graded to 1973 front disk brakes and rear drums. I tried various shocks including KYB, Boge, and Bilstiens. I had the Bilstiens re-valved a few times to try and improve the ride. Sway-a-way front and rear 22 mm sway bays were also installed. It had 27mm rear torsion bars. The wheels are OZ Racing 6x15's (for Mercedes 190) with Pirelli P6 205/60/15's front and 215/65/15's rear.
In 2000 we bought a totaled 1986 911 with the plan of installing the 3.2 engine and transmission into our '73 911E Targa. This left the stock 2.4E and transmission sitting there, so my Porsche mechanic & I installed it in the Crewcab. The motor was freshened and converted to 40mm Weber carbs prior to installation.
In 2003, we decided to sell the Targa with the original motor, so I swapped the 2.4E motor out of the Crewcab and replaced it with the 3.2 motor and transmission.
Here is a brief description of the Crewcab as of
Motor: Porsche 1986 3.2 motor w/46mm PMO carbs, Electromotive crank
fire ignition, SSI heat exchangers, custom muffler. The long block is
stock. Remote oil cooler, fan and thermostat mounted under body.
Estimated 240 h.p. at the crank.
Transmission: 1986 915 transmission w/7:31 r&p and early 5th gear,
Sachs sport clutch. I grafted a 911 tunnel between the seats, Wevo
shifter, custom shift rod, Smart Racing shift rod coupler, and
Front suspension: Koni custom valved double adjustable shocks, 22mm
front sway bar, Albatross front beam.
Rear suspension: Wevo single adjustable shocks, 27mm torsion bars,
modified 22mm sway bar. I've also used Bilstein RSR shocks re-valved
to R10 by Smart Racing. Either shock will work with coil overs.
Sway-a-way adjustable spring plates.
Interior: Scheel reclining sport seats, custom dash, 911 speedo &
tach, custom oil temp, pressure, and gas gauge, Innovate a/f gauge.
Empi steering wheel. Custom aluminum gas pedal w/3 axis adjustment.
I've included descriptions of a few projects I've done here on this website: