May 9, 2024

1976 Volkswagen Bus

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The Volkswagen Type 2 is a forward control light commercial vehicle introduced in 1950 by the German automaker Volkswagen as its second car model. Known officially (depending on body type) as the Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, or, informally, as the Volkswagen Station Wagon (US), Bus (also US), Camper (UK) or Bulli (Germany), it was given the factory designation Type 2 as it followed – and was initially derived from – Volkswagen’s first model, the Type 1 (Beetle).

As one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans, the Type 2 gave rise to forward control competitors in the United States in the 1960s, including the Ford Econoline, the Dode A100, and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 Corvan, the latter adapting the rear-engine configuration of the Corvair car in the same manner in which the VW Type 2 adapted the Type 1 (Beetle).

European competition included the 1947-1981 Citroen H Van, the 1959-1980 Renault Estafette (both FF layout), the 1953-1965 FR layout similar vehicles, such as the Nissan Caravan, Toyota LiteAce and Subaru Sambar. Like the Beetle, the van has received numerous nicknames worldwide, including the “microbus”, “minibus”, and, because of its popularity during the counterculture movement of the 1960s, “Hippie van/bus”.

This Volkswagen Bus came in to have the engine diagnosed to see if it were still functional. We will remove the engine and take a look at the internal components of the engine block.

We are working on removing the rear axles from the transmission in order to drop the engine and transmission.

The driver side rear axle has been removed and now working on the passenger side.

We have completely removed the engine to inspect the functionality of the engine.