Owning a Volkwagen bus, the iconic ‘hippie bus’, is a blast, buds! I own four, a ’79 Bay & a ’67 Kombi will be the ones I keep, but I also have another Bay & another Kombi as parts buses. Basically, I operate on a happy hippie bus vibe. It’s a good place to be.

One thing I can tell you about having a Vw bus… everybody has a story to share of a bus they owned, or someone they know owned, and those stories are usually a hoot to hear. Mainly because Vw buses are finicky little creatures with distinct personalities and particulars. It’s always an adventure in a Vw bus! Another thing is that Vw owners are one eclectic group of peeps. I’ve been introduced to some really flipped-out characters along the way. There’s a strong possibility I’m a flipped-out character myself 😉

If owning a bus is a labor of love, restoring one is a test of endurance. I’ve been working on my ’79 Bay for almost two years. I wanted to be part of the entire restoration. My hands have sanded every square inch of my bus. I was part of the engine removal from my parts Bay. See, that sounds easy enough, but what it really means is that I was crawling all around underneath it and even jumping up and down on a crowbar at one point! I’ve been greasy and I’ve been tired, but I am still in love with that bus.

That’s why the Travel Happy Bus tee is perfect for me! When it popped up on the New! tab, I just laughed out loud. Soul Flower, you just get me….you really do. The tee is made from organic cotton, which makes me happy. It is a soft tee and feels great when you’re wearing it. The color is natural, not a bright white. And, just like the real thing, the Happy (hippie) Bus tee is a conversation starter. People smile when they see you wearing it and they want to know where you got it!

If you’ve caught the bus vibe and just have to have one of your own, my advice to you is to check out Craigslist and the mecca of all things Vw…thesamba.com. Come on and take a free ride, buds! Peace!!

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4 Comments on Restoring a True Travel Happy Bus

  1. Tanya H
    November 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm (13 years ago)

    I want to see the final product when you’re finished! I love VW Buses!

  2. Anonymous
    November 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm (13 years ago)

    U rock dude I restored a 78 bay window all hands on greasy dirty she was beautiful! My baby burnt down in Oregon 7 months restoring only road tripped her three months so sad !: ( on my next one 83 vanagon gonna give it some love : ) we should swap stories car shops where ya get your parts? Peace out sister best of kosmic whirlwinds to you! Lol ; ). Thanks for sharing your story, mindy face [email protected]

  3. Cam LaBelle
    November 22, 2011 at 12:42 am (13 years ago)

    Tanya, that’s a deal! I can’t wait to show it off 🙂

    Mindy, will definitely be in touch! Mostly thesamba.com for parts and any local mechanic should be able to order random generic parts like fuel filters etc. There’s always the junkyards 🙂

  4. Daniel BARTH
    April 3, 2015 at 9:59 am (9 years ago)


    I understand. I love my buses too !

    – Dan


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