Herbie and "The Beast"….
Did you ever wonder what would happen if you mated a
1973 VW Type 2 Kombi Bus to a 1983 Chevy Blazer 4 X 4?
Well that's what we did so that we would have the
perfect tow package for Stephen's Herbie. The wife
loves driving the rig even while towing Herbie and
appropriately named it "The Beast"...
The Bus sits on a S-10 Blazer chassis which was
shortened 6 inches with the 4.3L V6 engine mounted mid
section just behind the front seats. A turbo 3 speed
transmission is coupled to the stock rear end which
makes for good highway driving. The interior is nicely
done in a dark gray and has 4 high backed reclining
bucket seats for comfort. It also has custom dual AC
units (the conventional plus a DC unit on top) to keep
the passengers nice and cool during the hot Florida
summer months, custom stereo, AC electrical power and
dual 17 inch LCD monitors for watching our favorite
DVD's, etc.. It's painted "Cool Vanilla" and still has
the original aluminum 5 spoke 4 X 4 rims. In order to
keep the engine cool we finally had to locate the
radiator in front of the bus but have disguised it as a
piece of luggage complete with world travel stickers
while parked at shows.
Whenever we travel any distance, Herbie rides in style
on his red tandem axle trailer being pulled by The
Beast. The Beast has sufficient power even with a
full load to cruise comfortably at 70mph on cruise
control and with the AC on high. All in all, the
pair create quite a show while going down the highway
and has brought smiles to faces around the world...
P.S. Both vehicles
when originally purchased were destined for the salvage
yard being ate-up with rust. But now they have both been
saved and should be around for many, many more years to