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Old 01-22-2019, 03:05 PM   #1
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New to me 78 burb

This is my burb that i picked up this past fall for the second owner how basically changed his mind and i bought it off of him. super solid came from utah. It only has one spot on one of the rear wheel corners but not through just bubbled. the underside is mint. motor has been untouched so nothing unusual. what i love about it is that it's a trailering special with 3.73 rearend and it has the sm465. my plans are to put vortec heads on it and install holley sniper efi on it sometime this spring and just drive it for now and then order all the suspension parts later this summer to do a 4 inch drop front and rear. i just want to get rid of the gap between the tire and the fender nothing to crazy. I really don't want to do a rear flip because i still want to tow with it. I have really enjoyed the 4 speed i don't have to really worry about it going out on me. i enjoy driving older stuff more than new stuff anyways.

I've been an aircooled vw guy for over 20 years now so this is a different thing for me. I have realized that it's alot cheaper that vw's and part are alot cheaper not sure about the quality of parts yet but i guess we will find out.
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Old 01-22-2019, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: New to me 78 burb

Nice rig!
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Old 01-22-2019, 11:55 PM   #3
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Re: New to me 78 burb

Awesome! Post more pictures.

*I have found that just opening the picture and saving it can "make it turn right side up"

You are going to love the Burb.
What cracks me up is I can go to nearly any parts store and they have stuff in stock and it's dirt cheap.
*Alternator - in stock. $25. How can that even be?

Replace all the fluids, and go over it, grease the wheel bearings and stuff.

Congrats on the new rig!
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:35 PM   #4
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Re: New to me 78 burb

welcome to the board .... and nice burb
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Old 01-23-2019, 02:47 PM   #5
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i'll try and get more pics this weekend when the sun comes out it's been raining here for awhile. I noticed that for parts too. brakes are cheap fuel pumps, water pumps, oil pumps cams and piston they are all dirt cheap. a good cam for my vw is like 100 plus another 50 for lifters. Piston sets not stock are like 200. suspension stuff is way cheaper that vw too specially to lower. lowering a bus is expensive vs an old c10.

I need to get a motor pic because this thing is untouched except the og owner tried to convert the AC over to 134a and locked the compressor up so i'll have to get a new one of those, but other than that this thing is amazing. I'll be asking a bunch of questions because this is all new to me. I think i'm going to enjoy building this thing up for my daily.

What's a good manual that i need to buy so i can read up on this thing? not cheap but a good manual.
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Old 01-23-2019, 03:27 PM   #6
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What's a good manual that i need to buy so i can read up on this thing? not cheap but a good manual.
RockAuto sells factory reprints, but the quality is not as good as the original gm ones (pages fell out of mine). For $50 its still a good deal (and one of the more expensive items!)
There or ebay.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:53 AM   #7
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Congrat’s for finding such a solid Burb! I will be following along for any updates.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:19 AM   #8
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Nice...dont see many manual burbs....you might want to do some research before you commit to a sniper....most dont have much good to say about it...
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Old 01-28-2019, 02:51 PM   #9
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Well i do live in the town that makes them and i know a sales guy that works there and said he would give me a discount. And a guy here at work knows an engineer that works there too and said he would put in on for a case of beer for me. I'm hoping if i run into problems i will just have to call him up and he will come over and see what the problem is.

I would loved maybe an ls swap but with all my research it doesn't look that cheap to do the way i want to do it. I just can't take a junkyard motor with 250K and stick it in there and call it done and drive this thing daily and go to Florida on vacations . i just can't do it.

it's hard to beat a 350 with water pumps, oil pumps, and alternators are like 30$ or so they are not that cheap for an ls.
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Old 01-28-2019, 05:41 PM   #10
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Im betting the town that makes them is on the other side of the world... haha...
I know my new Holley intake had made in China on it.....

Not trying to change your mind ..but the LS in my opinion will outlive most any sb....my 99 had 285k on it when i sold it 6yrs ago...the guy that bought it is still driving it... all I ever did was change the waterpump...other than that I never touched it...if your getting a discount and help on the sniper then good for you...hope it works out....but read the issues that people have had and be sure to ask questions....
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:38 PM   #11
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I'm still up in the air about the efi. I know i'm going to do it i just don't know which one yet because modern gas doesn't like carbs that much. I have to put "real" gas in my vw all the time but their tank is less than 10 gallons. This burb has a 40 gallon tank and "real" gas isn't cheap.

Here's the pic of the 4 speed. I love driving this thing. I don't have to worry that much about it going out on me specially towing. I had to put a new tranny in my 2011 chevy truck a couple years ago and I was just tow baring a bug 5 hours away. I had to have my truck towed and i drove the bug back home after a car show. I'm so disappointed in newer trucks.
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