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Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:02 am

So last September, my wife and I welcomed a little boy into this world. Before Jake was born, Wal-mart started selling battery powered VW buses. I ordered mine online and shipped to store and it showed up the day we were scheduled to go in for induction.

This is the bus: http://www.walmart.com/ip/RollPlay-6V-VW-Bus/45717570

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This build thread took a two day pause while acquiring a driver. On the way home from the hospital, we had to stop by my job site for work because we had some marketing photo shoot, so the first house we took my son to, wasn't actually ours...

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The first night that he was home, I began the transformation!

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I did a similar conversion about 3 or 4 years ago when my sister (TrooperChris's wife) asked me to make a power wheels jeep remote control for their infant. Like a good uncle, I obliged! Then he grew up and a family friend asked for the conversion on theirs so I swapped it all over and they haven't given me back the RC equipment, so I started on Jake's setup.

I sourced the appropriate equipment:
1- 45 amp ESC for brushed motor ($11)
1- 2.4ghz 3 channel remote controller and receiver (~$20)
1- 1/4 scale servo for steering (Hitec HS-805BB)
Various connectors, plugs, Y-harness, etc

I made a bracket for the steering servo to mount on. The bracket secures the body of the servo to the front axle. Then I use an RC car tie rod to connect between the servo and the bus's tie rod. These 1/4 scale servos are really strong. This one boasts 343 oz/inch of torque at 6 volts. I had to run a power wire from the battery to the servo so that it was getting the full 6 volts instead of having to pull its juice through the pins on the receiver. This is where the Y-harness and extensions came in.In the end, this let me take control of the steering.

Then I cut the wires between the stock battery on the bus and the stock motor. I use Deans connectors on a lot of my RC equipment, so I continued with those and installed the speed controller between the two. The ESC, when plugged into the receiver, acts like the accelerator pedal and lets me ease on the throttle from the remote.

I installed the receiver and hooked it all up. Bingo!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:11 am

When Jake was about 3 weeks old, we took him camping at VW show and brought his bus. The area was mostly on gravel, so his one wheel drive bus didn't handle too well, plus he was really small and couldn't sit up, so we had to pack him in with blankets and pillows. People we blown away when they would see the bus rolling by and laugh, but do a double take before asking if it was a real baby?!?! "Yeah, he's 3 weeks old," brought out all of the "awwwwwwwwws." That weekend was the last one for a while, so the bus got mothballed until after the new year.

In January, we have the annual World of Wheels, an indoor car show for hot rods, customs, etc... Believe it or not, that was our first date, so it is an absolute must every year. We went as a couple on Friday night and pushed Jake in the stroller (mom gets very self-conscious with all of the attention the bus brings, so she said no!). Dad came back on Saturday morning to hang out with some friends that had their bugs and buggies in the show- this time he brought Jake and his bus! Talk about a hit!!! I couldn't go 5 steps without getting stopped and he couldn't got 1 minute without a photo op! I quickly developed my response to "Where did you get that?!?!," which was, "It was a power wheels that I bought from wal-mart and then I converted it to RC." I got a lot of "Dad of the Year" shouts from across the room. He was hit, even spending some time in my buddies' display.
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:16 am

Going through photos, I almost forgot the two Oktoberfests that Jake cruised to. It was more of the same, "oh how neat.... Is that a real baby!?!?"
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:20 am

Back to January...

After the world of wheels, my phone blows up. Apparently Jake was in the newspaper. Fancy cars everywhere with custom billet everything and $50,000 paint jobs. Jake gets a cover shot!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:27 am

Then I attended the World of Wheels in Birmingham, which is WAY bigger than our little one here, despite being put on by the same folks. And some crazy dad was out parading his kid around in an RC car! What kind of parent's would do that?!?!? He had a huge crowd following him around, which made me wish I had Jake, but I was happy that I didn't because there was a VX in the pull-a-part down there and I couldn't take him in with me.

I asked him where he got it (standard question). He said Big green toys or something website. I looked it up and they were very expensive!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby Gen1Trooper » Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:42 pm

Very cool!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby Von » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:44 pm

Way cool! That's awesome man!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Mon May 30, 2016 9:34 am

Jake made it out to our local Ruritans annual car show yesterday. They really support the VWs, so I try to at least visit and walk around. Two years ago, I showed the VX there and won a trophy (me and one other guy both placed in the Top 5 of our class...). This year, we took a modern car and parked in the parking lot, but Jake brought his bus!

He rolled around better than I expected on the grass. Occasionally he would lift the drive wheel on a low spot and we would have to give him a push. I think his additional weight of 9 months has helped with traction.

We were fortunately enough to meet Henry yesterday with his 1964 red and white bus. Henry had the best VW by far at the show and, upon getting his trophy, proceeded to give it to Jake! we were excited!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Mon May 30, 2016 9:37 am

More photos of the real thing.
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby paulevans76 » Mon May 30, 2016 4:06 pm

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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby squatch » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:29 am

Pretty cool!

By the time he is 10 he'll have V Dub illustrations from the "Idiot Book" tattooed on himself!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Thu Jun 02, 2016 3:01 am

squatch wrote:Pretty cool!

By the time he is 10 he'll have V Dub illustrations from the "Idiot Book" tattooed on himself!



No tattoos. I have implemented my fathers of rule: if you get a tattoo, I will cut it off without anesthetic. It carries more weight when dad is a surgeon... But Jake won't figure it out for a while.

More realistically, we will have then hang it over the light switch to your bedroom for a complete year and see if there is a day that you think it might not be the best decision before making it permanent. I wish Jakes uncle (not my sibling as event of above rule) had done this prior to getting a tramp stamp (?!?!). Sure is funny to see a 35 year old father working construction with some girly tattoo right peeking out from under the tail of his shirt!

We will continue to keep the Peter Aschwanden drawings hung on the wall!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby squatch » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:47 pm

It is amazing artwork. For years I had a 1st edition "Idiot Book". Loaned it out and never saw it again. I still have a pristine 4th edition even though I haven't dealt with V dubs in years. I bought it back in the early 80's just in case you couldn't get them anymore. Best service manual ever written. Some one should make similar for 1st gen Troopers!

For those who wonder what we are talking about. Old Hippy repair manual for air cooled V dubs.
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:06 pm

It is one of the best books I've read. I remember the spring that I bought my first bug (I think it was 2005) and I was living in the dorms. I somehow ended up with an early edition, spiral bound book. John took me from knowing very little to nothing about vehicles to understanding timing, valves, engines, etc. It was incredible how much I absorbed from his hippie and straightforward explanations. I've owned just about every other technical manual for VWs since and all of those highly detailed spec charts don't mean a thing if you can't understand what you are looking at! I still use the human torque wrench check that he recommends for things that just need to get moderately tight (choke up on the ratchet and torque til the tendons pop out on your wrist). It's great "get you off the side of the road" type info!
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby squatch » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:24 pm

Yep similar story here but it was 1975 for me! Still in high school. I still use a chisel to break loose huge bolts. I also still have a huge allen wrench for the transmissions and a "slug wrench" for the rear axle nuts.

Several of my high school buds had bugs, ghias and buses. We made several brush buggies by removing the body's from rusted out bugs and welding on roll cages.
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Re: Jake's Bus

Postby N law » Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:28 pm

I just bought a bug last night for $200 that will become a buggy of some sort! That'll be the next project
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