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A Bus Ride to Remember

Posted August 30, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto off-road VW vw bus

Stuck in mud up to my 1965 VW Transporter’s hubcaps and angry, I was ready to sue the Volkswagen Corporation for false advertising. After all, wasn’t my VW supposed to “walk on snow”…and mud, too?

But I knew it was my own fault. Wanting to please my wife, Grace, and parents, I had pulled off a Texas highway on the way to Fredericksburg to look at Longhorn cattle, their horns extending four feet in each direction, munching grass in a field.

Confident my vehicle—a red-and-white, 11-window metal box nicknamed “Bus”—could handle the deep-rutted, muddy road, I barreled into a foot-deep quagmire that stopped us in our tracks.

A story of overestimating the classic VW's "off-roading" capabilities.

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08/30/2018 3:28 PM

What he had....

What he thought he had...

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08/31/2018 9:29 AM

Over the bumper and you were done with a VW. My 1967 "beetle" would do snow right up to the bumper. Over that and it was done. In the late 60's, I used it to go to deer hunting sights across snow covered fields and woods roads, as long as the snow was below the bumper. Never tried the mud thing.

Current car that is some what similar is the now obsolete Scion xB. I use my 2010 to go up a remote single lane township road from work to where I live. The last mile is a hill that rises 600 feet in elevation and has numerous level landings in it. Max gradient per GPS is 20% in two spots. I've pulled this in snow on all weather tires when 4 wheel drive pickups were turning around mid hill and coming back down. Reminds me of my old VW.

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