November 11, 2002
D-Day for the BootBus
I am going down to the BusLab in Berkeley this morning to see what the verdict is on our Bus...from talking with joe e and other VW Bus owners the consensus is:
1 - A broken seal - which would not be too bad.
2 - Cracked engine case or something like that - this is bad and would mean alternative transport for Nick and I.
Posted by Sean at November 11, 2002 06:44 AM
Hey - sorry about all the problems - and just before you were scheduled to stay with me! Sorry you missed the steaks and warm bed last night. But the Brady B&B is still open and serving Thai food tonite with Missy Jennifer. Due to the ucky weather, I also baked all weekend - so lots of goodies to nosh on. Hope to see you - but don't sweat it if you can't. Best of luck with the bus.
It is possible to finish the trip in your Bus. Often VW engines can be purchased from junkyards cheaply. To find a suitable engine , look for a Bus built between 1968-1971 that was running , but is in the wrecking yard because it got in a auto wreck. If a Bus isn't found, find a Bug using the same criteria, and use a rear engine mount adapter that mounts rear engine carrier to the oilpump bolts. It just depends how desperate a person is, but a Bus can usually get repaired to get home , eventually. Good luck.
I'm in SF now. Call me at TT if you want to meet up before I ride the dog home Tues night. 415-227-8600 at work.
I'll be meeting Joe for happy hour/quick dinner (a burrito would make me happy) before I leave at 8ish. That said, MacArthur Park does (or did) a nice happy hour of free food and cheap local microbrews. It's at Front & Jackson. Main courses are bbq and American comfort food.