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Jelly Bean A 1973 Wild Westerner Transporter
General notes on condition
- Jelly Bean is a rough but mostly original 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 has suffered a bit of neglect.
Surprisingly, all the glass except the windshield is intact, and the original
engine, radio, front seats, and interior panels are present.
Matching year-correct 3-passenger middle and rear seats
have been added, complete with seat belts and mounting hardware,
making this a quite rare 9-seat Wild Westerner.
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.
A deciphering of the M-codes:
32 206 796
Interpretation of 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
- All glass intact
- Headliner is actually pretty good
- Original Sapphire radio present
- Engine seems unmolested and runs, with the original dual Solex carburetors!
- 9 seats!
- Most of the body is not rusted; rust is quite localized
- Roof and paint above the belt line is in good shape
- Windshield sill looks good
- Parts acquired so far for restoration:
- 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 mat
- passenger arm rests
- steering wheel
- rear marker lights
- interior dome lights
- passenger side mirror
- 1973 YOM license plate
- Parts still needed for restoration:
- new tires
- bumpers and rubber bumper strips
- window rubber and special trim
- sun visors
- door panels (NOS black door panels are still available!)
- kick panels
- complete upholstery for all 9 seats and 9 headrests
- Work done so far towards restoration:
- cleaned all the junk out
- got the engine running!
- rebuilt all door locks, which had all been attacked with implements
- got keys cut to code
- removed grafitti
- Work to do to complete restoration:
- clean clean clean
- evaluate all mechanicals: engine, brakes, instruments, etc.
- lots of metal replacement
- completely reupholster the seats
- finish door refurbishment; clean door lock mechanisms
- replace door panels, hubcaps, bumpers and rubber strips,
mirror glass, dome lights, tires, steering wheel, sun visors
- mount the set of Hankook RA08s that I have for it
- Needs metal work: rusted doglegs, rockers, jack points,
driver's floor, and crunched nose
- Paint, while a decent respray, needs polish.
The bottom half will all have to re redone following metalwork.
- Could use new window rubber, but it's not terrible.
- Needs new bumpers and rubber strips (like it had new).
Photos as acquired:
Walk around the outside
last updated 5 Jan 2016