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Vintage Metal Werks
Wapakoneta, Ohio
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Below is the posting I found on EBay Motors that led me to the Short Bus. After looking at the pictures, I decided to go for it...and the rest is history! The fact that the owner, Joe Patterson, lived only 240 miles away was also a factor in my decision. I could hitch a ride from friends and drive it home. So that's exactly what I did!

Joe wrote...

"I have decided to sell my "short bus" in order to finish my next project. I have never had another vehicle that attracts so much attention on the street and at car shows, than this bus. It has been shortened by 2 feet, the width of one side cargo door. It's not the "usual short bus style" where the bus is shortened by 4 feet (both side doors) and looks like it belongs in a circus! This bus is proportioned perfectly for it's height and length.

It has a 4 inch narrowed ball joint beam and "Hybrid" spindles up front, from WagensWest, and Wilwood Disc Brakes. The rear end has a Freeway Flyer Swingaxel Transmission with notched spring plates, beetle axles and tubes and brakes. It has a custom Sewfine Interior that has some wear but still shows well. It also has custom gauges in the vent air box, but they are currently not hooked up.

 

The paint is VW L469 Anthracite on the bottom, VW L43 Grey/Black on top with custom pin-striping front and rear. The engine is a 1776cc with dual 44idfs and a nice set of heads with a 10:1 compression ratio. It runs very well and is pretty fast for a bus. It has been very reliable and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it anywhere. It has won many awards at car shows including Best Paint and Best of Show! The paint quality is good for a daily driver.

 

I re-built this bus 2 years ago in order to drive it, and have done just that. I drive it everywhere. I guarantee you will not drive this bus anywhere without people wanting to pull you over so they can check it out and take pictures. It runs and drives extremely well and handles fantastic, even at highway speeds."

Joe Patterson
Vintage Metal Werks
Wapakoneta, Ohio
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Before, During and After
One day in 2012, I got an email from the VW Short Buses original, original owner, the one who shortened it, who reached out to me when he ran across this site. He asked if I wanted any old pictures he might have. I said "Sure", and the rest is history. These were taken before, during and after the shortening process.
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