1985-1993

  • Bought 1968 VW Crewcab
  • Start of interior modifications
  • Painted
  • VW brake upgrade to front & rear disk brakes
  • 2000

  • VW to Porsche 911 motor and trans conversion
  • Albatros front beam custom Koni double adjustable shocks in front
  • 2003-2006

  • Replaced motor with 1986 911 3.2 engine
  • Built custom dash gauges
  • 2008-2009

  • Upgraded to carbs and electronic ignition
  • Custom gas pedal with 3 axis adjust
  • Replaced bucket seats with Scheel seats
  • 2015-2020

  • '79 930 3.3 motor and 915 trans upgrade
  • Added Eibach 150 lb helper springs and modified rear Impy sway bar to help with turbo squat
  • RC cars
  • 2021

  • More brake upgrades
  • 935 front suspension
  • Carpet upgrade
  • My 1968 VW Type 2 Bus Conversion

    I bought my 1968 VW Crewcab in May 1985 from Boardwalk VW in Redwood City, CA. It had been the dealer's parts truck for 14 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 and 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 project ever since.

    My goal has always been to convert the bus to Porsche power as I believe the VW factory would do it, using as many stock factory parts as possible and retaining the stock factory look.

    The pages of this website detail the trials and tribulations of keeping the bus looking stock but under the covers continually modifying the drive train for more power and the suspension for better handling.

    Below is a short history of my modifications, including links to specific projects.

    Motor and Trans
    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. You can read about the installation here.

    2003-2006: When we decided to sell the Targa with the original motor, I swapped the 2.4E motor out of the Crewcab and replaced it with the 3.2 motor and transmission.

    2008: Upgraded to carbs and electronic ignition

    2015: Swapped motor for a 3.3 79 930 and modified and rebuilt the tranmission. You can read about the swap here.

    Brakes
    1993: VW brake upgrade to front & rear disk brakes. You can read about the conversion here

    2011: Fuchs wheel conversion

    2021: Converted rear brakes to Boxster S cross-drilled and vented rotors and Wilwood calipers

    Suspension
    2000: Albatros front beam custom Koni double adjustable shocks in front

    2006: WEVO Olin 911 single adjustable shocks

    2015: Added Eibach 150 lb helper springs and modified rear Impy sway bar to help with turbo squat

    2021: Converted to Porsche 935 front suspension. You can read about the conversion here.

    Interior
    1989: Changed the front seats to bucket seats and removed the divider panel between the front and rear to creat a walk-thru

    2005: First set of custom dash gauges

    2008: Custom gas pedal with 3 axis adjust

    2009: Replaced bucket seats with Schel seats

    2015: Second set of custom dash gauges

    2021: Carpet replaced with Porsche perlon and back seat replaced with a flat panel

    Pictures here.

    Exterior
    1993: painted

    RC Buses
    As a break from working on full sized cars, I also build remote control cars and trucks. Click here to see the several RC buses I've built, as well as a car hauler. You can see all my RC projects here.

    As the result of a road bike accident in May 2021, I can no longer drive the bus. But my dream bus had only one project left -- flaring the rear fenders to allow for larger tires.


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    Hydraulic Clutch Conversion   |   Fuchs wheel conversion
    Rack & Pinion Conversion   |   Porsche 935 front suspension conversion   |   RC10 VW Bus



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