MEET “SPICOLI”, MY “67” VW BUS
Spocoli is affectionately named after the lovable slacker, stoner, surfer dude, Jeff Spocoli, from the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The memorable scene that shows him and his two friends toppling out of his red and yellow 1967 Volkswagen Bus with an accompanying cloud of smoke was the inspiration for his name.
Spicoli is a 1967 VW Split Window Bus, “Splittie” that started out as a panel van and was converted by Riviera Motors to a camper. The Bus sports an all pearl white paint color, pop top roof and tilt out Safari front windows. The Bus has spent his last 50 years living the life in several locations including Seattle, Washington (Imported), Portland, Oregon (Riviera Camper Build-Out), St. Petersburg, Florida, Peyton, Colorado and now Chicago, Illinois. He was born just in time for the “Summer of Love” on February 21, 1967, in Wolfsburg, Germany and now is AARP eligible. Spicoli is just looking to goof off and provide some entertainment to the Midwest while providing writing inspiration when I take him on adventures.
The Bus still maintains most of his original interior with birch trim, stock gray front seats and red vinyl back seats. Mechanically he has been updated with new tires, transmission, rebuilt engine, front disk brakes and has recently been driving back from Peyton, Colorado on a 1,300 mile road trip with no mechanical problems Just like in the movie, Spicoli is always the life of the party, blowing guest’s minds with his cool old school interior and iconic split window and stamped V design front bringing smiles to people’s faces wherever he goes!
YOU CAN RENT ME!! Come Cruiz’n With Your Chauffeur, Bob “JokeTooMuch” Kinsloe, For A 3 Hour Tour In An Iconic VW Bus. Don’t Worry, I Adhere To My Good Friend, Jeff Spicoli’s, Advice; “People On 'Ludes Should Not Drive.” Even though it was suggested that I change my company name to BobTokeTooMuch by a good friend, I don't smoke dope but if I did, it would be with my good friend, Spocoli.
Looking To Battle Some Humongous Waves, Wing Over To London To Jam With The Stones, Learn About Cuba And Have A Feast On Our Time Or Pursue Some Tasty Waves, A Cool Buzz And Be Fine? For A Few Righteous Bucks, You Can Make It Happen!
I Will Take You There As Long As You Smoke Enough Dope Or Drop Enough LSD To Hallucinate It. If Danger Is Your Business Then Get On The Bus And Make Your Way Around Town In Chill Style And Maybe Even Experience “The Summer Of Love”*.
The bus can be rented for weddings, post receptions, proms, special events, photo booth, private parties, corporate events, grand openings, movies, television, etc. See Pictures at https://1967vwrivieracamperbus.shutterfly.com/ Complete details and contact info at bobjoketoomuch.com
Bob Kinsloe, Self-Unemployed Writer, Editor & Chief Funnyman
“YOU’RE EITHER ON THE BUS OR OFF THE BUS“
FINE PRINT: GET YOUR CHEATER GLASSES OR JUST DON’T READ IT
Rental rate: $250 per hour. Minimum 3 hours. Overtime rates: $250 per hour & $125 per half hour.
Seating: seats up to 6 passengers. (five in the back and one in front passenger seat) no limit when parked for photos. Waivers will be required for all passengers since this is a 1967 vehicle with little or no safety features. There are only lap seat belts for 5 passengers including the driver.
In order to cover gas, mileage and travel time, we have a surcharge that is based on mileage over 50 miles round trip from the bus location which is at Belmont (3200 N.) & Western Ave. (2400 W) in Chicago, IL. 60618. Mileage exceeding 50 miles will be charged at $5.00 per mile.
Subject to a mutually agreed upon date & time. The final decision is at the owner’s discretion. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO & DISCLOSURES:
This bus is mechanically sound with new tires, transmission, rebuilt engine, front disk brakes and has recently gone on a 1,300-mile road trip with no mechanical problems. However, it’s a 50 year plus old bus and things break down. Have a back-up plan in case. If the bus breaks down and even though my old man is a television repairman with an ultimate set of tools, I might not be able to fix it. You will only be charged for the period of time up until a breakdown and that might be waived at the owner’s discretion. In the event of a mechanical breakdown, you will be provided a ride share (if possible) to your destination at our expense. We will do our best to make the situation as right as we can make it under the circumstances, hopefully to your satisfaction. *No sex in the bus unless it’s with me and you’re a woman…or two.
Info For Gearheads & VW History Aficionados:
Volkswagen 1500 engine (Single Port)
Displacement: 1,493 cc (91.1 cu in)
Cylinder bore: 83 mm (3.27 in)
Piston stroke: 69 mm (2.72 in)
Power output (Or lack thereof): 1500S: 40 kW (54 PS; 54 bhp)
Type 2 T1
The Volkswagen Type 2 T1 was the first generation of the split window bus. It is commonly known as the Splittie, Barndoor, Kombi, Bus, and the Microbus. Production began in early March of 1950 and lasted until 1967. The T1c was introduced in 1963 and produced until 1967. These versions had a wider rear door.
1967 VW Bus
Imported to U.S.: 29,049
Price Range New in “67”: $2,300 - $2,700
1) Electrical system changed to 12 volts
2) 2-speed windshield wipers introduced
3) Rear hatch door widened
4) Rear hatch lock integrated with lift handle; grip recess in body
5) Lock and square key discontinued for fuel filler cap cover
6) 10.6 Gallon gas tank/ 22/28 miles per gallon.
7) 14’ long, 5’-7” wide & 80” high.
8) Bus Weight; 2,282 lbs. (Panel Bus before camper conversion)
9) Payload; 1,830 lbs.
Riviera campers were converted by Riviera Motors of Portland, OR from late 1964 or early 1965 through the early 80's. Riviera Motors was owned by Knute Quale and was located at 1737 SW Morrison St, Portland OR 97205. The conversion kits were made in Portland but shipped to Seattle and were installed at the port before the buses officially entered the US making them passenger vehicles, thus avoiding the "chicken tax" that applied to imported utility vehicles. This may have varying levels of truth as it seems most Riviera’s have the UP (Portland) import code. Riviera Motors was the distributor for the Pacific North West United States and Alaska and sold their conversion campers through dealers throughout the region. Almost all conversions were panels, though there are a few known Kombis. It would appear that some earlier buses were brought back to Riviera for conversion.
Body and external:
-Body style: Nearly all Riviera’s are panels. Some are walk throughs while others have M116 (rear vent delete on bench seat panel). Bench seat panels with vents present were likely converted later. There are a few known kombi conversions.
-Windows: Riviera’s came with a few window options. Panel conversions always had only two windows in the cargo doors on the passenger side. Up to late 1965 campers were equipped with crank out Hehr camper windows, three on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side. After 1965 campers were fitted with two sliding windows on the passenger side and one large bay window on the driver’s side.
-Some were equipped with a fiberglass pop top similar to that of a Westfalia. This accessory was sourced from Travel Equipment Inc. in Elkhart, Indiana.