Am I Mad ?

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Am I Mad ?

Post by NikC » Mon May 14, 2012 11:42 am

Hi All

So the resto of my bus got finished last year, I managed to do like 30 miles, but they were the best 30 miles ever !

The bus then went into storage for the winter in Cornwall, I actually live in Austria up in the Alps and I'm back in the UK next week which got me thinking......

Rather than fly back to Austria from the UK .... why don't I just get the bus out of storage and drive it home !

Is this bad / mad idea based on how "new" it all is .... or should I just man up and get on with it ?

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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by tufty65 » Mon May 14, 2012 11:56 am

I'd say check over the motor, brakes, lights etc and go for it.
Maybe take a basic tool kit and spare points, bulbs etc just in case.
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Post by readyboy61 » Mon May 14, 2012 12:31 pm

Why the hell not :?: As above check the breaks, and give the engine a good going over and take a few spares and hit the road.
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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by Jim the Van » Mon May 14, 2012 12:41 pm

The answer is Yes you are mad if you don't take it back to Austria.

As others have said. Check it over ,take a few parts and tools plan your route and off you go. Take a few local numbers and addresses of local aircooled garages enroute just in case. BBT has contacts throghout Europe and will post things for next day delivery.

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Post by split bus kev » Mon May 14, 2012 1:13 pm

Do it dude. It will always be a story you look back on and smile.

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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by LJay » Mon May 14, 2012 5:30 pm

sounds like the best idea ever!do it.

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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by NikC » Mon May 14, 2012 5:46 pm

Decision made then :)

Best find someone in Cornwall to help me give her the once over next week :)

Photos to follow i'm sure ;)
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Post by kevsplitty » Mon May 14, 2012 5:51 pm

Defo go for it,be one hell of an adventure & you'll get to know your bus along the way,plenty of pics tho 8)
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Post by johnnylongtime » Mon May 14, 2012 6:22 pm

You should most definitely do the trip. I have purchased several early '60's Beetles from Sweden and drove them all home. Waiting on one as I type now, the road trips are the best part of classic VW ownership. Just be sensible and prepared, pack some tools, spares, maps/sat nav and clean pants. Is is roughly 1300-1400 miles from Sweden back to the UK, 7 countries in around 3 or 4 days and that is with an unknown vehicle! You at least have somewhere to sleep, eat & rest on your trip.
Go for it and put yourself outside your comfort zone. Expect the worst but hope for the best...you will not regret it.
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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by acmecustom » Mon May 14, 2012 7:03 pm

NikC wrote:Decision made then :)

Best find someone in Cornwall to help me give her the once over next week :)

Photos to follow i'm sure ;)
I have just the person for ya fella. ... :wink:


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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by walshy » Mon May 14, 2012 7:09 pm

Yep man up and do it :lol:

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Post by NikC » Mon May 14, 2012 7:12 pm

acmecustom wrote: I have just the person for ya fella. ... :wink:
Rad - was gonna give you a call tomorrow ! :)
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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by acmecustom » Mon May 14, 2012 7:49 pm

NikC wrote: how "new" it all is .... or should I just man up and get on with it ?
Nik
It still smells brand new inside ... :wink:

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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by NikC » Mon May 14, 2012 7:56 pm

acmecustom wrote: It still smells brand new inside ... :wink:
The missus is warning me not to shout at junior "for just being in it" .....

I think i might buy a bra for the front, genuinely worried !
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Re: Am I Mad ?

Post by acmecustom » Mon May 14, 2012 8:13 pm

NikC wrote:
acmecustom wrote: It still smells brand new inside ... :wink:
The missus is warning me not to shout at junior "for just being in it" .....

I think i might buy a bra for the front, genuinely worried !
A bra is definetly a good idea. To say this bus is immaculate is massive understatement. I share your worry, BUT it's such a shame your not out there enjoying it mate. ... :wink:

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