I guess anytime you get a ‘new’ (or in this case older!) bus, there is always a period of time needed to acclimatise to its subtle little nuances (character) and also time needed to check over and adjust bits to your personal preferences so that you can feel fully ‘at home’ and comfortable in your new ride.
There are also practical issues to get used to, like the accuracy of the fuel gauge, the reliability of the electrics etc. Well so far so good with the fuel gauge, but after a week of inactivity, I found out a little more about the battery condition and reliability – not so good, pretty much dead to the world with not enough energy left to kick the engine over!
I guess it was a battery of unknown history or age to me, so to be honest, it really was not worth relying on! Much simpler to replace the old, small 40Ah battery with a brand new, higher capacity Bosch S4 Type 069/072 12v 70Ah (Cold Cranking Amp (CCA): 630cca) starter battery (with a 4 year warranty). This seemed to be pretty much the largest capacity and physical size starter battery that would realistically fit in the rear battery tray area of the split screen bus, with its dimensions of Length: 260mm x Width: 173mm x Height: 225mm.
It was also time to get some little bits an pieces sorted out on the bus, like get the original ‘Volkswagen’ alloy script fixed back on the tail gate.
I had also managed to source an original, good condition, used Hagus bus mirror for the missing passenger side, so it was about time to get that fixed in place! However, one of the simplest, but probably the most significant changes in terms of usability, was in getting a replacement Gene Berg bus shifter fitted!
Click here to download the Gene Berg bus shifter fitting instructions
Big shout out to the fantastically helpful people at Gene Berg Enterprises who were really great in helping sort out a replacement shifter after my last one got destroyed in my bus fire earlier this year. Like a hand in glove, it was comforting to get my hands back on the newly fitted shifter, with its old skool, retro style handle and super precise shifting. It really is amazing just how much the Berg shifter totally transforms gear changes – happy days!
Time to add some vintage bling with the chrome VW hub caps and go for a run in the sun before getting on with some more jobs on the bus!