Working on fixing up chads panel bus suspension,while raising the steering box, I found a big cracked mess under a half-fix.
Ended up making a new part for the shop to build and sell, a steering box raise – frame section kit.
My son and I took a drive to the bay area and delivered Bob’s bus on Saturday. Took in a Giants game and got to see Buster Posey hit a home run, it was a good time and Bob was pretty stoked.
Thanks Bob for the biz and the great feedback.
We have done a lot of work on Bobs bus since the last post. We have finished fixing the rear torsion housing, as well as reinforcing the rear frame rails for air-ride and adding a cross bar. The cross bar acts like a strut bar, used in modern cars to reduce and eliminate twisting of the unibody structure under stress. We have notched and reinforced the frame and moved the shock mounts behind the bearing housing towards the rear of the bus. We fitted the custom built Wagenswest, narrowed, air-ride, tubing IRS, rear trailing arms with OEM Porsche 944 rear brakes. In the middle of all this is a Pro Street IRS transmission from German Transaxle of America We have also installed the Wagenswest complete narrowed, OE needle bearing, air-ride beam with Porsche hybrid dropped spindles.
We raised the steering box on Bobs bus this week. We also notched and prepped the rear frame rails for air ride, we made a quick jig to repair the narrowed torsion housing. More, we started engineering some dual hideaway frame mount air tanks and notched the heater tube to make room for the air beam.
Just got Bob’s transmission in from German Transaxle of America inc.
1973 up IRS beetle transmission
.82 4th gear
billet side cover
Steel shift forks.
Bob recently contacted us to overhaul the suspension on his 1967 thirteen window bus. Air ride was on the menu and how we build it is up to us, as long as it is low with good drivability, able to handle the road with a big motor and some radar style wheels.
Bob’s bus came in already lowered, with parts from some from other shops and some home made stuff too. Its always interesting to check out other peoples work.
Here are some photos of the bus and the suspension we removed.
Looks like it has a hagger-daggered narrowed torsion housing that will need repaired, over all – it is a nice bus.