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Jelly Bean A 1973 9-Seat Transporter Wild Westerner Edition
If you are looking for a "rolling" restoration project where the mechanicals
(engine, brakes, tires, doors, suspension, and steering)
are all in working order, this bus is for you!
All this needs is upholstery, body, and paint.
General notes on condition
- Jelly Bean is a mostly original 1973 Volkswagen 9-seat Station Wagon
(aka Transporter). This one is special in that it sports the
"Wild Westerner" appearance group. Until I rescued it, Jelly Bean had
parked in the same spot for at least the last 10 years (verified with
satellite imagery), and had suffered a bit of neglect. I am a VW bus
hobbyist, and enjoy bringing a neglected bus back into service.
I have spent a good deal of time and treasure restoring Jelly Bean
back to running condition, and have sourced the more hard-to-find
parts for a full restoration of this rare bus.
According to the registry and
this thread on The Samba,
only 3 of these are known to exist.
- The bus is powered by its original CB 1.7-L dual carbureted engine,
with the original Solex carburetors rebuilt by Volzbitz.
All the glass except the windshield is intact, and the original
engine, radio, front seats, and interior panels are present.
Matching 3-passenger middle and rear seats have been added,
complete with seat belts and mounting hardware and a full set
of nine headrests.
- Let's face it, though, Jelly Bean needs some body work.
First off, it seems to have got punched in the nose, though the tear is
conveniently right along the row of spot welds at the bottom of the nose skin.
The air distribution box inside is pushed in just a bit, but is essentially intact.
The nose will need to be replaced, or the attention of a good metal bumping.
- Jelly Bean also needs the grace of a welder's art.
Localized rust has taken hold in most of the rockers, jack points, and wheel skirts.
Most of this will need to be replaced, though good replacement panels exist,
thanks to Klassic Fab and
A H Schofield.
- All seats and head rests need to be reupholstered. This would originally have been a black
basketweave vinyl (per the M-codes for the WW appearance group) which I think
this original material would look sharp, but like carpeting in a new house,
I leave the choice of upholstery to the next owner. Black vinyl can be hot in the sun.
The Westfalia blue/green plaid would not seem out of place in the Wild Westerner!
A deciphering of the M-codes:
Wherein it is revealed how this is known to be a 9-Seat Wild Westerner.
The M-code plate:
32 206 796
Interpretation of the M-codes:
964350 D32 162 508 736
20 5 7236 UP 2215 41
9643 Wild Westerner paint codes L65K Ravenna Green over L64M Apple Green,
and the blue stripe at the belt line is L51P, Olympic Blue
50 interior leatherette schwarz | black
D32 USA specifications (includes several subcodes)
162 rubber molding for bumpers
508 vent wings in middle windows, and driver's side rear
20 week 20 of the year
7236 temporary serial number
UP delivered to Portland, USA
2 Type 2 body
21 Transporter, LHD
5 9 seats
4 engine spec
1 manual transaxle
- Running, rolling, reliable bus (except for the rotten jack points)
- Original Type IV 1800-cc CB engine runs strong, with the
original dual Solex carburetors
- Original tool kit
- 5 new tires (Hankook RA08 185-R14C) on powdercoated rims
- Original Sapphire radio present
- All Hella turn signal lenses
- No rattles
- Instruments work
- Solid steering and handling
- All glass intact except windshield
- 9 seats! 9 head rests!
- Original front door ducts / arm rests in good shape
- Original mechanical fuel pump works well
The Rolling Restoration
- Parts acquired so far for restoration:
- NOS driver's door lock mechanism
- slider door lock parts
- middle seat, mounts, and 3 special seats belts
- a full set of 9 head rests
- rear seat, mounts, and rear seat belts
- heat diffuser and flap for under middle seat
- floor mats, front and rear
- passenger arm rests
- steering wheel
- several spray cans of color-matched automotive
single-stage paint (in Ravenna Green and Apple Green)
- tail pipe
- speedometer cable
- rear marker lights
- interior dome lights
- passenger side mirror
- 1973 YOM license plate - New Mexico
- Parts still needed for restoration:
- replacement bumpers and rubber bumper strips
- window rubber and special trim
- door panels
- complete upholstery for all 9 seats and 9 headrests
- heater control cables
- missing "sled" tin for bottom of engine
- Work done so far towards restoration:
- cleaned all the junk out
- got the engine running, with a lot of instruction from Colin Kellogg
- rebuilt all door lock mechanisms
- serviced rear hatch lock mechanism
- got keys cut to code
- restored paint (by JC Knecht)
- gas tank rinsed; all fuel lines replaced
- rebuilt CV joints with new boots, grease, and proper hardware
- brake work:
- rebuilt brake booster (Brakes Materials & Parts)
- replaced master cylinder
- replaced all brake hoses
- cleaned brake fluid reservoirs
- inspected all pads and wheel cylinders
- drained and bled brake system
- 5 new tires (Hankook RA08 185-R14C) mounted
on powdercoated rims (by All Powder Coating of Santa Fe)
- cleaned engine compartment
- Work needed (by you) to complete the restoration:
- stop rust progression
- lots of metal replacement (a complete set of photos
documenting the undercarriage is available on request)
- rebuild and reupholster all seats
- replace windshield
- replace all window rubber with deluxe inserts
- replace heater control cables (heat otherwise works)
- replace missing engine tin
- replace speedometer cable (provided)
- debug hazard switch and horn
A few glamor shots
last updated 11 February 2018