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December 2008

December's winner is Herr Doktor with his soon to be featured in Volksworld air bagged bus.

Some words from the Doktor himself....

I bought the bus in September 2003 after a visit to Washington in the USA. Since owning it, numerous modifications have been made. Air ride was fitted as well as a 2" narrowed beam. The airiride is an Independent, remote controlled unit. With the remote control, you haven't even got to be in the bus to raise or lower it. It's currently running Ride Pro e Big Red Max compressors, Shockwave Bags on the front and rear and is controlled by a Level Pro Ride Pro e Remote Control. A Porsche 944 IRS conversion completes the rear of the bus. The engine has had further work carried out also:

• Static balanced

• DPR crank - tuff-trided (nitrited)

• Lightened and balanced 8 dowel flywheel

• Compression ratio 7.5 to 1

• New 041 with 40x35.5 stainless steel, Tuff-trided valve's

• Chromoly push rod's and solid rockershaft with 1.1 to 1 VW rocker arm's

• Scat I beam Rod's with APR bolts

• Engle tcs 10 cam with Norris racing lifters

It's got a gearbox by Peter at Cogbox with welded 3 & 4, 3.88 r&p and bus .82 4th gear. At Raceshack, Matty noticed my turbo was running at 0lbs which effectively meant it was doing nothing apart from sounding pretty cool. The carbs were rejetted and the turbo boost increased to 5lbs. It was increased to 20lbs but I explained it's a daily driver and I want the engine to last. It went in at 87bhp and came out with 148bhp at the wheels with a load more turbo boost available if needed. Matty reckons it'll hit 200+ bhp easily.Interior wise, the Mrs has lovingly made a set of curtains with cushions to match and has painstakingly covered the lovely original Baltic birch headlining in a similar material. I wasn't too happy at this initially but fair play, it does look good.

I found a 1960's Blaupunkt Frankfurt on eBay listed as "old car radio" with no bids which was a bargain at £15. A friend ripped out the guts of it, added an internal amp and replaced the old valves with modern "electrickery". It's linked to a Pioneer PRS400 amp and 24" sub behind the seats. An iPod docking station is fitted in the ashtray and tweeters are in the headlining. The kickplate was painstakingly drilled to cleverly conceal the 10" Pioneer mid's because I wanted it to look as stock as possible.

I have no plans to undertake any further work on it as it's a full time job to keep it roadworthy!!

VOTM December 2008

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