Panel Project: 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus

As one of the most popular vehicles of its type, it is hard to find an affordable specimen of Volkswagen’s Type 2 Bus that doesn’t require a full-blown restoration. This running and driving 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus that is available here on eBay isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s a solid starting point for someone seeking a project VW bus.

This Volkswagen is available in Parker, Colorado with a clean title. While it appears that this example spent time as some type of a business or work van, there isn’t too much history about this bus beside the fact that it spent the last few years in storage.

As you can see, the body is far from perfect, but it isn’t too bad compared to other VW buses for sale. There are some spots of rust on the floor, slight damage to the drivers’ side A-pillar, and some repair to the wheel wells, which underwent cutting in the past to fit larger tires.

Inside the cabin, things are pretty bare, but this makes it a great candidate for a camper conversion. Both front seats received reupholstering and there are various new pieces of interior paneling, including the door panels, kick panels, and rear hatch panel. Last but not least, the entry doors on the passenger side both work without any issues and latch easily.

This van uses a 1.3-liter flat 4-cylinder engine, which pairs to a manual transmission to drive the rear wheels. Recent maintenance items to the engine include a new carburetor, new Bosch ignition coil, new spark plug wires, and a new muffler. The drivetrain has 31,333 miles on it and the seller notes that the bus runs and drives great.

At the time of publication, bidding is at $8,600 with the reserve not met. How would you revive this project panel bus?

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  1. Tempo Matador Ray

    Contrary to the belief of some, the culture of VW enthusiasts is alive and thriving, and has been for decades. With aftermarket surplus at your disposal, it allows these relics to be revived and back on the road, sensibly or extremely…I personally have been involved with the early Type-1 aircooled splits, ovals and coachbuilts for nearly 40 years…I love every minute of it. I’m currently resurrecting an extremely obsolete 1950 Tempo Matador truck that borrowed the 25hp powerplant and crashbox 4spd. from VW before they were discontiued after 1,362 units made it through production…✌️ VW.

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    • Trevor

      How did you find a tempo matador?

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      • Tempo Matador Ray

        Are you familiar with this small production run (1949-52 ) of these German trucks? A friend of ours who operates one of the largest aftermarket VW Distributing outlets in Europe, had a Hot VW’s profile done on his very unique aircooled truck in 2004. He has quite an interesting collection of very eclectic cars and motor vehicles. Once I read through this very interesting article the search was on. Four years later an ad. appeared for a very rough unit located in Uruguay, S.A. The process to ship this back to the states was horrendous. Nowadays however, using an international broker and a professional shipping outfit along with a port authority attorney is essential for a smooth transition…There is good information on Google searches. Availability is extremely scarce if you’re so lucky to source one. Also expect to fabricate and interchange with VW parts, for there was never an aftermarket production of surplus parts…Continue to innovate not duplicate…

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  2. Steve Hill

    Would love to swap in a big motor, get rid of the reduction gears, put in a freeway tranny and slam it. Love these old busses

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  3. TimM

    Looks like a good solid project van but at the prices these go for it’s just to rich for my blood!!

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  4. bobhess bobhess Member

    Brings back fond memories of my blue ’55. Didn’t have time to do it then but would have followed Steve Hill’s path with it. Bug transaxle with straight axles takes care of the road gears and lowering in the rear and the rest is easy. Even the stock type 4 2.0 liters have plenty of power as these guy don’t weigh a lot.

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