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THE LILLS VW BUS

Say hello to Moksha, our one-of-kind 1978 authentic hippie painted Volkswagen bus that hits a whopping 80 mph. His passenger-side seat rotates 180 degrees, his backseat collapses into a bed, his top opens up into an upper level bed and there’s just no telling where he’ll go next! Get to know Moksha better, get inspired and enjoy fun Volkswagen bus posts, photos, videos and more!

MIRACLE IN THE ARIZONA DESERT & THE MEDICINE MAN

Over winter 2018, the two of us hunkered down in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. We continued our design work and manned the front desk at a 420-friendly inn for a few months to save our pennies and gather what we needed to continue our cross-country adventure. The owner of...

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HOW TO GREASE FRONT-END ZERKS ON A VW BUS

The front-end of our VW Bus had never gotten any attention since we picked him up. Every 3,000 miles the front-end zerks, or grease fittings, should be fitted with a grease gun and pumped full of fresh grease. This was our first try at front-end zerk maintenance on...

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HOW TO CHANGE SPARK PLUGS ON A 1978 VW BUS

There are four spark plugs in our Volkswagen bus, Moksha. Each spark plug sends electric currents from the ignition system to the combustion chamber to start and move the vehicle. They are an essential part of any vintage car and they are a great health indicator of...

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HOW TO CLEAN A VW BUS CARBURETOR AIR FILTER

Our VW bus, Moksha, still gets us around with an old-fashioned carburetor. Carburetors are all about air and fuel mixture, so something as unseemly as a dirty filter can have an affect on his overall performance. After a few thousand miles, the air filter on top of...

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VOLKSWAGEN MOON HUBCAP

We can’t imagine too many people appreciating an old hubcap as a gift, but we were blown away when new friends suprised us with one! We were told that moon hubcaps were the inspiration for baby moon hubcaps, which people used for their hotrods and roadsters back...

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REPLACING OUR VW BUS DIPSTICK BOOT

Some people say that VW buses will always drip a little oil, but with proper seals, parts and installation, a VW bus motor shouldn’t leave that unwanted breadcrumb trail of drip marks. After the complete motor overhaul on our 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia, there...

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VW BUS FUEL FILTER CHANGE

The beginning of our cross-country adventure took us mostly through sea level terrain. We’ll always remember how excited we were reaching the highest point in Alabama, a whopping 2,000+ feet, but when we entered Colorado, we ascended 10,000+ feet of elevation,...

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VW BUS SOLAR POWER

One of our main concerns before heading out on our cross-country adventure was keeping our dog, Sunday, cool from hot temperatures. Our VW bus didn’t have air conditioning, so we had always just kept the windows down, which circulated natural air pretty nicely,...

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VW BUS OIL CHANGE

Every 3,000 miles (1,500 if driven hard), we’re supposed to change Moksha’s oil. It’s the life blood of an air/oil cooled VW Bus. We parked him on a flat surface, put a drip pan under the drain plug, open it up and let it roll. Within fifteen minutes...

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VW BUS INTERIOR MAKEOVER

One of the larger and more exciting changes to Moksha was to his interior. We ripped out every piece of furniture, panel and layer until he was completely bare-bones. We cleaned him out and we put in dampening material to reduce noise and increase insulation. The...

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VW BUS WINDOW PERF

When Hurricane Matthew died down and we received news the electricity was back on in our area, we trekked home. The house didn’t seem too worse for the wear, although a tree fell ridiculously close to it. Once it was inspected, we learned there was more water...

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VW BUS FAN BELT FIX

Air and oil cooled motors rely on a properly set fan belt. The belt keeps the fan turning, keeping the motor cool and the battery charged so when it gets loose or worn, it’s time to change it out. Our fan belt wasn’t looking so good, so we decided to...

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VW BUS MUFFLER FIX

When 2017 began, our design business, The Lills Design, received a huge influx of traffic and new clientele. We were also able to finally make the fixes and tweaks to our VW Bus, Moksha. We were able to get his brakes done, change out the calipers, replace the rotors...

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VW BUS MOTOR FIX

When we got to back to Beaufort, “Moksha”, our 1978 VW Bus, was running smoothly. Over time though, we began to notice some oil leaking from the middle of the undercarriage. We had plans to get to the Edisto River for our fourth wedding anniversary and...

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VW BUS CV AXEL FIX

When we first picked up our VW bus in Asheville, North Carolina, in November of 2013, we planned to keep driving to Virginia. The only problem was, the state of the back wheel was questionable. We trekked back home to South Carolina safely and had a mechanic friend...

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THE BUS AND I

Our pup Sunday loves Moksha, our VW Bus. So much in fact, we think she’s convinced it’s hers and we humans are simply here to drive her around. It had been in and out of the mechanic shop as we worked on making it bullet proof and each time it returned she...

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ABUELO MEETS MOKSHA

Lee (known as “Abuelo” to family) has had quite a life. He was born in 1931 as the youngest in a family of 11 who lived in a coal-mining community in North Carolina. One day his father left for work and never came back. The mine collapsed, leaving his...

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PICKING UP OUR VW BUS

Before saying “I Do” in 2010, the two of us agreed to never work separately or at nine to five jobs again. We agreed to put all of our energy into creating a successful self-owned and operated design business and we dreamed of (one day) having a horse in...

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