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o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 22, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
Credit: o-man
perswig

climber
May 22, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Driving the back roads to N. Conway last fall I thought I saw a familiar shape sticking out of a guy's garage; turned around just to check.
Sure enough, a VW Thing. Hadn't seen one since I was a kid.

Dale
OnL4ch

Sport climber
San Francisco
May 22, 2011 - 07:30pm PT
Credit: OnL4ch
:) props to goatboy for the idiot manual pics. I did a pan up resto of a 66 type 1 with only that book to guide me, brings back memories.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
May 22, 2011 - 07:52pm PT
Thanks for posting up all these great shots!

I have rebuilt a few bugs over the years, but I've lost all the pics that I had. Did a few Baja conversions, but most were Cali mods.

Awesome to see the Fish mobile, I've read a few references to it here and there and wondered what it looked like. Awesome that he still has it.

My girl and I are talking about doing a restoration project, she wants to do a Ghia but I'd love to do a split window bus....I remember seeing a pic of one in Hawaii that had hinged windows in some massive graveyard over there that I thought was pretty cool.
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 22, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
black velvet canyon &#40;bitd when you could spend a week with no hass...
black velvet canyon (bitd when you could spend a week with no hassel and not see anyone)
Credit: mctwisted
boating the mighty merced
boating the mighty merced
Credit: mctwisted
had this 1970 bus for 15 years, of coarse it was parked in camp 4 for a dozen years without moving. only went through one engine, drove her like i was an old lady.
(miss that proud rig.)
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 23, 2011 - 12:18am PT
Rooting mouse nests out of the ventilation system in the 91 Vanagon. I'm not fond of mice.

Credit: Off White
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 23, 2011 - 01:41am PT
Credit: o-man
Credit: o-man
I saw this baby setting all by herself at the beach today when I was looking for waves.
This thread came to mind so I snapped a couple pix.
reddirt

climber
PNW
May 23, 2011 - 01:42am PT
ouch on the mice nests...

on a different note, has anyone ever been to http://syncrodemayo.com/ ?
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
May 24, 2011 - 09:19am PT
Bumping this, because I don't want to see the thread die just yet :)
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 24, 2011 - 09:46am PT
Me in my Van.
Me in my Van.
Credit: guyman



What I love about em is this... when you get tired, no need to set up a pup tent, just pull over and pass out.

Needles CG 2010
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 24, 2011 - 10:11am PT
I went through a bunch of VW vans and one Bug. Love and hate relationship but mostly love

This is the next generation of Van Obsession . These babies are found all round the world except for detroit dominated North America of course. They are still fairly gutless but who cares cuz the important stuff is low maintenance / long life diesel, high clearance 4WD, high ceiling, Engine under the passenger seat and it feels just like an old V Dub. Downside is right hand drive which presents some serious visibility / safety issues, and parts and shop issues.

Someone needs to write an idiots guide to Delica Maintenance... illustrated by Tami Knight.
Remember letting your rig warm up for the time it takes to roll a smoke? I heard the guy died of lung cancer. Anyone know if thats true?


Mitsubishi Delica &#40;chomonix model&#41;
Mitsubishi Delica (chomonix model)
Credit: Bruce Kay

get a load of this line written on the side of the Chamonix - the climbers rig

the strange stuff the Japanese like to say
the strange stuff the Japanese like to say
Credit: Bruce Kay

A number of crafty dealers in Vancouver buy them up used and cheep in Japan (The Gov there offers incentives to get rid of older models for emmision standards reasons) and re-sell them here.
Here's the funny part... Delica owners are in the habit of waving to each other whenever we drive past each other! There's even a internet forum and a truly obsessed cult following.

The only other rig that I can think of that tops these babies is the camperized Mercedes/ dodge Sprint. The snazziest one I saw belongs to Jack Tackle and he was too coy to let us know how much it cost. Queen sized bed, granite counter tops and a shower. Pretty decadent.





Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 24, 2011 - 10:17am PT
Canada is very wise to allow the imports of 660cc motor microvans too. The U.S. is too stupid to allow such sensible ideas as these.

DMT
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 24, 2011 - 10:25am PT
Dingus, I agree but they should be converted to left hand drive. The visibility issues are serious under very specific conditions ( turning right at intersection, changing lanes when your windows are all fogged up....)

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 24, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
Yeah, I've cast covetous glances at the Delica, just chatted up a Canuck at Red Rocks who gave me a card for a dealer in Vancouver. I think there are import issues for the US though. Can't just be the drive side, around here all the rural mail carriers drive private cars with right hand drives, so maybe there's emission issues too. Canada does emit more CO2 per capita than the US.

The Delica is smaller, does it comfortably sleep folks 6' and taller?

Not surprised that Delica owners wave to each other, its been VW Van standard behavior, across the model changes, forever. Its rather charming to be able to count on complete strangers stopping at your roadside breakdown just because you share an obsession with a vehicle. It's less charming that sometimes those breakdowns are more frequent than seems reasonable though.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 24, 2011 - 12:21pm PT
I saw a Thing yesterday in Moab. A smattring of Delica's the last few weeks, as well.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 24, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
Yes the diesel motors used do not meet U.S. emission standards. For the tiny microvans they are lacking some key safety features as well I think. You can't license either in the U.S. I think, at least not without cheating or mods... or both. Canadian importers are fairly dismissive of U.S. origin queries, ie. don't bother us.

DMT
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 24, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
Victor the Inflicter in his Syncro checking out the surf on the Oregon...
Victor the Inflicter in his Syncro checking out the surf on the Oregon Coast
Credit: o-man
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 24, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
Great thread Ed! Thanks for all the postings up until now (esp. yours Bob D'.)

This is my dad (also Darwin) just off Saddlebag Lake road just past Tioga Pass in maybe '68. He took me and Matt Pollock up there for a weekend. He was a great dad and passed away in 2005. Before this bus, he had a 195? that had the semaphore turn signals. He gave me the van (I am not worthy) and it spent two Falls in the Valley and got broken into by a bear through the cracked back window by a bear. The bear shredded that cloth lining they put in the early 60s vans.

Peter Haan, did I miss the photos of yours?

Credit: Darwin
youngharz

Boulder climber
Carpinteria
May 24, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
A pic of My Buddy Jeff's van on the way up to Slesse during a 2004 roadtrip to Canada. Adventuring around in this van inspired me to eventually take the plunge and get a westy of my own!

Credit: youngharz

This winter, the two westy's finally met down in Cochise Stronghold!

Credit: youngharz
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 24, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Had a VW Bus in the 70's, got flipped off because I was going too slow up hills and froze my ass in the Winter due to the funky heater- didn't stay a fan for long.
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