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cool service trucks

hot_rod Member Posts: 22,353
in Plumbing Mechanical's truck of the month contest. They would make Jerry smile.

Chicago area
Bob "hot rod" Rohr
trainer for Caleffi NA
Living the hydronic dream


  • SWEI
    SWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    Sweet. Need another mechanic for those, of course...
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,446
    I actually went to a home yesterday to look at converting the house to Nat gas.... Sitting in the garage was a 1972 VV micro bus. The HO is the original owner. He refers to it as another member of the family.
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,588
    I helped a buddy of mine swap a motor in one last fall. A wonderfully simple vehicle to work on.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • AMG63
    AMG63 Member Posts: 15
    My dad used one of those in Ireland for his work truck back in the days.
  • Big Ed_4
    Big Ed_4 Member Posts: 2,818
    No AC ?

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  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,942
    ISTR you could swap a Porsche engine from the same era into them..............
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  • SlamDunk
    SlamDunk Member Posts: 1,596
    Steamhead said:

    ISTR you could swap a Porsche engine from the same era into them..............

    My Brother had a VW Fastback with a Porsche engine. Two guys can lift it out by hand. He would say it was the only part of the car that had value when he was done with it.
  • ethicalpaul
    ethicalpaul Member Posts: 5,757
    Guess those guys can't work on hydronics, only forced air :wink:
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  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,353
    Corvair engines were also another popular swap. It took some suspension upgrades, however.

    My brother in law was a mechanic back in the day when the term "foreign car" mechanics was PC :)

    He put a 455 Olds Tornado front drive train in the back of a crew cab style VW pickup. I need to dig up some pics of that rig.

    He would pull a VW engine in a parking lot by putting 4 empty beer cans under, 4 bell housing bolts, throttle linkage, etc, it and yanking it out onto the cans. He kept a short block in the rear of one of his VW vans when he traveled the country, he could swap engines in an hour most anywhere.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • The Steam Whisperer
    The Steam Whisperer Member Posts: 1,218
    It's funny I've never seen those trucks.... we're all over Chicago all the time. I just looked them up.... they are on the Northwest side.... a place without much steam so we aren't there much.
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